James & Laura’s amazing marquee wedding, Nottinghamshire

by Linzi
real wedding inspiration - walking on the lawn

real marquee wedding inspiration

We’re so pleased to be able to share with you James and Laura’s stunning marquee wedding from last summer. We provided our design and styling service alongside our bespoke calligraphy service. 

The couple chose a stunning gold, cream and greenery colour palette with some little twists. So be prepared for some serious marquee wedding gorgeousness packed with personality! 

Morning wedding preparations

Whilst we were busy setting up everything in the marquee, the bridal party were having a relaxing morning getting ready on site at the Manners Arm’s in Knipton, near Grantham. There was first chance to see the brides gorgeous dress, as well as, the awesome flowers from Sophies Flower Co. 

Bespoke 'on the day' Calligraphy

We provided our bespoke calligraphy package, alongside our wedding design service, for this wedding. A hand written table plan with gold leaf corners was set inside our ornate gold frame with an added greenery surround. Individual place settings were provided in the same design with matching table markers. We also provided a bespoke calligraphy sign for redemption of the drinks tokens – more on that later! 

its all about the wedding design

Marquee wedding design for James and Lauras summer wedding

My top tip for designing your marquee wedding – the colour palette – think of it like the glue that binds everything together. If you have a clear view of your colour palette (Here it was gold, green and cream) it makes it easier to pull together all your suppliers. Share your colour palette with your florist & stylist and away you go! 

For this marquee wedding it was all about the details and there was plenty of them throughout

  • Custom made, personalised wooden drink tokens draped around bottled favours made by the bride & groom (I totally loved these & they’re a fabulous keepsake too! See picture below!)
  • On trend greenery draped down from large balloons filled with gold metallic flashes. A gorgeous alternative to a traditional table centrepiece which took full advantage of the height in the marquee
  • BAR letters. Definitely not your standard white 4ft BAR letters! Tese were made from bronze/copper metal which matched the colour palette perfectly 


Another key factor was lighting – it can really make or break a venue. For this marquee wedding we added festoon lighting up to the roof of the marquee and placed uplighters around the edge. Fairy lights were also draped around the wooden central poles.  

real wedding inspiration - creative favours and bespoke wooden drink tokens
real marquee wedding inspiration - BAR sign

The Wedding Service

real wedding inspiration - we're married!

The wedding service was held in the conservatory of the Manners Arms, with the wedding party underneath a custom marquee set up outside. We carried through the colour palette from the marquee with balloons either side of the ceremony table and matching flowers / sashes down the central aisle. 

The wedding reception

This was one wedding reception that I wish I had been a guest at! Apparently the diving mask was part of the speeches! With a live band for the evening a good time was had by all! 

Now is probably a good point for me to talk about the gorgeous petal wedding marquee used on the day and provided by Every Occassions Marquees. A gorgeous alternative to a traditional wedding marquee – I particularly loved the two wooden central poles and the flowing roof canopy. The clear panels around the outside brought in natural light and could be placed to suit your requirements. Just perfect! 

Gorgeous petal wedding marquee

The team behind This Gorgeous wedding design

Wedding design,  styling & bespoke calligraphy (including ‘On the Day’ stationery) – Linzi and Seb from  that black & white cat 

Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Manners Arms 

Photography from Newton Photography

Flowers from Carolann at Sophies Flower Company 

Marquee from Every Occassions Marquees 

Other styling items and balloons from Dyl & Co 

BAR light up letters from Vintage Fare 

James and Lauras wedding - red door picture


Nadia March 28, 2018 - 5:42 am

I love the colours. Lovely elegant look.

Melanie Coleman March 30, 2018 - 9:50 am

Stunning dress and set up! And some great tips there too. x

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