Norfolk marquee experts tell us what you need for your wedding
Need a dazzling white marquee from the canopy to the dancefloor and decorations or a simple nest in the woods centred around a favourite tree? Ask the experts for honest advice.
Working out exactly what's needed and if it will fit in the right space isn't easy.
So talk it through with the professionals and work from there, suggests Malcolm Powles, director of Norfolk based Victoria Marquees.
'We specialise in pole, frame and pop up marquees for weddings, caterers, bars, fetes, business events, parties and so on.
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'We try to be a little bit different and offer alternatives,' he says.
Whether that's incorporating existing trees into marquees, adding amazing lighting, unusual dancefloors, or helping organisers find the best caterers, equipment hire companies, photographers and florists, Victoria Marquees experience shines through.
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'For instance, our lighting ranges from chandeliers to acrylic globes, up lighting to programmable LEDs. We have different dance floors from white acyclic, black and white, wood parquet – it depends what the customer wants.'
Sitting down and working with the bride – or other client – to decide exactly what they need makes all the difference, he says.
'They say most ladies start to think of their wedding from the age of 11. So we do get the ones who know exactly what they want right down to the table decorations.
Others don't really know but know what they don't want and we talk them through it, and others don't really mind, they simply want to celebrate their wedding and go along with whatever is suggested,' says Malcolm.
They'll put up marquees almost anywhere they have permission, from back gardens to stately homes, woods, beaches, village greens and inside village halls and barns.
'Putting a free standing post and drape system inside a structure can be the easiest way of completely transforming that space,' he says.
He even has a list of venues for those who need a suitable space.
Besides the marquee, Victoria Marquees supply the stage and dance floor, electrics, flooring, toilets, generators and, tables and chairs.
'Some companies shy away from the electrics, we install and test the power,' he adds.
Through the sister company, Decorate My Venue, Malcolm can organise everything from hanging lantern hire – this year's most popular wedding trend – to festoon lighting.
'We have marquees for as large a party as you want, but we have ones for 20 people in a garden too, just ask,' says Malcolm.
Find them at Morley St Botolph