(Closed) Rather choose hall or great tent for wedding party?

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 2
8066 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

What will the weather be like?

Post # 4
59 posts
Worker bee

Hi there, just some things to think about with a tent, because I looked into this. If it is not a permanent tent already set up by the venue you have to find a caterer that will bring an outside kitchen, it’s own energy source, you need to rent and bring in every table, chair, etc. You need to worry about if there will be bathrooms, perhpas rent lights, get permits, etc.  It is A LOT of work and I opted to do a modern, contemporary loft venue instead. Just some things to think about 🙂

Post # 5
1928 posts
Buzzing bee

Ya unless you have a venue that regularly does tent weddings, it is a huge amount of work – also need sound equipment, dance floor, heaters potentially, lighting and yes of course allllll the things you’d need to rent. I’d see first if you can find an inside venue that has most of this stuff already.

Post # 7
6554 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

ychris822:  Where will your wedding take place? 

Post # 10
758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I also thought about doing a tent in my in-laws’ back yard, but decided it was just more trouble with all the rentals (and space issues) than I wanted to bother with.  A “hall” didn’t really fit what I wanted either, so I found a venue with permanent outdoor “tents” and bathrooms and they do their own catering and all the tables/chairs/linens included.

Post # 12
891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


ychris822:  I am not a fan of tent weddings.  For one, it is very difficult to control the temperature inside (either too hot or too cold).  The dance floor is put over the grass or concrete and I have seen many people trip over the dance floor because it somewhat elevated.  You also have to find a caterer that has the capacity to bring in everything (cups, plates, napkins, etc, etc, etc).  Also, for a spring or summer wedding, I would be afraid of food spoiling unless the caterers bring a lot of ice or appropriate cooling stations.  (eggs/cheese/dairy and the heat really do not mix).  To me, tent weddings seem more like a headache then finding a venue where you are left with figuring out only the music, the flowers and maybe the cake…..

Post # 14
9418 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am having a tent reception, outside ceremony at a botanical garden in Kentucky. If it rains there is a gorgeous barn for the ceremony. 

Somethings to note… If you want a pretty tent (ie a sailcloth tent or a lined tent) it is EXPENSIVE. My sailcloth tent rental is $6500 – before stage, dance floor, lighting etc- just the tent.

And then you have to rent every table, every fork, every chair and spoon and plate. Everything. For my tent wedding, rentals alone are $15,000.  $5500 more for the site fee. After band, booze, food and all that…. We’re looking at about $70,000.

Just the tent/rentals, food, open bar is about $40,000 (For 180 guests)

For a hall you just pay the fee and don’t have to deal with renting every little thing and the structure itself. 

Post # 15
9418 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

But I should add- it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous and we really didn’t want a cookie cutter hotel/hall wedding. Or an indoor wedding at all. The tent was the dream and it is worth the expense and headache to me and my family. 

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