Marquee Mandalas


Do you remember I had a wish to see my crocheted mandalas as decorations at a wedding? Many of you know that my daughter is a farmer and when she was married 15 years ago, the reception was held in a marquee on the farm. Such a joyous magical day.

This summer another couple who live and work on the farm were married and they chose to put their marquee in the same spot.

The bride kindly permitted me to hang some of my mandalas from the ceiling for the occasion. I wondered how to get them up so high, but this ‘cherry picker’ ladder 

and some willing helpers, were the answer. There were 16 to go up, ranging from 20cm to 70cm diameter.

And we were pleased to see how well they went with the coloured lanterns and bunting, made from sari waste ribbons by the bride and her mother.

It was fun to see them twirling from the roof of the marquee

I think the coloured ones look best against the white of the marquee. The white ones would look good in a church and I have offered them to a local church for their next flower festival.

I estimate it would take about 50 or 60  mandalas to make a good display in a marquee, unless they were hung in just one area – perhaps over where the wedding cake was displayed or over the top table.

I am making more.

The Groom’s vintage tractor, it had belonged to his Grandfather, took pride of place at the entrance of the marquee to welcome the guests.

The weather was glorious, the setting suitably romantic

and some guests camped overnight in the bell tents provided.

They all had a wonderful time.

Congratulations H and T and thank you so much for having the mandalas as part of your fabulous day.

Edit: I forgot to mention that this lovely field is a new Pop-up Camp Site, run by my daughter and her family. You can see more photos on Instagram @_mistymeadowscamp_

on the Pitch-up website and on their own Misty Meadows website which has been created by Miss E, who is now 14!

A truly magical place to stay.


29 responses to “Marquee Mandalas

  1. Mrs. Gumboots

    How fun! I miss weddings that are fun and creative. Weddings in Japan are really “different”. Many are quite formal and stuffy- with the exact same program. This looks like a lot of fun! Beautiful mandalas!

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  2. What a lovey (and personal) idea

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  3. what a wonderful lot of decoration. I’d have loved that, I would think they were really delighted to have your offerings.

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  5. They look totally brilliant! Love the tractor too. We have the tractor club come to the village pub on their run out each year. Holds everyone up for ages in such a nice way 😄

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  6. What a beautiful addition your Mandelas were!

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  7. You have quite a collection of mandalas there. Church idea sounds good and great to be able to share their beauty with other people.

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  8. What a wonderfully cool idea. I just might have to steal it. hehe!

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  9. Going Batty in Wales

    What a lovely wedding and your mandalas look fabulous. Good luck with getting them used elsewhere.

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  10. What a glorious way to decorate the marquee! It gives a real sense of proportion to your mandalas too. I hope someone else went up the cherry picker? We once made countless giant snowflakes from repurposed six pack plastic rings to decorate a Christmas themed hall.

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  11. I’d love to see a cluster of the white ones hung in a church for the Christmas celebrations, like a great peaceful fall of giant snowflakes…. Beautiful!

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  12. They look fabulous Sandra and I’m sure the church would welcome some for their flower festival – who would refuse such beauties as decorations? I agree that displaying them more closely together in a smaller area would also look stunning,
    The vintage tractor looks lovely. I was amazed last weekend to see a convoy of around fifty vintage tractors – some towing trailers decked out with seats, sofas, canopies and bunting with people waving at us as they went by. Apparently, they do this every year to give these old tractors an outing and crawl through the country lanes probably to the dismay of any car stuck behind them. My neighbour – a retired farmer in his 70s – was beyond delighted as he spotted tractors he remembers his grandfather using.

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