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.

Valentine’s Day Engagements

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If you find yourself engaged after this Valentine’s Day weekend please take a moment to inquire about options for your special event needs on our web site.  You’ll find a full array of photos, ideas and rental equipment for your event, whether this year or next.  As a full service rental company we can provide you with the equipment and resources to create a fabulous day for your wedding.  From the engagement party to the reception send-off we’re here to help you create a personalized event.  Call us or stop in to our Burlington showroom.  Or visit us at “Skagit Wedding Show” at the Swinomish Casino Sunday February 22nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; the Skagit Wedding Show directions here.

Skagit Wedding Show Feb. 22nd

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The weekend after Valentine’s Day we’ll be attending the Skagit Wedding Show.  The show takes place on Sunday February 22nd from 11:00am-4:00pm at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge in Anacortes, WA.  We’d love to help you with your wedding rental needs.  Our booth will be in the Ballroom along with @ 50 other Skagit wedding industry professionals.  It’s not too early to reserve tents, tables, chairs for your 2015 summer weddings.  The earlier you reserve the more options will be available for your date.  Our tents and wedding accessories are in great demand, and in limited quantities, over the summer and thus it’s imperative you reserve far enough in advance to secure what you want.  We’ll see you there.

Tent liners & leg drapes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA You want that “Wow” look at your wedding?  Add a tent liner and leg drapes for your event tent.  A tent liner is a soft, billowy, white fabric lining that is installed in the ceiling of the tent you choose and adds elegance to all tent styles.  Coupled with leg drapes, the liner softens the look of frame tents and adds an airy and trendy look for pole tents.  Review the pictures in our gallery to see photos depicting the liners and leg drapes in use.  These liners can also be installed inside some buildings and barns to change the interior appearance.  Check out our “Floating liners” link to see if we can install one in your event space.

PPC’s April wedding giveaway

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Pacific Party Canopies is having an April Give Away in hopes that the rain will stop and the sun will shine (or at least you’ll be so happy, you won’t notice all the moisture in the air.)
One lucky participant will win a 25% discount on wedding rental goods for events happening in Whatcom, Skagit, and King Counties. Furthermore, they’ll win 8 hours of wedding day coverage by Kim Gasper Photography. Participants sign up via Facebook. And the more they share and get friends to sign up, the more chances they’ll have to win!
For more details and to enter follow this link or click on the image at right.
We’ll be at the Bellingham Wedding and Quinceanera Show on Sunday promoting the give away and our services. If you’re heading that way, feel free to stop by, say hi, and ask any questions you might have.
We’re excited to see who wins!