If you’ve been following us on Instagram then you may have seen some sneak peeks and recap reels from our Open House event that we hosted on the last weekend in January. The two day showcase marked a culmination of Open Days we hosted on several occasions during January – from smaller more intimate tours to our final two day event where we were joined by a host of truly talented suppliers. We’ll be sharing more sneak peeks from the showcase here on the blog shortly but in the meantime we thought we would share some inspiration with you for wedding marquee styling.
Our permanent marquee, which is located next to the Garden Room, is our largest dining space offering seating for up to 160 guests. Designed to work with any decoration or theme, the marquee features large glass doors that open onto our terrace offering perfect views of the gardens. The classically elegant wooden floor and decadent crystal chandeliers provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding reception irrespective of your chosen theme. In fact the marquee is so versatile that we have seen all manner of wedding schemes and dreams installed that completely transform the space and position each of the special events we’ve hosted in a world of their own.
But don’t take our word for it. Take a look at the rest of the post and see for yourself. From classic English country gardens to winter minimalism and from miniature rainforests to decadent pink set-ups, our marquee has seen it all!
Let’s start with this rather fabulous wedding photographed by Harry Michael Photography and belonging to Mabel and Christopher (whose wedding you can see more of here). They opted for a fusion of Italian influences intermingled with the English Country gardens of Iscoyd, embracing plenty of colour and some Regency elegance. Their florist Joseph Massie created a wonderland for the couple using flowers as a tool to bring in Mabel and Christopher’s love of gardens and colour. They wanted a stand out statement for the reception space with a big hanging installation which you can see in the images above. The design was for an Italian/English garden theme with lashings of colour. A liberal use of lemons in pots helped to tie in their theme with sustainability as well offering plenty of fragrance. Pulling the whole look together were the blue patterned table linens provided by Table Alchemy that allowed all of those colours to pop.
Carla and Tom married near Christmas but rather than opting for a festive theme, they decided to take advantage of the low levels of light at this time of year to create a sensuous, enveloping and incredibly stylish environment for their guests.
The creative vision of Liane at Blonde Army and the talents of Mia Sylvia came together to create this drapery installation that evoked mystery, intrigue and romance. Using stationery from Vine in the Wild , glassware from Whitehouse Crockery and crockery from Lune Valley Crockery Hire the team produced a setup, the likes of which we have never experienced before here at Iscoyd. Swooping drapes of fabric were suspended from the ceiling of the marquee which diffused the overhead lighting and created an almost den like atmosphere. Underneath, hundreds of simple off-white candles were lit and placed down the lengths of trestle tables that had been dressed simply but elegantly to create a very intimate private dining experience.
Annabel and Andy opted for an abundance of romantic pink flowers for their reception created by the very talented Dusky Blooms.
The pair wanted “colours – lots of shades of pink – with dark blues and hints of gold” for their day. “We wanted it to feel like a weekend holiday with outdoor games and a really lovely relaxed feel.” This floral dream scheme was maximised in the marquee, where the tables were decorated with tall plinths topped with scabious, peonies, hydrangeas and sweet peas, as well as a floral cloud hung from the draped ceiling, between two ornate chandeliers.
Their stationery and signage for the day was on theme too! Pink linens, blush candles and colour matching stationery from Rose and Beau Stationery, accompanied a geometric “All You Need Is Love” sign, which they placed in the middle of the floral arch after the ceremony.
It was simply a given that Charlotte and Edward’s August wedding would be beautiful given that Charlotte is an award wining wedding planner. She worked closely with her florist – Verdure Floral Design to create a perfectly pink palette that delighted the senses. Charlotte explains “When I was planning my wedding and booked Iscoyd Park I knew I wanted to bring some gorgeous colours into the marquee and through my other wedding flowers. I chose to use different shades of pink in lots of different textures of flowers – dahlias, hydrangea, roses and orchids being firm favourites.”
Charlotte also added in gold metallic touches through the cutlery and chargers from Whitehouse Crockery and mirrored place names from Pretty & Personal. Charlotte said ‘it worked perfectly with Iscoyd Park’s marquee and really stood out against the white linen and gold and white Louis chairs which we hired from Chairman Hire UK‘. We have to say that we completely agree!
Having changed their original wedding plans to an intimate ceremony due to COVID restrictions, it was actually Jane and James’ first anniversary that they celebrated with a lavish weekend-long wedding event here at Iscoyd Park. They opted for an impressive floral installation packed full of spring foliage and reminiscent of a lush rainforest with layers upon layer of greenery and rustic elements. The marquee was transformed using furniture hired from Wedhead into a striking dining space using bespoke fabric drapes by Mia Sylvia that were positioned between multiple chandeliers and a foliage canopy. Linen was sourced from Just4Linen and the tableware was hired from Whitehouse Event Crockery . The result of this truly jaw-dropping design by Mirabella Weddings and created by florist All For Love was one of decadence and fresh glamour captured for us all by Sam Docker Photography.
We can never be entirely sure what Mat from Red Floral will create for us during our Open Day events but one thing we can depend on is that the installations he creates are guaranteed to take our breath away. On paper some of Mat’s fantastical creations shouldn’t work but they absolutely hit the spot every single time! Combinations of swans, oversized balloons, huge groupings of dinner candles, hanging floral installations, glitter balls… you name it and Mat has woven it magically into a wedding theme here at Iscoyd. Mat is careful to ensure that the aesthetics of his schemes work both from a wider perspective but also from a more personal close up angle too. No stone is left unturned and his attention to the finer details is second to none.
We hope that the above has inspired you in creating your own colour scheme for your wedding day. There is sometimes a misconception that wedding marquees can only really look like a large white box but it doesn’t need to be this way. Instead view your marquee as a blank canvas on which you can daub your original and unique personalities. Perhaps there is a colour that has significance to you as a couple, a place that has stolen your heart or maybe you want to acknowledge your families roots and special traditions. There are so many interesting techniques you can use to add depth and interest to your wedding reception and here at Iscoyd we are only too happy to help.
In fact we’re excited to see what you come up with…
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