Tent or no tent? Poll

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What would you do?
    Get a tent. : (22 votes)
    81 %
    Do the lights w/o the tent. : (5 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 2
    42082 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    SkinnyLatte17:  If you don’t have a tent, what is your backup plan for rain?

    Post # 3
    4402 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I gotta go with tent… because what if it’s raining? Also, in October it might be cold after the sun sets, especially for women who will likely be wearing party dresses. 

    Post # 4
    461 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I’m also trying to avoid a tent (looking at two sheltered venues but concerned about it being crowded after dinner to mingle). I would rather just string lights, but I think in October it might be too chilly. It’s a big cost to swallow but I’d prefer my guests not leave early due to weather. 

    Post # 5
    304 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

    I love the look without the tent, but I agree with the ladies above. What about rain?!

    Post # 6
    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Your guests are eating outdoors at night in October? What’s the average temperature and rainfall? I think I’d prioritize heaters/heat lamps etc. rather than a tent, if a choice had to be made.  

    Post # 7
    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

    I voted no tent because that set up is beautiful BUT you have to have a backup plan and that would be a tent for sure.  I’ve seen the lights inside of the tent and it can be very pretty as well.  

    Post # 8
    157 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    SkinnyLatte17:  I voted to get a tent because the weather is so unpredictable here in IL! You never know what might happen, IMO it is best to be safe than sorry 🙂 

    Post # 9
    2642 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’d get a tent. If it rains you are going to be shit out of luck.  You can definitely dress up a tent awesomely (I’ve seen trees and beautiful chandeliers).  You could also put a dance floor and lounge are outside the tent and have all the sting lights and such. 

    Post # 10
    101 posts
    Blushing bee

    i voted with tent.
    anticipated if rain outhere… 🙂

    Post # 11
    7896 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    You need a rain plan or you could end up wasting wayyyy more than 900$

    Get the tent. Im renting one for my garden wedding and stringing lights up in it. And if it makes you feel better 900$ is an insanely good deal on one! 

    Post # 12
    1275 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    My reception will be un-tented and for all the people concerned about the back-up plan for rain … we paid a refundable deposit on a tent from the rental company to reserve it just in case of bad weather.  I would ask what the rental company’s policies are or shop around to find one that will work with you.

    Post # 14
    805 posts
    Busy bee

    Looks beautiful without the tent but your guests could be pretty miserable if it’s rainy/cold. Maybe a black tent so the lights show up and open sided (but with heaters) so you still get some of the feeling of being outside?

    Post # 15
    9525 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I did an outdoor wedding and wanted to forgo the tent, but was really glad I got it when it was pouring rain at our rehearsal and forecasted for rain on wedding day! Also, it’s hard to get properly spaced anchors and electrical sources for the picture you showed. So I vote tent!

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