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.
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.
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
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.
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.