Post # 1
So, our wedding is for October 29, 2011. It rarely rains in October here. Our reception site is more of an indoor / outdoor reception, meaning not everyone can fit into the inside area (a barn).
In my mind, I had planned on renting a tent IF and ONLY IF it appeared that it would rain. In my silly mind, this seemed like a fine idea. BUT…last night some bubble busting caterer told me I would have to rent/reserve the tent months (or at least, some time) in advance?
Tent Brides – what do you know about this? Thanks in advance for your help!
Post # 3
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
I am not a tent bride, but that does make perfect sense. The best vendors book way in advance.
Post # 5
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
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
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 🙂
Post # 8
We were able to rent a tent a week before our reception. Look into other vendors :o)
Post # 9
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
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 # 11
OK this is great advice. Thanks so much ladies.
Also, it’s a good reminder that I should do some research before just FREAKING OUT. I just called FH and told him I was going to have to start selling plasma…or a kidney!
Post # 12
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.