Post # 1
I’ve been trying to find a budget tool to figure out a budget breakdown for a tented wedding. I tried the Marth Stewart tool, but it doesn’t include rentals, it just includes venue cost which I am assuming would only work for an all-inclusive-type venue. I know rentals for a tented wedding will be a huge chunk of the budget, but I can’t seem to find a tool that incorporates that cost. Does anyone know of any tools out there that would have a good breakdown of what percentage of you budget should be spent on rentals (tent, table, chairs, dance floor, plates, silverware etc, etc, etc)?
Post # 3
I am also having an outdoor/tent reception. I just created an Excel spreadsheet and listed everything I need and made different columns for the different companies in my area with their prices. Most rental websites have their prices and everything to rent out on their website. I wanted the actual prices so I could figure out which company would be the best deal.
Post # 4
I had a tented wedding. For 100 pp, depending on different things you have to rent it’s going to run you $4,000-$8,000 in rentals, I think.
Post # 5
There actually is a budget post on the board about rental costs–look it up, it has a lot of the bees rental costs.
Post # 6
Prices range from place to place, and I am sure it varies by location as well. Our rental total is about $3,000 and that includes a tent (and walls), tables, chairs, porta potties, and misc things.
Post # 7
We are also doing a tented reception. I couldn’t find any guidelines either since they aren’t really common especially around here.
Since they aren’t common, our city has very reasonable rates. We were able to get a 40×40 tent for 800$. Dancefloor was 150, lighting was 50. Tables are 10$ per, and chairs are 1.50$ per. From there we budgeted for our guest list (120). FMIL will be making all linens which saves a lot.
We were very fortunate to have our caterer include ALL table setting rentals (silverware, water glasses, wine glasses, dinner, salad, dessert plates, etc) with the cost of the food. It was such a huge relief to have that headache taken care of.
A tip: Check with local restaurants who don’t usually cater. We were able to get a much better meal (IMO) at a fantastic price than the typical catering company by asking a local restaurant who wants to break into the business.