Scenic weddings: Tent, or inside?

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Summer weather has everyone turning attention to the wonderful outdoors, with hot days giving way to comfortable warm nights, fire flies glowing all about, the chirp of crickets and gentle breezes under the stars.

The proper way to tent a wedding is picking a tent that is 100 square feet for one table of eight people, plus allowing space for a dance floor, DJ setups, escort, gifts, buffet tables, cake and appetizers and any special dedicated tables like a bride and groom table or head table.  By the time you reserve a tent of this size, now you move onto to other required needs like lighting and electrical cords that are color-coordinated, pole wraps to hide the marked up poles, a dance floor, tables and chairs.  This setup still requires restrooms and tent sides in case of bad weather, high winds or a thunderstorm.  The tent may stop most of the rain, but not the streams of water running through, depending on the location.

By the time you rent just the tent, tables and chairs, you will have likely spent more than what you would have spent renting a venue.

Most venues will be air-conditioned or heated, have spacious restrooms, a bridal changing suite, parking, catering work space, backup electrical generators and include tables and chairs for both a reception and an on-location ceremony with a backup plan for bad weather.

So while considering a venue versus a tent, consider the added peace of mind that you will get when you can leave your focus on decorating or enjoying this special day without unexpected problems from doing it yourself, and also that no one likes those porta-potties.

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