(Closed) Do I need a Tent for an outside wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t have a tent.  Honestly, if the weather is fine (no rain, wind, etc) you don’t really need one.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re renting a tent because we live in Vancouver and the possibility of rain is quite high. Check out Mrs. Espresso. I’m pretty sure there was no tent at her outdoor wedding and it looks like it was awesome!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We didn’t have one and I was so glad we didn’t.  The weather the weeks leading up to our day was iffy though so we had one on standby with the rental company.  We just had to give them 24 hours notice if we were going to need it and by that time the weather report was all clear.  Doing it that way gave us piece of mind that we would have it if we needed it.

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Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m from VA too and sometimes the weather in VA is unpredictable!  It might be a little hot and too sunny so maybe using a tent might be nice for your older guest who need shade.  I think decorating with just lights or simple lanterns would be beautiful!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think so…but definitely have a backup plan if it rains. We are getting married outside but if it rains we’ll just get married inside the lodge that our reception is held at.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re getting married outside and don’t have one.  It will be in July in CA, so it’ll be very warm.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yeah, totally not necessary. For those of us who are trying to save money by choosing outdoor venues, or want that casual rustic chic feel, a tent can defeat the purpose. In my case a tent won’t even fit my venue…the backyard, haha.

As long as you have some sort of backup, it shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I dont think its necessary but you should have a backup plan just in case.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not sure what the weather is like in Virginia in May.  You might want to have one reserved “just in case” with the rental company, that way you get one if you need it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am getting married the same day in Alabama! I had all along decided I did not want a tent for my ourdoor reception! However, my mom wanted one all along and I have choosen to go with it! They ended up being cheaper than expected! We just got done adding it all up and for a 30×60 tent, stage, dance floor, chairs and tables for 100 we are looking at $2000.00! We are going to go with it! The wedding is on a Saturday and they will come set up on Wednesday! So gives us plenty of time! I think it will work out better! We are still going to have the bar area out from under the tent and mini hay bale seating! I am starting to think that it is a good idea! 🙂

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Wow Smitha5 – that is a great deal!!  I am having a ceremony outside on the beach… then having the reception at a pavillion with a pool.  The cocktail hour will beoutside around the pool, we’ll go inside for dinner, then back outside to the pool/grassy area for the partying!

If it rains, everything will be held inside at the pavillion – it will be cozy, but still fun i’m sure!

My cousin is a wedding planner and she always advises to have a back-up plan.  What if it does rain that day and you have no tent or reception hall of some sort????  What are you going to do?  It would be just too risky for me… would drive me nuts worrying about the dang weather!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Katet

I as suprised as well! Where I live Tents cost $2000 but where my parents live they are WAY cheaper!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are having one, but even if it doesn’t rain (OMFG fingers crossed) we will be using it for the dancing. The no-rain plan is ceremony on the lawn, cocktail hour on the wraparound patio, seated dinner inside, dancing in the tent. There’s not enough room for everything if we don’t have one, so it was kind of a no-brainer also given the possibility of rain. Ugh just thinking about this makes me want to cry and scream and flail my arms like an infant.

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