Love Under the Tent

To most people a tent is just a tent. However, there are several important things too considering when booking a tent. From frame tents to pole tents, and clear top tents all have pros and cons, and they can differ depending on your location, season and time of your event.

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1. C O N S I D E R E-V-E-R-Y D E T A I L

Start from scratch. Consider space, how level the ground is, proximity to the ceremony, and access to restrooms. Also, don't forget you'll need access to water, power and a space to use as a kitchen for your serving staff and caterer.

2. D E C I D E O N A T E N T

When deciding on a tent, the biggest thing that comes to one's mind, is choosing between your white traditional tent or a clear tent. Of course there are pros/cons for each, BUT the biggest thing to consider with a clear tent is the time of year/time of day. While the clear tents are attractive, if you're getting married in one of the warmer months and time of day, think of your tent as a greenhouse - the clear panels allow the sun rays to come in, but do not leave the tent as easily... you can expect it to be nearly 20 degrees warmer under your tent.

3. S P A C E R E Q U I R E M E N T S

The amount of space you need depends on the number of guests and what activities are being held under the tent. Here's a quick guide, BUT confirm with your rental company prior to booking.

Type of Event

Space Needed Per Person

Stand-Up Cocktail

7.5 sq ft / Person

Cocktail Partial Seating

10 sq ft / Person

Sit-Down Dinner

15 sq ft / Person

Ceremony Rows

5-6 sq ft / Person

Dance Floor

2 sq ft / Person

4. S A F E T Y F I R S T

Don't be without a fire extinguisher, and ALL candles should only be in glass containers, and sparklers (if allowed) should only be lit outside of the tented area.

5. D E C O R

Be sure to check with the rental company before hanging anything from the ceiling. Knowing what you can and can't do is important for everyone's safety and can save you from having to pay any tent damage fees.