tented wedding

Tips for Planning a Tented Wedding

Love Under the Big Top

To most people a tent is a tent—however, there are some very important things to consider when booking a tent. Frame tents, pole tents, and clear top tents all have pros and cons, and they can differ depending on the location, season, and time of your event.

Consider Every Detail

When you’re planning a tented wedding, you’re starting from scratch. Consider available space, how level the ground may be, proximity to the ceremony, where guests are able to park, and access to restrooms. Additionally, you’ll need to look at access to water, power, and a place to use as a kitchen.

tented wedding with chandeliers
Photo courtesy of Feather and Stone, Featured in Elegant Outdoor Wedding With a Whimsical Water Motif

Space Requirements

The amount of clear open space needed grows with the number of guests and what activities are being hosted under the tent. Here’s a quick guide to common uses and space requirements.

tented wedding chart
Photo courtesy of Stetten Wilson, Featured in Sailing Into Sunset

Safety First

You have to plan for fire safety extinguishers, candles should only be in glass containers, and sparklers (if allowed) should only be lit outside of the tented area. After the tent has been installed, monitor the tent structure for various changes like stakes or augers pulling out of the ground, tent weights moving, and loose poles, ropes, or straps. If you notice any of these occurring, contact the rental company immediately.

Tented Wedding
Photo courtesy of Weddings by Paige Vaughn, Featured in Backyard Wedding at the Allan House

Know Your Décor

Be sure to check with the tenting company before hanging or suspending anything from the ceiling. Knowing weight limitations and structural hang points are exceptionally important for safety, and understanding what you can and can't do can save you from having to pay any tent damage fees.

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Hero photo courtesy of Stetten Wilson, Planning by Liz Carbone, A Fox Event


View the full feature in Volume 1 of The Aisle magazine.

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