Rustic wedding inspiration – say ‘i do’ in the great British countryside!

Often the subject of poems and works of art, the British countryside is one of the jewels of our nation’s crown – and a popular backdrop for rustic wedding celebration. If you’re a nature lover planning your special day, there are endless ways to weave in the beauty of the great outdoors and create a magical rural setting for you and your guests.

Hiring a marquee opens up a whole host of wedding venue options because it means you can bring practical essentials such as seating, a bar and loos to the rural locations you love. Brides and grooms-to-be often contact us to ask about marquee hire in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey so that they can realise their dream of saying “I do” in their favourite countryside spot (without the worry of what will happen if the sunshine doesn’t make an appearance).

—————————————————————————————————————————————–Here’s some ideas you might like to consider for your rural wedding…

Stretch tents

Stretch tents are flexible, waterproof fabric structures that can be rigged in an endless variety of shapes. We have a variety of stretch tent sizes which can also be connected to create the right setting for your celebration, from smallest at 7.5x10m and seating 40 people to 15mx22m seating 180 guests.

Relaxed in style, the sides can be up, down, or half and half. They don’t have linings and are a platinum colour so work with all colour schemes. Maybe you’ll choose a couple of structures – one for bar/entertainment and one for eating in.


Traditional marquees don’t have to be rectangular. There’s also a radial style available which means you can create a L-shape – which could be the perfect fit for your favourite countryside nook or cranny. Sloping or uneven ground is another rural feature that many people fear will prevent them from being able to have a wedding where they want one – but our experienced team have lots of solutions to fix this issue.

Another advantage of clearspan marquee is that sides can be open during the day (like a curtain) and then closed in the evening if it’s getting a little chilly. Clear roof sheets also allow all that beautiful natural light to flood in.


Decorating your marquee is an area where you can really free your imagination and go wild. Popular decorations include bunting and fairy lights and you might like to bring the outside ‘indoors’ with foliage wrapped around the tent/marquee poles, or a quirky feature like umbrellas hanging from the ceiling!

Trestle tables (long thin tables), rather than round tables, bring everyone closer and can make it easier to talk. Match the relaxed vibe with homemade hessian runners and simple table centres such as succulents in terracotta pots.

Coir matting will complement these sophisticated yet rustic touches nicely and means your guests won’t get their high heels stuck in the turf! For seating, wooden folding chairs or hay bales complete the look.

Food & drink

The understated atmosphere of a rustic country wedding calls for hearty and satisfying fare rather than more formal dining arrangements. Try a buffet overflowing with local produce such as bountiful salads created from seasonal ingredients – maybe to accompany a hog roast or BBQ – as well as homemade pies and pickles, and artisan cheeses.

Pizza ovens are becoming increasingly popular at weddings for both main meals and evening snacks. For dessert could go retro with an ice cream cart or van – or some good old-fashioned English country cakes.

Not forgetting the drinks, beer barrels filled with local ale, fresh lemonade or apple juice in jam jars, and a wheelbarrow filled with bottled water means guests can help themselves and stay refreshed. You can fill glass bottles with tap water to be kinder to the planet (or provide another wheelbarrow for recycling so that nothing gets left behind for the wildlife).


One of our favourite parts of providing marquees for weddings across Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey is finding out about all the wonderful entertainment on offer. You could go for giant outdoor games such as Jenga, Connect Four and croquet, rounders (‘bride’ side versus ‘groom’ side), folksy trios, country dancing, or fete-style games like a coconut shy or hook-a-duck.

Heating & lighting

When the sun goes down, the temperature usually does too. Keeps guests warm with a firepit, around which they can laugh, joke, share stories and toast marshmallows as a late-night snack. To make sure nobody stumbles into a ditch or accidentally asks a sheep to dance, consider lighting options such as solar lights or lanterns as a safer alternative to candles. Sparklers to finish the night are a delightful touch and make a super party favour.

—————————————————————————————————————————————–Feeling inspired? Talk to our friendly family team at Time Marquees about utilising our stretch tents for your rustic wedding in Hampshire, Berkshire or Surrey. Call us on 0118 973 6444 or email