Can you get married in a marquee?

The perfect venue, a marquee provides shelter from the weather without posing the same restrictions of indoor venues, which is probably why they prove so popular amongst husbands- and wives-to-be, but can you actually get married in one?

Those who have decided against a church or religious ceremony, and instead are looking to have a civil ceremony and are considering incorporating a marquee into their day, should make themselves aware of the following.

You can’t legally wed in a marquee


Marquees are perfect for wedding receptions

A civil ceremony can only be held at a register office, a venue approved by the local council, or a religious premises ‘where permission has been given by the organisation and the premises approved by the local authority.’ Sadly, this means that you can’t get married in a marquee as approval won’t be given for open air venues or non-permanent structures.

What can you do?

You can, however, walk down the aisle, receive a blessing, exchange vows, say ‘I do’, give marquee-and-gazeebo-400x152

speeches, and hold a wedding reception in a marquee, meaning that you can still use one on your special day. You just need to make sure that you complete the legal side of a wedding elsewhere, either at your local registry office or at an approved premises, where you can sign your marriage documents.

Holding a Reception in a Marquee

Whether you decide to hold you ceremony in a marquee and sort the legal aspects beforehand, or whether you’ve decided to only hold the reception in a marquee, we can help. We provide wedding marquees to those marrying in the Bristol area and throughout the southwest. We even help you with the layout and offer a CAD marquee planning service so that you can see where your reception tables will be. To enquire about hiring a marquee for your special day, give us a call on01275 545199.