(Closed) NewBEE here:)

posted 10 years ago in Florida – West Coast Florida
Post # 3
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149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hi Gina! Welcome to the boards. I wish I could help you out with the tent issue but I really can’t think of anywhere besides a park that may let you do that. I guess I would check out any and all parks you can find in the Tampa area, and then possibly look into public beaches. I think you may have a tough time getting land on the beach for your reception, but a park might work.  Do you know anyone who lives in a community that has a park or big area of land where you might be able to host something like that?  I know the community I live in has a big dog park and playground and there is some empty land around both of those.  I know there are lots of other communities like that as well.  You may not be able to rent the area if you don’t live there, but if you have friends or family who do, maybe they could rent the space for you and you pay them back.

Also, if you know anyone who has a large backyard, now might be the time to call in a favor from them.

Sorry I can’t help more, I don’t have much experience in this area as we are having our reception at a hotel.  Good luck!!!!

Post # 4
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1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

hi gina!  congrats and welcome to weddingbee!

Post # 5
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1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Congrats!  I can’t help myself — I gotta throw in a few cents on the tent.  Tent weddings can be lovely, and often are, but they are about the most expensive and most complicated wedding to have.  The rentals, the set-up, the need to decorate a completely blank space mean that you need a lot of money and a lot of organization.  It’s a lot easier to go with a venue that already has what you need (tables, chairs, linen, place settings, points of interest for the eye, dancefloor, flooring, lighting, bathroom facilities …. ).  Even when your site is free and you can buy your own liquor, find your own caterer and so on it’s difficult for these sorts of savings to make up for the additional expenses.

But if you’re on the hunt for a location for a tent, keep in mind that set up will often start a day or two before your wedding and clean up will still probably be going on the day after.  That means that you’ll need to have the space reserved for a number of days — so look for a place where this won’t be an issue. 

Congrats again!  I hope this doesn’t sound too peachy!  Ooops, I mean preachy…

Post # 6
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11 posts
Newbee

Congratulations!!!  You are smart to start looking into venues now!  There are so many beautiful locations, just depends on whether you want to be at the beach, or in a bamboo garden, a floral garden, a country club, a park, whatever your vision is, it can be achieved.  For example, I have a bamboo arch that I am happy to rent out. There is a bridal show at A La Cart Pavillion this Sunday, maybe you would like to go there to get more ideas.  When a couple contacts me for their wedding, I try to assist them with finding a venue they need within their price range and provide them with creative ideas.  There are several tent rental companies, I like Fast Party Rentals, speak with Pam, and tell her what you are thinking of.  She’ll be able to help you as well.  All my best!

Post # 7
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11 posts
Newbee

Congratulations!!!  You are smart to start looking into venues now!  There are so many beautiful locations, just depends on whether you want to be at the beach, or in a bamboo garden, a floral garden, a country club, a park, whatever your vision is, it can be achieved.  For example, I have a bamboo arch that I am happy to rent out. There is a bridal show at A La Cart Pavillion this Sunday, maybe you would like to go there to get more ideas.  When a couple contacts me for their wedding, I try to assist them with finding a venue they need within their price range and provide them with creative ideas.  There are several tent rental companies, I like Fast Party Rentals, speak with Pam, and tell her what you are thinking of.  She’ll be able to help you as well.  All my best!

Post # 8
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11 posts
Newbee

Congratulations!!!  You are smart to start looking into venues now!  There are so many beautiful locations, just depends on whether you want to be at the beach, or in a bamboo garden, a floral garden, a country club, a park, whatever your vision is, it can be achieved.  For example, I have a bamboo arch that I am happy to rent out. There is a bridal show at A La Cart Pavillion this Sunday, maybe you would like to go there to get more ideas.  When a couple contacts me for their wedding, I try to assist them with finding a venue they need within their price range and provide them with creative ideas.  There are several tent rental companies, I like Fast Party Rentals, speak with Pam, and tell her what you are thinking of.  She’ll be able to help you as well.  All my best!

Post # 9
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19 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I looked at the Sheraton in Clearwater and I think they may let you do a tent on the beach, though I don’t know if they have to provide the tent or if you can.  Also check out the Powell Crosley Museum in Sarasota.  I can think of a bunch of outdoor venues, I just don’t know if they offer the tent option, try Davis Island Garden Club or Tampa Bay Garden Club.  I also believe the South Seas Resort on Sanibel Island offers the tent reception option, though I know it’s outside of the Tampa Bay area.  HTH!

Post # 10
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Wannabee

Hi Gina,

  I can help you out with this. Here is the best place to get your tent and other needed things from. http://www.fastpartyrentals.com/index.asp . As far as locations go there are to many to list and vary on your budget. Don’t worry about the clean up because the tent company sets up and picks up, and your caterers if pro’s do the clean up. Some of the best places to do this is on Madiera or Treasure Island. When you get into Redington or Indian rocks beach you will get mixed answers on permits. But it can be done. Some things to remember are if you use a venue then you have restrooms. If you need some private houses you can rent or a list of venues that you can use just give me a call I will help you no charge. I have done over 1200 weddings in this area. We own a DJ and wedding business and are well established in this area. some places to consider are the Bilmar beach resort or the Barefoot beach resort, I have done weddings with tents in front of both. The sea horse in Treasure island will let you do pretty much whatever you like. Its rustic but affordable, ( Cheeeep!) I hope this information helps, if you need good vendors you can trust feel free to give me a call 813-770-2150 or go to my website http://www.affordablebeachweddings.com

Eric Hardy  

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