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Wedding Marquee with Ceremony Room for Victoria & Alistair

Weddings, News Sep 08, 2017 Comments Off on Wedding Marquee with Ceremony Room for Victoria & Alistair

We don’t often feature client weddings on our Blog, but we thought this to be a wonderful example of an ‘all-in-one’ wedding marquee venue.

Having ‘officially’ married in Greece the week before, Victoria and Alistair planned to re-affirm their vows with family and friends at their countryside home in Surrey, on the 8th July 2017.

With a large and secluded tree-lined meadow to erect the marquee, we made excellent use of the space with a whopping 12m x 45m structure to accommodate 125 guests for the day.

To ensure a seamless wedding timeline, Victoria requested separate ‘rooms’ within the marquee for the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment, which we partitioned with marquee walls and curtains allowing each area to be revealed when required.

The gallery below shows a few of our own pictures – setting up the marquee – plus beautiful wedding photos provided by Victoria and Alistair that show the marquee in all its glory, both by day and by night.

The spacious roofed entrance to the venue (12m x 6m) was elegantly furnished with ivory roof linings and purple swags, Chandelier lighting, wooden flooring and silver carpet – a colour theme continued throughout the venue – plus poseur tables and a 3m x 18m white carpet walkway.

The walkway created a central ‘aisle’ for guests and the happy couple to be led to the marquee’s ceremony room (12m x 6m), an open-sided section with windows, white roof and wall linings and covered chairs with purple sashes.

A discreet marquee wall, with opening middle section, kept the main wedding room (12m x 18m) hidden until it was time to be seated for the meal. Guests were comfortably spaced around the Top Table on 12 round tables with delicious food served from the adjoining ‘stand-alone’ catering tent (6m x 6m).

The white and purple theme with silver carpet continued throughout the marquee, with the main room beautifully lit by natural light plus LED uplighters and gorgeous black Chandeliers with dimmer switches, to smoothly transition from day to night.

The evening entertainment area of the marquee was a real showpiece! Taking up 12m x 12m of the huge 45 metre long marquee, with a large black dance floor – as big as the catering tent! – surrounded by white two-seater sofas and coffee tables with mirror balls, blackout linings and white swags for the ultimate wedding disco effect.

However this wedding disco offered another secret area, with a 12’ x 16’ stage behind the last reveal curtain, giving maximum effect to the wedding band.

Seaholme Marquees also provided bar hire and an adjoining bar storage area plus band area, luxury toilet hire, generators (to power both the main marquee and catering tent), marquee floor / matting and further marquee lighting where required.

Lawn Game Ideas For Your Reception That Your Guests Will Love

Weddings Jul 21, 2017 Comments Off on Lawn Game Ideas For Your Reception That Your Guests Will Love

Keeping your wedding guests entertained is an important part of your big day, particularly if you are hosting the whole day in one venue.

If you have hired a marquee, there is usually the opportunity for outdoor activities so that your guests are not “just waiting around” in between parts of your wedding – and it’s a great way for single guests to meet others.

Lawn games are becoming increasingly popular to feature at weddings. Why? Because everyone can enjoy them; the young ones and the older ones. They can bring everyone together. They act as a great ice breaker, conversation starter and are simply just down-right fun.

Wedding entertainment doesn’t necessarily have to be dancing; there are many people that don’t enjoy this, so having another alternative form of amusement for your guests is vital. So many more options are available at

Depending on your theme, we have come up with several ideas for lawn games that will have your guests talking and laughing out loud on your wedding day. They don’t necessarily have to be pricey; there are plenty of DIY options that you can create on a budget.

Coconut Shy

A nostalgic visit down memory lane, coconut shys are a brilliant reminder of your old school fetes and will be popular with everyone. They are pretty simple to create yourself as all you really need are several coconuts, stands and a ball to throw at them. If you’re worried about this not fitting in with your theme, the coconuts can be decorated to fit in with any colour scheme. You can even dress them to look like members of the wedding party by putting mini wigs on them or creating paper outfits, this will certainly go down with a laugh!

Giant Jenga

One of the most common lawn games seen at weddings is giant Jenga, it’s a classic family game and it is one of our favourites! This game will have guests feeling tense, especially because it’s a larger version to tackle! If you wanted to match your colour scheme, the blocks can be painted to your colours, so that the game doesn’t look out of place. It can also be a very easy DIY job if you managed to remember anything from your school woodwork lessons.

Sack Race

Take your guests back to their primary school sports days and set up a sack race! Easy, cheap and outrageously fun, this might actually end up being one of the highlights of your wedding day! Mark out lanes and set up a finish line. You can even turn it into a huge competition with heats, semi- finals and finals. Trust us, you’ll have a blast.


Our fairground favourite, hook a duck is a popular stall game that can play a brilliant part at your wedding. Keep the young ones entertained for hours and turn it into a game where prizes can be won. You don’t need to spend a huge amount on this; simply buy a small paddling pool and few rubber ducks. You can then add hooks to the ducks and attach string to a few sticks and add hooks to these!


Croquet is very popular at wedding receptions these days. It’s so easy to set up and simple enough that you don’t need to outline rules for guests. Get really creative with this and take your guests on a journey. Set up each hoop with a milestone of your relationship for example ‘first date’ and ‘moved in together’. It’s a fun touch to a very traditional game.

Ring or Horseshoe Toss

A fun game to play when you’ve had a few alcoholic beverages as your judgement starts to sway; you can make fun of your friends trying to get a ring over a bottle- of course, a fantastic game for the little ones as well. Turn this game into an interesting discovery by putting little facts about you as a couple into the bottles so if someone manages to get a ring over it, they get to read the fact inside. Remember; keep it ‘PG’ if you have little ones about!

Instead of rings, why not use personalised horseshoes designed with your names and the date of your wedding on. It’ll serve as a beautiful keepsake for you in years to come and you can even use them as presents for guests.


We couldn’t leave this out! Everyone loves limbo and it can bring an entire wedding party together. Simple and easy to setup, all you need is a bit of music or a drum beat and have your guests line up and have a go. All ages can do it, you can even encourage the older generation!

We hope to have given you some brilliant ideas for your own reception!

Remember, sometimes the simplest and oldest games can often be the very best. Even if you use just one of these, it will guarantee to keep your guests entertained for hours (particularly as the drinks go down) and they make for the best memories through pictures.

Marquee Wedding Venues near Brighton

Weddings, Events, News Jun 08, 2017 Comments Off on Marquee Wedding Venues near Brighton

Seaholme Marquees offer several rural marquee wedding venues, all within a few miles of Brighton.

Whether you are looking for old-style glamour, a traditional country pub or an idyllic countryside setting, we can help you find the perfect venue for your big day.

Our newest venue is perfect for your dream wedding, aptly called ‘Woodland Wedding Venue’: set in 60 beautiful acres with its own terrace.

New for 2017! Within a sunny and secluded gated private venue, the marquee itself is surrounded by bluebell fields and woodlands. Supplied with everything you need – furniture and a choice of stunning interiors, delicious catering and various entertainment options – or you are welcome to hire your own suppliers. Camping is available on request.

Woodland Wedding Venue is in Albourne, close to Brighton and the South Downs and just 5 miles from the nearest train station.


For a festival-style wedding, we offer ‘Woodmancote’: a beautiful, laid-back venue set within 3 acres of unspoilt countryside.

Available with marquee and accessories, toilets, power and a choice of catering options, this venue can be hired for one day or for the whole weekend, with camping for you and your guests if required (however you may wish to keep the adorable hand built Shepherds Hut for yourself!).

Woodmancote is located near Henfield, just north of the South Downs and minutes from Brighton by car.


If a country pub is more your style, we recommend The Royal Oak: an attractive gastro pub with ample space for a marquee in the garden.

This traditional pub provides a sophisticated countryside wedding venue with excellent food, allowing you to extend your guest list with the hire of a marquee.

The Royal Oak is situated in the village of Poynings, just north of Brighton and within the South Downs National Park.


If it’s all about the glamour, Preston Manor is the ideal venue for you: a beautiful manor house just outside of Brighton city centre.

This stunning wedding venue is both elegant and intimate. The function room accommodates just 30 people and can be accompanied by marquee hire to house further guests.

Preston Manor is surrounded by the tranquil grounds of Preston Park, and very easily reached via the A23 and A27.


Our largest wedding venue near Brighton is Q Leisure: an activity centre that’s also a favourite for hen and stag parties!

With well-kept grounds and an attractive beamed function room that overlooks the pond and patio garden, the venue makes an excellent setting for a wedding marquee. The centre also offers a full catering service and many activities to entertain your wedding guests.

Q Leisure is just down the road from Seaholme in Albourne, Hassocks, and easily reached by car from both Brighton and London.


We also offer several beautiful marquee wedding venues in and around Sussex.

However, if these venues are not quite your dream wedding location, we are happy to find further options for you to your specification. Simply get in touch to discuss your ideas!

Woodland Wedding Venue near Brighton

Weddings, Events, News May 31, 2017 Comments Off on Woodland Wedding Venue near Brighton

Set in 60 acres of beautiful woodlands near Brighton and the South Downs, our stunning new marquee venue is the perfect location for your dream wedding.

The marquee itself is positioned on a sunny and secluded terrace within a gated private venue, surrounded by bluebell fields and woodlands yet just 5 miles from the nearest train station.

Supplied with furniture and a choice of stunning interior decorations or ready for your own colour scheme or theme, our Woodland Wedding Venue offers all you need for the perfect day.

The fully lined clearspan marquee is 6m x 30m metres and ideal for a variety of table layouts for up 150 seated guests, with top table and trestle tables and all crockery, cutlery and glassware supplied, table decorations, chairs with elegant chair covers and sashes and a dance floor for everyone to dance the night away!

A separate catering tent, BBQ, outside seated and heated terrace and luxury toilets are all pre-prepared on site.

We can provide delicious catering, staff and entertainment from our trusted partners – choose from musical entertainment including DJs, bands and karaoke, and menus from buffet banquets to 5 course fine dining – or you are welcome to hire your own suppliers.

There are many stunning views for the backdrop of your wedding photos, and tranquil corners for stolen moments to yourselves!

We can also offer the marquee venue for hire for parties, corporate entertainment and other events during the summer months (April to September).

With ample parking and easily reached from London, Gatwick and Brighton, we can offer overnight camping at the venue, with facilities, on request or your guests will find several accommodation choices in the nearby villages. There’s even a pub within a few minutes’ walk!

Our own office is very nearby in Albourne, West Sussex. If you have any questions or would like to view the venue please do get in touch.

Marquee Wedding Venues in Sussex

Weddings, News Jan 27, 2017 Comments Off on Marquee Wedding Venues in Sussex

As the wedding planning season heats up, we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce the various wedding marquee packages and venues available via Seaholme and our partners.

We offer several beautiful outdoor venues for hire where the marquee can be customised to your specification as well as licensed wedding venues in Sussex that have a permanent marquee during the summer months.

Marquee hire is an excellent option to increase the seating capacity or reception space for your wedding, and because we have partners near Lewes, Crawley and Worthing where our marquees are generally available from April to September, all you need to do is confirm your guest list … And possibly choose your interior theme, accessories and menu – but the venue itself or our own team will be happy to assist you!

Our Wedding Venues with a Marquee

Near Lewes, a country pub next to the river may be your ideal venue – The Anchor Inn in Barcombe offers a stylish marquee and wedding venue for up to 180 guests, and is also licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.

Our wedding venue near Crawley is Tulleys Farm, another idyllic country setting – yet close to London and Brighton! – with stunning photograph opportunities, and overnight camping available on request.

Just north of Worthing, South Down Gun Club also hires a wedding marquee from us during the busy summer months, offering an all-inclusive wedding venue with stunning views and suitable for 80 to 150 people.

View our other Wedding Venues in Sussex.

Wedding Marquee Packages

Our most popular package is the ‘Ice Wedding Package’. It’s unbeatable value and includes everything you may require for your dream wedding – just choose your venue!

Our ‘Private Party Package’ is also adaptable for weddings, especially if you are looking for an intimate and simple wedding venue – although you are welcome to elaborate our package to suit you, perhaps with a wild wedding theme or flamboyant accessories.

Depending on the month when your Big Day will take place, we have a selection of special offers that will help make your venue both beautiful and more affordable … from free starlight roofing to a free ice bar, it’s the finishing touches that can make all the difference.

View our Special Offers.

Hire Vintage Cake Stands for your Celebration

Weddings, Events, News Jul 01, 2015 Comments Off on Hire Vintage Cake Stands for your Celebration

Another “special touch” for any party – especially bridal showers, birthdays and vintage themed weddings!

Seaholme Marquees are delighted to introduce a new Vintage Cake Stand hire service, complete with scones and finger sandwiches if required, provided by Carly’s Afternoon Teas.

Based in Burgess Hill and serving mainly within the local area, Carly’s unique home made cakes stands are available to purchase or hire, and can be delivered direct to your marquee on the day of your celebration (dependent on location).

Vintage Cake Stand Hire

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A Wonderful Wedding in Lewes

Weddings, Reviews Jul 28, 2014 Comments Off on A Wonderful Wedding in Lewes

Seaholme Marquees worked alongside Carter Nendick to create the perfect wedding backdrop at The Shelleys Hotel in Lewes, in April 2014.

The Shelleys is a delightful 16th century country house and wedding venue in the quaint town of Lewes, near Brighton in East Sussex. The hotel boasts elegant reception rooms and beautiful gardens with breath-taking views of Lewes and the surrounding South Downs. Seaholme were eager to provide an equally beautiful marquee interior for the all-important Wedding Breakfast and speeches.

We were tasked with providing a 9m x 18m marquee with ivory roof and wall linings and windows down one side, with wooden flooring and carpet plus round tables and Limewash Chivari chairs. The gorgeous paper lanterns adorning the ceiling really gave the marquee it’s WOW factor – both by day and by night.

Sarah Nendick, in charge of wedding planning, provided the following feedback regarding our service:

“A huge thank you for all your help (and patience!) in the planning and execution of Bea and Chris’s wedding on Saturday. Everyone I have dealt with at Seaholme has been wonderful and I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending you to another client or fellow planners.

A particular thank you to Debbie for her mercy dash with the linen! Bea and Chris were blown away by how stunning the marquee looked.”

We would like to thank Carter Nendick and Be Light Photography for featuring in our Case Study.

Seaholme Marquees recommend several other stunning wedding venues near Lewes and around Sussex, as featured on our Venues page; have a look at the beautiful Anchor Inn near Lewes or our wedding marquee package at Southdown Gun Club near Worthing in West Sussex.


An Easter Wedding in West Sussex

Weddings, News May 13, 2014 Comments Off on An Easter Wedding in West Sussex

We’re delighted to present our first case study in pictures for you:
The Making of an Easter Wedding

Blessed with fantastic sunshine and a warm Spring day, the Seaholme Marquees team quickly erected and furnished this stunning wedding marquee in West Sussex.

Hired for a glamorous wedding on Easter weekend, the marquee was a spacious 12 metres x 27 metres with ivory and white linings, a vibrant purple carpet and black & white dance floor plus a wonderful chill out area with sofas overlooking the lawn. Portable staging created the ideal raised platform for toasts and entertainment while Glitter Balls and Chandelier lighting lined the ceiling in preparation for an evening ambiance.

Find out more about our Wedding Marquees, venues, marquee packages and Accessories.

New Wedding Marquee Venues

Weddings, News Feb 20, 2014 Comments Off on New Wedding Marquee Venues

We have recently added two new wedding marquee venues to our portfolio, offering even more choice to our customers.

Preston Manor in Preston Park, Brighton, offers Edwardian glamour in an intimate setting, yet with a luxury wedding marquee from Seaholme you can create a spacious venue for many more guests and all within minutes of the city centre.

Tulleys Farm provides a delightful spot for a festival style wedding, nestled mid way between Brighton and London. The venue also offers plenty of car parking, a children’s play area and overnight camping for you and your guests.

[Update, June 2014] Discover our new wedding marquee venue near Henfield in Sussex, available with camping.

To see an overview of all of our wedding marquee venues in and around Sussex please click here, or contact us to discuss your venue requirements.


Special Offers on Marquee Hire

Weddings, News Dec 09, 2013 Comments Off on Special Offers on Marquee Hire

Seaholme Marquees are committed to ensuring you receive a quality service and the most beautiful marquee possible for your budget.

To help meet this commitment, we not only offer competitive pricing but have a multitude of special offers to choose from including fantastic value Marquee Hire Packages and seasonal discounts on furniture hire and accessories when hiring a marquee from us.

For last minute bookings this December, you can benefit from cut price banqueting chair hire at just £1.20 per chair plus free starlight roofing with all marquee linings and free carpet with all wooden floors, all adding up to a stunning atmospheric venue at a really good price. Click here for more details.

If you’re planning a Christmas wedding in 2014 please contact us directly to find out what special offers we may have planned!

For summer weddings and parties, our Marquee Venue Package with camping offers huge savings on the usual cost of hiring a venue in Sussex plus everything you may require for an amazing celebration, including furniture, furnishings, a choice of catering options, luxury toilets and an option for overnight accommodation. We can also organise entertainment, a free bar and professional staff as required.

Our exclusive Ice Wedding Marquee Package – with savings of over £3000! – will provide your dream wedding in one easy package, and our Private Party Package offers an ideal glamourous venue with savings of over £1200!

To view all of our special offers in one place please click here.