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5 People You Don’t Have to Invite to Your Wedding

z414048_10151185666013216_145288896_oOnce again a great post from  Brides Magazine. Here is some good advice in the wedding guest area. You don’t have to invite everyone. If you want to see more stories like this, but also want to see great videos, pictures, articles and maybe lots of crazy pet videos… Please “Like” our Facebook Page.



Deciding who makes the guest list is no easy thing (seriously, we don’t envy you). But making an already tough task even more difficult, says Sarah Glick, wedding planner at Brilliant Event Planning in New York City, “is the unspoken social expectation that anyone and everyone you interact with on a daily basis needs to be invited — read: your boss, your coworkers, the dog walker.” She’s here to tell you that’s not the case and give you five guests you can strike from your list, stat. Continue reading

6 Stereotypes About Marrying Young That Simply Aren’t (Always) True

Emily Glover

“There is no way I’m getting married until I’m at least 30,” I declared to my two best friends during one of our weekly sleepovers in high school. At the time, I associated marriage with settling down, sacrificing personal goals and getting on with the business of having kids. Fast-forward just three short years and those two girls were standing beside me at my wedding.

In the course of those three years, I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted in a partner. It just so happened that I connected with my person a few years ahead of my planned timeline. Suddenly the thought of getting married young wasn’t so bizarre to me — but rather, it actually seemed to be the best option for us. Continue reading

6 Signs Your Marriage Will Last a Lifetime

  1. 40x80TensionFosters-5When something weird happens, my guy is always the first one I want to text.” Erin W., Highlands Ranch, CO

Seeing your guy as your person – the one you want to share gossip or funny observations with – is essential, say Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz, psychotherapists and authors of Building a Love That Lasts. “Good couples tend to view their partner as their best friend,” says Charles. “Having inside jokes and stories is part of what builds that bond.” That’s why it’s key to share funny anecdotes about your day, even if they’re as minor as your coworker freaking out because someone stole her Diet Coke from the communal fridge. Continue reading

8 Signs Your Relationship is Headed for Marriage

Jillian Kramer0016Gannon

If you think there’s no sign short of a diamond ring that can point to whether you’re headed for marriage or not, think again. Our experts are here to share eight ways you can tell if your relationship will last a lifetime. Continue reading

11 Common Bachelorette Party Blunders


Laura Marie Meyers4/1/2016


Bachelorette parties can be a blast, but a large, random group, poorly planned festivities, or an unhappy bride-to-be can turn a fun night into a total disaster. One of the easiest ways to ensure a great time? Think ahead. Learn these common bachelorette party mistakes so that your next round of festivities is all smiles and smooth sailing.


To avoid any hurt feelings, it’s important to go over the guest list with the bride-to-be. When it comes to who should or shouldn’t be invited – from relatives to random friends – she knows best. Plus, she’ll be able to help organize the rooms so that everyone feels comfortable within the group. Continue reading

5 Expert-Approved Signs You’re With Someone You Should Marry


Jillian Kramer3/23/2016


Gone are the days where a simple text could cause you to doodle your new married name in a notebook — and think that is your forever person. As adults, we need real signs we’re with someone we should marry. So here, our experts divulge five ways to judge you’re dating a guy or gal who means married business.


It’s not a good sign of you bicker nonstop. But, when you engage in an argument, you can each recover — and are more open to the other’s needs — you’re in good shape to say “I do,” according to our experts. “Couples often struggle when their partner goes into a more primitive fight-and-flight response,” describes David Klow, LMFT at Skylight Counseling Center in Skokie, Illinois. “If your partner knows how to stay open and present, rather than shut down, then you have good chance of making it through tough times. At the very least, if he or she knows how to call a time out and return later to the conversation, then that is a very good sign.” Continue reading

Being honest about finances can actually be kind of sexy.

40x80TensionTentSpring is here time to start booking those outdoor venues for your tented wedding. New England is the absolute best place to enjoy the beautiful environment on that special day. We are affiliated with almost all of the venues available and could help you find that special location that speaks just to you. Visit our website for some great pictures and information. Remember we are just a phone call away.

Here is a good article on relationship finances and what to do from our friends at self.com. Check it out it is very insightful.


It’s no surprise that money is one of the biggest reasons couples fight, given that it’s a huge factor in determining your stress, happiness, and the kind of life you live in general. But it’s also extremely personal, and sometimes talking to someone about finances can feel almost as intimate as standing in front of them completely naked. But when you’re in a relationship, pushing money talks under the rug is a guaranteed way to stumble over them later, probably at the most inconvenient time. Here, 11 money-related chats every couple needs to have in order to be as blissed out as possible. Continue reading

The Outdoor Wedding Planning Guide

z219208_10151185667203216_1229685222_oBy Anja Winikka


There’s something special about an outdoor wedding: the unparalleled beauty of a rocky ocean shore, a romantic botanical garden, the warm familiarity of your own backyard. But as gorgeous as these sites are, there’s also a significant amount of legwork and orchestration that goes into planning an alfresco celebration. From the lighting to the loo, here’s how to pull off a flawless tented reception.

Set up camp

Tents can be pitched just about anywhere. Stake one in your favorite park or even outside a gorgeous mansion. Continue reading


DSCN0349Tent technology has taken off. They used to be simple affairs, with a central pole and framework over which canvas was draped, but now they’re so much more.

Today, creative tent designers (yes, there are such pros) can construct not only tented ballrooms, but also additional structures such as walkways, entrances, anterooms and rotundas to house various components of your reception.

Here are five other things you might not have known about tents, a structure that can allow you to host a wedding just about anywhere:


A tent, with a framework and a center pole, is different from a canopy, which has side poles but no center pole. The advantage of working with a tent is that the ceiling is much higher.


You might create an anteroom to showcase your wedding cake at the entrance to your main tent. You could add a tented open-air cigar lounge, filled with sofas and chairs, to your reception. A smaller tent may also be used to house portable toilets to make them more attractive. Continue reading

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:



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?


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.



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!


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)



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.



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



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



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).