The Best Big Top for Your Big DayThere are three basic tent styles for large, outdoor affairs like weddings: traditional pole tents, frame tents and high-peak tents. Sometimes the location will dictate what type of tent you require, and sometimes it’s simply your personal preference. Why don’t we take a look at all three to see which one will work best for you?
Traditional Pole TentThe most popular tent is the traditional pole-type tent. This tent has center poles (or more, depending on the tent’s size) and requires tension to hold the in the air. Pole tents are staked for additional stability. Most types of tents come in several materials that include canvas, nylon, polyester or transparent vinyl.
Frame TentA frame tent is a free-standing, galvanized-steel or aluminum-pipe structure with no center pole, but frame tents still require the same rope- or cable-anchoring system as a pole-supported tent to hold it in place. If your reception will last through the night, consider getting a frame tent made of transparent vinyl, so you and your guests can see the the magic of a moonlit night, stars and any outdoor-landscape illumination. Check out the video below to see a clear, frame tent:
High-Peak Pole or Frame TentYou already know tents come in lots of different styles and shapes. Tents also come in a variety of colors, though white is the most popular for weddings. If you want something with a little more pizazz for your wedding tent, ask about high-peak tents. As you can see from the photo at the right, high-peak tents are reminiscent of medieval tents that had tall, pointed tops. There’s a photo of a high-peak-tent interior at the right. You can obtain high-peak tents that require poles or are built with a steel or aluminum framework so poles aren’t necessary.
Do your homework when you go tent shopping. Find out which type of tent can best withstand the weather patterns in your region during the month or season you’ve chosen to get married. Pick the right tent, and you’ll have one less reason to be tense about your wedding day!