Post # 1
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
So here is my problem. I LOVE backyard receptions where there is no tent and the space feels very open. Like this:
But I can’t decide if this is the right kind of look for our at-home reception. My In-Laws backyard is VERY open and HUGE. No fencing, trees or anything. Just a wide open place:
With all the tables and stuff, we would probably only fill up about 1/2 the backyard.
So I am torn. The idea was we were just going to put up a tent so that it would define the space. Like this:
But in all honestly I would love to ditch the tent and have everything open but I am not sure that without the tent it would really define the space.
Am I crazy? Would having it all out in the open just be weird without something to define the boundries?
Post # 3
You have a beautiful space for your wedding reception. I am also thinking of an outdoor wedding and pros and cons, the layout yuo have looks like it would work, other options that I can suggest are:
not a full tent, let the air still be able to come through light and stars (depending on how long your reception is ) because it’s not solid it’s not a solid white blob, which might be the main reason you do not want to have a tent….
Or if you really don’t want a tent, so that way everyone can see the beautiful spot, think about adding more areas other than the items listed above, you could also have a photo booth, games or a campfire pit that way the area is full and doesn’t have an empty feeling, and you don’t have to have a huge tent in the middle
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Post # 4
Your wedding is going to be gorgeous! I had an outdoor wedding and we had a tent for the reception to cover the tables. I didn’t want one either, but it helped with the sun and it was raining the entire week so it put my mind at ease. I liked raine monkey’s suggestion…it’s beautiful! Here’s the tent I had.
Post # 5
Have a tent-for peace of mind if no other reason. It can rain any day of the year.
Post # 6
I’d have one just for the sake of shade, but if the weather would be mild I don’t think you necessarily need one for aesthetic’s sake. Something open like Raine Monkey posted would be really beautiful too!
Post # 7
I agree on the tent because of rain idea. A downpour would probably cause me to hyperventilate.
Post # 8
I would definitely go with the tent. Perhaps some seating outside of it as well? You can rent tents with clear tops.
Post # 9
I don’t think you need the tent, but it is good for shade and serves as kind of a decoration.
Post # 10
i wold go with a tent bc you never know with the weather with rain and the sun. we had a tented reception and it was really pretty and blocked the elements (ie the sun that day)
Post # 11
considering you are getting married in december…a tent is a must. you’re guests may freeze their buns off and that calls for a bad time. also, if it were a summer time with the trees blooming i would say you wouldn’t need a tent becuase its nice and warm and the trees would be a beautiful backdrop to your wedding. if you want an open space…you can get a tent and open the sides up. so at least there is a roof for a little warmth.
Post # 12
I agree with other pp that a tent is nice to reassure you that even if it rains your reception will still go on, if it rained with no tent that would suck. Have it be open on the sides but rent the sides too in case it does rain they can easily be put on to protect from the rain.
Post # 13
I’m going to vote yes use the tent in case it rains!
Post # 14
What about some shade sails?
In white they keep the space looking open and breezy but help define the area and offer a little shade without feeling boxed into a tent
Post # 15
Everyone else has pretty much said it: get the tent or something like a tent for shade and protection from the sun-just in case. And your backyard looks like a perfect venue but from a design standpoint, a tent or something similiar will define the space and add visual interest. Without it, it’s just a sea of tables and chairs.
P.S. You aren’t getting married outside in December are you???
Post # 16
@meerkat: I don’t think it would be weird at all, but like a lot of the PPs have mentioned, a tent (or some kind of covering, there are some good ideas up there!) would be great just for peace of mind concerning the weather.
To the other PPs, she did get married in Dec, in Mexico last year. If I’m not mistaken (from reading her blog here on the bee) what she’s planning now is an at home reception this coming June! An outdoor December wedding would be crazy 😉