Is it Cheaper to Buy a Wedding Tent than to Rent One?
A Michigan Wedding DJ Delivers Tips for Inexpensive Tents and Tent Decorations
A Simple, Inexpensive Tent
This $126 tent would fit 30 people or three eight foot tables. It would hold up against a good rain, but not a heavy storm with high winds.
Heavy Duty 80 Person Tent
This $530 tent will give you just as much protection as a $500 rented from a high end company, and best of all, you can enjoy it for many years to come.
Outdoor Solar Lights
Solar lights are a great way to add sparkle and luxury to your outdoor event! Bulbs shaped like flowers conjure images of spring, not Christmas!
Tulle - Sheer Nylon Fabric
Sold by the yard or spool, Tulle is a sheer nylon fabric that comes in a wide variety of colors. As shown in the picture at the top of this page, it can be used to disguise tent poles, supports and beams. It can also be used as colorful ribbon to tie back curtains or decorate chairs.
Bows, Bows, Bows!
Simple Bow Making Tool
This simple device makes easy work of making elaborate bows! Use bows to tie back curtains or decorate the backs of chairs.
The average cost to rent a wedding tent int he Metro Detroit Area can very greatly. On the low end, I've seen an 80-person tent rent for around $250. Higher end companies might charge up to $500, but the more expensive models provide much greater protection against storms. For about $125 or so, you can BUY a decent tent that will keep the rain out. For about $500, you can buy a heavy duty tent that can hold up against a light to medium storm. Best of all, you can use both types of tents for many years to come. If you're the kind of person who loves to organize backyard parties and cookouts, there's simply no good reason to rent a wedding tent when you can buy your own high quality party house for the same amount or less.
Perhaps the most economical way to spruce up a plain wedding tent is to drape tulle in strategic places. Sold by the yard or spool, tulle is a sheer nylon fabric that comes in a wide variety of colors. As shown in the picture at left, tulle can be used to disguise tent poles. For a beautiful look, simply follow the natural supports and beams and attach the fabric with garbage ties. If you run into an awkward angle that can't be accommodated with a garbage tie, use a little white duct tape. Avoid using tacks or other fastening implements that could pierce the tent and allow rain to flow through.
Tulle can also be used to make colorful ribbons to decorate the backs of chairs. Elaborately twisted bows are often sold for $20 a piece, but you can easily make them at home using a very simple tool called the Bowdabra. I've owned a Bowdabra machine for at least ten years, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. When I use elaborate bows to decorate the top of my Christmas tree, guests always stop to stare and ask how I was able to create these looks. Birthday and baby shower gifts look like I paid to have the professionally wrapped.
Last but not least, I'd like to mention string lights. To create a design that doesn't scream "Christmas," choose bulbs shaped like flowers, globes or stars. Today's string lights come in a variety of shapes and colors that don't necessarily conjure images of the holiday season. (Links below.)