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Why Village Farm Marquees?


Looking for a Yorkshire marquee company you can really trust? At Village Farm Marquees we'll take care of everything so that you can 
concentrate on enjoying your event.

Types Of Events

Whether you want to line a village hall for a wedding, throw a sit down garden party for 200 or promote your company, we’ll guide you through the event planning maze.

Unique Approach

Your happiness really matters to us and we’ll take an innovative, bespoke approach to making your event special, backed by unbeatable personal service.

Experienced Professionals

Trained to the very highest standards, our VFM team boast decades of experience, from small events in back gardens to lavish Royal occasions at Buckingham Palace.

Guaranteed Service 

We take it personally – Tony and Chrysta will oversee your event from start to finish. We’ll deliver what we say we will, when we say we will, to exacting standards.

About Village Farm Marquees


We are Tony and Chrysta Newman and we established Village Farm Marquees in 2010, in the beautiful East Yorkshire seaside village of Skipsea.
 
Originally from London, we moved to the East Coast to build a new way of life, away from the ‘big smoke’, establishing our award-winning Village Farm B&B as well as Village Farm Marquees.
 
We bring years of experience and wisdom to the planning and execution of your event. Chrysta used to lead the recruitment team of a major international bank and has outstanding project and event planning knowledge.
 
Meanwhile, Tony learned his trade working across the UK for a nationally renowned marquee business which lists royalty and A-list celebrities among its clientele. Career highlights include erecting marquees for Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Williams Formula 1 team.
 
This experience has left Tony with an uncompromising approach to quality and, as a result, Village Farm Marquees now lists gun makers Browning International, the Britax pram and child car seat manufacturer and Powerboat P1 Management among our corporate clients. We have also paved the way for dream weddings, anniversaries and birthdays for numerous private clients, including local Olympic champion boxer Luke Campbell.
 
We are passionate about our business and, most importantly, about making your day the best it can possibly be. Approachable and caring, we will stop at nothing to make sure your event is not only memorable, but magical as well.
 
“We don’t just approach a marquee booking as a package or formula,” said Tony. “Every person and every event is unique and we start by sitting down with them, really listening to what they tell us, and then make it our mission to bring their vision to life.
 
“What we provide are not just marquees, but stages on which the most memorable occasions in people’s lives and businesses unfold. We understand that every single one has to be extra special, delivered with genuine love and conviction.”
 
Tony works with a trusted team, many of whom have been involved with Village Farm Marquees for years and are as committed to outstanding results as we are.
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Our Expertise


At Village Farm Marquees, we understand how much your event means – whether you are getting married, celebrating a special occasion or promoting your business.

Weddings


Our Village Farm Marquees weddings are marked by quality and creativity, as fitting backdrops for people opening the next chapter of their love stories.
 
Whether big or small, we can help you shape your day into something which exactly matches your dreams, no matter what environment you have to work with.
 
We offer marquees of all sizes, and a selection of options from starlit ceilings to fairy lighting, to help bring the magic to life. We can even manufacture bespoke features to make your wedding venue unique to you. Past examples have included everything from a ski chalet themed entertainment room – to a pond and fountain!
 
If you can’t quite stretch your budget to your own marquee, we can also dress a venue of your choice.
 
We can take care of as much or as little as you want us to – whether that’s ‘just’ the marquee itself or full end-to-end event planning, including commissioning and overseeing trusted professionals from florists to venue stylists.
 
Whatever you have in mind, it starts with a conversation. To book your free, no obligation initial consultation, contact us today.
 
If you’re planning to get married but not sure where to start and need some inspiration, download our Event Guide, which is packed with helpful hints and tips.

Parties


Whether you’re an individual looking to mark a life milestone with the people you most care about, or a company wanting to celebrate your employees’ success, we can deliver an eyecatching and memorable venue.
 
We provide themed marquees in a range of sizes, even installing unique, tailored features limited only by your imagination. Or, if you already have a venue, we can transform it for you with everything from beautiful linings to lighting.
 
We’ll just provide the venue or you can let us take care of everything – with our event planning service which includes commissioning and overseeing trusted professionals from florists to venue stylists.
 
Whatever you have in mind, it starts with a conversation. To book your free, no obligation initial consultation, contact us today.
 
If you’re planning to throw a party but not sure where to start and need some inspiration, download our Event Guide, which is packed with helpful hints and tips.

Corporate Events


Why do you host a corporate event? Well, usually it’s to build relationships with customers and suppliers by providing them with an experience they won’t forget.
 
Whether you’re holding a party, hosting a trade stand at a show or promoting a new product or service, your corporate presence needs to stand out from your competition, which is where we come in.
 
Not only can we provide you with the highest quality backdrop, we can create bespoke features from mobile bars to product displays, which will ensure your target audiences remember you and, without fail, choose you.
 
Whatever you have in mind, it starts with a conversation. To book your free, no obligation initial consultation, contact us today.
 
If you’re planning to host an event but not sure where to start and need some inspiration, download our Event Guide, which is packed with helpful hints and tips.

Dress Your Venue


Don't have the budget or space for your own marquee? No problem, we can dress the inside of your venue for that marquee experience. 

The Venue

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We can transform the humblest of spaces into a ‘field of dreams’. This is the outside of Cayton village hall, which we were asked to line for a wedding.

Inside The Venue

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What a difference! The hall looked so different by the time we’d finished with it, the wedding guests could hardly believe where they were.

How It Works


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1. Plan

build the frame for your party

2. Build

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3. Accessorise

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4. Enjoy


  Case Studies


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“I was thinking of new things all the time, and Chrysta and Tony were so patient, going out of their way to source whatever we had in mind.”

Toni & Chris Massey
Wedding

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“Village Farm Marquees absolutely understood what we wanted to achieve and nothing was too much trouble.”

Lisa & Adie Wadforth
Wedding

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“Our instincts were right and we were delighted with the way they took care of everything – right down to replacing the carpets.”

Katy & Iggy Penna
Birthday

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By Village Farm Marquees 19 May, 2017

Nikki and Bill Waddington are preparing to get married on 8 July.

And they’ve waited so long after being separated on and off by geography and circumstance, they’re determined that it will be not just a day, but a whole weekend to remember.

Zermatt in Switzerland has become ‘their place’. It’s somewhere they’ve been back to year after year, sometimes reuniting them after long periods apart. And most importantly of all, it’s where Bill ultimately popped the question in April 2016.

They love it so much that – without giving too much away before the day itself – they’re hoping to share just a little bit of Swiss mountain magic with their wedding party guests.

“Zermatt is our absolute favourite place in the world for all sorts of reasons and we wanted it to be part of our wedding, but it would have been just too much hassle to take our guests out there. So we’re going for the next best thing, which is bringing a flavour of the ski slopes to them,” said Nikki.

“We can’t give too much away in advance as it will spoil the surprise, but we intend our wedding party to be a lot of fun, with a few unexpected elements into the bargain!”

Don’t worry if you’re reading this blog and itching to know – all will be revealed in ‘Part 2’ after the wedding!

Bill and Nikki are getting married at Hessle’s All Saints Church, followed by a whole-weekend celebration. As well as putting up a marquee in the garden of their home, also in Hessle, we are planning the entire event for the lovely Bill, who is a criminal lawyer and Director of Williamson’s law firm in Hull, and Nikki who is a former cruise ship dancer and now teaches Zumba and ‘clubbercise’ fitness classes.

“We’re going for a classic style of wedding and wedding breakfast, with ivory and rose gold, and rose gold sequins for that little bit of sparkle,” continued Nikki. 

“But then there will be quite a twist in the evening.”

Nikki said that she and Bill have chosen Swiss-inspired food, including fondue and a cheese table. The enjoyment will continue into Sunday, with a day-long newly-weds’ party.

And when you learn more about Bill and Nikki’s romantic story, it becomes clear why their big day is such a cause for celebration.

“We’ve been together on and off for 25 years,” added Nikki. “But I was a professional dancer until I turned 30, and was away abroad for long stretches at a time.

“We’ve had our ups and downs as you’d expect during that time, and have spent stretches of time apart. The friends who’ve shared our journey with us have been waiting a long time to see us get hitched and I think they’re just as excited about it as we are!”

She explained how their long-held love of their personal haven in the Swiss Alps came about.

“We discovered Zermatt 15 years ago and we’ve been back almost every year since. So much so that it’s become a bit of an anchor for our relationship. It’s a really gorgeous setting with its backdrop of mountains , including of course the iconic Matterhorn,and has become very much our special place, that held us together.”

Nikki performed on a number of cruise ships, touring the globe including the Algarve, Japan and Brazil.

Despite the ambitious nature of what she and Bill are hoping to achieve with their big day, she is surprisingly calm about the preparations, and has a great, chilled philosophy about it.

“I don’t want to tempt fate or anything but it’s been a doddle so far to be honest, and I haven’t felt stressed about it at all,” she said.

“I think the secret of that for me was booking everything early. Pretty much as soon as we got engaged, I booked the big things including the marquee, our band and DJ, our flowers and the catering.

“That means that now, as we get closer to the day, it’s just the smaller things like the invitations and RSVPs, and table plans, we need to finalise.”

Nikki will have three bridesmaids, including two of Bill’s nieces and Nikki’s best friend and former housemate. Bill’s nieces’ husbands and Nikki’s brother will be their ushers, making it a lovely, close-knit family affair.

Here are Nikki’s top six tips for making sure your wedding planning is as stress-free as possible.

  1. “Having a vision has been really important for us. It’s changed over time – for example, our colour scheme has evolved from icy whites to softer, rose pinks and ivories, after we saw things in magazines and other places that we preferred. But nonetheless, knowing what theme we wanted and how we wanted the general experience to pan out, has really helped keep us on track and sort things simply.”
  2. “Following recommendations and choosing suppliers who we know can be trusted to take care of everything in the run-up and on the day has also helped. Chrysta and Tony at Village Farm have been fantastic at hooking us up with everyone from our DJ to our stylist. It’s also been really reassuring to have their experienced advice about what will work and what won’t.”
  3. “Planning a year in advance has given us the time and space to get things exactly how we want them without panicking. It’s allowed us to run with our vision and let it evolve, while changing elements here and there as we’ve gone along. For example, having the right music is really important to us. There will be a variety of music over the course of the weekend, which we hope will get everyone up and dancing, though we went to keep the exact details secret for the moment.”
  4. “My other bit of advice, to other brides-to-be, would be not to feel pressured to choose their dress. It’s true that some bridal shops will tell you to secure a dress and put a deposit down on it six to eight months in advance, and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement when you’re in the shop trying dresses on. I know I did at an early fitting, and ended up putting a deposit on one before changing my mind. I’d say to other brides ‘the right dress will always be out there for you, keep looking until you get that feeling that ‘this dress is the one’, because it’s absolutely true that you will know when you find it’. In the end, I saw my dream dress in a magazine and happened to meet someone when I was away on holiday in Florence who could get hold of it for me, and I just knew it was right for me.
  5. “Don’t, whatever you do, be tempted to order seemingly beautiful and good value bridesmaids’ dresses from China, as I did, to my cost! I’d say visit wedding shops and try on as many dresses as possible first-hand, so that you can be sure what you’re choosing is exactly right for your day.”
  6. “I’d also say, arrange a food tasting with your chosen caterer. Your food isn’t just about taste, it’s also part of the spectacle of your day and you need to be confident that your caterer can deliver on both aspects. In fact, I would meet with all of your suppliers, from your photographer to your florist. They will be your crack team on your big day and it’s important to walk through everything with them, ask questions, test things out and be absolutely clear that things are going to be just how you want them to be. Try out everything, too, including your hair and make-up, to ensure that your team can just get on with things when it counts, and have a calming and reassuring influence on you!”

Here at Village Farm we don’t just build marquees, we can take care of your entire event planning to help you remain as calm as Nikki about the whole thing. Recommending suppliers we know will deliver great things, making sure everything happens when it is supposed to and troubleshooting any niggles are all part of the service.

For a free, no obligation initial chat about your wedding vision, call us on (01262) 468160 or email info@villagefarmmarquees.co.uk.

By Village Farm Marquees 19 May, 2017

We look forward, each year, to this lovely event which gives us chance to showcase our marquees and – more importantly – chat to the lovely brides and grooms of the future.

We had a fantastic time at this year’s fayre, earlier this month, where we also featured the event styling prowess of Liz Ewing, who we work with again and again, as well as showcasing the lovely wooden displays of Mark Friday from UMF Design for the first time.

We met some wonderful couples looking for inspiration for their 2018 weddings, including Rebecca Evans and husband-to-be Tom Ryder, pictured top right with their gorgeous daughter Sophia.

We were also delighted to see future brides and grooms like Chris Williams and Lucy Jagger (bottom right), who are already planning with Village Farm Marquees and wanted to refine their ideas by seeing one of our marquees ‘in action’. This fab couple are getting married in mid-July at the West Carlton Country Guesthouse near Aldbrough.

The feedback was excellent and we took lots of bookings for 2018 and beyond.

Rebecca, who works in Marketing for a major supermarket chain, said: “Tom’s a farmer on his family’s farm near Easingwold.

“We’re planning a country-style summer wedding next July and so it’s been really inspirational to visit a sample marquee and have a look at the kinds of decorations that are available.

“We’ve been really pleasantly surprised by how lovely a marquee can look, and the various displays have given us lots of ideas.”

By Village Farm Marquees 14 May, 2017

Weddings harbour a lifetime of hopes and dreams

Not only for the bride and groom but for all those they hold dear.

So it’s not surprising that they can easily become a maelstrom of conflicting expectations that, if not kept in check, can make your big day memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Adele Clough is a lifestyle engineer and author of the amazing new book ‘Say Yes to Life!’ with her own business called Adele Clough International. She has spent years coaching couples through the emotional stress and anxiety caused by the  inevitable wedding shenanigans.

“Wedding planning is a really exciting time, filled with exquisite choices and endless possibilities,” she said.

“The excitement of a new engagement often gives rise to others heavily investing in the upcoming celebration in unexpected ways. As enthusiastic ideas come from all corners, blurred boundaries can develop as family members or close friends want to live out their own dreams. These could take the form of an heirloom piece of jewellery or clothing they would like the bride to wear, the kind of occasion or venue they want the couple to have – or even who they want them to invite.

“In many cases, though, although these might be lovely ideas, they are just not to the bride and grooms’ taste. However, because weddings are symbolic of your life together and a source of memories to cherish, it is vitally important that your day embodies what you want it to be. It is the one time in your life when it is OK to focus on yourself, and actually important that you do.”

So, how do you Keep calm in the chaos and prep for the day of your dreams? Adele shares her five essential steps

  1. Set aside some time either alone or with your loved one and grab a notebook and pen. Find a quiet and comfortable space, pour your favourite drink. Sit and imagine your perfect day – from where you are and who and what is around you, to what you are wearing. Really focus on that until you have a clear picture etched in your mind. Then Jot down your ideas. Share these with someone close to you if you wish. Be sure to choose someone who will support your ideas, rather than pushing their own. When you go back into the ‘fray’, hold onto that and stay firm whenever a suggestion comes to the fore that doesn’t fit with your vision. Accept that you will encounter issues along the way, but keeping your vision clear will help you to overcome those. Remember it is your partners’ big day too and keep the channels of communication open with them. Tread carefully with the feelings of whoever is paying for the wedding. Negotiation skills may be needed with them!
  2. Take any obstacles and tackle them head-on. Write yourself a little ‘to do’ list of the stumbling blocks that you need to overcome and pick them off, rather than being tempted to shy away from them. If you have a particular set of potential guests who don’t see eye-to-eye, for example, don’t be afraid to delegate any difficult conversations to someone who has their ear and a flair for diplomacy, and can smooth things over. Find a  wedding planner, friend or a relative who is happy to be your right-hand person, not only with the planning of your wedding, but also in keeping everyone and everything in check on the day itself. Explain to them why you want them to take on this important and responsible role, and chances are they’ll be absolutely flattered that you’ve asked them and only too glad to help
  3. Be prepared to say ‘no’. This is a small but powerful word and many people fear to use it because of the potential repercussions. However, if you want your day to be the way you want it to be, it’s absolutely essential you do. There might be some elements of your wedding that you’re willing to be flexible on, but be clear on the things that really matter to you and be prepared not to bend on those. This doesn’t mean that you can’t also look for compromises here and there too – such as incorporating a symbolic piece of your mum’s vintage lace into your outfit rather than wearing her whole dress. However, if the scale of the compromise outweighs the benefit – such as effectively having two different weddings to keep everyone happy – and you’re really not happy about something – say so
  4. Trust your instincts. If something feels right, it probably is, and the same is true in reverse. Again, this also comes back to that clear vision, and ditching anything that deviates from it. Go with your gut feel and you will always make the right decision in the end.
  5. It’s OK to change your mind. It’s so easy to get carried away in the emotion of a moment and find yourself agreeing to something someone else is really excited about, but regretting it later when you have time to reflect. If this happens, don’t worry – it’s absolutely OK to change your mind and go back to that person and tell them that, actually, you don’t really want to do whatever it is. Above all, take your time and think things through before you make decisions. Sleep on whatever it is you’re unsure about and come back to it the next morning.

But how do you actually say that little word when it really counts?

Firstly, remember that saying yes to yourself often involves saying no to others. If thoughts like “I can’t say no, they will be so upset” or “I love them so I should try to keep them happy” come to mind. Stop. Would you compromise your own happiness for the sake of theirs on your wedding day? it is YOUR day, not theirs. They are free to marry or renew their vows in any way they wish without your interference and they should afford you the same.

Firm but fair is the approach. You don’t have to hit someone with a metaphorical sledge hammer to get your point across. The best way to tell them you can’t go along with whatever it is they are proposing, is to explain why you feel the way you do, and above all acknowledge how important it is to them, and the fact that they will feel disappointed. Knowing that you do care about them and their opinions can make a vast difference to the way they react to what you have to say. For example: “I’m thrilled to have you involved in my day and I know that this will disappoint you but I’m going to have to say no to x or y.”

Finishing what you have to say with a positive is important too, so that you leave no room for dwelling on the disappointment. End the conversation by reiterating to them that you’re really excited about your day and hope they’ll bask in the experience with you and be part of your journey.

Why is saying ‘no’ so important in the lead up to saying ‘yes’?

“Weddings are very unusual events,” added Adele. “Partly because they are the one day in most lives when it’s OK for things to be all about you. It is a major life event and one that it is important to look back on positively, in terms of your photos and memories of the day. In this way, it is different to really any other day of your life.

“Weddings put couples in the limelight in ways they haven’t been ever before. Brides in particular are the subject of hair, make-up and general pampering. It’s all about being free to enjoy this and live in the moment, without feeling burned out, stressed or exhausted because of this or that ruction going on.

“In fact, your wedding is such an important lifetime occasion that if you don’t hold on tightly to the fact it is your day, and things don’t go according to plan or are fraught with nervousness and negativity, those important memories can become tarnished and resentment can build. Every family has its undercurrents and hidden agendas, but if these are allowed to hamper your wedding day this can result in rifts that might never properly heal.”

Being prepared for people to say no to you

Of course, the same can also be true in reverse, and the people you really care about can shock you by not being prepared to do whatever it is you have in mind for them – from reading a passage at your wedding to acting as your maid of honour.

“If this happens to you, take a deep breath,” said Adele. “Try to understand their reasons. They might be shy or nervous of standing up in front of a big crowd of people, for example, and it’s important that you respect their reasons and right to decline. Although you’ve got your vision, be prepared for it to flex and develop organically – as being too rigid about it is a recipe for upset.

“Above all, bear in mind that weddings are big, emotional occasions involving a bunch of flawed human beings, and try to step back from wanting everything to be picture perfect, or you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. If a toddler cries or another guest coughs during the ceremony, accept that this is part of the colour of your day and can actually make moments richer than you could ever have planned for. You’re not in a film and there isn’t an editing process. It’s real life and needs to unfold as such.”

Whatever you want – it’s all possible

Adele concluded: “There is no fundamental law that states ‘thou shalt have a wedding that is exactly like this’.

“Many of the brides I coach are dealing with the regret of having felt they had to conform to some kind of social norm. That they had to have this kind of venue, or that type of dress, because that’s the way the magazines say it has to be, or a member of their extended family wanted it that way. 

“The fact is that your wedding is exactly that. You can have it big or small, traditional or alternative, black, white or any colour in between, is entirely up to you and you are in charge!

“How cool is that? My advice is that you make the most of the freedom and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!”

Adele is also a radio presenter, with her own uplifting show starting on Hull Kingstown Radio at 1350 AM, in which she discusses a range of lifestyle matters. You can also discover more details about Adele and her work at www.adeleclough.com .

At Village Farm Marquees, we’ve spent decades working with brides and grooms on their most wonderful and challenging day of a lifetime. We’ve seen it all and can provide a supportive, experienced ear to help you with everything from choosing your event base and style – right through to dealing with any challenges and issues that arise. To arrange your free, no obligation initial consultation, call us on ( 01262) 468160 or visit info@villagefarmmarquees.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

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