(Closed) anyone doing a tented reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I thought about doing a tent too, but it was going to be super expensive. They are SO pretty though!!

Post # 4
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not 100% sure on all the details, but will likely go super light on the decorating.  We bought several boxes of Christmas lights (with white wire) to hang from the “ceiling”  Our tent people will set up on Thursday so we have all of Friday to decorate. 

I’m going for a really casual. . .upscale field party feel for our reception so there won’t be a lot of need for super fancy decorations. 
A friend of mine hung tissue paper pomanders from the ceiling of her tent. 

I really think a tent doesn’t call for a lot of decorating. . .provided your going casual like we are.

Post # 5
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re doing a tented reception.  We went with Sperry tents, which are beautiful on their own (made of sail cloth with wooden rather than metal beams) and don’t require a lot of decoration.  We’ll have the perimeter lighting installed by the tent company, but we’re hanging our own ~120 orange and green paper lanterns with LEDs.  

I don’t think we’ll need any more decoration of the tent itself.  Although, I might find a way to move my 1,000 origami cranes from aisle decoration to hanging tent decoration.

I think tents look great either decorated or on their own.

Post # 6
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m doing a tent too, and have also been looking for advice on weddingbee. I’ve found Mrs. Tiramisu’s blog to be really helpful – here are a couple of entries I recommend for other tent brides:

General tent logistics:

Tents, and Lanterns, and Layouts, Oh My

DIY instructions for chinese lanterns in the tent as a lighting option – not for the faint of heart:



Hope it helps – and keep the tent suggestions coming! I’m eager to hear your ideas!

Post # 7
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Me, me! It is very expensive though. We aren’t doing any decorations except some simple draping on the ceiling and tent poles, and we are using a different company than our tent rental to save money on that. I am very excited about it 🙂

Post # 8
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am!  I just asked my mom to go reserve and put down the deposit on the tent.  We are having (hopefully) under 150 people and the dancefloor will be elsewhere so we are going with a 40×40 tent.  Farmersdaughter thanks for posting the Tiramisu comments.  I am entranced by the LED “throwies”, I hadn’t even thought of how we were going to light the lanterns!  Now I know.  I think I am also going to do globe lights around the perimeter and lanterns in the center and hopefully it will be enough light!  We’re getting married in June though so it should stay light pretty late…

I love that Tiramisu posted her source for her globe lights becuase I have been looking for some cheap ones!!

Post # 9
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

Good luck guys!  We saved so much money by doing the lighting ourselves.  I was even able to sell the globe lights that I purchased after the wedding, so I definitely recommend buying those over renting them!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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