Post # 1
This is something I’ve been thinking of. Our ceremony will be in a park with no buildings or convenient secluded areas near by. The way it’s set up, for me to walk down the aisle, if I’m not hidden, the guests would literally have to walk right past me completely exposed to get to their seats. So I’ve been thinking of renting a little 10×10 tent with walls to set up off to the side and have me and and by BM/family hang out in once guests start arriving. Plus I figure we could use it as a mini headquarters and leave any bags/boxes/whatever we had there. Would that look totally weird?
Post # 3
My sister had the same problem, she got married in a park and had to walk quite a ways to the waiting spot behind a huge evergreen tree 🙂 We all just huddled around her and walked down the path until she could hide, but for you, yeah, that won’t work. I think the tent would be fine, but really, tents are quite expensive so I would check into that before you make it your only option. Usually tent walls also have those plastic “windows” too so you’d still have to cover them up. Have you thought about waiting somewhere else in the park entirely and someone can let you know when it’s time to come?
Post # 4
I think a tent would be a good idea. Plus it keeps you out of the sun all day.
Post # 5
Yeah, the tent will be another expense, but the one I’m looking at isn’t too bad. The park is surrounded by a busy road on two sides, the parking lot where all the guests on the third side, and a river on the fourth! It’s a beautiful place, but the logistics are difficult…
Post # 6
I think the tent idea is pretty good – you’re right, it’d be a great place to hide if you’re so inclined, and stay out of the sun. don’t want sweaty pits in your pretty dress! and you can stash stuff in there. But it’d be hard to figure out how to make it not just stick out like a sore thumb, no?
Post # 7
I think that’s a good idea. You definitely need a place to ‘hide’. My friend got married last summer in an open field. It was kinda awkward because she opted to just do the LONG walk from a little building to the aisle. It felt like we were waiting for her for 10 minutes, which might not sound like a long time but it was.
Post # 8
What I’m doing is arriving very last minute. My dad will be talking to my coordinator, so we will roll into the park about five minutes before the ceremony, and then I won’t get out of the car until everyone is there.
I can do this because we are providing the transportation for the guests to the ceremony, as there is only room for five parking spots. So I have more control over arrivals. The tent sounds like a nice idea, though.
Post # 9
We’re getting married outside of an antebellum mansion. I was worried that I couldn’t have my grand entrance so we turned the ceremony around. Now, instead of facing the house and getting married on the stairs, everyone will face a wooded area and we’ll get married under this adorable hanging tree bough. That way I can make my grand entrance through the door of the house and down the stairs.
Post # 10
that sounds like a good idea. but could you not just arrive at the time the ceremony is supposed to start?
Post # 11
The park that I am having my wedding does not allow tents. Have you looked in to the rules for the park you have reserved? We are renting a hotel room near the site to get ready, and I am going to arrive right as the ceremony begins.
Post # 12
Thanks for the input everyone. My concern about arriving right before the ceremony starts is that we’re driving in from about 15 minutes away. I don’t really want to sit on the dress for that long before I go down the aisle…
Post # 13
I think the tent sounds like a good idea.
Post # 14
You could also just use a big umbrella or parasol and face away from the crowd so nobody can see your face & it will make for some cute pics! [attachment=810793,102508]
Post # 15
You might even want to consider buying a tent rather than renting. This one is $134.88 for a 10′ by 30′ tent, with free shipping. You would probably have to use sheets on the inside of the windows to avoid being seen. However, it would also provide some backup for the ceremony in case of rain, as it’s white and meant for weddings.
Alternatively, this one is smaller, but meant as a cabana/changing room, so you would have complete privacy inside it. And it’s $68.99 including the shipping.
In either case, you’d end up with something that you could either resell or use after the wedding.
Post # 16
2dbride- Thanks so much! I didn’t even think of buying one on ebay, but now that I’m looking it would be about half the cost to but than to rent! Plus, if I have it sooner I could think of some way to jazz it up a little 🙂