100 Best Wedding Venues: Marvellous marquees

100 Best Wedding Venues: Marvellous marquees
A wedding under canvas can be incredibly romantic and glamorous. Papakata tent photographed by Melissa Beattie

If you dream of a wedding in the green, canvas is perfect, and our pick of marquees, tents and teepees are versatile and capable of hosting the smartest party in the great outdoors

Words Isabella Eckett

Marquees are incredibly popular for weddings (along with teepees, tents and all the other variations on canvas). This is no surprise as there are clever designs to suit all spaces – from a modest back garden to a vast field or palatial lawn. Our pick of the finest, from Absolutely Weddings 100 Best Wedding Venues 2020, will ensure you can party in fine style.

100 Best Wedding Venues: Marvellous Marquees
Magnakata’s teepees are wonderfully boho and easy to dress

Magnakata – Cool teepees

A teepee is perfect for creating a relaxed and boho atmosphere. The canvas blends beautifully into countryside scenery, while the exposed poles inside can be decorated with foliage and fairy-lights to add to the magic. Opt for wooden trestle tables and sharing platters for the ultimate laid-back reception. A bespoke decor service is on offer here, so you can deck yours out with the coolest accessories – the giant disco globe for the dancefloor is a must! magnakata.com

100 Best Wedding Venues: Marvellous marquees
RAJ Tent Club’s designs are atmospheric in a garden setting

RAJ Tents – Indian elegance

Handcrafted in India, these lush canvas creations are destined to dazzle. Bursting with colour, they celebrate the country’s rich heritage, featuring hand-crafted tassels, embroidery, block printing and weaving – all to exceptional effect. Just add silk cushions, brass lanterns and soft furnishings to create an exotic palace. Each tent can be customised to suit your wedding theme – the cream drapes are simply divine for weddings. rajtentclub.com

100 Best Wedding Venues: Marvellous marquees
Pearl Tent Company’s garden-ready designs are made in the UK

Pearl Tents – English style

These charming tents are produced in the UK and made from an uber-luxurious white canvas. Intended for a gorgeous garden setting, there’s plenty of scope to put your own stamp on the space. Inside, the vaulted ceilings and signature pyramid top add to the wow factor. Add a trendy pavilion bar, sweeping terrace or veranda for an alfresco vibe.  pearltents.co.uk

100 Best Wedding Venues: Marvellous marquees
Good Intents offer chic lines – a modern modern take on traditional marquees

Good Intents – Modern marquees

This award-winning company has given the traditional wedding marquee a  serious revamp. Boasting state-of-the-art stunning clear roofs (and/or sides), the effect is to flood your party space with natural light. The expert team relish a challenge and specialise in building marquees in awkward/unusual spaces. They also encourage incorporating beautiful garden features, bringing the surrounding landscape in. goodintents.co.uk

100 Best Wedding Venues: Marvellous marquees
Papakata’s Sperry Tents have clear sidewalls so you can catch the sun’s rays

Papakata – Sperry Tents

Hang out in the Hamptons much? If so, you may have come across Sperry Tents because they are iconic for parties in the US. Becoming increasingly popular in the UK, they are crafted from oyster-coloured canvas with clear sidewalls which can be opened up if the sun’s shining. A blend of traditional and modern, they provide a very elegant backdrop for your big day. Papakata also offer a great line in teepee tents. papakata.co.uk


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