(Closed) Tented reception pros and cons?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012


Congratulations on choosing a venue! Doesn’t it feel so good to have chosen one? 

From my experience, I much prefer indoor wedding receptions to outdoor ones, ESPECIALLY in August. My sister had her wedding reception half outdoor and half indoor on August 16th and the outdoor part was humid, sticky, and kinda miserable. We had the cocktail hour outside and it was so hot and had just rained so the grass was wet, we all got sweaty, and while we still had a great time when we went inside, having the sticky sweaty feeling even before we started dancing was not too enjoyable! My bridesmaid shoes were ruined in the wet grass, which was really too bad.

To me, the extra $500 is worth it to have it indoors in an air conditioned building. Your guests will be happier, you will be happier, and you can still admire the beautiful outdoors from inside, I assume?

To address your concerns:

– Can you get chair covers? 
– I LOVE the exposed beam ceiling look – there are so many ways you can make it look absolutely gorgeous. You should definitely contact my friend Richard Pitonyak at RPM Entertainment (http://www.facebook.com/musicrpm) – he does an amazing job with lighting and can transform any room into a totally different space. I’m sure he’s got some great ideas to work with the room you’d be in!
– Be careful with “nice breezes” – sometimes those can be high winds! I was at a wedding last September where the bridesmaid’s and bride’s hairdos all came out because it was so windy! 
– August in general is humid – especially in Vermont! I say go indoors!

Post # 4
7 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

@stephh:  Curious if you made any decisions. Debating the same thing but July in Cleveland. The tent is so much prettier! Ugh!

Post # 6
866 posts
Busy bee

I love an outdoor wedding reception. I have never been to an indoor reception I enjoyed as much as an outdoor one. I think it’s worth the risk! I am having a tented reception and couldn’t be happier


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