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RIGHT: Jaclyn Watson Events
bedazzled this frame tent
with inventive lighting and
decor, using leg drapes
and other techniques to
hide the hardware. Photo
courtesy of photographer
Michael Tallman and
Jaclyn Watson Events.
BELOW: Jaclyn Watson
Events designed the ceiling
swag, chandeliers encased in
decorative globes, greenery
and floral touches that
contribute to the intrinsic
beauty of this sailcloth tent.
Photo courtesy of Rodeo & Co.
and Jaclyn Watson Events.
he blank slate that is a tent offers event planners
plenty of opportunities to create unforgettable
environments and experiences for their wedding clients.
But at the same time, these structures pose certain
challenges. For one thing, depending on the tent, the equipment
involved and the client's vision, a fair amount of camouflaging
might be required in order to deliver the desired outcome.
Certain tent styles offer a more elegant
feel to start and may need little in terms
of interior concealment. But the simple
frame tent, for example, often requires
much more camouflaging to create an
inviting space, explains Brett Galley,
owner and director of special events
Hollywood POP Gallery. With offices in
New York, N.Y., and Greenwich, Conn., the
global, full-service event planning, design
and destination company has designed
and produced parties for numerous
celebrity and high-end corporate clients.
Tents with crossbar ceilings can also
present a decor challenge, she adds.
" [These] can be difficult to
camouflage. Even when covering the
bars with fabric sleeves, you have the
ceiling to contend with, " Galley says.
" Depending on the style of the event
you are creating, you might need
gobo lighting or to completely swag
the ceiling to hide the mechanics. "
Jon Hall, regional executive
with EventWorks Rentals, says the
hardest element to camouflage is
the center pole on pole-style tents.
" It's literally right in the middle of a
tent, " he says, adding that disguising
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air-conditioner units can also prove
trying. Headquartered in Charleston,
S.C., with eight locations in five states,
the company offers an array of rental
items for weddings, sporting events,
corporate galas, festivals and more.
For Jaclyn Watson, owner of Jaclyn
Watson Weddings & Events, along
with structural aspects such as poles
and guy ropes, hiding lighting and
electrical equipment can be tough,
primarily because these items require
multiple cords and cables. Located
in Vermont, the company provides
a customized, " premier planning
experience " for weddings and
events throughout New England.
" Another challenging thing to hide
in tents for weddings are the catering
and service areas, " she adds. " This is
because these areas typically require a
lot of space and may have large, bulky
equipment that is difficult to conceal. "
INVISIBILITY ISN'T CHEAP
Several factors influence the amount
and type of camouflaging that can
take place. One of these is budgets. As
Galley explains, swagging an entire

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