- 4 years ago
My fiance have decided it would be in our best interests to have a backyard wedding. It’s going to be large-ish..we’re planning on inviting 200 people, including dates. How many of those people actually RSVP and show up remains to be seen, but we’re assuming (while we plan the budget anyway) that everyone will show up.
Before someone brings it up, no, unfortunately we can’t cut the guest list more than we already have. That just goes to show how much family we have. Anyway, my MoH has already gotten us free tables and chairs..we won’t be spending a single penny on those, thank goodness. They’re pretty big tables, we’ll have about 20 of them, give or take
Now, our problem is the tents. I’d rather go without since the wedding will be in a really big garden, but if it rains…well, that’s that. They have a really big garage that we might be able to move the festivites to. Maybe.
I found this nearby vendor who rents out tents for a pretty good price..their 20 x 20 is $100 and I figured we could rent a few of those and stick them together..no problem. But there is. They look like this;
Am I crazy in thinking that it’s a deal breaker? I could learn to live with the poles, since they’d just be a just-in-case-of-rain thing, but I feel like they wouldn’t be safe or practical.
They do have frame tents for a few hundred dollars more…if we got rid of ‘extras’ that we don’t neccesarily need (and maybe borrow money from the parents) we could get them..only problem is the little wall that they have. I don’t know if they’re totally enclosed, but I don’t want them to be. We’d have to put a few together and I don’t want the guests to be cut off from each other like that. They’re 20 x 30 and the tents are only meant for the tables so entertainment and whatnot will be elsewhere..would one be big enough for 20 tables?
We called about bigger tents and they do have one that they suggested for 200 people..but it’s $2500. With a pretty firm budget of $5000, that’s just not happening.
And lastly, they do have ‘hex’ tents. Those are a bit out of budget ($700/tent) but doable, especially if we ask the rents to help out. The website says they’re 40′. I’m not sure if 1 would be enough?
If one would be enough I think it would be perfect. I have horrible depth perception..I’d think 20 banquet tables would fit, but I’m just not sure.
Also, the reason we’re doing a backyard wedding is not only because his grandparents’ yard is gorgeous, but also because all venues around here are $5,000+ alone. Not to mention food and entertainment.