Party Tents can be an opportunity to create a magnificent space in a not so magnificent location (a parking lot, a field, etc.). Tents allow you to create a garden feeling in the desert and Christmas in July. When guests walk into a tent they should be swept away and feel like this is a very special place. If you don't have a Platinum Wedding budget, there are a few things you can do to make the white tent less "white" without breaking the bank.
Carpet: You can usually find a carpet in your theme color or go with a green to make the environment more inviting. ($500 on up)
Trees: Even three or four trees make the tent a more relaxing environment. Who doesn't love seeing a tree. ($40-$250 typically)
Uplighting: If your event is at night you have a wonderful opportunity to shine gobos on the walls in the shape of tree leafs or simply have a color wash effect on each of the walls. This looks so incredible.
LeCirque effect: My favorite decorating touch is to drape your theme color, in a thin plastic, from each corner and post attachment to the center of the tent, creating a beautiful ceiling and overall happy feeling to the tent. It's not LeCirque, but it's a great touch. ($600 on up)
Windows: You can rent tents with pretty windows, which make the tent less confining and more inviting. ($1000 upgrade)
Picket Fence: If your event is in the day consider adding a picket fence "yard" in place of one of the four walls. This is a perfect place to set the bars and cocktail tables while adding a few extra square feet to your event space. ($200 on up)
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