Tips For Choosing The Perfect Wedding Tent

Planning an outdoor wedding? If there is one predictable thing about the weather here in Alberta it’s that it is totally unpredictable. Tents are the perfect option for an outdoor affair, providing a covered event space with an open-air ambience. With that being said, tents are used for so much more than just protecting your beloved guests from rain and other unfavorable weather conditions. As a blank canvas, tents are the perfect starting point for wedding decor!

Ready to get planning, but not quite sure what style of tent will best suit your nuptials? Below is a detailed outline of different options to help make your tented wedding the most talked about event of the year!

Frame Tents

Frame tents consist of a tensioned top over a light aluminum frame. These are a favorite for intimate wedding receptions, ceremonies and food service. Frame tents can be joined together to create a variety of configurations, or joined to a larger pole or clear span tent for additional space. Versatile frame tents can be built around obstacles and can be completely or partially weighted down on concrete surfaces, rooftops, patios, over pools, gardens and more.

Pole Tents

Pole tents are a classic for tented weddings with their high peaks and tensioned curves. These tents are a spacious, tension-type tent containing tall centre poles every 20′, surrounded by 8′ side poles and guy straps anchored to the ground. It’s important to note that a 6′ perimeter is required around the tent to properly anchor and secure the tent. Pole tents must be staked into the ground and cannot be weighted down. Worried that this massive structure might lose the intimate wedding vibe you’re after? Adding warm lighting is the perfect solution!

Shade Systems Tents

Shade Systems tents provide a larger open space than frame or pole tents. These ultra sleek and modern tents feature a higher peak and 10′ walls. Shade Systems tents are A-frame structures that offer a clear, open space for weddings and are completely free of interior supports and exterior guy ropes. These tents too can be built around obstacles and can be set up almost anywhere.

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