Post # 1
So I am getting married near the shore in New Jersey and have a question about tenting. Our caterer is dealing exclusively with the tent company and I think they may be overcharging us for what we actually need. We’re having a relatively small wedding (about 110 people) and they are telling us that we need a 40 x 80 tent, and with a chef’s tent everything will be around 5500 dollars. First of all, I don’t think we need that big of a tent nor do I think it should be that expensive. I was wondering if any of you have had a tented wedding, and if so what size did you get and approximately how much was it.
Thank you so much!!
Post # 3
i am not renting a tent so im not sure but i did a google search for it and you can buy them in the price range of 3,000 – 12,000 so that price may steep for renting but im not sure….doesnt hurt to try and talk them down or reasearch a smaller tent.
Post # 4
i don’t know how big mine is, but my rental is $2k including set up and delivery, and that’s for a clear tent (more expensive than a white tent).
Post # 5
We had 150 people in a 30×80 tent ($1800). We had a seperate 10×20($300) tent for our bar and DJ (it was a bit of a weird venue set up). We also had 3 10×10 ($300 total) pop up tents for our chef and bussing area (don’t forget a bussing area! All those dirty plates have to go somewhere!). So that’s $2400. BUT don’t forget other things you may want like pole drapings, whether or not the sides are included in the cost in case of rain, or if you want ceiling drapings, and lighting of course. There’s a lot to think about.
Basically for space, you need to allot a 10’x10′ space for each table, so 100 square feet/table. It adds up quickly. You’ll also need space for your dance floor, a head table if you’re having one, your gift/guest book table, and standing/milling room around the bar. I think 40×80 is overkill for 110 people. Our 30×80 was perfect for us, and we had to leave about 200 square feet to accomodate this insane fire pit our venue built in the middle of our tent space (long story). I would ask them to reassess their quote and how they came up with that spatial requirement and potentially even a floor plan for you.
Post # 6
Is that for all of your rentals (tables, linens, lights, dance floor, glasswear…) or is it just the tent? If it is for everything I don’t think it is that bad. We are paying about the same. We are having a slightly larger wedding but don’t need the cook tent because we have a cook space at the venue already, so it kind of evens out. I would find out what is really included in it. If you feel like it isn’t right I would suggest that you ask, look into it and get clarity. Even if it is an alright price in the end at least this way you will know, and feel comfortable with it.
Post # 7
@peacegrl099: Good point.
Our total rental for all our tables, chairs, dishware, kitchen equipment, glassware, miscellaneous extras (we bought our own linens) was close to $10 000. SO if your rental price includes all that, GO FOR IT! LOL!
Post # 8
This is from David Tutera’s The Big White Book of Weddings. Say what you want about him, but he does know how to throw a party…
About choosing the size of a tent…
Dinner reception with dancing: 15 to 17 square feet per person
Reception with no dancing: 10 square feet per person
Stand-up cocktail party: 6 square feet per person
Seating for a ceremony: 7 square feet per person, plus space for aisles and alters.
He also recommends asking for 10 foot high sides versions 8 foot high sides–something about it giving the illusion of more space.
I don’t think you need a tent as big as they want you to get. The bigger the tent, the higher the cost and the harder it is to decorate.