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  • Writer's pictureKatharine Snowden

10 reasons to say YES to a pole and canvas marquee wedding

If you’re planning a wedding the first job is usually choosing the venue. So, in this article, we’re going to provide a non-exhaustive list of the biggest reasons you should opt for a pole and canvas marquee. 


Here’s why we believe a pole and canvas marquee wedding is always the right choice, plus some expert advice on how you can make your special day one to remember for all.


A Peacock and Bow pole and canvas wedding marquee

1. Light up your marquee wedding, naturally 

There’s a reason natural light is one of the most important aspects of architecture. Natural light boosts your energy levels and your mood, it creates a dynamic environment that changes throughout the day. The white canvas of our pole and canvas marquee works like a light box, which is great for your pics of the day. Never mind your new spouse, your photographer will love you forever! Our marquees also have transparent walls that maximise the natural light, not only beneficial to photos but to the overall atmosphere. It also reduces energy consumption as much as 75% by cutting the need for artificial lighting during the daytime, unlike more traditional venues.


Trestle tables and chiavari chairs are beautifully dressed for wedding breakfast inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee

2. Make privacy a priority

A marquee offers a more intimate and private setting for your celebration compared to a traditional venue. When you hire a marquee from Peacock and Bow, it is exclusively yours so you won't share the space with other weddings or members of the public. The hire period usually lasts for a few days too, so you can get on board with the wedding weekend trend.


3. You get to choose your finish time

You might wish your special day would never end. Well, with a marquee wedding you get to choose how long the party continues. Traditional venues often have noise limits and very tame curfews; 11pm? The party’s just getting started! So, book yourself a late night DJ for your marquee wedding and let everyone keep dancing until the small hours!


A bride and groom are lifted on their guest's shoulders inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee.

4. You can make your marquee wedding your own

Probably the biggest reason to choose a pole and canvas marquee for your wedding is the fact that it’s a blank canvas, so you can let your personality shine through on your big day. Whether you want to follow tradition or break free from the norm, with a marquee it really is up to you. 

TV's Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen wielding a glue gun.

You can be as creative as Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen wielding a glue gun when it comes to styling your pole and canvas marquee, anything goes (but please don’t actually stencil cherubs onto the canvas!) You don’t have to blend in with any existing decor as you would with a hotel or historic home wedding. You can go ultra modern, timelessly elegant, or perhaps boho, vintage, beach or festival vibes are more your thing. 


You even get to create a layout that makes the most of the location and surroundings and fits in perfectly with how you want your big day to run. You decide where to position the reception area, the bar, the dining and dancing areas, and whatever else your special celebration will entail. If that sounds a little overwhelming, don’t worry, we have plenty of great ideas and we’re here for you every step of the way.


Here at Peacock and Bow we offer furnishings such as tables, chairs and lighting hire, a choice of flooring including carpet in a variety of tasteful colours. We also offer decorative items including mirror balls, flower rings and giant shepherds crooks to hold up festoon lights. Whatever your dream day requires, we can source it for you; from whisky barrels to hay bales, chandeliers to fire pits, we’ve got you covered.


We always aim to schedule our set up to give you a full day of marquee time before your wedding, so you and your suppliers can work your collective magic and bring your marquee to life by making it your own. 


5. The perfect fit

Unlike a one size fits all venue, you get to choose the right marquee size to suit your exact needs and the number of wedding guests you want share your special day with. That means no awkward chats with your future in-laws about who they can and can’t invite, no falling out with your bestie about their plus one, who you’ve met once and will probably be ancient history by the time you get back from your honeymoon and no worries about the venue being too cramped or too roomy. Just the right size tent to create the perfect atmosphere.


6. You get to show off a fabulous view

A pole and canvas marquee brings the outside in like no other thanks to its roll away walls that create a breathtaking floating canopy effect. You don’t even need to worry about the weather, if it gets a bit chilly, simply roll down the clear walls and enjoy the surroundings in warmth and comfort. If you’re getting married in a location with a stunning view, make sure you can see it. 



7. Choose your own wedding caterer

With a marquee wedding you get to choose what you want to eat and who you want to cook it, rather than being limited to a set menu with no control over the caterers or quality of the produce. Marquees open up a smorgasbord of culinary options, mix things up with pop-up street food vendors or keep it classy with a sit-down dinner, there is a huge range of innovative and delicious event caterers available, many of whom use local food producers and sustainable practices to create unique scrumptious food your wedding guests will be obsessing over for years to come. We’ve worked with a range of trustworthy caterers who we highly recommend for any event.


8. Create a memorable experience

If you want your wedding to stick in the minds of your favourite people, make it a pole and canvas marquee wedding. Marquee weddings are more memorable because they are one of a kind and no two marquee weddings are the same. If you want to ramp up the uniqueness and leave a lasting impression, choose a Wills Marquee from Peacock and Bow.


9. Outdoor pursuits 

Pole and canvas marquees are hard to beat for a summer wedding. Embrace your natural surroundings by using fire pits, tree swings and chill out areas. Add some of our smaller marquees to create a festival vibe and create festoon lit walkways to carry the magic from space to space.


10. Opt for a sustainable wedding

Sustainability has shot up the list of priorities for wedding planning couples in recent years. If reducing the impact of your celebrations on the environment is important to you, a pole and canvas marquee is the way to go. Ethically manufactured by hand in Yorkshire using natural materials, sustainability is at the heart of our beautiful Wills Marquees. And, it gets greener! 

  • Decorate your marquee with locally grown seasonal flowers using our flower rings,

  • LED fairy lights offer the perfect energy saving glow for when the golden hour slips into night time

  • You have the freedom to choose your own responsible suppliers

  • We’ve already waxed lyrical about the green benefits of natural light, which is maximised by our clear roll away walls. But, they also provide natural ventilation on those balmy summer days. So, no need for energy draining air conditioning

  • Our reusable coir matting offers a sustainable flooring option

  • We always minimise waste and dispose of it responsibly

  • Perhaps the most impactful of a pole and canvas marquee wedding’s green credentials is the reduction of carbon emissions through minimising transport. We operate in Lincolnshire and the surrounding counties of Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and London. This means we never have to travel far to supply your pole and canvas marquee. Furthermore, we have a network of certified partners all over the UK and beyond. So, wherever you are, you can have a locally sourced, low impact Wills Marquee wedding


Hay bales form seating around a fire pit outside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee.

Why choose Peacock and Bow for your marquee wedding?

Not only are our pole and canvas marquees a cut above the rest, we also make hiring a marquee for your wedding hassle-free. We conduct free site visits and always go above and beyond to create the wedding experience you desire. Our expert team is polite, professional and above all, friendly and dedicated. We can even provide on-site staff for your big day to ensure everything runs smoothly. If you’re interested in using Peacock and Bow for your marquee wedding, or if you’re undecided and have any questions, please do contact us, we’d love to hear from you.

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