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How Do You Rent A Wedding Tent? Prices, Sizes, and Types of Tents

You can’t pick your weather, but you can prepare for it

by Meg Hotchkiss, LVR Events

I‘m going to let you in on a little secret that I learned early on in my career as an event planner—you can control a great number of things, but the weather will never be one of them. I know, I know. This isn’t want you want to hear. No one wants to rent a wedding tent. They can be expensive, and daunting to think about, and the sky is just so lovely this time of year. But if you have to rent a wedding tent (and don’t kid yourself: outdoor venue, no back up plan, high chance of rain? You may have to), then you’re going to want to make sure you price that in your “affordable and easy” outdoor venue cost early on, and then keep reading. Because there is actually (surprisingly) kind of a lot you need to know:

 

WHEN TO RENT A WEDDING TENT

It’s important to factor in whether you will need to rent a wedding tent early on in the planning process. When you’re looking at venues, you’ll want to factor the pricing of the tent into any venue that doesn’t have indoor options. Essentially, if you’re considering outdoor venues and there is more than a remote chance of inclement weather on your wedding date (I think pretty much the entire Eastern Seaboard?), renting a tent should be lumped into the “book your venue” task on your to-do list. Tents can sometimes be expensive (depending on a number of factors we’ll talk about below), so you’ll want to factor it into the budget before you fall in love with your dream venue.

Okay, so now what?

FIGURE OUT ROUGHLY WHAT SIZE WEDDING TENT YOU’LL NEED

If you’re early in your planning process, you may not have exact numbers yet, and you may not have determined what style of party you plan on hosting (sit-down, buffet, cocktail, punch and pie, etc.). However, you’ll want a rough estimate at this point to get a price quote. This spreadsheet will give you a basic rundown of how much square footage is needed for various types of events.

 

DOWNLOAD THE APW TENT SIZE GUIDELINE SPREADSHEET

As a general rule, you’ll want to choose the squarest tent your site will allow. A squarer tent will have a taller ceiling, which in addition to looking better will also keep the tent cooler. Also, it’s much easier to make sure that all of your guests feel included when you’re seated in a squarer shaped tent.

Hooray. Step one is done!

DETERMINE WHAT TYPE OF TENT YOU WANT.

There are several styles of tents available for rent—but the most popular are frame tents and pole tents. There are three main considerations to take into account when it comes to which type of tent you rent—space logistics, aesthetics, and (of course) budget.

Pole Tent Pros and Cons

  • PRO:Pole tents tend to be the more aesthetically pleasing option; they’re the ones with the swooping roof
  • PRO:Pole tents are less expensive
  • CON: Pole tents will have center poles/obstructions
  • PRO:No frame to cover up—does not need liner
  • PRO:Pole tents require shorter setup time
  • CON:Must be staked into the ground
  • CON:A pole tent requires clearance on all sides for stakes and anchor ropes (on average five to eight feet on each side)

Frame Tent Pros and Cons

  • PRO:Can be erected on any surface (such as asphalt, rooftops, etc.)
  • PRO: Can be attached together—you have more options when it comes to shape/configuration and you could have multiple spaces connected, such as a walkway from ceremony to party
  • PRO:Does not have any center poles or obstructions
  • CON:Almost always pricier than pole tents
  • CON:Frame is visible from the inside—many people don’t like the look of the frame, and the solution is an expensive liner to cover it up
  • CON: Requires longer setup time
  • PRO(ISH):Can be left up for a long time (you know, in case you want to live at your wedding for awhile)

 

THINK ABOUT WEDDING TENT EXTRAS…

If you have a pretty good idea of the size and type of tent that you want, before getting a price quote it’s important to think about all of the extras that you might need or want. These extras can cause your price quote to vary greatly.

Clear top tents are a very popular alternative to white tents and generally don’t cost much more. However, keep in mind that if any portion of your event is taking place during the daytime, the sun can turn your clear top tent into a giant, sweaty greenhouse.

  • Liner—All that gathered, silky looking fabric that you see inside tents in the movies or magazines… it’s a liner. It’s expensive and not at all necessary, especially if you opt for a pole tent. If you really have to have a liner, be forewarned, they can cost up to three times the cost of the tent! And if you want a colored liner, well, you’ll be paying even more. (Hint, you can do the same with lighting for a lot less.)
  • Walls—The main types of walls are solid, clear, cathedral (with windows), and fabric. Whether you need walls depends on the average temperature. If you’re getting married in a warmer climate, skip the walls. If it’s a cooler climate, walls are probably a good idea. If downpours are common, walls will help keep everything dry. (Fabric walls will not help you in cold or rain—they are really just for looks.)
  • Flooring—The options when it comes to flooring are plain old ground with or without a dance floor, or a full floor under the tent. Obviously the ground is the least expensive option, but there are a few drawbacks. If there’s rain in the days leading up to your wedding, the ground can get soggy. Also, plain ground can be difficult for guests to walk/dance on in heels (which is why it’s super important to inform your guests that they would be best served by outdoor-appropriate footwear). If you’re putting the tent on land that’s sloped or otherwise uneven, you may want to consider flooring in order to level things out. Flooring can run anywhere from $1-4 per square foot, which doesn’t sound like much until you do the math! If you can’t afford full flooring, consider just adding a dance floor (which will be far, far less expensive).
  • Lighting—If your wedding is at night, unless you want to give your guests the sensory experience of dining and dancing in the dark, you’ll need some lighting inside the tent. There are tons of lighting options available—everything from bistro lights strung across the ceiling to lanterns to twinkle lights to can lights mounted on the ceiling or theatrical style stage lights with gels. You can also get lighting placed on a dimmer to allow for more mood lighting during dancing. Sometimes couples choose to DIY their lighting—just be advised that the tent company won’t hang them up for you and will require you to remove them before the tent is scheduled to be broken down. Another important thing to consider when you’re mulling over your lighting options is power—if your site does not provide power, you’ll need to rent a generator.
  • Heating and cooling—If the weather is going to be warm, you’ll want to invest in some cooling equipment. Fans tend to be the best option, as tents are notoriously expensive to air condition. Since tents are neither sealed nor insulated, they require a huge amount of power to keep cool with AC—like industrial generator huge. Fans work great to circulate the air and large ones are generally economical to rent. If you’re getting married at a cooler time of year, you can rent a tent furnace with a thermostat to warm up the tent. I’ve had couples inquire about renting patio heaters to place inside the tent, but that makes me super nervous as they can be fire hazards, plus they take up space, whereas a furnace is usually placed outside the tent where no drunk people can knock it over.

 

GET QUOTES!

Now that you have a pretty decent idea of what you’re looking for, you can reach out to rental companies for quotes, but where do you find them? Ask around—your caterer and venue should be able to provide you with some reputable options. Otherwise, a google search for “event rentals + your location” should yield a ton of results—just check out online reviews for an idea of who provides quality service.

When you reach out to companies for quotes, you’ll want to make sure the following items are covered in the proposal:

  • Delivery Fees
  • Labor/Setup of the tent PLUS the accessories
  • Fire/Zoning permits (if required)
  • Breakdown

Also, make sure that you’re okay with the change/cancellation policy. There are so many variables that can change between booking and the wedding, you’ll want the option to change the size of the tent or possibly cancel it if the weather looks like it’s going to be totally amazing. Make sure that those points are covered in writing before handing over any money!

When getting a quote ask how long the setup time will take. On average a 40 x 80 foot pole tent takes approximately four and a half hours to set up. If it’s a possibility at your venue, you may want to have the tent onsite and ready to go a few days prior to the wedding—this way you’ll have time to decorate and play around with the floor plan.

Find out if the company will come out to survey the land prior to the event. Some companies charge a nominal fee to do so (which is usually counted towards your rental fee if you sign a contract), but you might find the peace of mind worth it!

Make sure that the vendor knows the tent is for a wedding (and that you’re expecting wedding quality as opposed to a county fair tent—unless that’s your thing).

And finally, if possible, rent from a company that does more than just tent rentals. Many rental companies are full service offering everything from the tent to the glassware. If you rent the majority of your items from one place there will be one delivery charge, one vendor to wrangle, and from a timing perspective, everything will arrive all at once. Here are a few actual quotes my

 

SAMPLE WEDDING TENTs

These are sample give us a call to price your actull wedding tent needs.

100 People, Buffet Dinner and Dance, Southeastern Pennsylvania: Pole Tent 40′ x 60′ Century Pole Tent

  • 15′ x 16′ Oak Parquet Dance Floor $420.00

175 People, Buffet Dinner and Dance, Upstate New York: Pole Tent 

  • 60′ x 70′ Century Pole Tent
  • 20′ x 20′ Century Pole Tent (caterer with three sides)
  • Perimeter Lighting
  • Lighting (caterer)
  • Window Side Wall
  • 20′ x 20′ Dance Floor

145 People, Buffet Dinner and Dance, Upstate New York: Pole Tent 

  • 60′ x 70′ Century Pole Tent
  • 20′ x 20′ Century Pole Tent (caterer with three sides)
  • Perimeter Lighting
  • Lighting (caterer)
  • Window Side Wall
  • 16′ x 20′ Dance Floor

75 People, Ceremony and Partial Cocktails, New York City Rooftop: Frame Tent 

  • 20′ x 40′ Frame White Tent Top
  • Tent Lighting Side Pole Mount Par 38
  • 6 Tent Side Wall Clear (20′ x 40′ and 8′ x 20′)
  • Dimmer Kit
  • Safety Kit (2 Fire/2 Exit)
  • 12 Sand Bags for Side Walls
  • 4 Tent Weights Stacks
  • Rooftop Installation

70 People, Welcome Dinner Buffet (no dance floor), Upstate New York: Pole tent 

  • 30′ x 30′ Century Tent
  • Event Deck Flooring 

100 People Ceremony and Cocktails, Upstate New York: Round Pole Tent

  • 46′ Round Sperry Tent
  • Sperry Side Wall, Clear
  • Perimeter String Lights, 46′ Round
  • 2 Single Dimmer Switches
  • 2 Pole Lights $160.00

100 People Ceremony and Cocktails, Upstate New York: Pole Tent 

  • 30′ x 60′ Pole Tent
  • Perimeter Lighting
  • Side Walls

 

REVIEW YOUR QUOTES AND BOOK A TENT COMPANY!

Keep in mind if you get a quote that seems “too good to be true” compared to the other quotes that you receive, odds are it is. Most rental companies will come in around the same price. Your decision should really boil down to who has the most aesthetically pleasing choices, and who was the easiest to deal with (because that will seriously come in handy later).

The New Rules of Wedding Etiquette

Shap2In the world of wedding hashtags, up-to-the-minute status updates and tweets, we bring you the most common social-media-related wedding faux pas—and discuss what to do instead. (You’re welcome.)

By Simone Hill

 

If You’re Planning Your Wedding

Call your parents before pressing “post” or “tweet” to announce your engagement.
Your close friends and family will want to hear it straight from you first.
A Facebook status or tweet might be the most efficient way to get the news out, but it’s not the most personal. You know which friends and family members would appreciate to hear the news directly from you. Plus, it’s likely that older family members (like your grandparents) don’t have Facebook or Snapchat accounts and could miss the message altogether. Continue reading

Festive Christmas Wedding Ideas

i_0749I’m getting married on September 1st, but Christmas brings out my wildest wedding fantasies. I’m drawn to its technicolor lights, grand sense of tradition and elaborate ornamentation. Above all, the holiday spirit of togetherness magnifies what’s already supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life.

These amazing photos from real weddings submissions really speak for themselves. Enjoy—consider them a gift from us to you. Good luck to all of our holiday brides!

http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/real-brides-speak-out/christmas-wedding-ideas

Check out more ideas for winter weddings here.

Winter Weddings Dos and Don’ts

p_0024Temperatures are dropping, snow is falling — and for you, wedding bells are ringing! Here are our tips to make your winter wedding fabulous.

By Kate Wood

Weddings aren’t just spring and summer affairs these days. More and more couples are opting to marry during what used to be the “off season” for nuptials, and why not? The romantic ambience of a snowy landscape, the relative lack of competition for vendors and sites — there’s lots to love about having a winter wedding. Read on for some of our tips on how to make yours memorable.


Don’t: Be Afraid to Experiment With Color
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Winter Wedding Cakes 5 ways to give your wedding cake some winter shimmer.

 

1887GannonBy Anja Winikka

Wedding Cake Flavor

For your winter wedding, pick a cake that tastes like winter. What does winter taste like, exactly? Think rich flavors — and don’t be afraid to stray from the traditional white cake. Consider a caramel spice cake filled with caramel and a buttercream frosting, or an orange chocolate cake with dark chocolate filling and decorated with flecks of orange. For a lighter cake with a taste that still reflects the season, go for a white cake with cranberry buttercream frosting and filling.

Wedding Cake Color

Color counts for every wedding cake, and nothing says “winter” better than a palette of whites, icy blues, and deep reds or rustic greens mixed with brown. Add a hint of winter color with a simple chocolate ganache-covered cake trimmed in light blue, or an ivory buttercream cake trimmed in red. Or let the winter colors pop with an ivory cake covered in red sugarberries and green sugar holly leaves. See what real brides chose as their winter wedding colors.

Wedding Cake Flowers

Match your wedding cake to your bridal bouquet by asking your baker to create sugar versions of your flowers. For a modern wedding, ask your baker to make a few large graphic sugar calla lilies for your cake tiers. If you’re going for a more classic look, find out whether your baker can “paint” small stephanotis flowers along your cake using an edible dye. Find your winter wedding flowers.

Wedding Cake Shapes and Add-ons

When it comes to a winter wedding cake, snowflakes, pinecones, and other winter elements made out of chocolate, sugar, or gum paste are an obvious choice. But you don’t have to go overboard with these add-ons to get a wintery look. Instead, you can order a white cake with subtle white sugar snowflakes. The tone-on-tone look will up the elegant factor and still give you the same seasonal effect. See more winter wedding ideas.

Wedding Cake Sides

Whether you’re already set on a wedding cake design or you’ve decided to take your wedding cake in a not-so-seasonal direction, consider serving a winter-inspired side with your wedding cake. Serve cake a la mode with black walnut ice cream; add a handful of starlight mints to each plate; or indulge comfort-food lovers with warm chocolate pudding.

 

So you’re wondering why a wedding vendor would educate you on how to negotiate with a wedding vendor, right?

The following article is spot on and can make all the difference in the world in getting what you need without experiencing unnecessary pain, disappointment and unexpected expense at can ruin that perfect day. Exeter Events and Tents works closely with our clients, assigning qualified planners who truly work for you. Why? A good amount of our new business is with old clients and their referrals. That’s just the way we like it! We appreciate the trust they have in our abilities and never take it lightly. We are always ready to help and waiting for your call but before you do feel free to check out what our clients have to say about our award winning service. As always, enjoy the article.

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Thanks from The Granite State Quest

Dear Ashley, 

Two weeks ago, over 100 riders took to the roads of southern New Hampshire to participate in the 8th annual Granite State Quest – A ride to conquer cancer.  I am pleased to report that it was a wonder and successful day.  You may recall that July 10th was during one of those hot spells, not to be confused with the hot weather of the past few days.  In addition to the heat, there were some pretty good rain storms throughout the day.  Thanks to Exeter Rent – All with its generous donation of 3 tents the riders were able to find shade or get out of the rain when they circled back to Timberland after each of the 3 loops they rode throughout the seacoast.  Without the tents, our post ride barbeque for riders, volunteers, friends and family would not have been as enjoyable, as the rain returned on a few occasions during the celebration. 

Exeter Rent- All has been a wonderful supporter every year and thanks to your in kind donation and that of other local business, we are thankful and proud that 100% of the funds raised by the riders go directly to pediatric cancer research and patient care at The Massachusetts General Hospital.  Our fund raising efforts thus far have totaled $75,137 and we are hopeful to reach $100,000 which will result in an eight year total of over three quarters of a million dollars.

Thanks again and please extend our appreciation to the entire Exeter Rent-All team. 

Bruce Taylor
Co-Founder – The Granite State Quest

How to Have a Beach Wedding

Living on the New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts seacoasts offer many brides the opportunity to have their wedding on one of the beautiful beaches of New England’s seashore. Exeter Events and Tents is the leading authority when it comes to outfitting your perfect beach or seashore park wedding. We offer you the ability to contract with one supplier for all your event needs. Tents, tables, chairs, flooring, along with many choices of lighting, table settings and fabric selections allows you to coordinate exactly what you want and save money at the same time. We can also assist with finding that special seacoast location from Down East Maine through New Hampshire or along Massachusetts’s North shore, our over twenty years of working knowledge with the best venues in this area guaranty the perfect setting for your special day. Give us a call today to discuss the possibilities. We hope the following article inspires you to choose an outdoor wedding event and leave a comment or question, we would be happy to reply. Continue reading

Create weddings that dazzle

I would like to take a moment before we look at this week’s featured article by Joanna Baymiller to thank the loyal supporters of this blog. It gives us great pleasure to bring you these timely bits of information every Wednesday  in hopes of making your event a more memorial, smooth running and celebrated experience. We would love to hear your feedback, thoughts and ideas especially ideas on subjects that you would like us to cover. The subjects we talk about are near and dear to our hearts. We have a staff of professionals that have produced 100’s of creative, successful events using may of the ideas talked about in this article, so you don’t have to go it alone. Need advice or help please contact us we are always ready to help. After all, dazzling weddings under an elegant sail cloth tent is our specialty. So call us today you’ll be glad you did.

I hope you enjoy the article!

Don’t Feed The Blogger!!!!

The best  part, for me, of being a guest at a wedding? Other than celebrating the big day with the happy couple of course is, the food. I can never seem to get enough. A good caterer can make or break the wedding reception so here are a few great tips offered up by Bride Magazine that are tried and true. There are three important sections to this post along with a valuable work sheet at the end that you can down load and take with you on your quest for the perfect caterer. Oh one last thing… did I mention I am a great wedding guest? Bon Appetite!!!

 

Research first

Book your reception site before hiring a caterer. Keep in mind that many banquet halls have exclusive (or “preferred”) relationships with in-house caterers, which may limit your ability to work with an outside company. Check before you interview outsiders.

Menu matters

Plan to set up your menu at least six months in advance. If you’re marrying during peak wedding season (June-October) you may have to order it even sooner, especially if you want a big-name caterer.

Seek out referrals

Ask friends and family for recommendations, and talk to brides in your area. Once you find a caterer you like, speak to satisfied brides and ask for references before you sign a contract.

Set priorities

If having a large number of people at your reception is important to you, scale back on the refreshments. On the other hand, if gourmet food is a priority, then keep your guest list to a manageable size or restrict your bar offerings to wine and beer.

Buffet or banquet

Do you want a five-course dinner menu with individual wine pairings? Or is a barbeque buffet more in keeping with your wedding theme? Consider your personal style to determine what will work best for you.

Special requests

Are there dietary needs (vegetarian, kosher) to consider? Make sure your caterer has experience preparing these types of dishes.

Set the scene

Bring in photos of your dress, reception site, and flowers—anything that will give your prospective caterer a better sense of the type of reception you have in mind.

Tasting time

If the caterer is offering a complimentary sampling, be sure to clear the number of people you can bring beforehand.

How to save money

Daytime affair

Opt for a wedding brunch or luncheon reception instead of dinner, which is typically much more expensive.

Cocktail hour

Skip the full meal and celebrate with tasty refreshments instead—an option that works best for a celebration after a 2 p.m. ceremony (not dinnertime). Or host an afternoon tea or a late afternoon/early-evening cocktail reception.

Course cutting

If you have your heart set on a seated meal, cut back the number of courses from five to three.

Smaller selection

Ask guests to select their meal preferences on the RSVP cards so caterers can plan ahead, or choose a pasta or protein dish that you think has the broadest appeal.

Top quality

Keep the menu simple and focus on quality ingredients. Ask your caterer to use in-season produce from local farms.

Kid friendly

Order an inexpensive kids’ menu for the children’s table at your reception. Chances are they’d much rather have a cheeseburger and fries than foie gras, anyway.

BYOB

See if your caterer will let you bring your own liquor. (Be sure to ask about corkage fees.)

The basics

Limit your bar offerings to wine and beer. Liquor (especially premium bands) can add a wallop to your bar tab.

Size matters

Keep your guest list to a manageable number.

What to include in your contract

  • The date, time, length and location (include specific room or hall) of the reception.
  • The date by which you need to supply the caterer with a final headcount.
  • Type of food service (buffet, cocktail reception, seated meal).
  • Your approved menu and courses.
  • Alcohol arrangements: Does your caterer have a liquor license? Can you supply your own wine? Will there be a corkage fee? What brands and vintages will they be serving? Can you return unopened bottles? Will there be an open bar? (If so, specify the hours.)
  • Server specifics, including staff-to-guest ratio and dress code.
  • The cost of renting equipment, silverware, glassware and linens.
  • Arrangements for feeding other wedding vendors (photographer, band, planner).
  • The name of the banquet manager who will be overseeing the reception.
  • Price quotes for food and maximums on unforeseen menu expenditures; cancellation and overtime fees; deposit and refund policies; payment schedule; extra fees including gratuities and sales tax; and the total estimated cost.

What to Ask…

Choosing the right vendor comes down to asking the right questions.

Click for a printable worksheet to take to your appointments.