Amongst many, Dumfries is known as “The Queen of the South”, for it is the largest city situated in the South of Scotland next to the borders. As the poetic prodigy Robert Burns documented, Dumfries is known for its spectacular coastline and abundance of rolling hills – and as much as people are a fan of Dumfries, so is the wildlife. Are you an enthusiast of nature or history? This could be the place for you! Or, perhaps you’re more of the adventurous type? As home to one of Scotland’s largest zip wires, you’ll never be bored.
Kay and Jonathan Newbury tied the knot on the 29th December 2017 at Kay’s family home in Castle Douglas, Dumfries. As much as we love working in venues across Scotland, we also love creating a venue out of our clients own personal space. This helps to add a sense of homeliness to your wedding.
Entering through our 3m x 3m Pagoda lit with festoon string lights, 125 guests made their way into our 12m x 27m clear span marquee which was lit by our brass chandeliers, warm white uplighters and a full roof of warm white fairy lights. As you entered into the marquee our 6ft trestle tables created the top table to the right. The top table sat with their backs to half a wall length of panoramic window walls, which allowed all other guests to look on towards the family home while seated at our 6ft round tables. Tailoring to the Newbury’s rustic theme, tables were kept bare without linen to show the wood, and guests were sat on our limewash chiavari chairs with an ivory seat pad and wrapped in a forest green sash.
I bet you’re thinking, ‘it’s Scotland, why would you have a marquee wedding in the middle of Winter?’ We’re all mod cons here – we supplied the Newbury’s with our EC55 and EC35 marquee ducted heaters, which are thermostatically controlled. Our heaters run on red diesel; we can supply you with one full tank and any additional fuel if required. On the other hand, the more bodies up and dancing fairly warms up the marquee quickly…and alcohol doesn’t hurt either!
This marquee was not only to hold 125 guests fully seated, but to include space for an entertainment area and 2 lounge areas. The entertainment section was equipped with our 4ft x 8ft sections of staging, and sat next to our 20ft x 20ft white LED dance floor. The couple created the lounge areas with the use of chesterfield sofas and wood coffee tables. In addition to the sofas, expanding the chill out area were wooden poseur tables and bar stools. In keeping with the rustic theme, the couple created quaint ‘outdoorsy’ décor with the use of whisky barrels, wheel barrels, wooden crates, garden lanterns, and a whole lot of foliage.
In regards to electrics, we provided the power for this full marquee structure with the use of our 30KVA generator package with cable and distribution. This generator package includes two 30KVA generators, which acts as a safety net, for should one generator drop out the other will catch it – ensuring you don’t lose all power to your marquee! Don’t panic though, it’s a rare occasion when this does happen. This generator package supplied power to multiple points: the bar, catering, lighting, the staging area including our PA system with 4 speakers and mixer, the luxury loo unit and heating. So nothing much…
Various marquees adjoined to the main structure creating additional space for amenities. Off the centre of the main structure sat a 6m x 6m clear span marquee which was used as the bar segment. At the gable end to the main marquee sat a 9m x 6m clear span, which held our luxury loo unit and next to this sat another 9m x 6m clear span marquee for catering. Throughout the loo and bar marquees, the décor from the main marquee was carried throughout with fully ivory lined walls and roofs and dark grey carpet. Phew, that’s a lot of marquees. We’re not ones to brag, but we did all of this in one day #teamstrong
If you’re thinking of having a marquee wedding at your home, however large or small, no matter where it is, we’d love to hear from you.