If you are still searching for an indoor space for your outdoor wedding and fancy something completely original and alternative then ladies and gents, allow me to introduce you to the awesome Fancy Tentacles. They offer the most beautiful Moroccan Marquees and Shisha Lounges for hire, all crafted in Marrakech and all with a choice of stunning linings and decor for you to choose from. Their aim is for ‘each of their structures to exude a sense of the exotic and transport their couples into a vivid world of colour.’ What makes them that extra bit special is they have years of experience in working on the festival scene so they know what is needed to create an awesome space that will not only wow your guests but also provide a fabulous place for a party! I want one!
We asked them a few questions about their marquees, what they can offer for your wedding and that all important questions….what is their favourite festival!
Tell us what made you decide to start Fancy Tentacles?
Fancy Tentacles Ltd was established after many years trading on the festival circuit with our travelling shisha lounge and chillout cafe Smoky Tentacles. For years we had many admiring glances at the Moroccan tents we used to house our space, so we decided to take the next step and set up a dedicated Moroccan marquee hire company.
If you had the chance to go to any music festival, which one would it be and why?
Our favorite UK festival is Beat-herder, which is set in the beautiful Ribble Valley in Lancashire. We have run our own stage there for six years, which is always great fun and gives us the chance to get some of the best up and coming musical talent in the country on stage in our tent. The creative talent of the Beat-herder team, who make all their scenery, sculptures and sets themselves, is second to none and always means that there is a new surprise around every corner!
Tell us a little bit more about your amazing Moroccan Style Marquees and Shisha Lounges?
Each of our marquees is made by our master marquee maker, an amazing craftsman and supplier of the top riads in and around Marrakech. Our tents are bespoke and all feature stunning linings, for which we select the most opulent fabrics available. Our aim is for each structure to exude a sense of the exotic and transport our clients into a vivid world of colour. Our tents form a spectacular backdrop for couples looking to achieve something really unique on their wedding day.
We have found our Shisha Lounges very popular with couples aiming to make their big day something memorable and different. We provide everything needed to make the marquees look amazing; from Moroccan lanterns, low tables, rugs and beanbags through to the Hookah pipes and a wide range of flavoured molasses tobacco, as well as a fully trained team to serve guests.
After travelling far and wide with our shisha lounge Smoky Tentacles, we are qualified shisha specialists and have thoroughly enjoyed helping to make each wedding we have been a part of unique.
If our readers were to book you for their wedding, what can they expect?
We love getting to know couples and really understanding what they are looking to achieve. As a relatively small company we make the time to work closely with each individual couple to ensure that their dreams are realised. We have a fantastic creative team with a wide range of experience, so if there is something a client wants that they can’t get off the shelf, we can often create things to order, such as personalised signage and props.
Our personal approach to customer service ensures that all the planning is in place so that when the big day comes there are no hiccups, leaving only space for an amazing and unforgettable day for everyone.
Please contact us to find out more about our bespoke packages. From a simple shisha lounge through to a full scale festival wedding with bands and DJ’s we’re the people to speak to!
It was a pleasure to work with Luke and the guys at Fancy Tentacles. The tent looked amazing and was just what we were after, they were flexible with erection dates and delivered everything they promised exactly as discussed. If you are looking for something “a bit different” we can’t recommend Fancy Tentacles highly enough!
Ian Officer, Ross on Wye
My husband and I just wanted to say thank you so much for your brilliant service! Our guests absolutely loved the Shisha tent at our wedding and it added something really special, fun and chilled to it!
Saffa Freebrey, Bristol
You mention you specialise in Festival Weddings. How can you help couples create that perfect festival vibe for their wedding?
With over ten years on the festival circuit with our other business Smoky Tentacles, we have built up a wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts. We see creating festival weddings as an exciting opportunity for us to share what we have been doing for years, but on a more personal level, which we love! We have a great black book crammed full with industry contacts – from bands and sound technicians through to festival caterers and entertainers. We can help to source all of these components, with the knowledge of how to put them together to create a really special event.
What are some of your favourite memories from previous weddings/couples you have worked with?
Last year we worked with a couple in Norfolk to put together a beautiful festival wedding in a special tucked away location. We used two of our tents to create dining space that transformed into stage and dancing for the evening with a lovely buffet and bar just adjacent and were were lucky enough to be invited to stay the night! There was a lovely wooded area over a bridge for the ceremony, a field for camping and a firepit that really came into it’s own as the night went on. Everything came together perfectly from the band and DJ’s, through to the carnival atmosphere, it was a wonderful night that was great to be a part of and reminded us what we’re in the business for.
Another event that sticks in the memory was a wedding reception with restricted access. We had to pass marquee poles through a restaurant window in order to access the back garden to set up one of our Shisha Lounges! It is always pleasing to plan the logistics for the trickier jobs and to overcome obstacles in order to create something really special.
What is your best piece of advice when it comes to choosing your wedding suppliers?
Get to know who you are working with before making decisions, building a good relationship with a supplier you are confident with and can trust will make your wedding planning so much less stressful. As a supplier we want to be confident that we are reading off the same page as our clients, for us, the key to a successful day is getting to know each couple personally in advance. We want to understand them, and what they want, this way we can provide our best possible service.
Finally, what’s your quote/motto at Fancy Tentacles?
We don’t have a quote or motto as such, but this always springs to mind when people ask me this question: “Love many, trust a few, always paddle your own canoe.” (Billy Two Rivers) Our aim is to be both loved and trusted by all our clients once we have worked with them!
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