(Closed) Which Bee’s had their receptions under a tent?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did. Oh gosh. Where to begin. First, it cost twice as much as we had planned. The tent itself was over $2000 (30’x80′). We didn’t put the walls up as the area we were in had big stone walls. The tent came with globe lighting around the perimetre, we were supposed to also have white christmas lights up but they didn’t go up (another story for another time), so we just had candle light on the tables, and we had 8 uplights around the perimetre. It was gorgeous! I think without the extra lighting it would have been too dark for sure.

Think about the fact that if you’re not having this at a typical venue (ie someone’s backyard or a new venue like ours), they may not supply everything. You’ll have to rent every single thing that needs to go under the tent: Tables, chairs, china, glassware, silverware, a bar, podium, linens, salt and pepper shakers, bread baskets, etc etc etc. Those little things really add up. Plus, you’ll have to find out if the caterer needs a smaller tent of his own (depending on facilities of where you are) or if the servers need a bussing tent. The list never ends, I swear.

I loved loved loved our tented wedding, but I really hated the bill that came at the end!!! LOL! There are lots of photos in my recap as well as on my blog if you want to see what we did. Hopefully our pro photos will be coming soon. Our overall shots of the tent from our guests don’t show the tent as well as I thought it would.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you’re done by five, then yes, you wouldn’t need the extra lighting, although some globe lighting or something may be nice so the roof doesn’t look so dark. Plus if it does rain, you’ll have to put the walls up and it will be pretty dark inside in that case. I would ask the rental company how late you can add things to your order based on the weather and if you need it, add extra lighting at the last minute (ie the day before if it looks like rain).

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Actually, I just noticed in that photo they have chandeliers hanging down. That looks gorgeous! Would you think about doing something similar even if you don’t plug them in? I bet you could find some second hand that don’t necessarily have to work.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Just a tidbit to add. I went to a tent wedding recently, and one thing that I never really thought about before was the floor (or lack thereof). It was raining and the grass inside the tent quickly became muddy with 100 people plus servers walking to and fro. You could literally see the footpaths in between the tables where the grass had been pulverized! All the ladies in high heels were having a really tough time walking in the grass. People were leaving the tent frequently to use the restroom and so the entrance became very muddy in a few hours. The bride’s dress was a mess by the end of the night. It had only started sprinkling just before the ceremony, so most guests were caught unaware and didn’t bring galoshes or backup shoes. The reception was a blast, don’t get me wrong, but I just wanted to mention that.

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