Post # 1
i don’t know why but since the very beginning when i started to envision how i wanted to my wedding to look and feel i have abhorred tents. my dream was to be married in the summer so that i’d have the best chance of not needing a tent and my wedding would be this tuscan-inspired al fresco evening of good food, free spirits and great tunes. my oh my… how these plans have changed. i am now getting married in october, under a tent (the food, spirits and tunes remain) and i’m considering how to fit everyone and everything i want to have there underneath two, not one – two, tents that will be positioned perpendicular to one another and have a (gasp) lining with (gasp, gasp) “up-lighting”. up-lighting? really? i didn’t want one of the typical circus-type tents with eighty foot ceilings that suck out the personal factor. but the only option presented to me for lining of my “frame” tent is a white chiffon-y material that looks like it could be worn to a toga party. it’s not good. but it’s also not a huge deal… so then why am i letting it bother me so much?
Post # 3
You could try dressing up your tent with classy, personal touches. Perhaps that chiffon would look better wrapped in white christmas-tree lights? Or you could hit up fabric stores on sale days and get your own fabric to line the frames. I personally think up-lighting can look very sophisticated and not circusy at all.
Post # 4
i agree with the pp. If it’s done right, uplighting and draping looks modern and classy!
However, is there any way your vision can come more in line with what your wedding plans are? Perhaps a tent alternative or a slightly different venue?
Good luck and best wishes!
Post # 5
I think its because once you start planning the event, you start to realize how few options you really have. I mean unless you have oodles of money to spend, people generally have a couple tried and true methods of getting things done for you. Which sucks if you’re like me… born rebel.
I am having a tent reception, but have to say tented receptions never really bothered me. But there are other wedding related things that seem so “cookie cutter” for lack of a better term, but I just can’t seem to get out of them. I feel your pain. I think its why brides obsess about details. Its the only way we can really put our unique and individual mark on it.
Post # 6
omg, i love tent parties. i’ve been to so many fun and classy ones. i’m sad that our venue doesn’t allow tents, actually. there are so many fun ways to decorate them – i know you’ll figure out something beautiful!
Post # 7
yes, exactly! i just don’t want the reception to look typical. i wish i had a tent alternative but it’s my only option and since my wedding is a month away there’s not really any changing it. i’m just going to have to suck it up, i guess. i just always think of up-lighting as super dramatic and clubby which is not my style at all. I want it to look more organic, casual, simple.
thanks so much for your responses – it’s obviously my first post but doubt it will be my last. getting down to the wire over here!
Post # 8
We are having a tent with uplighting. It’s all in how you present it. It doesn’t have to be dramatic or clubby at all. You could pic a nice pastel color that goes with your motif
Post # 9
Or you could embrace the theme and hand out glow sticks!