Thoughts on a tented reception?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was pretty dead-set against a tented reception because of the cost. But, I fell in love with a venue with a tented reception, so thats what we are doing. I am pretty excited about it. I love the fresh air atmosphere to it, and the fact that the surroundings are so beautiful, I could do little to no decorating and still have a gorgeous reception. Ours is in August, so weather should be ok, but of course, I am still worried about rain. But our tent has similiar features in case of inclement weather. I say go for it! I am obssessed with finding new tent decorations. Right now, I am thinking fun paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling and string lights. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We had a tented reception and it was wonderful! The only downside was the heat (which would happen at any venue, really). We had huge fans going and pinned up some walls. And you might not have that issue considering your wedding is the end of September VS my July wedding haha. It’s nice to have a blank canvas and decorating it your way rather than working around what the venue already has there.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Seriously considering this but need to find a gorgeous place to do it at. A lot of venues near us offer it but cost twice our budget so we were thinking of find a forest preserve or something and doing it that way. There are tons of tent rental places in our area. (I live near chicago). 

& as long as it wasn’t a hot day, I wouldn’t  mind.

Shout out to a fellow sept 2015 bride 🙂

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Tented receptions are so nice and if you’re an outdoorsy couple then they are perfect.

The cons with a tented reception are how expensive they can get if the venue you’ve chosen doesn’t have a package available.  This is because you need to rent everything!  You even have to find a caterer that will be on-site for the dinner which usually requires another tent so the cooks and servers aren’t visible to your guests.

If possible, find a venue that has tented receptions already built into the price because they’ll have everything already on-hand so you won’t have to rent them.  If the venue you’ve chosen doesn’t have that option, then it’ll be quite pricey for you if that’s the route you choose!

Good Luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We had one and loved it!  It had a very fun festive outdoor vibe, which was perfect for us.  Just make sure you have a lot of lights strung up so that it doesn’t get too dark and send everyone home.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Belmont Manor

I am having a tent reception August 2015 and I am so excited about it! These are pictures of it!

 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

My heart was set on a tent. But I will say- tent, lighting, and dancefloor alone come to a cool 10k. And that’s before table/chairs/china rental. 

Were having a sailcloth one like below- it’s gorgeous and will glow with string lighting. Can’t wait.

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee

 

MrsBuesleBee:  Woah! That’s a hefty pricetag! Can i ask what part of the country you live in? I’m curious, because I’d love a tent reception, too, but there is no way I’d be able to pay that for it!

That is a BEAUTIFUL photo!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

magnoliabee:  wedding is in Kentucky. The Sperry tent is wicked expensive (6k). I also saw a century tent for 3k about, but the non sailcloth tents look plastic-y to me so I was going to line it, like beautyofmydreams posted… But that was another 3k! So we just went with the Sperry sailcloth which is beautiful unlined.

My venue required us to use the “luxury” rental company in the area by contract, and also we needed one big enough for a band, dancefloor and dinner for 150. I saw others in town for 2k but either way, they’re not cheap. Especially if you need a stage, lighting, dancefloor, chairs, tables, china, barware, bathrooms, generator… Depending on how remote your tent set up will be. 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am a sucker for the little flags too. So festive! This is the sailcloth “glow” I referred to. Theyre just magical. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Bartram's Garden

Hi there!  Also a PA bride, also having a tented reception!  I was hesitant at first, because I think tents look a little cheesy; but, after seeing photos of other weddings there, and discussing my options with tent rental companies, I feel confident in my decision.  We are doing a clear top tent with carnival lighting to add to the ethereal feel of my venue (Bartram’s Garden–so beautiful).  Although to echo the sentiment of some of the other contributors, the price tag is certainly shocking (just over $7,000 for just the tent and lighting)!  That is the one downside, in my opinion, at least.

best <3

Post # 14
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Worker bee

 

MrsBuesleBee:  thank you for the information! That’s all very good to know! What a beautiful tent – your wedding will be gorgeous!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

We’re doing a tent reception. We’ve majorly lucked out and someone my FI works with occassionally has 3 40×40 tents for us to choose from. He used to rent them out to resorts….and we’re get it for free!! 😀

Tents can be a really expensive alternative, but in our area they cost about $1200 to rent  magnoliabee:  (Ontario). 

I love tent receptions as long as there is heat available HoneyBee827:. I went to a wedding in a tent last year and froze my butt off, I ended up being miserable by the end of the night because I was so cold. 

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