This impressive structure shone through on two levels: beauty and peace of mind. Not only were guests treated to a unique venue that allowed them to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty, they were also ensured protection from whatever nature threw their way.

“Usually, when people rent tents, they know they have to deal with the elements a little bit, and that’s kind of why they rent a tent,”. “If it rains, you’re protected.”

Find the Perfect Venue
If the cost associated with hosting a tented wedding on the family farm is spiralling out of your budget, consider a venue that is set up and ready to go for the entire season.

Transform the Space
The interior of a classic pole tent lends to a great atmospheric shift from day to night. The poles holding up the 28-foot-high ceiling can be utilized in the decor scheme — in this case, draping crepe paper for a festive look. Other options include covering the poles in organza, or stringing white lights from pole to pole.

The most cost-effective and dramatic way to transform the look of the space at night is through lighting. l recommends getting creative to create a customized festive glow. “If somebody gets funky lighting for their wedding, it’s really cool because you can see it on the outside,” she says. The beacon effect is useful to guide guests to the venue in dark.

Decorate the Interior
One of the biggest advantages of a tent venue is the transformable decor. Unlike the barren walls of a community hall or a hotel banquet room, tents offer a built-in wow factor and visual interest. While the structure is beautiful on its own, it’s minimal enough to complement several different styles of decoration.

“A tent is great because it’s really just an empty space. You can do whatever you want with it, Whenever anybody rents a tent from us, we do a full layout for them. You can put your head table wherever you want; you can put your dance floor wherever you want.”

Often, the only decorations required to personalize the space are dramatic centrepieces and upgraded chairs. Fewer decoration considerations equal less stress and expense.

A Variety of Tent Sizes
If you’re hosting the reception in the same tent as the ceremony, the wedding team will usually require about two hours to “flip” the space; so, in the meantime, and if the weather permits, a small tent can be set up nearby to house to occupy guests.

In this case (pictured), a 10-by-10 pop-up tent was set up for the cocktail hour. The otherwise-plain ceiling was jazzed up with hanging umbrellas, giving the small space a decidedly festive appeal.