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Times are evolving and so are wedding trends; from the all-white wedding gown to ivory and even black, from maids rocking heels to Snickers of late, weddings are surely becoming more and more fashionable- not forgetting wedding tents.
You probably want to enjoy the natural scenery but are worried about getting soaked should rain violate the weather forecast and show up unexpectedly. It could be a sunny season and your only reason for getting a tent is to shield your guests from the Sub-Saharan scorching sun. The site of your make-up melting and dripping is a nightmare.
But for some couples, their reasons for using tents are far from weather concerns. Tents actually have so much more to offer to your big day. The expansive coverlets are easily customizable, especially when they’re decked out with floral installations, chandeliers, and a custom dance floor.
If you are considering having your wedding reception under a tent, it’s important to know what kinds of tents are available—and which types, shapes, and styles will best for your venue, your budget, and your design aesthetic. What’s more? you are going to learn the tent jargon you’ll need so you can reach out to vendors completely informed, and know exactly what each tent type looks like.
Once you are done reading this post, the new trends of tents will have you ditching your initial plan of an indoor wedding.
Skyline tents come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They are the usual frame tent but the top is covered by a transparent canopy, making it feel like your outdoors, even under its cover. Skyline tents feel and look like covering your usual environment through crystal clear glass. They thus a more beautiful view than any other tent out there. Their only shortcoming is that they let the sun rays directly through. So if it’s a hot day, you are better off going with a different option.
Skyline tents are mainly divided into two types;
Curved skyline tent
Curved skyline tents were created to overcome the limitations of the multiflex tent- the hot effect on a sunny day. They overcome the heat problem by being much taller. Because of their height, the sun’s rays can’t heat people that much as they are swept off by air. That said, the trick is to leave your tent open in the sides so that fresh air and wind can easily run through and carry away heat before it reaches your guests. The other option would be to hire a cooling system or huge fans to help with air circulation during the earlier hours of the evening.
Multiflex skyline/Opaque tent
The only major difference between these two is that the latter is much shorter in terms of height from the ceiling to the bottom. So unless your function is happening in a rainy season or late hours of the evening after the sun has disappeared, you should stay away from this tent. However, this tent also comes in opaque form with a non-transparent covering. So you don’t have to worry about the heat.
Executive Curved Tent
An extra-large version of the frame tent (curved skyline), this particular type doesn’t require central beams—surprising when you consider its expansive size! This variety is also capable of bearing the most weight from its rafters, which is perfect if you’re planning on adding any hanging installations like customized ceiling, huge chandeliers to your wedding décor. Events limited provides this tent with draping which saves you those costs. Their tents can seat between 300 to 1200 people.
Fotogenix has the same type of tent but in a different tweak. Theirs is called a polygonal tent and you can choose between a skyline and opaque covering. Fotogenix’s version can seat up to 2000 people.
An Arcume Tent has an overhang and an arched roof. Fotogenix has them in Skyline and Non-Skyline covers, and with various Dimensions of 30x20m to 30x60m.
The Himalayan name originates from the Himalayan mountains found in South and East Asia. They are famed for their conical shape and gargantuan size which can seat up to 2000 people. With the introduction of the framed tents above, these Alpine/Himalayan tents have been fading in popularity especially among today’s modern decorators and couples who are opting for the former.
Hands down one of the most exquisite looks one can have for their wedding. The Pavillion is actually a wooden frame that is draped with translucent fabric draped over a wooden structure. Alternatively, a decorator can use trussing and cover it with boards or stretchers to achieve the look of a wooden pole. As you can already guess, this is the most expensive option of all the tent types on this list. But it is the most beautiful. The other giveaway is it does not shelter guests from any weather elements. The purpose of this type of tent is almost entirely aesthetics.
If you pressed for budget, pagola tents are your best option. In fact, they are the tents used in most of the upcountry low-budget functions. They are mostly locally made which makes them affordable. They are, however, old-fashioned and won’t work if you are looking to throw a trendy function.
Although this post is meant to focus on wedding tents, these tents also deserve mention especially considering we are in a COVID19 era where weddings can consist of numbers as less as ten people.
On the other hand, hexadome tents are perfect for small events like intimate proposals or birthdays since you’d be two people. They are simple and exquisitely beautiful. Fotogenix and a few other tent hiring companies have them in both white and skyline view. Of late, they have been popular on the Instagram timeline.
Box ’em in.
If your dream wedding is extremely intimate, this tent is definitely your type. With string lights enclosing the “box,” this tent is perfect for the intimate wedding you dream about. Its frame basically consists of the frame tent but it is left bare and instead dressed with fairytale lights.
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