Temporary Structures | 5. Personalising Your Structure

This is the final installment in the series of posts Lisa from Just Bespoke Wedding Planning has put together for You & Me.  You’ve been guided through types of structures, the basics, the necessities, and how to choose a supplier.  For our fifth and final installment we get to the good bit; making your temporary structure look pretty.


Temporary Structures offer a huge amount of personalization, allowing you to choose most of the elements which go into the overall structure – from where to place doors and windows, to what seat your guests will sit on during dinner.

Here are the main areas to consider:

Door / windows / open / shut

The great thing with temporary structures is that you can also choose where doors and windows (if applicable) are positioned and also what they look like in some cases.

If you are opting for a canvas structure, your supplier will ask you if you want the sides up or down during your event. Both of these options take time so it is worth assessing weather conditions before you make a decision as once the sides are put in position, it can take half an hour or more to change them back again!

Drapes / linings

With marquees and some tents, you will get the option to customize the interior of the tent through the use of drapes and linings. Most companies will offer an array of colours and patterns and work with you to visualize how it is all going to look. Pinterest is a great resource to get some ideas.


Marquee with drapes – Image by Sim Canetty-Clarke


You will always have to choose the flooring for your structure and the two most common types of flooring are:

  • Coconut matting
  • Wooden boarded contour flooring

The second option is considerably more expensive but it is worth the cost if you are working on particularly uneven ground or if you are looking for a more polished finish.


Whatever structure you opt for, you will usually need to hire furniture on top. Items you need to consider include:

  • Dining Tables (round, oblong, square, rustic)
  • Dining Chairs / Benches
  • Lounge Furniture (ottomans, hay bales, sofas and occasional tables)
  • Poser Tables
  • Bar Structures
  • Dance floors
  • Staging
  • DJ Booths

The style of furniture you choose will be dependent on the overall look and feel that you are trying to achieve and most marquee / tipi / tent companies will have their own options for you to choose from, or you can outsource to a third party – but remember you will then be paying additional delivery fees.


Picnic table style dining in a Tipi – Image by Laura Babb


Amazing bar area in a Marquee – Image by David Pullum

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Additional images by Guy Collier and Sim Canetty-Clarke


Another great way to personalize the structure is through lighting and you will be able to choose from a range of options to include standard dimmable lighting and floodlights to fairy lights, uplighters, festoons, chandeliers and dance floor lighting. Most marquee / tipi / tent providers will be able to supply this but if you are looking for something more specialist you could always consider a third party supplier who will be able to work with the tent provider to install this for you.


Central Lighting in a Marquee – Image by David Pullum

Tipi Lighting - Image by Laura Babb

Tipi Lighting – Image by Laura Babb


Do your guests need to walk between different areas outside? If so, it might be worth looking into walkways – be that coconut matting to guide the way or a series of Chinese hats to create an undercover passage.


Candle lit walkway- Image by Guy Collier


Hurricane Lantern Marquee Undercover walkway – Image by David Pullum

Here’s some more inspiration from Lisa’s Weddings:

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The Real Weddings Featured here by Just Bespoke:

Tipi – in a field – Yvette & Andrew by Laura Babb Via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Tipi – in a back garden – Emily & Brandon by Guy Collier

Marquee – in a back garden – Kirsty & Darren by David Pullum

Marquee – in a back garden – Anna & Adam by Lucy Davenport

Marquee – Emily & Justin by Sim Canetty-Clarke

Marquee – Katie & Dan by Paul White

Lisa is a keen pinner, you can find more inspiration from her via Pinterest

If you’ve been inspired by what you have read and seen from from Just Bespoke get in touch and see if they can help plan your big day.

020 8290 5231

You & Me Pinterest Inspiration

Introduction – Wedding Planning | Temporary Structure

Part 1 – Types of Structures

Part 2 – The Basics

Part 3 – The Necessary Extras

Part 4 – Choosing Your Supplier


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