Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone has used either portable air conditioners or a larger air conditioning unit outside of the tent with hose for a tented wedding dinner. We are seating 185 people under a clear top tent in June for dinner and I cannot find after the fact reviews or costing anywhere! I have been told it is verrrry expensive and may make or break our venue choice!
Thanks so much!!!
Post # 3
I’m getting married in a tent in June, and I’ve rented AC units through my tent company. Depending on the company and how many square feet the venue is, The cheapest I found is $1100 for a 20 ton unit, and I was told a 40×100 tent needs two of those. But the clear top might make it difficult since the sun will still be shining, you may need more than I do to cool the tent. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
An alternative may be to use block ice. Depending on the size of the tent and the projected heat, you’d likely need 8-10 blocks or maybe even more; put each in a big bin (decorate it to make it look pretty) and cover with a layer of plastic to keep things dry, then a tablecloth. The ice will have a pretty noticeable cooling effect on the area.
I would recommend doing something with the underside of the tent so it’s not clear; you probably can’t paint it but you could drape fabrics, parasols, whatever, up there to provide shade. The clear tent is going to act like a magnifying glass, making the sun hotter and stronger under there, and you’ll be happier (and so will your guests) if you find a way to make shade rather than intensify the heat.
Post # 5
Valarie, depending upon where you are located evap coolers can be used in combination with air conditioners to bring the cost down significantly. Also use sidepole mounted tent fans, these are a very low cost method of adding cooling without distracting guests. For more information and free handouts visit http://tents.theeventline.com.