(Closed) Venues where you have to hire everything/Marquee Wedding tips

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2409 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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voyme262: what’s a marquee wedding? 

We are getting married at a historic mansion and garden, and we have to hire everything in as well. 

We are actually leaning on our caterer to recommend quantities for glasses, service sets, plates, tables, etc. and staff for hire. 

Our florist is providing vases and flowers.

I’m coordinating everything, since I’m a type A, high strung person who manages corporate events as part of my job. There’s a learning curve, but it’s not that steep for me. 

I advise you to ask your married friends or your mum if you have a good relationship with her. My friends are super supportive of wedding planning, since I’m the last to get married. hth.


Post # 4
2409 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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voyme262: if you’re the first to be married, then people won’t know what’s “proper” or not 🙂 


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voyme262:  what part of NZ are you getting married in?

Post # 6
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would send you reguest off to a few other tent companies and see what their list generates. What ever list makes the most sence I would hire that company. If you are allowed outside marquee companies.

Here is a Basic need list for a marquee wedding

Tent for Reception

Walls, DanceFloor, and Lighting

Basic Service Food Service Tent (Attaches to outside of tent)

Power source – ask your venue if they have power for you

ie: generator or 220 volt dryer cord

Flatware for every food coarse

1 utensil per food course, Dessert spoon or fork, Butter knife, Meat knife

China for every food coarse antipasto plate, pasta bowl, main plate, Salad plate, dessert plate, Bread & butter sauce

Extra’s:  Salt and Pepper shakers, Bread basket & butter dish, coffee craft, table number stands

Stemware For Tables 

Wine glasses 

Water glasses

Champagne glasses

For Bar Wine glasses , drink glasses and beer glasses.  For the bar I would order 60 wine glasses, and 150 drink glasses, 200 beer glasses. Many people will reuse there glasses.

Service Bar – Portable Bar, Bar fridge, 1 service bar table

Chairs – don’t forget DJ and photographer chairs, High Chair (if applicable)

To save money on chairs you can order all folding white chairs and only use Chavari Chairs at head table.

Extension cords for bar fridge, DJ booth, and lighting 

Coffee cups and saucers can be a Coffee service station – less then number of cups needed for coffee service station

Late night table plates and cutlery – Less then number of guest needed

Tables- You will need round or square reception tables table, 1 small cake table 

9 eight foot long tables & linens – listed below

1 x DJ table

2 x late night tables

1 x service table for bar

1 x sign in table/gift table

1 x coffee station 

1 x extra table

2 x service table for service tent

Linen: For all reception tables, all 8 foot tables, Cake table line,  Few extra linen encase bird fly’s in tent and make accidents 

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