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 (okay, maybe one of the things) you can't control about your wedding day is the weather. There's no point in spending your life's savings on a perfectly planned wedding only to have it ruined by summer rain showers. Secondly, 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 keep in mind—the budget, the setting, the rentals, etc. 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 décor, 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, this can be used 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 list below—in which we stalk the Brides 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 okay to mix styles and ideas (within reason). After all, this is your chance to create your perfect wedding space, from scratch.
A Statement Entrance
Every tent should have a proper entrance. Charleston-based Kristin Newman created a statement arch for this tented affair at Montage Palmetto Bluff.
Strings Lights Galore
If you and your partner are party animals, this is the tent for you. The string lights up above basically insist on one serious dance sesh.
If your wedding location is known for beautiful weather, consider this tenting option. Here, a structure was installed but not completely covered. The alternative breezy drapes are perfect because they enclose the space just enough to make it feel intimate but also allow guests to see the gorgeous setting outside.
A Blank Canvas
At this Aspen wedding, the couple concentrated on the bottom of the tent, setting up wood flooring and covering tabletops with pretty blue linens and glassware. It's a refreshing take on tent décor because it lets the beauty of the simple, sailcloth tent shine.
Don't be afraid to bring the outdoors inside. This seating setup—featuring boxwoods, patio furniture, and an actual fountain—makes guests feel like they're lounging in a (very chic) garden.