(Closed) Market umbrellas for tables at reception for shade??

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The only potential problem I could see is that, with the changing angle of the sun and depending on the layout of your site, there could well be a period where those umbrellas provide very little shade. Or if they’re tiltable, guests might have to tilt them, which can be a pain and won’t look as nice.

What about a small tent in combination with umbrellas?

Other than that one rack-my-brain-for-a-point-to-make thing.. I do think they look very nice. Part of this might depend on the guest list – if there are a lot of guests who NEED shade, a tent would be better.

Also, there is the opportunity for cute little sunscreen stations here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I commented on your tent thread. I STRONGLY recommend a tent instead of umbrellas—the umbrellas will not provide enough shade in the August afternoon sun in 90 degree weather. I would also rent free-standing fans.

I’m sure the wedding will work out, but I think your son and future daughter-in-law may want to consider some more factors:

What kind of food are you serving and where is it being served? Lots of food will go bad quickly (or melt, like buttercream on a cake) in that kind of weather.

What is the bathroom situation? Most houses cannot handle 100 people using their toilet for several hours? Are you going to rent bathrooms?

Post # 6
1775 posts
Buzzing bee

They look nice, certainly, but… Well, I’d be concerned about the 3pm reception with the only shade being table umbrellas. In the other post you said they are having dancing? I can’t even fathom it.

Post # 7
9552 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I love the umbrellas but I agree that it requires some thought. With umbrellas not everyone will be in the shade. That’s fine for people that me that love the heat but might put grandma into a heat stroke. So it could require some careful seating arranging, which may have to change as the sun progresses. Are there any trees to provide additional shade? And I heartily suggest providing sunscreen – the aerosol spray kind. Also – what’s the rain plan?

Post # 9
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Agree with PPs.  The umbrellas are lovely, but they will not provide enough shade for a 3 PM reception in 90+ degree weather.

Post # 11
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

No, the tent will. I can’t quite explain it, but just think about your experience—there’s always shade under a tent, but not under umbrellas. 

Post # 13
491 posts
Helper bee

You have probably thought of this, but if you live in a windy area make sure you have a good strong base for the umbrellas.

We had umbrellas at my old job and they would often start to fly out of the table if there was any strong wind… The umbrellas in the picture you posted look like they have some weight to them though, so hopefully this isn’t much of a problem.

I think they look nice though. 

Post # 15
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think a tent provides more coverage in case of rain, and if people don’t want to be stuck at their table but rather mingling. The umbrellas is a cute look though.

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