Post # 1
to have a canopy for an outdoor wedding reception?
FFIL said “oh you have to have a tent” and so weve secured one. but ive been thinking, ive seen many photos of pretty out door receptions with no tent/canopy.
the wedding/reception wil lbe at night so there will be no sun really.
and the weather shouldnt be bad. maybe 60-65 degrees. we went to 2 wedding last april/may and one day was misty and the other was perfect. RAIN would be the only reason i could see for HAVING to have a tent.
i think something like this would look very romantic!
does anyone know what would be used to hold the lights up?
(like the middle piece but without the tents)
and unfortunately there are no trees at the “reception” site. it is all wide open. there are trees along the edges of the wide open area though…
what do you think bees?
Post # 3
You can’t count on perfect weather. A tent will protect you if it rains on your day. I wish I wasn’t such a panic freak because if I wasn’t, I would totally not rent a tent, but our venue is at a park and there is no plan B if it rains.
Post # 4
Hmm… I’m not sure what you would use to help hold of the lights if you aren’t having tents. I have a similar problem. I am wanting to use ribbon above the dance floor along with lights, but I don’t know how to go about doing it either! 🙂
Post # 5
You don’t need a tent for most weather, but if it rains, you will be very happy that you rented one and have it ready to go. Hopefully, it will be beautiful weather, but you just never know!
Post # 6
im starting to think i like the top picture the most. with the dance floor in between. im not sure how that would work separating people but from what i hear, you spend most of your tiem talking to your guests anyways….
but also the tent we have now is $750 and comes with sides.
if we were to go with 2 smaller tents to achieve the look in the top, there would be no sides..hmmm!
just trying to think straight and figure it out here before i run to FH with another change in plan hehe
Post # 7
I wouldn’t trust the weather I would be too nervous about it. What would be your backup plan if something did go wrong?
Post # 8
While I’m hoping the weather will be nice, I’m renting a tent just in case. I have no indoor space for my wedding, so I’d rather have the tent and be able to have a party in the rain than have no tent and have everyone ditch because of the weather.
If you look at the younghouselove.com blog, they have lights strung up like that. She just used heavy fishing line as extra reinforcement for the lights.
Post # 9
@mwitter80: i think it would be kinda sucky even so being inside a tent with walls if it were to rain…
there is no plan b!
we thought about having the reception on the churchs lawn as it is a very large lawn
but we still havnt become solid on anything
FHs parents house is large. and they have a large fron lawn with beautiful scenery in my opinion. that is where we originally planned to do it but then we decided it would just be easier to do it at the church
Post # 10
you need a tent in case of rain unless you can move indoors. and if may is hot where you’re located, a tent with walls basically acts as a greenhouse and gets sweltering fast, so i would go for a bigger tent with no walls.
Post # 11
Personally i’m too nervous about the weather to even consider an outdoor reception, but I would definitely go with the tent.. just like pp have said its a great back up
Post # 12
We had an outdoor wedding in So Cal in July. We did not have a tent. The ceremony was at 6pm. I was a little nervous it would be to hot…my mil was worried it would be to cold. We rented a few outdoor heaters just in case…I’m not sure if any of them were even turned on that night…I danced a lot and was very comfortable all evening as far as temp. And, it was a BEAUTIFUL night…full moon and gorgeous surroundings, so I would have hated to block all that out with a tent. The month of May can be a little tricky. I think it is good to have one to use as a back up if you need…but you hate to pay for something you don’t need.
As far as the lighting goes…our rental company did it all for us and it was beautiful…they strung the lights between posts. We all had some spot light kind of things. The pics below are not really my favs of the night, but they show the lighting in different ways.
These first two of are just general pics of how the lights looked (both are just as the sun was setting).
This pic shows a close up of the flood lights (on the right) and a post that the market lights were attached to.
Making out with my MOH (actually just hugging after her toast).
Me and my dad dancing!
If you look in the background you can see the tall lights in groups of 3.
Post # 13
@cllyons: I don’t like the top picture. I mean photo wise it’s awesome, but guest wise I would feel like I were in the reject tent. Wouldn’t you want to sit in the same space as the couple?
Post # 14
@MzMarzipan: beautiful!!!! If I could get a promise of no rain in June in Pittsburgh, I would totally not rent a tent!
Post # 15
kitzy my options are large tent with options of having walls or not having walls (will have them on hand) or 2 smaller tents with no sides and no options of sides.
may is not exactly warm but its not cold either. its like perfect weather. i checked the weather predictor and according to the last few yrs of weather it should be a perfect day!
MzMarzipan iLOVE it! we also live in the “country” so when it gets dark at night you can see stars in the sky..unlike the city where i used to live. but i reallly like what you had going.
Miss Tattoo i know, that is the only downfall..i am thinking of a solution
Post # 16
what about something liek this
the main tent…with either a tent off the side evenly in the middle with plenty of lighting (this would also give more space inside the main tent)
an area off to the side in the middle for the dance floor. just so i can have the pretty lights up over head. NO TENT over the dace floor. just lights (but we could have the tent just in case it rains.)