Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wedding Tip #11 - To tent or not to tent


Tents are beautiful, and it's usually very nice to be outdoors. However, there are a few things to consider before choosing to tent your event. (Yes, I know that rhymes)

1) Tents are more expensive that most reception halls. Why? Because you have to rent everything! The tent itself, tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, glassware... you get the point. Reception hall room rates usually include many, if not all, of these things.

2) Good weather is awesome but bad weather can be very bad. If you do use a tent make sure that it is one that comes with sides! If it's raining (I'm sorry, could happen, it rained on us) or super windy you'll want sides. Also, if it's a spring or fall wedding you might want to consider renting a tent heater too.

3) Facilities - Consider where you are putting your tent. Will it be accessible to all your guests? Many fields and beaches aren't exactly handicap accessible. Also, how far will everyone have to walk to find the restrooms? Is there a place for your caterer to work?

4) More leg-work. When choosing a tented reception you have to book more individual vendors yourself. There isn't usually a location coordinator so you'll need to do more for yourself. You may need permits, and will need to find your own caterer and bartenders. I don't like one-stop wedding shopping, I think you should always choose your own DJ, florist and photographer! However, it is nice to know that all of the correct permits are in place and a site coordinator who knows the ins and outs of the location are there to help you.

Yes, I know I'm playing devil's advocate. Have I scared you off from tenting yet? Really, that isn't my goal, I swear. Again, tents are BEAUTIFUL! However, I hear so many brides talking about a tented reception who haven't considered the downsides. It's always important to know what you're getting into and when mother nature is involved have a back-up plan!


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