One trend that I have seen grow a lot the last couple years is the vision to host an event underneath a clear top tent. It’s not hard to understand why: they are absolutely stunning, protecting you from the outdoor elements while also making you feel like you are out in the open. They leave room for a lot of possibilities for decor, and you’re guaranteed to have beautiful photos. This being said, I do think there are some things to consider when it comes to planning an event inside a clear top tent. If you are thinking about booking one of these gorgeous pieces for your wedding, here are a few suggestions that I have:
Have your event in early spring or late summer/early fall (cooler temperatures)
Through my personal experience , client experiences, and guest feedback, one of the most common things I hear is that it was hot. Like, greenhouse hot. And when you think about it, it does make sense that the temperatures would get so high, especially in the summer months of July & August. My suggestion would be to consider booking a clear top tent when the temperatures are slightly cooler, such as in May, June, or September. This way, your tent will likely be warm, but not that sweaty hot where people are sweating through their dress clothes (which is never fun to see when looking back on photos). So if you aren’t picky about the time of year that you host your event, I would say to pick early spring or fall. This way you still get to experience the beauty of the tent without having to worry about it getting too hot. However, the one downside to booking in spring or early fall would be that July and August are when nature is in full-bloom and at it’s most lush state, so if this is important to you then maybe it’s worth the extra warmth! You can also have your event start later in the day when the sun isn’t directly overtop of you, which might help this problem too.
Find the right spot
If you are renting a clear top tent that is to be installed on a location of your choice (such as your family farm or a park), I strongly suggest considering the placement. As with all tents, you want to make sure it’s on flat ground. But with clear top tents, it’s especially important to consider where it’s sitting and what it’s surrounded by. You’ll ideally want a spot that balances shade with daylight. If you’re out in the open where the sun can beat down on the tent from sunrise to sunset, the heat might become a problem. However, you don’t want to be buried in the trees where no daylight can get in, as that’s how you show off the beauty of a clear top tent! If you look at popular clear top tent venues, they are situated in an open area that is surrounded by trees. This allows shade during certain times of day and can help cool the tent, while also being open enough that you can have a bright, stunning atmosphere in your tent. If you have a wedding planner, they should be able to help you find a spot that fits your needs!
If you are still stuck on finding a spot, I always suggest just going to a clear top tent venue. It’s already in the perfect spot, and you can look at photos taken there at past events so you can really see what it’s going to look like for you. Plus, it makes it a lot easier to visualize your wedding when it’s already standing!
Simplicity is key! You’re decor is the outdoors
Even though you are likely paying extra for a clear top tent, the good news is that you don’t need a lot of decor to make the space feel grand. Some florals inside the tent can give a garden-fairytale theme, or lots of white and acrylic decor will give you some modern vibes. Or, if you’re a boho fan, just have lots of neutral colours, chiffon and pampas around the tent and you’ll immediately get that feeling. Being able to see the outdoors all around you is going to give such a beautiful, natural feeling, while still giving you so much potential to make it your own. You don’t need to spend a boat-load of money on decor, as so much of your aesthetic is going to be what the environment is around you.
I also think its important to note that there are TONS of clear top venues now, and so many of these logistical and design aspects are taken care of by the venue coordinators for you! They put tons of research into their venue and all offer something unique. If you are ever unsure about the tent design, just talk to them! Every location of every tent is different and the venue coordinators are the experts in their venue and what design is the most suitable.
All in all, clear top tents are a wonderful choice for a venue and I have never seen an event held in a clear top tent that wasn’t absolutely stunning. If you are considering one I don’t blame you and would say you can’t go wrong. Just consider when you’re using it, and how you plan to use that clear top tent to its full potential.
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