Terrific Tents

Do you desire an outdoor wedding?  We at Blossoms encourage a wedding that embraces the surrounding environment.  There is nothing better than to look out from your reception and see the ocean, marsh, or live oak trees.  The first question that comes to mind when dealing with an outdoor wedding is: “What happens if it rains?”

The simple answer is to use a tent, but then how do you make the tent not stick out like a sore thumb?  Below are the steps in making a terrific tent for your wedding.

Step 1:  Pole draping is very necessary with a tent.  It helps to hide the metal poles that obviously do not belong in the outdoor environment.  They are also a great way to add another detail to your wedding.

Above are some great pole drapes we fashioned for a Charleston wedding shot by Leigh Webber.

Step 2:  Pole Tent or Frame Tent?  Keep in mind that if using a frame tent, the ceiling of the tent will be covered in metal framing used to support the tent.  This gives you the option of sheering the ceiling in some great fabric to blend with the wedding.  Pole tents give you a clean ceiling that is very pleasing to the eye.  They also allow you to wash the ceiling with  gobos to feature a pattern that blends with the style of your wedding.

This was actually a frame tent, also in Charleston, that we sheered complete with distressed wooden beams and valances.  Image courtesy of Heather Barrie with Gathering Floral + Event Design.

Step 3:  Be sure to add lighting!  Chances are with an outdoor wedding, there will not be many existing lights around the area.  Some simple up-lights go far with a tent.  This is also a great chance to add in some chandeliers or drum-shades using a fabric in one of your colors.  Make sure you also light your surroundings if your intentions were to embrace them.  As the night goes on, your surroundings will get darker and darker unless you make sure they are lit so that your guests can embrace the beautiful environment around them.

This is an example of lighting by Technical Event Company shot by Ruth Rackley.