Real Weddings: Sara and Sam Hare

We handle marquees day in and day out. Especially throughout the summer, our most popular season. When it comes to the logistics of setting up, the space you’ll need and what style of marquee will work for the vision of your dream wedding, we have got more than enough advice in our locker. However, when it comes to the final details, the theme, the decoration and how to transform a marquee into your own bespoke venue, we are happy to hand over to our brides to give them free reign. Building relationships with our couples is important to us and we want them to know that we are on hand to help throughout the whole process.

Last year, in July, we helped Sara and Sam create their perfect wedding day and now we have come full circle with Sara featuring on our blog – Read on to discover their journey:

The Couple:

I’m a senior legal officer at Norfolk County Council and Sam is a Right to Buy Officer for a Housing Association. We have been together for six years now but the funny part of the story is that we didn’t exactly start out on good times when we first met – how times change!

The Proposal:

On Christmas Day 2014, after all the other presents, Sam presented me with a final gift which ended up being my engagement ring. It was a truly special moment as I love Christmas. It was made extra special because it took place in our first home together!

Initial Planning:

We initially chose a venue in Norwich but as planning progressed, we realised the venue wasn’t really for us! With only a year to go before we intended to marry, we began the search for a new venue.

Whilst looking through Norfolk Bride magazine, we discovered Great Melton Old Rectory. Luckily, after contacting the owner in the hope of a 2017 date, we were able to settle on 29thJuly! Once it was booked, excitement really started to kick in.

Morton’s Event Hire:

We knew all along that we wanted a relaxed garden party style wedding and as Great Melton Old Rectory is licensed for outdoor ceremonies, it was the perfect set up for us. Morton’s Event Hire came recommended by the venue as they had been used there previously.

I made contact with Morton’s Event Hire with my fingers crossed that they would have the date we needed. Luck must have been on our side as they had availability. We decided to attend an open day first to look at the three different styles that they offer and settled on the modular pods. We had a mixture of clear and solid sides and we also hired the tables, chairs and table cloths from them. We decided that it would work well to have one pod designated to the dance floor but we covered all three in fairy lights and they looked beautiful.

Setting up was great and the staff at Mortons Event Hire couldn’t have been more helpful. I was so pleased with the pods and how the set up allowed us to look over the venues garden.


The great thing about hiring a marquee meant we could adapt them to suit us exactly how we wanted. We opted for a Royal Blue colour pallet with an Alice in Wonderland theme in mind. We also decided on an afternoon tea for the wedding breakfast which suited the theme perfectly.

It was the perfect relaxed day we wanted. It did rain in the evening but nobody minded. We had so much space inside the marquee and the hog roast even fit nicely in one of the openings so nobody had to get wet to enjoy the food. We danced the night away to our hired DJ and it was the best end to our special day.

Top tip: Put a bottle of tequila on every table, it really gets the party started!

Suppliers List:

Venue: Great Melton Old Rectory, Eileen and Julia were so helpful throughout!
Afternoon tea and Vintage Crockery: The Vintage China Cabinet
Bar: [email protected] – Matt had everything we asked for
Hog Roast: H V Graves
DJ: D & H Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Lindsay Sayer, my Maid of Honour
Suits: Ted Baker, hired from Moss Bros
Ceremony music: Gary Davis, wonderful guitarist and friend
Photographer: Rob Henry, very talented photographer and friend.

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