Planning a Tented Wedding

Backyard Tented Wedding


So, you’re planning (or thinking about planning) a tented wedding?  First of all, congratulations! Planning a wedding is such an exciting experience and if you ask me planning a tented wedding adds even more excitement! There are so many ways to tie in your love story when you are celebrating on private property, but there are also some things to consider. Yes, it’s true, planning a tented wedding on private property certainly comes with a few potential hurdles to contend with – but it’s nothing you can’t handle!

Before you call the tent company, there are a few things you should consider.


1. Tented Weddings Are NOT Cheap

There’s a misconception that planning a tented wedding will save you money! WRONG. Not only is renting a tent expensive, but you will also need to rent everything else too! Tables, chairs, forks, knives, napkins, washrooms, bartenders, servers and generators are all additional costs that will need to be factored into your budget.

2. Location, Location, Location

Of course, your tent will need to be positioned over the flattest area on the property, but there are a few other things to consider.

  • Is there anything under the ground? Sprinklers? Septic system? Your tent company may have limitations for you to keep in mind.
  • How far is the electrical source? Will you be running extension cords through your cocktail hour space?
  • Where does water pool on the property? After a big rainstorm, go check the property for mucky spots!


3. Your Rain Plan

It is common for tented weddings to have fully outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours – but what happens if it rains? Think about what your backup plan might look like (delay ceremony vs. having it under the tent) and ensure all of your vendors know the plan!

4. Catering and Event Staff

Don’t forget to rent a tent for catering and your serving staff! Unless you have a separate building that the team will be working out of, a second tent is a must.

5. Permits and Bylaw

Some municipalities require permits to put up a tent, others require a permit only if your tent is a certain size. Check-in with your region’s rules before making any decisions! You may also want to consider noise. Many places have an 11:00 pm noise curfew and you will be fined if a complaint is made. Again, check before you sign any contracts, and don’t forget to chat with your neighbours!


So, are you ready to plan your canopied affair? Here’s some serious inspo to help inspire you! If you want to learn more about how we can help plan your private property wedding, you can read all about our specialty services here.

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