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Challenge: To provide a truly magical environment for a spectacular wedding, the likes of which the guests had never seen before.
Location: Field on Client's Estate in Berkshire
Lead Time: Approximately 9 months...an average Wedding Lead time
Working with a top London Caterer and equally well respected florist, Complete Events were very conscious from the onset of the importance of the design aspect of this event. This was to be no 'run of the mill' marquee, and no 'standard' celebration.
With the main body of the marquee 25m wide, 40m long, divided into numerous areas and with many peripheral structures (please see CAD Plan below), this was an imposing and impressive venue for any event, and especially so for a wedding. The key of course was not to lose atmosphere in such a cavernous structure. As you can see from the pictures the result was quite spectacular.
The client, Complete Events and other contractors remained extremely close to each other throughout the preparation period. We attended many dining room meetings (including a lighting display 'walk-through' on notebook computer to show how the interior of the marquee would be lit at various stages of the evening) and in all wrote over 40 letters & items of communication, to ensure that every detail was attended to and no stone was left unturned. When an event is as important to the client as this was, there is quite simply no room for error.
Requiring hundreds of metres of trackway just in order to get access to the field to build the marquee complex, this was quite a project, but one which Complete Events managed without fuss, on time and within budget!
The complex itself incorporated a 50m covered walkway from a Drop Off marquee, down which guests walked towards the main marquee, looking over wonderfully lit grounds on their way. As they entered Reception they were struck by the size of the marquee interior, the stunning bespoke hand-painted dancefloor, and the luxurious colour schemes, décor and furnishings. This was going to be an event to remember.
As a false wall was removed to reveal the stunningly decorated dining interior, amazed guests were invited out of the reception area. Whilst dining, unbeknown to guests, we completely removed the interior lining of the vast reception area to reveal fantastic Nightsky above, the perfect backdrop for an excellent Nightclub dancing area.
After dinner, guests really let their hair down to the band and disco. The large dancefloor was busy from start to finish.
At a given point during the evening, all guests were invited out onto a 25m x 5m astroturfed Balcony Area, an open fronted marquee viewing platform, to watch a truly stunning firework display set to rousing classical music. Guests were seen crying at that 'magical ten minutes'.
There can be very few events that Complete Events have been involved in that has left guests more moved. A genuinely wonderful time was had by all.
Complete Events Services included:
- Design and event consultation and management, with particular emphasis on how the marquee design can help the day flow successfully
- Almost 1800m2 of internally divided marquee complex, beautifully lined throughout, with solid floor and carpet
- Stages for band and speeches
- Atmospheric lighting, internal and external, including:-
- Intelligent dance floor lighting rig
- High quality table centre dining lighting
- Towering flambeaux gas flames
- Fairy lights everywhere!
- Extensive feature lighting for both inside and outside
- Vast quantities of functional back of house internal and external lighting
- Luxury lavatory units
- Generators, heating, power distribution system & management
- Vast quantities of furniture, from beautiful Chiavari dining chairs to Cheval Mirrors for the cloakroom area
- Fire precautions
- Event Insurance
- Doorman services
Very kindly, the clients invited the four key players at Complete Events involved in the production of their daughter's wedding to supper shortly after the event as a sign of their appreciation of our efforts!
No matter how large or small the wedding, Complete Events have the experience and the know-how to help make dreams come true.