(Closed) To tent or not to tent…

posted 4 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
200 posts
Helper bee

A) Because of rain.

B) Tent = shade. People love shade. I burn in the slightest sun and being slathered in sunblock for a wedding sounds gross. Squinting in the sun for # hours sounds headache-inducing. (assuming you mean your reception). It also sounds like a good way to ruin photos.

It doesn’t have to be a closed tent. You can rent canopy-style tents that are just as useful without blocking out the view. The alley thing is way overdramatic. For the comfort of your guests and peace of mind, a canopy tent is worth it. You can decorate it very cutely without taking away from your venue.

Post # 4
1065 posts
Bumble bee

I skipped the tent. It was $1200 I didn’t have to spend. I was willing to put one on weather reserve (30% down) but I watched the weather and decided that it wouldn’t be needed. We were outside in a beautiful park with a concrete patio, there were trees and plenty of shade so sun wasn’t a huge issue. I’m 100% happy with my choice to skip the tent, it just would have been an eyesore and prevented us from stringing cafe lights accross the patio.

And for the record it was in May in South Carolina. To keep people cool my programs were on sticks so they could be used as fans if needed.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by  Rafissch.
Post # 5
6836 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Shade definitely for sure! I was in a wedding years ago in Virginia in August and it was outside and it was HOOOOOOT! They had a tent which gave some relief at least from the scorching sun. I can’t imagine what everyone would’ve done without a tent. We’d have died of heat stroke! 

Also, some people just really don’t like eating outdoors. I’m not one of those people but I have a friend like that. Anytime we’d go out to eat and the restaurant only had outdoor seating, she’d make us wait for a table inside. 

Post # 6
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

What’s your time for events? Mine will be outside but the ceremony will be at 4:30 and then the dinner/reception will run from 5 until 9-10. So most of the heat will be over at that point. I’m not planning on using a tent unless there’s rain. My venue just said that we’re required to buy a tent if there’s a certain percentage of rain forecasted two days before. If you’re worried about the cold, Pinterest has some cute ideas with light shawl/blanket displays. I’m not sure if that’s in your budget. There’s also the option of only tenting a portion of the area. Mine has multiple sections so one part has a permanent overhang that’s part of the decking and the rest is open unless we add a tent. So if you put in a smaller tented portion then guests could have the option of going under the tent or staying outside of it. 

Post # 7
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

We had a sailcloth tent reception in a botanical garden and it was gorgeous. I don’t think it cut us off from the surroundings but it did give us shelter  from potential weather and made the space feel more intimate. 

Post # 8
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

One more 🙂 :

Post # 9
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We tented. Our wedding was an afternoon reception in the garden of a beautiful private residence. Reasons why:

1) Shade (sunny day in the low 80’s)

2) Potential for Rain

3) My mom and I loved the way tents really defined the event space!

Post # 10
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I went through this question for my engagement party last September, and boy was I ever glad that I got the tent! It was nice all week except for the day of my engagement party, it poured! We put it up ahead of time so that I could nicely decorate it, if you save it until last minute there is little you can do to make it look beautiful! We left the sides down to let the breeze through but asked the company to leave the sides with us just incase, lucky I did because the wind started blowing the rain in and my family helped set up the siding very easily! It is worth it, trust me as a fellow bride who was put in a bad situation! It is a great peace of mind.


PS. It didnt take away from the beautiful outside setting as when it was dry ou families were standing outside the tent enjoying the weather!

Post # 11
299 posts
Helper bee

I also did not want a tent because I wanted an al fresco feel. However my venue, which I fell in loooove with, required that every wedding not only reserve a tent, but have one assembled no matter what. They actually put the tent up on Wednesday or Thursday before the Saturday wedding, so that should inclement weather should strike, everything is perfectly dry and comfortable under the tent. I came around to the idea since then. It does give you more options in terms of decorations, and provide a more intimate feel as a PP mentioned. We are having this chandelier hanging from the tent

You can still utilize the beautiful outdoor part for your ceremony and cocktail hour. We are going to have lawn games like cornhole set up outside too, so guests can still venture out for that sort of stuff if they are so inclined!

Post # 12
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016

MrsBuesleBee:  your wedding looks so beautiful! I’m having a garden wedding in October and hope I can achieve something remotely close to yours!

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