I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. My LEAST favorite part of planning is the fact that your wedding venue search has to come first. It’s just not fair. There are way too many wedding venue options and since your venue is roughly 50% of your total budget the stakes are high.
You’re glowing in your engagement delight and BAM you’re making the biggest decision of the whole wedding. You’re being asked how many guests you are inviting, what kind of bride you are, how much you want to spend? That’s A LOT of questions.
And your poor fiancé is probably looking at you like a deer in headlights. He just saved a bundle, bought a ring, kept the biggest secret of his life and proposed! He thought the hard part was over.
BREATHE with me. I got you. Together we can sift through your wedding venue options and find the perfect venue for you. And I promise the planning party gets way more fun once you have that venue contract signed. Let’s get you to the fun part as quickly as possible!
1. What is the average temperature in the month and location you’re considering getting married?
If the answer is 80° or higher I would think twice about a tent. The reality is a tent is far easier and cost-efficient to heat than it is to cool. It’s possible to air condition a tent but to do it well will add significant cost. If you’re still in love with the idea of a tent, I suggest what we call a sailcloth tent. This will give you maximum airflow. Stay away from the clear top tents. They are GORGEOUS but they act like greenhouses and get VERY hot in even a little bit of direct sunlight.
2. Do you have a vision of getting married at your family’s home?
If this has been your dream or what you feel in your bones is going to be most memorable, go for it! Tented weddings at home are some of my absolute favorites. Everyone seems more relaxed and your timeline can flow more organically because you aren’t beholden to a venue’s “package”.
3. Are you into design and consider yourself somewhat creative?
This will be a huge help. Tents are essentially blank canvases and can be hard for a lot of people to imagine.
4. Are you a DIY kinda bride?
If the answer is yes a tent could be perfect. The biggest thing you need as a DIY bride is time. Anything you create on your own is going to require time to set up and don’t forget about breaking that thing down. Hotels often host more than one event a day so they may not be able to guarantee the setup time you need.
5. Do you envision a more casual celebration?
If the answer is yes a tent could be an interesting option. The more casual a celebration you envision the more affordable a tent can become.
Tell me inside The Girlbossbride Tribe Facebook Group. A tented wedding can be a fairytale. If you envision a tented wedding on the semi-formal to the formal end of the spectrum be prepared for it to cost more than a hotel wedding. Especially if the tent is going up at your home or a venue that doesn’t provide basic rental items like tables and chairs. Be very clear on what is included and the rough cost of everything else you’ll need to rent.
Take the FREE and start planning a wedding that feels uniquely you.
The truth is I hated planning my own wedding. I felt like I was going it alone and was surprised by how hard it was to find partners who embraced my vision. Thankfully, the guy was worth it and that experience is what led me to become a wedding planner. After a decade of planning luxury weddings I am bringing my process to you.