If you are planning to have an outdoor wedding or reception, you will probably want to use frame tents. These will provide a perfect shelter in case of any weather related issues. No one wants it to rain on his or her wedding day, but unfortunately, it does happen. If you have shelter available for the guests and for your wedding party, then everyone will stay happy and dry. Even if it does not rain, it will be nice to have a covered area so that people may step into the shade on a warm day.
Beyond protecting your guests from the elements, frame tents look nice! You can turn a simple backyard into an elegant venue. The coverings for these typically come in canvas or polyester and since they are available in white, they add a beautiful touch to the event. You can find versions that are peaked for an extra special touch. Some have gathered fabric curtaining on the sides that can be pulled closed if needed. Others have zip in screening. This is really nice for an evening reception in the middle of summer. Trying to eat with little gnats, flies and mosquitoes flying around and landing on food is just not appetizing. With screening, you can create a sheltered and enclosed area for your guests while still allowing the ambiance that you are seeking with an outdoor event.
You can find frame tents in a very wide array of sizes. Whether you are entertaining 20 people or 200, you will be able to accommodate receptions of any size. A 10’x 10′ canopy style with faux windows is perfect for a wedding where you are accompanied by your closest family members. If you are planning a small reception with around 30 close friends, you may want to go with a 16′ x 16′. For a larger party, a 30′ x 30′ tent can accommodate 200 people plus tables, chairs, a band stage, and a dance floor.
As far as set up goes, it does require some work. You may want to consider setting up the frame tents ahead of time if possible. If that is not an option and you must set up the morning of the wedding, you will want to hire laborers to handle this. Staking is important so that you do not have a blow over the incident. Staking is not always required, but it is better to err on the side of caution when it comes to something as important as your wedding day! Also, keep in mind that you can heat the tent if the weather is chillier than you had planned on. If the reception is being held in the evening, lighting should be placed to further enhance the atmosphere.
If you decide to go with white frame tents, remember that you can always incorporate the wedding colors into the venue by using colored linens on your tables or having your decorator add a splash of color to your cake.