Wedding planning: What you need to know before renting a tent for your wedding
Tents are a great solution to weather related problems that ruin a wedding day. Learn how to buy the right kind at the right price.
Outdoor weddings are beautiful and charming, until the guests get soaked in a sudden downpour, that is. Tents are a great solution for overcoming possible outdoor weather problems, but all tents are not created equal. Know the styles and prices before booking a tent.
When one thinks “tent” they probably envision the peaked tops of a traditional pole tent. Pole tents are one of the most common options; their stakes are perfect for set up on grassy patches, a sandy beach, and dusty red dirt of a southern ranch.
Pole tents are not without their downsides, however. There will always be a center pole, the one that creates the peaked roof and that provides support for the inside of tent. And the center pole is always right in the middle of the tent, possibly obstructing the guests’ view or interrupting a desired seating plan or dance floor. Did I mention that these tents can go anywhere? Anywhere, that is, except impenetrable surfaces such as cement or asphalt. In order to set up tent on a sidewalk, a professional will need to drill and that most certainly does not come free-of-charge.
There is a tent type that has many fewer problems. It’s called a clear-span tent. It doesn’t require stakes or poles, so no views or floors are obstructed and no drilling is necessary. Since they are free-standing tents, you can fit them into all kinds of unusual spaces, such as a narrow yet long back yard, one that wouldn’t be wide enough to hold a pole tent. Better than this, they are sturdier than a pole tent so you can hang fans, speakers, or chandeliers from them with no problem.
The clear-span tent almost sounds too good to be true, but for some on a budget, it might be too good to be affordable. This style of tent will cost almost one-and-one-half times the amount of money it would cost to rent a pole tent.
Almost any tent-renting business will provide tents in a variety of colors from romantic red to beach-towel striped so you can rent one that looks as though it was custom made to fit your wedding theme. They will probably also offer tons of accessories; think lighting, canopies, and columns! Are you afraid that a tent will take away from the “starry night” theme you wanted, but you can’t see any way to get around the weather? Believe it or not, it is possible to rent tents with clear roofs, windows, doors, and even skylights.
There is one last thing that needs to be considered before you rent the tent. Check out its intended location thoroughly. Ideally, you’ll want to choose a high, level spot, and one near adequate drainage to prevent flooding. One way to know for sure whether or not the ground is level is to check it out immediately after a heavy downpour. If the area has collected lots of puddles you might want to be on the lookout different, drier spot. If that’s not an option, you’ll need to pay extra to have sub-flooring installed.