Choosing the Right Tent

There is a multitude of options for where you might set up a tent for your wedding day from a park to a parking lot.  However, not all tents are suited for all potential set-up locations.  There are two distinctly different tent types; Frame and Pole and each has it’s pro’s and con’s.

Frame Tents

If you have chosen a site that has hard surfaces, limited space or needs to be abutted to a building or another tent, you’ll want to use a “Frame” tent.  Frame tent consists of an aluminum framework constructed in the prescribed dimensions and then the vinyl (skin) is pulled over the frame work and secured to it.  Frame tents can be adapted more easily to fit a restricted site, un-level or multi-level sites.  Frame tents can be anchored with weights or stakes.  They are clear span inside and are the standard style used in our region by most rental companies.

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Pros: very adaptable, adjustable height and length, clear span, exposed framework for hanging points and décor.  Can be set up on hard or earthen surfaces and can be leveled when set on sloped or tiered surfaces.

Cons: Exposed frame work on underside, building-like sight lines, industrial

Pole Tents

When you have wide open access and space, you might want to rent a “Pole” style tent.  Pole tents require stakes be pounded into the ground around the entire perimeter of the tent, in predetermined spacing (7.5′ or 10′ between legs).  The stakes typically extend at least 6′-8′ off each side pole of the tent with a rope or ratchet attached to each.  Pole tents have center pole to hold them up.  The pole tops offer a clean smooth underside and dramatic site lines from outside.  Pole tents require a site that can be staked; earthen or even some asphalt sites can be accommodated.

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Pros: Less expensive, pleasing exterior sight lines, clean taught vinyl underside, elegant swooping lines, vaulted ceiling feel.

Cons: Stake lines around tent, center pole can be an obstruction, requires 6′ – 8′ buffer around the entire tent for staking.

Up lighting and tents

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Colored lights can help create a nice “ambiance” in any venue space, especially in a tent.  You can produce a multitude of potential colors with the latest in wireless, battery operated and programmable lights.  The Foundation light uses less power due to the use of LED’s (light emitting diodes).  These lights are able to be tied into a DMX output from your DJ to strobe and color change at variable speed or with the beat of the music.  Inquire with us about your event lighting needs.

Spring Business Showcase 2013

Pacific Party Canopies set up the booths at the Whatcom County Spring Business Showcase at the Sportsplex in Bellingham Wednesday. Hundreds of attendees, around 100 vendors, and lots of fun to be had by all. Wine and beer tasting, snacking on local and delicious food, business talk, and general schmoozing went on until nine in the evening. Hopefully you didn’t miss it, but if you did, check out our pictures and timelapse video and be sure to mark your calendar for next year!

Timelapse of SICBA Home Show Set Up – Skagit County Tradeshow Tent Rental


PPC is headed to the Skagit/Island County Builder’s Association Home and Garden Show this weekend. For more information: We are setting the tents up and will be doing pipe and drape in preparation for the big event.  We’ll be taking pictures on Friday and posting them on our Pass Page if you’d like to download any:



New gallery: Red September Wedding

10 A wedding is held at La Conner Flats with 120 guests.

Jars of white hydrangeas and cherry linens decorate the tables under a 40′ x 40′ Epic pole tent. The dance floor stays packed into the evening under a combination of halo lights and perimeter string lights.

› View Red September Wedding gallery or see all our wedding galleries.