5 Tips for Getting the Best Photography for Your Marquee Tent Wedding
Whether you’re having a home marquee wedding, or extending the celebrations to a tent or marquee in the grounds of an exclusive venue for the weekend, Fine Art Curation member Lucy Davenport Photography is here to talk us through making the most out of your blank canvas!
Lucy captures a number of marquee weddings each year so has a fantastic insight into what works well from a photographers perspective...
I adore a marquee wedding! For me, they are an exciting blank canvas and a place where you can really show your personality and create wow factor.
Prepare for the worst and anything else is a bonus! Is there an appropriate area for guests to relax if there is a downpour during your planned outdoor drinks reception? I have photographed multiple weddings in the rain and the standout ones have always been where there has been ample space for the guests to feel relaxed, warm and sheltered.
To give you an example, you could have a ceremony tent that could double up as a wet weather option or a large chill out area for the evening can be utilised if the weather turns.
A marquee with clear sides still enables you all to enjoy the view!
Leading on from the weather, create a flow to your wedding by designing ‘areas’. Allow there to be clear separation between the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast and then the dancing.
Consider a big reveal! Guest reactions are brilliant to photograph. Perhaps there’s a secret area that only opens in the evening, or like this wedding, the Lighthouse Family were a surprise…even for the Bride and Groom thanks to the Brides parents!
LIGHTING & FLOORING
You can help transition the day and flow by the lighting. Dinner by natural light and candlelight gives your event such a warmth and intimacy. Save the coloured lighting for the dance floor!
Consider everything – even the flooring. Images will reflect the look of your wedding so question what flooring will be used to ensure you’re able to match your overall aesthetic.
MAKE THE SPACES WORK FOR YOU
Consider having some of your speeches outside. One could take place during the drinks reception before the wedding breakfast so you’re utilising the chill out areas and then others can be more traditional during the meal. I find this works particularly well if there are more than 3 speeches. It keeps guests engaged and the more informal speeches can happen outside.
Create that wow factor! A floral cloud inside the marquee to create a focal point or a jaw dropping floral arch over the entrance (which makes a great backdrop for guest shots!) Perhaps make your wedding cake a real feature by placing it in the centre rather than to a side.
A little bride-to-bride tip from me, invest in a wedding planner. They are invaluable for a marquee wedding, especially if it's at home. For some serious marquee wedding inspiration give Lucy a follow on Instagram or head to her website to enquire.
Photography: Lucy Davenport Photography