Tent Sidewalls

A tent is a canopy, but a canopy isn’t a tent!  People use the terms interchangeably, but in the industry we consider a canopy a cover that provides shelter, but to make it a tent you need to add sidewalls!  Canopies work fine most of the time, and are preferred, but what about when the weather comes up? Wind, rain, sun and cold can be a hindrance to any event. Grizzly (7)

Sidewall options are available for you to create a controlled, comfortable space for your festivities.  They come in various heights, lengths and styles.  Your sidewalls should be matched to your tents height and fit properly.  Sidewalls can be added to any or all walls as you see fit, but don’t forget your access.  Your tent installer can secure the bottom of your sidewalls with stakes or a cable system to keep the sidewall in place.  Unsecure sidewalls can be hazardous and will fly around in windy conditions. 40x90F-Riverside Health-3

The most cost effective sidewalls are “Solid” white and are used to enclose, inexpensively, or hide some thing unsightly from view.  You can retain a view with “Clear” sidewalls but still have a wind buffer while maintaining an outdoor feel.  “French window‘ sidewalls typically have a simulated segmented window panes with square or arched window shapes.  They offer a “peekaboo view” inside a tent which can draw interest and has a more elegant look. 40x100-Korthuis-3

Sidewall styles can be mixed and matched as needed for your tent, event and site.  Your event rental professional should have options for you to consider.

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.

Make an Epic Impression






“You never get a second chance to make a first impression!” So why not start with an Epic beginning?  The Epic Designer pole tent is eye catching with it’s 19′ – 23′ tall swooped tension, and sculptured cut of the tent tops presents dramatic sight lines and wonderful photo backdrops.  This elegant tent provides a vaulted ceiling feel inside and can be lighted, heated, enclosed and floored.  The unique design draws attention to any event; yours will be no exception.


Wedding Venues


Your wedding venue customized for your special day.  That is what we do here at Pacific Party Canopies!  Our staff works directly with you or your event planner to create a day to remember.  Our Epic Designer pole tents offer the space you need to accommodate your guests, and they photograph well because the tent lines are pleasing to the eye.  You help layout the interior of the tent while sitting at a desk here in our office with the aid of our CAD program.  You choose between traditional or contemporary settings with round or banquet tables.  We can include dance floors, DJ table or band, stage, head table, guest book, gift or beverage service tables.  Our web site is packed with tips, photos and planning tools for your use, if you prefer to shop a bit.  Let us know how we can be of service for your unique wedding.

Graduation is in the air



They made it!  Now lets have a celebration to mark the milestone.  Pacific Party Canopies is here to help you create a party setting that your son or daughter will remember for years to come.  We can provide you with tents in the back yard, tables, chairs, BBQ’s and Fill-n-Chill tables.  We have fun & games like Bounce Houses, Dunk Tanks, “Beat the Bucket” along with fun food equipment  like the Steamin’ Demon hot dog steamer, cotton candy machine, sno-cone machine and pop-corn poppers.  Music is important at any event and a Graduation party is no exception.  We carry a Passport PA sound system which you can patch in music from individual cell phones, CD players and an array of computers.  Lastly a dance floor and a mirror ball create a fun inviting atmosphere.  Call us today to arrange your Grad Party rentals.