(Closed) Uh oh – did I screw myself over? Tent question….

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Im not renting a tent for my wedding.. but I have rented stuff table and chairs and stuff.. .and it does happen… but more so in the summer… You  might be ok in Oct.  Idjust be sure it wont be too chilly for your guests outside

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am not a tent bride, but that does make perfect sense. The best vendors book way in advance.

Post # 5
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The tent company I rented from (and who I had HUGE issues with) rents out a lot of tents and seemed able to accomodate a lot of large last minute requests from corporate clients without a problem. I would start calling around to large companies to see what you can get at this point and not leave it any longer.

Post # 6
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i don’t have any personal experience with this, but i am positive that i have read in more than place that people put tents on hold, and then have to give the tent rental company a definitive answer a week in advance. why don’t you call a few rental places and see what they say?

Post # 7
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I know all the tent rental companies around here require a deposit for a “just in case” type situation, but if you don’t need it that day they don’t require the remaining balance.  I was also told by like 5 companies that because they only have 1 or 2 of the larger tents that if I wait until the week of more than likely the size I was considering wouldn’t be available. 

I have the worst luck, so I just know it will rain – so for me it was important to plan for the rain and lose money if it doesn’t just in case it does and I need it 🙂

-Good Luck!

Post # 8
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We were able to rent a tent a week before our reception. Look into other vendors :o)

Post # 9
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We are having tents, and I just called the company last week to reserve tents, tables,  chairs, and they were fine with it, and didn’t even need a deposit to reserve! I’ll also add that it’s not a large company, and we only have about 4 rental companies in this part of the state!

Post # 10
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was in a crazy situation which I don’t recommend anyone doing!! Wow in hindsight I must have been insane!

So we had a similar situation where there was a tent available to attach/extend off the “almost waterproof” patio.  The dinner was inside but we used the patio for cocktails, dancing and games (yes cornhole!).  We decided to save $800 and go with the smaller guest list all eating indoors with no tent.  The week before the wedding we found out we were getting the tent for free!!  Wahoo since the bride the day before purchased it!  So we got the tent for free – and it rained.  omg.  The tent was AWESOME!!  It would have been miserable without it.  I can’t believe we almost didn’t get it. 

This was a successful story but almost a disaster!  My advise it to get the tent!!  See about splitting the cost with another event around your time even!

the side of our “almost waterproof” patio.  tent not pictured.

Post # 12
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We didn’t need a tent, but we did want heaters. It was oddly cold for that time of year. And of course, there weren’t enough heaters left for us. I would get the tent. It’s worth it for peace of mind.

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