Wedding Style

Creative Rentals

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Tents

Once mere utilitarian structures, these temporary shelters have become ultracomfortable, outfitted with everything from air-conditioning to entrance canopies. And they're as decorative as the receptions they hold. Sperry Tents, in Marion, MA, makes luminous sailcloth designs with a nautical look, some in midnight-blue strewn with white stars.

To create an ambience fit for a maharaja, rent an earth-toned Indian-style canvas tent with printed patterns from Big Sky Tents, in Cambridge, MA. Some look like miniature sultans' palaces; others are simple canopies with crenellated (notched) edges. But what can beat Mother Nature when it comes to romance? That's where clear-top tents come in, says John H. Crabbed Jr., of the Vermont Tent Company in Burlington. "It's magical to look up and see the night sky."

Where to Rent It: Sources
  • Look in the Yellow Pages under "rentals," "party stores," and "theatrical prop houses."
  • Organizations: the American Rental Association (ararental.org); the International Special Events Society (ises.com)
  • Tableware: Party Rental Ltd. (partyrentalltd.com)
  • Linens: Just Linens (212-688-8808)
  • Furnishings: Propper Source (proppersource.com) and Props for Today (propsfortoday.com)
  • Foliage: Hartmann Studios (hartmann-studios.com) and Renny and Reed (rennyandreed.com)
  • Floors (and tents): HDO Productions (hdotents.com)
  • Tents: Big Sky Tents (bigskytent.com); Sperry Tents (sperrytents.com) and Vermont Tent Company (vttent.com)
  • Miscellaneous: Amazing Animal Actors (amazinganimalactors.com)
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