(Closed) To tent or not to tent?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think you should have a tent, just in case.  There are all sorts of things out there — bugs, dust, pollen, leaves, petals, etc etc…that will be somewhat filtered by the tent.  Also, it gives focus to a space, and allows you to decorate.

Post # 5
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think having a tent jsut in case it a good idea.  Having a tent with attachable screen sides could be really useful too.  I don’t know about where you live, but here the mosquitos can carry a horse away lol. 

Post # 6
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If the night was perfect and the tent was just empty? I would probably not go in!

Post # 7
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Barn

I think you have to consider what your guests are like. I’m a huge camping person so I LOVE sitting out all night staring at the sky with a fire. But “city” people as I like to put it, will most likely tend to gravite towards the tent.

I think it would be a good idea to set up a small tent to keep your food and drinks under. And people can flow in and out depending on how they feel. Would your grandparents be okay sitting outside completely? Your parents? Any fussy friends you may have?

If not, another option (which I loved and planned to do if I had a backyard wedding) is to string lights over the area so it almost feels like a “roof”. Gives a bit of a comfort zone, I’d say.

Post # 8
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If it was daylight or sunlight, even at evening, I would, because sunlight gives me a headache aecru don’t want to risk sunburn or exposure. But after the sun goes down? Probably not.

Post # 9
5658 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Outside all the way, but agreed with pp that stringing lights between some poles also makes a nice “tent” but you can see the sky

Post # 10
43 posts

I think you should have a tent with open sides.  You could also have the cocktail hour outside so you get the best of both.

Post # 11
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Tent. I’m not an outdoors person and I’d stay put under the tent. Tents are a great in-between between being inside and being outdoors. Since it’s open, it can allow people to move around. I’d appreciate being given the option and would take advantage of it.

Post # 12
3617 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Personally, if I could afford a tent I would just use the tent as the reception and put everything in the tent. I’m not sure I understand why you would have an empty tent to the side “just in case”. 

Post # 13
47 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

Get a tent to take the stress and worry out, otherwise you will just be fretting around weather for the last week and you’ve got much better things to do that week! If you don’t want to use it, then you can have your planner turn it into a lounge space. 

Post # 14
6511 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I understand your dilemma, as I LOVE the look of a reception underneath the stars, but I feel like people would likely gravitate to the tent, and it seems risky not to have one in case of rain.  I think the best way to keep people outside most of the time while still having a back-up tent is to use the tent for one discrete function – like having a gift table or something similarly unengaging in there – nothing that would tempt people to linger.  Keep all the action outside, and hopefully the majority of the people will follow. 

Post # 15
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m having an outside back yard wedding and I do not want a tent at all. I think the night sky will be just as beautiful with white lights strung up around the trees and whatever else. Hopefully, it won’t rain, but in case it does, I’ll figure something out closer to the wedding date. 

Everything really hinges on that dang Farmer’s Almanac that comes out in August.

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