Decoration Ideas & Inspiration

Decoration ideas & inspiration come from many different sources. One of the many advantages of using a marquee for your event is that it provides you with a blank canvas to work with and to really make your own. We’ve seen some wonderful creations over the years and have a few tricks and ideas of our own to help with your event should you wish. Or you may be bursting with creativity, but either way, this article will hopefully provide you will a few additional pointers and some further inspiration.

Drapes & Linings

Drapes and linings tend to be more popular in clearspan marquees as are they are particularly useful in covering up the framework. You can opt for the classic ivory lining which covers all framework and provides you with a neutral background, or you can choose a colour of your choice to have throughout the marquee. Alternatively, you can choose to drape the marquee yourself. Archers Marquees love exploring the various ways to line and drape the marquee and are always very happy to work with you on this. 

Flowers & Greenery

These are an obvious choice when it comes to decorating the marquee and there are many ways you can incorporate them aside from on the dining tables and at the entrance. Flower balls, flower hoops, wooden ladders can all be hung from the middle of the marquee, or you can attach garlands and bunches of flowers around the eaves of the marquee. 

Paper Lanterns

These can be used with or without lights in them to add to the décor in the ceiling. Cream or white help create a light and airy feel to the marquee, or you can use them to carry your colour theme through into the ceiling.


Balloons, especially balloon arches are increasingly popular and are a great way of embracing your colour theme!


These are a really fun way to add a different dimension to your marquee – just take a look at these fantastic examples! 


Bunting…choose between either the timeless classic or making your own; you can use photographs of yourselves as a couple or involving the guests!


Ribbons can be used in various ways; tie them to the back of your chairs to add colour to the ceremony and tables, or use them to tie up your favours, napkins etc

Don't forget the poles!

Depending on the size of your (traditional) marquee, you will have at least one upright pole that you can decorate. They can be wrapped in fairy lights, ribbons, greenery and/or your choice of flower. They do also look lovely and rustic by themselves so you’re a winner either way!

You also have the ridge (horizontal) poles that can be used to hang items from; we are able to attach pulleys for you so that you can hang the aforementioned flower balls/hoops/ladders etc from them

Above are some photos of a few more of our favourites!

Resources that may help:

  • – Pinterest, Pinterest, PINTEREST!
  • – Follow pages and hashtags on Instagram that you feel will be relevant to your event eg #eventdecor, #weddinginspo…and of course @archersmarqueesltd!