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How To Choose the Right Tent for Your Event

April 1, 2024


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You’ve set the date. You’ve got the location and you’ve decided to do an outdoor reception. When planning the perfect wedding, it’s essential to consider several seriously important factors to ensure your special day is as magical as the setting.




First things first: here are some key points to keep in mind when choosing a tent.

What’s happening?

Consider first what will take place under the tent. If you’re planning a buffet dinner, you’ll need space for buffet tables and possibly food islands. For a seated dinner, the size and shape of the tables will dictate how much space is required. Always round up when estimating tent size to ensure you have ample space for all elements of your wedding to fit beautifully under one amazing Sperry tent canopy.



How many guests are coming?

A pivotal factor in selecting the right Sperry tent size. You’ll want to ensure that everyone has enough space to move, eat, and dance comfortably. As a general guideline, allocate about 10 to 15 square feet per person for a seated dinner and 6 to 10 square feet per person for a standing or cocktail event. This will vary based on the seating layout and the tent style you choose. Remember to account for extra space for walkways, buffet tables, bars, lounge areas, and entertainment areas.



Let’s Dance!

What’s a wedding without a packed dance floor? Even if it is the wiggle worm. The size of the dance floor depends on the number of guests. A good rule of thumb is to assume that 75% of your guests will be dancing at any given time.



Set the Stage

The stage size is contingent on the type of event and the number of performers. For a small band or DJ, a 8’ x 12’ stage is perfect. Larger bands need something more substantial such as an 8’  x 16 ‘ or 8’ x 20’ feet. When bringing in a band from overseas, they often ask for at least a 16’ x 24’.




Whether you’ve chosen to hold your event at a hotel, private club or in your garden, these are just starting points. But, by understanding what’s involved, you’ll be well positioned to choose a Sperry tent that not only fits your guest list but also complements all the other elements of your wedding day.

We so look forward to working with you and your wedding planner to ensure that all aspects of your wedding will fit comfortably under your chosen tent. We can provide invaluable insights from the many years of experience of creating memorable events and ensure that every detail is considered for your unforgettable wedding day.

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