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Bittenham Springs, Cirencester

Tod and Andy

an Amazing Same-Sex Petal Pole Marquee Wedding Reception

A Bigtopmania real wedding case study for you to help plan your wedding.

This wonderful wedding for Tod and Andy took place on Mayday 2016 at a beautiful countryside location filled with willow trees, lakes and streams.

If you didn't know, Same-Sex Marriages were legalised in England and Scotland in March 2014 and are now legal in all areas of the UK. Having now had the pleasure of planning and setting up various celebrations for male and female same-sex couples we await our first LGBTQ+ wedding now!

For information on the historical legal developments from the more informal civil partnerships available previously but not really recognised as legal marriages, its a good idea to check the same-sex marriage wiki page.

The wedding venue Bittenham Springs is licensed for civil weddings so it all took place onsite with the actual marriage on an island! 

Interestingly, since we did this wedding there, the venue has now bought their own Petal Marquee so, though we probably added to their wedding venue inspiration, it is unlikely we will be returning there in the near future! You never know though, as maybe someone will want to hire the whole venue and host a circus wedding in a big top like this colourful festival wedding.

I did take various snap-shots on the install days but these photographs outclass my efforts!

If you wish to see all the fabulous wedding day photos taken by the wedding photographers Jane and Oli from @cotswoldweddings, they have a lovely blog post Tod and Andy's May Day Wedding at Bittenham Springs.

With 150 guests arriving, we installed a large 3 pole version of our canvas Petal Tent we call "Scoopy Scoopy Do" as well as a smaller Tea Rose champagne tent for a chill out lounge and playroom, a catering tent and a long carpeted path as an entrance. The main tent had some drapes in it and lots of giant lanterns and much lighting. You will see our festoon lighting, fairy lights, glitter balls and party lights in the pictures.

I can remember that when we arrived, as per previous suggestion in the planning stage, Andy presented me with a wonderfully drawn sketch of their vision; this is a good thing to do! ( I wish i took a photo of it as it was such a good drawing! )

After we had done our initial install, the chaps went to work with lots more and had props like pink pelicans, fun lawn games, deckchairs, chandeliers in the trees, a boat bar and so much foliage and bunting!  This raises a good point: we absolutely love setting the scene and then allowing your creativity to take over as that way it becomes a unique event expressing and celebrating the real you!

You can see that the two very dapper chaps, Groom and Groom, had a lot of fun at this wedding as did the guests! 

Thanks for having us Tod and Andy, we hope you are doing well! 


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