Real Weddings – Sarah and David’s Summer Marquee



A beautiful summer garden wedding and the sun shone, we recently caught up with Sarah and asked her about her wedding.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding? It actually didn’t take us very long at all, in comparison to what most perceive it would take. We had 7 months between getting engaged and our wedding day. Quite a few people said it was impossible to plan a wedding in such a short period of time but with a relaxed and flexible approach coupled with a love of organisation we managed to pull it off and have our wedding day exactly how we wanted it.


Why did you chose your parent’s garden to hold the celebrations and why a marquee? I think a marquee wedding reception can be a lot more personal than the alternatives. It’s a blank canvas to customise and decorate however you want and can incorporate the wedding theme into the surroundings so easily. There is a bit more planning involved in having your reception in a marquee, however, you have the freedom of deciding on the size, shape, the layout, the size of the dance floor which makes the entire event unique, rather than being bound to a hotel reception room standard layout and package options. It also meant that the dancing didn’t have to stop at a certain time which was a big plus for us.
My parents have lived in the same house since I was born and spent so many fantastic years growing up there. It was always the dream to get married in our church and to have the reception at home as it is such a special place filled with so many great memories. We are so lucky to have had such a great marquee in the garden and would encourage anyone who has the space to do so to seriously consider it.

Would you mind telling us which caterer you chose and what your menu was ? IMG_1620
Our caterer was Robinsons of Wingate. They were absolutely brilliant and let us choose our menu from scratch. They served our reception drinks accompanied by some delicious canape’s as people enjoyed the sunshine. Our wedding breakfast started with farmhouse pate with autumn fruit chutney. This was followed by Durham beef with Yorkshire puddings which was served with dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables. This proved to be extremely popular as we had a full joint of beef on each table and we had chosen designated carvers, complete with chefs hat and apron. It was a great way to get the table talking and laughing, especially when tables had guests that didn’t already know each other. This was followed by a choice of Eton mess or summer berries in a champagne jelly, then finishing the meal with coffee and wedding cake. Robinsons provided everything we needed and were there throughout the planning process to make sure the catering was exactly how we wanted it, I really cannot recommend them enough.


Which other companies helped make your day so special?    We wanted the wedding to be as personal as possible and so where we could we did a lot ourselves and with the help of friends. Our flowers were arranged by a family friend who is a retired florist and our cakes were made by my mum and a friend. Having said that, there were a few things we couldn’t manage ourselves; Essence of the Moment was our photographer, Jed was brilliant and had some great ideas, and North East Soiree was our band who provided a fantastic mix of ceilidh band and modern band, getting everyone on the dance floor and making sure we all had a fantastic time.



What was your wedding colour theme? Where did you get your inspiration from? IMG_1832
With David being from a Scottish family and myself from an English family we wanted to have a theme that combined the two. Picking out the predominant colour from David’s family tartan we decided on Navy blue as our main colour scheme with a contrasting ivory. We had Scottish thistles and cream roses as the theme of our bouquets, and hints of tartan ribbon throughout. We wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed and had croquet and boules set up in other areas of the garden for guests to enjoy throughout the reception.


Do you have any tips or hints to other Brides and Grooms planning their wedding day?  I think many brides have an idea as they start planning their wedding of exactly how they want it to be which is great but not IMG_1639always practical. I think my number one piece of advice would be to be willing to consider alternatives. Other people can have brilliant ideas that you may not have considered. Also, try not to get too stressed about it all. Make a list of the big things that need booking e.g. church, marquee, band, photographer, caterer, florist and get that done as soon as possible. After that you can relax a little and enjoy thinking about the smaller, exciting things like decoration and personal touches. Try and remember though, throughout the planning process, that the most important part of the day is that you’ll end it married to the love of your life and in the grand scheme of things the colour of the napkins aren’t that important.

And finally what was the most memorable part of your day? This is a tough one, it was all so fantastic! Walking down the aisle with my Dad and seeing David ahead of me was such a magical feeling. Also, changing into my trainers to walk up to Penshaw Monument for our photos won’t be forgotten. However, spending the afternoon and evening (and a lot of the following morning) in the marquee, surrounded by our family and friends, enjoying great food, drinks, music and each others company was a great way to celebrate our marriage.




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