(Closed) Outdoor reception – do I NEED a tent?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@208bride:  I’ve seen many pictures of outdoor receptions without tents. It seems to be weather-dependent, i.e. if there’s a real probability of rain on your wedding date or to shade guests from strong sun. 

Post # 4
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@208bride:  Not a weird at all as long as you aren’t concerned about weather! Just search Google Images for “outdoor reception no tent” and tons of lovely inspiration pics come up :)!




Post # 5
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The only thing to be concerned about is the weather.  You’ll need a Plan B (either tent or indoor location) for if it rains.

Post # 6
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine will be sans tent. It’s in Cali in September. I think it really just depends on location… I’m getting some heaters just in case. 

Post # 7
6137 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@208bride:  I would highly recommend a tent. They have clear top tents now. So you have eat under the sunset/see the stars but have the protection from rain

Post # 8
1588 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would see how long it takes to set up a tent and play it by ear until the day of. Have one rented for a rain plan, but if the sky is clear, keep it under the sky. 


Just know that by Murphy’s law, if you don’t have a tent on standby, it will rain. If you do, it won’t! 🙂

Post # 9
2691 posts
Sugar bee

You don’t need a tent exactly, but you should have some kind of backup shelter in the event of bad weather.  We’re doing a tent because we can’t fit 80 people inside our house if it rains, but other venues may have better alternatives for shelter.

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