4 Things to Consider Before Planning an Outdoor ‘Tented’ Wedding

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Having your wedding reception outdoors, in a beautifully decorated tent, is an experience you will never forget.  However, hosting an outdoor wedding has certain challenges that you wouldn’t have to consider if you had your wedding reception indoors.  In this article, we’re going to explain what these challenges are, and how you can overcome them with ease.

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1. The Weather

No matter where in the country you live, the weather will play a huge part in your big day.  However, it doesn’t have to harm it so long as you plan ahead.  For example, if you are getting married in the winter and there’s a risk of rain or snow, make sure to hire a tent that has sides on it.  You will also want to invest in a portable heating rental from a company like On Site Co.  Summer weddings, on the other hand, will need to offer some protection from the heat.  Portable air conditioning units and fans can help with this.

2. The Professionals

When you have an indoor wedding, you just need to hire the venue itself and then professional caterers and entertainment.  However, when you host a tented outdoor wedding, you’ll need to hire extra people.  You will need to hire a team to set up the tent, you will need to hire certain types of equipment (such as those mentioned above) and people to install them, you will need to hire portable toilets, and you’ll also probably need to hire a cleanup crew.  All of this needs to be considered and worked into your budget.

3. The Décor

Tented weddings can be absolutely beautiful, but you’ll want to consider the décor before you go ahead and book a tent.  Wedding tents come in a variety of fabrics and styles, and it’s worth shopping around to find one that suits your vision.  Consider whether you want sides included on your tent and whether these should be clear or solid.  Consider the color of the fabric.  And, consider how large you want it to be.  With this in mind, you can work with an event planner on the decorations that will fit the tent you are hiring and the atmosphere you want to create.

4. Logistics

Finally, you also need to consider the logistics.  If you will be holding the wedding ceremony somewhere else, you need to ensure that it is easy for your guests to move from there to the reception.  You also need to consider things like the amount of space you will need, the number of porta potties you will need to hire, and whether you will need to invest in walkway tents.  The logistics you need to consider will vary depending on where the wedding ceremony is taking place and the time of year you are getting married.

Outdoor weddings really go offer something a little extra special, but with that said, there’s still a lot to consider during the planning.  Make sure to keep the above advice in mind.

Written by Alex

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