(Closed) tent reception?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
11105 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@future_mrs_taylor: I was going to, but backed out when it came to paying the deposit for the estate land as the cost and organisation scared me as well as the risk of British rain in the summer.

Post # 4
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I wanted to but the tent rental was way too expensive.

Post # 5
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m going to follow this because I’m in the middle of deciding between an indoors reception or a tented outdoors reception…I really want it outside but I’m afraid the tent will be too expensive.

Post # 6
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@future_mrs_taylor:  I am having one! We are getting married in my in-laws backyard, but will have to rent a large tent, tables, chairs, dinnerware, glassware, silverware, and restroom trailers. I plan to wrap the large oak tree in lights and string lights inside the tent as well. BUT we can do anything we want and we have no rules ๐Ÿ™‚ Our tent company will set up the tent a week in advance so we will have plenty of time to decorate it without hiring anyone. It’s a lot of work, but I’m hoping it will be worth it! In regards to the cost, it will be less expensive than nice venues in the area, but I’m sure we could have found a cheaper hall somewhere. Rental costs are relative to where you live.

Post # 7
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I really wanted to do a tent reception, but it was way more expensive than my all-inclusive venue. My venue for about 130 people, including appetizers, non-alcholic drinks, food, DJ, all linens, chiviari chairs and more is just $6500.

I priced out tent rental, catering, tables, chairs, linens, etc. at $10k minimum in my area.

The company that manages my venue also manages another location with the same all-inclusive packages, but in a beautiful transparent tent in another city. I would have picked that venue, but it’s in the bad part of that city, so the tent wasn’t worth it for me.

Post # 8
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@future_mrs_taylor:  I hope you’re ready for the motherload of inspiration pics. 

How I plan to drape the lights inside the tent:


The property is on the river, so we will ask our photographers to take some shots of our wedding from the other side of the riverbank.

We will have round tables with white linens and chiavari chairs.


Decorating our head table in tulle from the fabric store (my gown is tulle as well):


My Dad is making us this sign for the end of the road (since it is not an actual venue, it is a private home):


IF we have time, we will replace the flag on their pole with a ‘wedding flag’ ha!


I’m going to wrap the escort ‘flags’ around the trunk of a tree. I bought black and white striped string and spray painted mini clothespins gold.


We’re setting up lawn games in the lower portion of the yard for entertainment during cocktail hour.


Bar inspiration:


Other lighting ideas: 

Post # 9
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

i am using a venue that is a clubhouse in a neighborhood so i got it reaaaaaalllyyyyy cheap.  there is no way that all of my guest will fit into it but it has a ton of outside space. i will put a deposit on a tent in case of rain but hopefully won’t need it!!!  


i’m choosing this over a traditional venue so i don’t have to hire a bartending service (i feel like most venues require this?) i’m doing a self-service mimosa station (brunch wedding) so that will save $$$!

Post # 10
2625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014



Post # 11
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m doing a tent and it is definately not cheap! We’re planning about 200 people and the tent, chairs, tables, dancefloor and basic uplighting are running around $3,500. And about $1,050 for port-a pots and hand washing stations. If there is no chance of rain, we’ll not get the tent set up and we’ll save about half of that. But the land is free and we can bring our own liquor, which helps a lot. I really wanted an outside family picnic feel, so I was willing to splurge on the rentals and have cut back on food and flowers and bar. I have been to several tented recetions and I just love them. They definately take some flexibility because you have to deal with weather, but I think it’s worth it!

Post # 12
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We are having a tent reception! We live in the maritimes in Canada, and my city doesn’t have a lot of wedding venue options that aren’t churches ( we are atheists), so we were very lucky to find our venue! The ceremony is outside in the beautiful garden and they also have a permanent tent set up for receptions. We have full access to the whole grounds starting at 5pm the day before the wedding. They have everything there, all we need to bring if the center pieces and the food ! it costs us $2500

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