What It Costs To Rent A Wedding Tent
Expect to spend a fair amount to create the perfect wedding tent setting for your upcoming wedding. The tent rental price itself can start at $250 for a small frame that can accommodate 25 to 40 guests, and the price can go up from there to about $500 or even more. For a medium-size wedding tent that is recommended for up to about 150 to 180 guests, the price starts at about $1000 and can go up to about $3,000 or more, depending on how fancy the wedding tent is and the part of the country in which you live. An extra large size tent you can find, which works well for receptions of up to 500 guests, can range from $2,000 to about $4,500 or more.
Keep in mind that the bigger the wedding tent, the more you will also need to spend on the details. For instance, rent heaters can run about $200 to $250 or more each, while a 12-foot square parquet dance floor can be about $2,000 or more and you can expect to spend up to $100 for each chandelier you rent. Satin wall draping can be in the $1,000 to $2,000 range, but the more space to fill and the more extravagant the effect you desire, the more it will set you back. And renting a portable bathroom can be in the $100 to $200 range for each.
Other things you will need to rent can include tables, chairs, and linens, which can start at about $1,500 to $2,000 for the most basic options and go up from there many times over for more sophisticated choices. Sometimes your caterer will include these items in with the food, but not always, so you will need to find the situation that best meets your needs, your budget and your circumstances.
When you add all of these details in, estimates for a wedding tent wedding range in the $8,000 to $12,000 for about 150 guests.
Just keep in mind that this is NOT including your flowers, food, drinks, servers or entertainment. (And if you want to create a very extravagant setting, keep in mind that the price can go up from here quite a bit.)
To Rent Or To Buy?
The price of renting a wedding tent can be so high that some budget-conscious couples find that it can be more cost-effective for them to buy a used or wholesale wedding tent that they will be able to use again. Just keep in mind that when you buy a wedding tent, you still need all of the accessories and manpower to set up and take down, so you will need to factor this in. On the other hand, once you buy a tent, you will have it for future celebrations and events.
Whether you decide to buy or to wedding rent, the bottom line is that pulling off the perfect tent wedding can be a challenging exercise, but the final results will indeed be well worth all of your time and expense.