After years and years of setting up weddings for our lovely customers, it was time for mini chief to marry his princess charming, Lucas and Aimz have been together 8 years now, Aimz is a full-time teacher but can often be found in our children’s area’s teaching hundreds of children trapeze lessons. Lucas popped the question in rather spectacular fashion at Camp Festival in 2016 during Fat Boy Slim’s headline set. You can watch the magical moment here.
So 8 months on, endless evenings of planning, discussing, discussing some more and discussing of our discussions and we were in business. This was our chance let our imagination go wild, use all our experience and remember stolen ideas from previous customers, spend months building things out of pallets, have an on mass hokey cokey as a first dance and become Mr and Mrs Wintermei!
Colourful Circus Tents or Vintage Canvas marquee? Both! Bigtopmania Wedding
If ever there was a time to pull out all the stops and make use of our stock, it’s your wedding day. Plus when Aimz asks Pete in a nice polite fluttery eyes way, Pete became the ultimate ‘yes’ man. Can we have a champagne tent? Can we have a dinner marquee and a party tent? Dancefloor? Glitterbal? Think we need a stage, Yep, Yes why not! ok, sure, leave me in peace! It really was amazing to showcase what we can do, whilst trying to hold ourselves back from going to mad, because what goes up, must come down. But you only get married once and we wanted to give everyone a weekend to remember. I’m going to let the pictures do the talking in this article as I don’t want to gabble on forever.
It was a nice chance to introduce some of our friends to our canvas marquee that not all of them would have seen and also great fun to decorate it to our own unique taste.
We had some fantastic help from lots of wonderful friends and would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again.
Venue – Koa Tree Camp, we couldn’t have picked a more friendly wonderful place to hold our event. The owners were super helpful throughout the set up and take down and allowed us loads of freedom to create our mini festival. Even cooking up a quite incredible friday night Moroccan feast for 80 of us! The main plus for this venue was being able to accommodate lots of our guests in beautiful log cabins, geo domes and bell tents. Thanks Koa Tree! We will be back!
Wedding Cake – Rough Read Cakes aka Polly Harte – our lovely friend and cake boss, who made us a wonderful naked masterpiece of maybe 5 different flavours. You know the cakes good when it all gets eaten and the bride didn’t even get any!
Flowers – Snowdrops Another generous friend donating their expertise, Lou and Mike did a magical job with complete creative control over our floral arrangements, we didn’t really know what we wanted so we trusted their judgement and they got it 110% right!
Food – ReJuice & Pretty F******g Good Toast – Our friend Tom Fletcher runs a food waste juice company, the original thought was to have a food waste banquet but due to the difficulty in forward planning with food waste, we went for just incredible food from these lovely folks.
Photography – Michael Wells Photography, we didn’t know Michael before the wedding but we now feel like we’ve gained a friend, he was a wonderful part of our day and captured it beautifully as you will see if you gander through these pictures.
Videographer – Sam Mulvey, a recommendation from a friend and has since become a football team mate, video is not released yet but we will get it out soon and give you all a wonderful reminder of what a smashing time it was!
There was a circus show by some of the Bigtopmania faithful, including Oneface Mapacha and Loudini! and Lucas even joined in himself, Moses doesn’t drink, and there was some suggestion that the reason for all the dropping was that Lucas had been too much on the vino. but it turns out he had actually not drank yet, it was just the nerves!
Music wise, at the church the romantic atmosphere was made even more beautiful by an acoustic aisle walk music from Meg Emrys and Charlie Hurt. We also had a few wonderful DJ sets from FlutterbyOne, Josh Hyams, Debbie and Lou. We also had the fabulous Mudflappers, a swing dance troupe from London who gave a short demonstration before teaching us all a sequence and then throughout the night they were just absolute stars at keeping the dance floor moving. Highly recommend!
It was an utterly astounding day and we love reminiscing and hope you enjoyed reading this article to give you a little insight and maybe an idea of what we could do with you for your magical big top/festival/circus wedding.
Are you looking for interesting marquees for your event in Cornwall or Devon?
We live there and offer a huge range of interesting tents and event equipment for rent especially for marquee hire Cornwall!
Bigtopmania is based on the Devon side of the River Tamar border (border!?) pretty much in the centre of Devon and Cornwall near Launceston.
We live in Devon but have a Cornwall postcode but are only 45 mins from Exeter and Truro, so are centrally placed to supply marquees and event equipment to events and weddings in both Cornwall and Devon, as well as far away.
Literally in fields further away!
Marquee Hire Cornwall.
Are we a Cornish marquee hire company or a Devon marquee hire company. Does it matter? We rent marquee and event equipment throughout the area.
We are certainly a south-west marquee hire company with our marquee hire Cornwall install team based mainly from Plymouth to Bristol.
We go almost anywhere and take our marquee hire services to rustic country weddings, garden parties, birthday parties, coastal celebrations, boutique arts festivals, music festivals, town and country events, outdoor events, theatrical events, agricultural shows and a host of other event styles, let alone tv and film production supplies.
For Cornwall wedding marquees, we are totally on tend with rustic theme weddings, festival weddings, circus weddings, alternative weddings, unusual weddings, boutique weddings, bijou weddings, DIY weddings, theme weddings, rock and roll weddings colourful weddings, red and white weddings; any more?
We mostly have colourful marquees and try not being old school with the flouncy white marquee linings, up lighters and chandeliers type of package though there is undoubtably a place for them still.
Looking for circus tents? Vintage marquees? Sailcloth marquees? Candy striped marquees? Canvas marquees? Pagoda marquees? Free standing marquees ? Mini marquees? Baby big tops?
Let’s concentrate on memorable events and exciting, creative weddings!
We have a lot to offer the event sector in Cornwall and enjoy working on our doorstep! Bring on those cliff top coastal weddings!
Our event equipment includes: marquees, flooring, furniture, dance floor, lighting, electrics, decor, theme props, circus equipment, entertainers and hands on play activities.
If we don’t have it there are some excellent local event suppliers we can recommend to complement our services.
We are more than happy to work with other wedding and event suppliers and between us we can create all you need or if you prefer to add your own styling flourishes you can decorate to your heart’s content, stamping you unique style on the marquee.
In practice, it’s the joint efforts that create magnificent memorable events:
Marquee Hire for a Festival in Cornwall
may only want the marquee with no extras as a venue and then add all the other sound, lighting, creative elements themselves. ( nb. We prefer being more involved ).
Private Party Marquee Hire Cornwall
may need party tent hire and then select various other marquee accessories or do a lot of DIY. It can be simple and budget or spectacular.. Or spectacular at any budget!
A Wedding Marquee in Cornwall
needs a lot of thought, creativity and time to plan. There are so many things to consider to make the day work well and we are very happy to help. Our booking forms contain many useful items that we can supply.
Marquee venues and hire locations in Cornwall
are everywhere. Private land, festival venues, camp sites, wedding venues, estates and manor houses, council lands, cliff tops and many coastal views.
Below are some images of marquee rentals in Cornwall over the last few years.
Marquee venues at The Masked Ball, Porthleven.
dj dance tent at Masked Ball 2015
Dance tent at Masked ball 2016
masked ball festival venue 2016
masked ball venue 2016
Masked Ball main stage 2015
Masked ball main stage install 2015
Children’s marquee play area at Camelford Show 2016.
children’s mini circus tent at Camelford show.
Community event big top hire Baamfest in Bude, North Cornwall 2016.
Punch and Judy in Bude Baam festival marquee
colourful 6 x 6m pagoda tent as crafts tent
children’s Punch andJjudy show in marquee
Bude Festival Main stage 2016
Artist Dressing rooms at Boardmaster’s Festival 2016, Newquay.
baby big tops for green rooms
VIP tent at Boardmaster’s Festival.
9 x 21m canvas marquee at Watergate Bay 2014
9 x 21m VIP tent installed on cliff top 2014
Late night marquee venue at Port Eliot Festival, (official festival photos).
Port Eliot Festival late night venue 2016 official photo
Some of our Brides and Grooms have had their real wedding features on top wedding blogs and magazines.
At Bigtopmania we are still relatively new to the blogosphere but there are those that have been flying the flag or bleating the blog for quite a while now and we are seriously chuffed to see our tents in their real wedding articles.
Nb. It’s not all weddings by any means! Our tents, venues, performances, artists and activities regularly get featured in event promotional and review sites, film, tv, photographers galleries and so on!
Real wedding features in various media are great case studies for future couples, packed with ideas for their weddings.
Real wedding stories have wonderful wedding photography and give a breakdown of all the suppliers & DIY hints for magic styling touches, budgeting tips and resources.
Real Wedding stories inspire!
Our snap shots below don’t do them justice!
The best photography is on the blogs or photographer’s websites ! !
We have been featured a couple of times on the world-renowned Rock n Roll Bride blog. This is a fantastic source of inspiration for the diy-quirky-alternative-hipster-hippies-goths-fairies of this world that want to take alternative weddings into their own hands. It features couples from all over the world and is now so popular they are also producing a beautiful magazine.
Matt and Alice, Somerset, June 2012.
Rock n Roll Bride featured this amazing festival wedding when we were involved in an ever so special stone-circle Glastonbury wedding of Matt & Alice. What a lucky couple! The ultimate festival wedding, held during a festival fallow year on the summer solstice weekend on the Glastonbury festival stone circle site! Some fantastic photos in this article courtesy of Neil Thomas photography and a really good example of how the Strawberries & Cream range can work for you.
Nb: it was a one-off! Please don’t ask!
However.. We are waiting for:
Tom and Laura, Somerset, June 2014.
Look carefully and you will see the Pyramid Stage photo- bombing the wedding.
When will their Glastonbury Festival site wedding get featured!? Held on the adjacent Park farm that is the other half of the festival, during the pre build weeks with the Pyramid stage in the background. A lovely local couple. Lucky connections again!
Adam and Lucy, Berkshire, August 2012.
At a wedding just up the road in Reading from where Bigtopmania was born was that of Lucy & Adam in Reading. Another festival inspired theme. A Festival wedding just to the side of the Reading Festival Site and with fencing and lighting in sight! They also used the Strawberries & Cream range with plenty of DIY additions such as the ‘Granny’s front room’ which pays homage to the brilliant festival venue ‘The Peoples Front Room’. Photography for Lucy & Adam’s day was by Viva Wedding Photography.
Nick and Mad’s. Berkshire 2011.
We are mentioned in Mad’s and Nick’s big day, for which we installed the lighting into a lovely tithe barn. To quote Mad’s in the article ‘Bigtopmania made that barn bad ass’.
Making things ‘bad ass’ is our unofficial mission statement : )
Two friends, Laura & Kelly who discovered there wasn’t enough help out there when planning their own festival weddings have created this online recourse of real life weddings, suppliers, tips, tricks and travel inspiration, visit https://www.thecomputeradmin.com. They have given us a nice feature and plenty of love over the years, so show them some in return; get reading, sharing and planning!
In the early summer of 2014 we did quite a lot of trips up to Nottinghamshire for various weddings and events. One of which was for Lucy and Gav’s country wedding in a lovely little village just outside Loughborough. The day is captured beautifully on Boho weddings which is a blog bursting with content. From real life weddings to planning advice and everything in-between this is a blog worth bookmarking.
Again showing the need for good photography, the beautifully captured images are by www.lucabella.co.uk
Are you planning a coastal wedding in Cornwall or Devon?
Location, location, location!
Devon marquee hire, Cornwall marquee hire?
Maybe a marquee rental somewhere else in the South West?
If you are, there’s a good chance you will look at some clifftop venues or fields with a view!
In that case, a lovely canvas wedding marquee from Bigtopmania in Devon may be just the ticket.
We’ve been lucky enough to work at some lovely weddings over the years and some firm favourites locally have been the ones with a view of the lovely coastal scenes, from North Devon to Newquay and from Dawlish down to Lands End.
The cliff tops can provide challenging conditions but a memorable backdrop and a glorious view!
You might have a seaside theme with deck chairs out the front of the marquee, or beach hut themed treat tents. Stripes and anchors help set the scene!
Or you might just enjoy the sea air in your hair.
If you’re lucky enough to have access to some coastal land its a fine opportunity to make use of it.
We can make a few suggestions too if you are in search of a coastal wedding marquee venue.
Think of the view! Open up the tent or gaze through the windows. At night the stars on the cliff-tops in Cornwall and Devon can be exquisite.
The marquee window walls offer panoramic views, whilst providing protection from the elements should the weather not turn out quite as perfect as we all hope for.
The photographs in this article are mostly of our Scoopy Range of contemporary canvas wedding marquees which is available as a 9 x 9m, a 9 x 15m or as a 9 x 21m suitable for around 180 guests at tables and dancing. It can be dressed to your theme or left in cream canvas for you to dress to your taste. Add our matting, dance floor, heating, some tasteful lighting, service tent and a champagne tent and you’re away!
Green field sites may require a power supply and toilets as well as parking and exterior lighting as well as other items remember!
Table decorations, flowers, braziers, bales and bunting are all great DIY touches to make the tent your own! And why not champagne and Falmouth oysters!
Planning a wedding in Cornwall or Devon is a wonderful idea of course but with England being England you have to understand there’s always a chance the weather won’t be quite peachy. We all want glorious sunshine but it can be wet and windy on the cliff tops too.
(Just to be safe we make sure we put extra efforts and anchorage on the tents when on exposed sites)
If it does get wet, mingle on the dance floor, gaze out though the marquee windows and be thankful you’ve hired a lovely marquee to be snug in and think to yourselves “We’ve really got our moneys worth now!’.
Coastal wedding marquees in Cornwall or Devon can be truly wonderful!
“Scoopy Scoopy Do” our beautiful brand new luxury canvas petal marquee makes her debut!
9m x 21m white marquee
Nottingham University –
Midlands Canvas Marquee Hire
May 2013, the Bigtopmania team took a trip to the East Midlands Conference Centre. We were there to break out our brand new luxury canvas tent for SQL Bits Conference ..well ..for the evening event which is a medieval theme party; it being Robin Hood Country after all!
This beautiful structure measures in at 21m x 9m and has an approximate standing capacity of 220 people.
Rather un-interestedly, it was anchored down by 48 stakes, held up by 48 side-poles, 56 side lines and blocks and tackles and 3 king poles.
(She is also available in 9 x 9m and 9 x 15m sizes!)
Medieval decor in white canvas marquee
Wedding tent to rent for brides nationwide!
This was a relatively basic set up to suit the requirements of the conference. Rustic, medieval theme: Grass floor, trestle tables, festoon lighting, minstrels, hog roast, archery, jousting, apple bobbing and fire eating!
For future events, particularly weddings and elegant parties there are plenty of styling and decor options available to jazz it up and match your theme.
Although if we do say so ourselves: stand alone, she’s a site to behold.
Don’t put it off. Save the date!
Bookings are already in the diary for 2014 and 2015 so don’t hesitate about getting in touch.
We would love to squeeze you in to our new canvas marquee for hire.
Our newest tent set up with our oldest. We hope he doesn’t feel inadequate next to the upgrade.