Couples across the country are discovering the many benefits of having their wedding and/or reception in a tent. These tents are not the type you would use for camping in the wilderness, but large, beautiful white tents that are very romantic and elegant. The nice thing about using tents is that they are roomy, keep guests warm or cool, are inexpensive to rent, and can be enhanced with all types of decorations, as you will see from the tips listed below:
Start with lighting. Strings of lights can be purchased for very little money and are a great way of creating a fantasy wedding. For example, you can choose colorful butterfly lights to enhance an informal wedding or white, twinkling lights for a formal wedding.
You can also place special lights around the tent to keep mosquitoes away from the guests while providing a nice, soft glow.
Flowers are always an excellent way to decorate a wedding/reception tent regardless of the theme. If you want to hide the plain poles, you can wrap garland with lights or silk flowers around them. Then for the corners of the tent, you can create a beautiful ground display and hanging baskets.
Fabric can also be very beneficial. Instead of using flowers, you can wrap the poles in coordinating fabric, drape fabric from the doorways, or create sways that hang gently from the ceiling, going from one side of the tent to the next.
Candles are also excellent options for decoration. For the wedding, you could place tables at the front on either side of the bride and groom or for a reception, on the tables as a part of the centerpiece.
If a dance floor is set up in the reception tent, rent a bubble machine to add to the fantasy. This creates a very elegant ambience and thrills the children.
Balloons are also great in that helium can be released to rest against the ceiling or you can anchor them onto the dance floor on the corners so they sway as people glide by.