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Sailcloth Tents vs Tipis

Sailcloth Tents vs Tipis When beginning to plan your marquee wedding, there are so many different styles of marquees to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start. Twenty years ago the choice of marquees available was fairly stark. It was either a traditional pole marquee with a frilly lining or a modern aluminium and PVC structure. Both had their uses but they also required plenty of imagination and effort to transform them into warm, welcoming [...]

Celebrating Outdoor & Marquee Weddings.. Wedstock, Wedstival & Wedfields’19

Congratulations! If you're planning your Outdoor or Marquee Wedding, read on.. We're delighted to be able to confirm the dates for this year's Wedding Tour with the rather fabulous team at Brides up North! These dates are a must-visit for any couple planning their outdoor wedding.  They're a perfect opportunity to stand inside our sailcloth tent, see our brand new Nomad stretch tent, sit one one of our super comfy beds in our luxury bell tents and more.. We also [...]

2019-01-15T23:55:43+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Aurora Sailcloth, Planning, Shades Canvas, Weddings|0 Comments

New for 2019 | Wanderlust Bell Tents

Wanderlust Bell Tents We're delighted to introduce our new range of Bell Tents that are on their way for 2019! Now these aren't just any Bell Tents - these are Shades Bell Tents.  This of course means proper beds, cosy duvets, bedside lamps, charging points and more! They're available to hire alongside your main marquee or by themselves, which means we're able to offer a night (or two) of glamping luxury for our couples. Each Bell Tent is named [...]

2018-12-12T23:35:15+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Aurora Sailcloth, Planning, Shades News, Weddings|0 Comments

Shades | Real Weddings – online

What a Summer! Now we're into November and our tents are packed up for the winter, we're finally catching up with ourselves.  We absolutely love seeing our couples' weddings when they're featured online, so here's a round up of some of our favourites from the Summer: Wedding at Home Louise & Chris' Wedding at Home was simply beautiful.  Two sailcloth tents, a gorgeous garden as a backdrop and blue skies made this wedding the perfect day.  With meticulous planning [...]

Introducing… The Nomad

The latest addition to our portfolio of amazing tents, is the Nomad.  These fabulous stretch tents are a fantastic alternative to the high ceilings of the sailcloth marquees – for those looking for something a little bit different, the Nomad might just be what you’ve been looking for… Whilst we obviously love all our marquees and tents, there’s a new kid on the block, and it’s a good one! Something about the Nomad caught our eye – these stretch tents [...]

Shades on Tour in 2018

Following the success of the last 2 years of Wedstocks and Wedfests, 2018 will be our biggest yet! We appreciate that booking a marquee based on mainly our word, charm and good looks (!) – oh, and a few lovely testimonials can sometimes feel like a bit of a leap of faith, but next year there will be plenty of opportunities to be able to come and see our lovely tents!  You’ll be able to stand in them, chat to [...]

2018-05-10T15:17:29+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Shades News, Weddings|0 Comments

How to Hire a Field

The question we are asked more than any other by our clients, is ‘Where can I hire a field?’ or ‘I’d like a marquee but don’t know where I can put it, do you have any suggestions?’. Here’s a step by step guide to beginning to plan your marquee wedding and how to find the perfect venue for you: Decide where you’d like to be If you can narrow it down to a county, then you’re doing pretty well at [...]

2019-02-27T21:28:07+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Private Parties, Shades News, Weddings|0 Comments

Featured Supplier – Mix & Twist

When planning virtually any marquee event, drinks feature pretty highly on the list of things that will definitely be required on the day! Of course, the beauty of a wedding or party in a marquee is that you have the flexibility to choose each element of your day, creating the perfect atmosphere for your celebrations and budget. From fine dining to a simple buffet, a professional bar service to bottles of beer in a bathtub, DIY bunting and home-grown flowers [...]

2018-05-10T15:17:41+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Private Parties, Shades News, Weddings|0 Comments

Shades Wedding – Jess & Gab, Loch Lomond

Jess and Gab chose the most beautiful location on the edge of Loch Lomond for their Wedding Celebrations earlier this year, and we were delighted to have been able to help them create a truly magnificent day. Here Jess tells us all about planning their marquee wedding. Jess and Gab’s Wedding was in one of the most picturesque settings we’ve seen (and we are fortunate to work in some truly amazing places across the UK). If you’d like to know [...]

Shades Wedding – Clare & Ramsay

When Clare & Ramsay chose their wedding venue in Northumberland, they knew they wanted a marquee that was a little bit different. Shades’ Aurora Sailcloth Tent fitted the bill perfectly, and here they tell all the details about their special day.. Paul’s marquee was stunning both inside and out, it was incredibly clean and the pristine transparent walls gave it exactly the feel we were looking for.. Being able to have these clear walls throughout the tent and roll these [...]

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Testimonials

Summer 2017 Wedding

Dear Paul,

I just wanted to write to you directly to say a huge (and slightly belated) thank-you for all that the Shades team did to make our wedding day just brilliant!
So many people remarked on the stunning structures and, as you so rightly said, they worked so well in that setting – we were thrilled. The Shades team were discreet, extremely professional, very hard-working and also lovely blokes! In addition, I really appreciated your guidance on the interior, lighting etc which was all ban…
Summer 2017 Wedding