Dressing School Halls with Marquee Linings

Last weekend we decorated Rookesbury Park School near Southampton. This private school offers great facilities for a wedding with an impressive approach, lovely gardens with amazing views for arrival drinks and a very pretty conservatory for the wedding breakfast.

The downside for many is the school gym, which is used for evening dancing and in this case for the bar and a small chill-out area.

As this was a Spring wedding, our client had a “bluebell wood” theme. Our brief was to decorate the gym to resemble a bluebell wood.

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We began by lining the room with a flat ivory marquee lining. This provided a blank canvas against which we could project light effects and install furniture. To create a woodland effect we fitted a woodland backdrop at one end of the marquee. This was supplemented with blue uplighting to create the effect of bluebells and a haze machine to provide mist along the woodland floor.

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The remainder of the marquee was decorated with blue lighting to the floor and green lighting to the ceiling. Gobo projections in shades of green provided the effect of a leaf canopy over the dance floor, while alternating green and blue uplighters brought the leaf canopy and bluebell floor together.

Twisted willow arrangements added to the mystical effect and for a summer wedding, we would use birch branches to provide “real trees” around the outside.

Other items supplied included gas flambeaux at the entrance, brass lanterns to line the approach, storm lanterns for the table centres (containing sweets, with each table named after a different sweet), candelabra and a smokers gazebo.

Further details on Rookesbury Park School can be found on their website http://www.rookesburyparkschool.co.uk/ or by contacting the lettings manager Heather on 01329 833108.