Anywhere can be a Venue…
A Rustic Marquee Wedding for long summer days and a relaxed style.
Our Couple came to us looking for a rustic style wedding,. Although aiming for a hessian and hay bale theme, they wanted to keep the design quite clean and simple, their priorities were towards family and friends and they wanted their guests to enjoy a day free from the normal wedding formalities; they wanted to allow children to run and play, adults to talk, and their families to meet. Being in mid-summer they wanted to enjoy the outside setting with it’s wide reaching views and woodland backdrop, but they were conscious that their older guests might want shade, where their friends would be hoping to catch sunshine and cold drinks in equal measures.
The weather for their wedding was perfect, it was one of those summer days that we all hope for; blue skies and just a little breeze. The evening was cooler, but by that time guests were dancing, sat around the fire pit, chatting under the stars or propping up the bar…
The wedding day started with a local church service and the obligatory photos, before moving to the hilltops for a drinks reception of locally brewed cider and crisps. Garden games for the adults and a selection of ‘rolling’ toys for the children kept the guests entertained until they were asked quietly, and with little formality, to take their seats in the Petal style marquee to dine.
Their wedding breakfast choice was for table sized picnic hampers filled with local delicacies, cheeses, meats, fruits and breads. Hampers are a great ice breaker as they force guests to interact as string bound, paper wrapped parcels are passed around the table to be untied, and breads, patés and savouries are placed on boards for cutting and sharing. Evening food was from a selection of street food stalls with a mixture of American, Thai and Mexican dishes..
The Petal marquee, whilst perfectly suitable for blustery and wet days, is most suited to warm summer sunshine. With the sides off it forms a high, airy roof canopy that shades the sunshine, and with it’s walls on it offers protection from wind and weather. The large clear window walls ensure that guests don’t lose sight of the country views and gardens beyond, whilst the solid panels hide services, catering tents and less pleasing backdrops.
All in all it was a great day, with the sides off the Petal, children could run in and out, whilst older guests could enjoy sunshine and shelter as required. The evening music wasn’t too loud, and the dancing, partying and chatting went on until the early hours…
Petal Pole Marquee + Hamper
“Thank you for all your beautifull work, advice and support through planning our wedding. Our marquee was truly beeautiful and we couldn’t have wished for more! Would highly recommend you to anyone interested in marquee hire. Thank you so much to everyone involbed. Mr and Mrs Appleyard”
Orchards. gardens and vintage afternoon tea
as it should be...
Picture the scene, a quintessential English Garden, croquet, garden games, Gin and Tonic and gentle Jazz…
The setting for the wedding was beautiful, the setting for the ceremony was perfect. Held in a quaint, stone parish church that boasted a single bell, but no power, lighting, heating or even an organ. Surrounded by wild daisies and long meadow grass, the little church with its tranquil setting set the mood for the day perfectly, and the friendly, lighthearted vicar married them and then celebrated with them, the wine flowed…
Our couple knew what they wanted for their wedding before coming to us, not always the case, but most people know roughly what they’re looking for. Their ideas were simple, and as a couple they weren’t precious about making a few subtle changes to their plans in order to make the day flow better and to bring the wedding in on budget. Afternoon tea was a must, as was jazz music and croquet, the gin and tonic welcome drink was a nice touch to set the scene, and Hudson Lewis added a taste of the period with songs from the garden as guests arrived.
An Afternoon Tea is always a relaxed, slow and formal wedding breakfast, but it’s also a very social affair where guests regularly leave their seats to frequent the bar, chat to friends or just break to take a stroll. We often see Afternoon Teas at weddings last for a couple of hours, with speeches taken whilst guests graze. For this wedding we served the Afternoon Tea on Vintage tea plates with matching cups and saucers, and of course bottomless tea and coffee was poured throughout.
Evening food was a hog roast with salad. Jazz music gave way to a disco and the guests partied until midnight. Shortly after they were picked up by coach and minibuses to transfer them to hotels that we had pre-arranged.
” We cannot thank your team enough! We had the most perfect wedding earlier this month in the garden.. The venue was beautiful, food was amazing, staff were so helpful and the day ran so smoothly! All our guests had a wonderful time and have commented on how beautiful and relaxed the day was. Could not have asked for a more perfect day!”
Vintage Afternoon Tea
We’ve been asked many times to transform barns into venues, or to make an old village hall look like a four star hotel, we’ve lined cowsheds, cellars and even aircraft hangars, but this was the first time we’d been asked not to line or decorate.
would expect from any quality hotel, wedding venue or event facility. We can supply marquees to seat from 20 to 500 guests and offer both contemporary frame designs and traditional Petal Pole marquees. We bring along all the services, infrastructure, staff and facilities to ensure your event runs seamlessly and with little or no input from you. Just Add Guests….
Barns, Halls & Buildings
Anywhere can be a venue. Whatever your style, whatever your budget and whatever the occasion, there’s a venue for you. From cattle sheds that we need to clean, wall, and line, to village halls that need disguising, to listed buildings and gardens where we need to work with great care, or aircraft hangars that we need to transform, we can make even the most challenging site special.
If you’re aiming to create a theme for your event we can help you. Whatever you’re looking for; from a festival style wedding or a rustic celebration, to a Gentlemen’s club, Casino and ‘Speak Easy’ the only limit is your imagination….
Buffets & Platters
Afternoon Teas, Picnic Hampers, Cheese and Pork pie, Local Produce...
BBQ's, Hogs & More
Hog roasts, Street Food, Jacket Potatoes, Pizzas, Fish & Chips...
Fine dining, Multi-course Wedding Breakfasts, Speciality dishes...
Bars and Drinks Receptions
We offer an extensively stocked mobile bar service that is a rival for most venues and hotels, but without the large price tag. With a stock of over 15 Gins, 11 Whiskies and 5 Vodkas, as well as a wide variety of spirits, beers, craft ales, ciders, wines, shots and soft drinks, all at affordable prices, our bars compliment any wedding, party or function.
With a range of bars from Rustic to Modern, Cocktail to Mocktail, Real Ale to Gin, there’s bound to be a bar to suit your needs…