Pièce de Résistance

Okay, that’s the table arrangements sorted. Now we just need the generator, the hay bales, the fire drums and the poles for the lighting, and we’re on our way to having ourselves a reception venue. Obviously, there’s an endless number of other details to sort out as well – the sound system, the parquet dance floor, the bunting…

Oh! How could I forget the pièce de résistance? No, not the cake. No one really likes wedding cake that much; let’s be real. I’m talking about wedding reception marquee hire. Melbourne, as we all know, is the national capital of inclement weather, so this is a necessity, and I absolutely cannot forget to book it in. I’ll add it to my to-do list now.

As well as being highly practical on the weather front, marquees also help keep a party nice and contained. Like, if it was just in a field (which it would otherwise be), everyone would be drifting all over the place, not properly hemmed in. It creates a nice sense of togetherness, you know? That’s what you want at a wedding, or any kind of social event really. 

I mean, I recently attended a 30th birthday party that was in a park, which would have been nice during the day and if there weren’t 80 people in attendance, all vying for access to the meagre light of a few LED camping lanterns strung in the trees. A marquee in a field would have been much better suited to the occasion, especially when it started bucketing down at 10pm – just as the NSYNC dance-off was warming up.

It’s a no-brainer: if you’re having an outdoor event, you should be looking at marquees to hire. Melbourne party goers will not forget your foresight.  You can have the best catering the town has ever seen, llamas in bowties and actually good DJs until the cows come home, but no one will remember any of it if they ended the night a soggy mess with their good shoes ruined.