To Tent or Not To Tent….That is the Question!

tent wedding

We have recently done several on site, tent weddings. The Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts was the recent location this past weekend for such a beautiful wedding at the Kennedy compound.  So the question comes to mind as we set up these beautiful sites, is it more or less cost effective to tent your wedding location or simply choose to have your celebration at an established venue?

When thinking about a location wedding, where you need to bring in a beautiful white pitched tent, you should remember you will also need to bring in everything else.  That includes tables, chairs, linens, a bar, flatware, glassware, china, lighting (chandeliers always look spectacular in a tent!) and we certainly can’t forget restroom accommodations for your guests to list a few.  You are essentially starting from the ground up, which is not always a bad thing.  A tent wedding gives you more flexibility to make the space your own.  You’re able to bring in crafted furniture to make it feel rustic or a chandelier or two to give your space that elegant touch you’re looking for.  If you need a lounge area for your cocktail hour, bring in sleek furniture that fits your decor style.  And if your style is down home country, bring in some bales of hay, placing them strategically through out your space along with other country decor.  This is your space, so let it reflect your style. A wedding planner or wedding designer will be very helpful with developing a theme for you,  locating rentals, locations for your celebration and certainly decor ideas to develop your ideas into a celebration to remember.

So is a tent wedding more expensive than a typical wedding at an established venue?  The answer is, it depends? It depends on your budget. It depends on your location.  It depends on your style and how you want to embrace your decor and surroundings with it.  So don’t be afraid to check out the potential of a tent wedding.  The creativity to bring a wedding like this to life can be fabulous!  Enlist great vendors, be organized and expect things to change, because they will. 

On a final note, hire a wedding coordinator for at least the day of your celebration.  There will be so many moving parts to setting up your location with all the details, you’ll need someone to be your eyes, ears and the “go to person” on your big day.  After all, you don’t want to worry about the details while you’re dressing or walking down the aisle.  A wedding coordinator is priceless, especially with these type of celebrations.

Happy Planning!

Mary Homer, Fairy Tale Weddings & Events




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