If you're planning an outdoor celebration, researching tents should be at the top of your to do list. Why? For starters: the one thing (OK, maybe one of the things) you can't control about your wedding day is the weather. There's no point of spending your life's savings on a perfectly planned wedding only to have it ruined by summer rain showers. And two, a tent creates set boundaries for the event, thus enclosing your guests in an imitate, party-ready space. But when considering a tented wedding reception, there are a number of things to consider—the budget, the setting, the rentals, et cetera. Basically, you're creating a wedding venue from scratch when you pitch a tent. This means you're responsible for bringing in all of the decor, including essential things like flooring (something your girlfriends will be very thankful for when their heels don't sink/stick in the ground) and lighting that are a given in any other venue. Lucky for you, you can use this to your advantage as the walls, the floors, and the ceiling are the most crucial elements of any tent, structurally and décor-wise.
Take a look at the gallery below—in which we stalk BRIDES.com's real weddings coverage for the prettiest tents—to gather inspiration. You'll see pole tents (which have peaks created by center poles), structure tents (which have sides like a room), and clear-top tents (which let you see the outside even when you're inside). You'll also see boho lanterns, classic draping, and greenery that's perfect for a romantic garden party. So as you look through, take note of what you like (and don't)—and remember, it's OK to mix styles and ideas (within reason). After all, this is your chance to create your perfect wedding space, from scratch.