According to The UK Wedding Report 2019, the average cost of hiring a marquee for a wedding in the UK is £5,007 while hiring a wedding venue comes in at £6,539. In parts of the UK, marquee hire is actually more expensive than venue hire and those figures don’t include the hidden costs of hiring a marquee.
For example, you will need somewhere to pitch the marquee and your guests might not be as delighted to queue to use portaloos!
There is a clever way of getting the best of both worlds: hire a wedding venue that has its own marquee!
The Marquee at The Castle Westenhanger
The Castle Westenhanger near Hythe in Kent has its very own purpose-built marquee in the castle grounds that is available for weddings and other events throughout the year. Featuring sweeping drapes, magnificent chandeliers, and a dance floor complete with starlit ceiling, The Marquee at Castle Westenhanger ticks all the boxes.
It can host up to 200 people for a sit-down wedding breakfast and up to 300 people for an evening buffet, but best of all you and your guests also have the entire castle to call your own for the day. This includes The Manor House complete with bridal dressing room, the oak Gazebo, a favourite for outdoor wedding ceremonies, and of course proper toilets.
Wedding packages for 2020 start at just £5,895 including catering.
The Tipis at The Gardens Yalding
Or for something a little different to a marquee, why not consider The Gardens Yalding near Maidstone?
It is home to two inter-linked tipis that are similar to a marquee, but shaped like giant cones. Inside the Tipis at The Gardens Yalding, fairy lights cascade down the wooden beams and the sides can lift up to allow stunning views of the surrounding manicured lawns.
The Tipis can accommodate up to 140 guests for a sit-down meal and up to 240 people for your evening wedding reception. Again, you get exclusive use of the entire venue including The Barn, the wedding gazebo and the historic gardens themselves. Wedding packages for 2020 start at just £6,300 including catering.