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T

ented weddings have a timeless appeal, combining
the open, airy feel of an outdoor wedding with
protection from the elements. Design and decor often

come down to personal taste and geographical location. And
yet, every season brings its own trends in lighting, ceiling
treatments, floors, tables and seating, color palettes and
linens. Here, industry experts weigh in on what's hot-and
what's on its way out-for tented weddings in 2019.

A TENT FOR EVERY WEDDING

Mother and groom dance
under a clear tent on the
Astor Terrace of St. Regis
Deer Valley Resort in Park
City, Utah. Event design
by Michelle Leo Events.
Tent by All Out Event Rental.
Photo by Logan Walker
Photography.

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With an unprecedented variety of tent
styles on the market today, there is the
perfect tent for every celebration. A
longtime wedding favorite, the pole tent
offers a stunning vision with an elegant
top and one or more peaks. However,
because pole tents must be staked into
the ground, they generally aren't set up
on hard surfaces, such as concrete or
stone, precluding their use at some sites.
With its multiple sculpted peaks,
translucent fabric and wooden poles,
the sailcloth tent has developed into
almost the quintessential wedding tent.
Swagging is often unnecessary, and
the fabric offers plenty of natural light
in the day and a glowing appearance
at night. "Its unique look and style are
really popular for coastal weddings," says
Christina Mociler, business development
manager for Bright Event Rentals, which
has showrooms throughout California
and Arizona. "It's a simpler and more
elegant option than traditional tents."

Clear-top frame tents are a popular
choice for couples who truly want to let
the outdoors in. "Our clients come to
Utah to have a destination wedding," says
Michelle Cousins, owner, lead designer
and planner for Michelle Leo Events,
Salt Lake City, Utah. "Nine times out of
10, they're interested in having their
wedding outside because they want to
take advantage of the beautiful views, and
a clear tent doesn't obscure the view."
Although more likely to be associated
with corporate and public events, clearspan
structures have a place in the wedding
market too, especially when safety, anchoring requirements, permitting issues,
climate control, heavy lighting or decor
and expansive interiors are priorities-
and the budget allows for them.

CEILINGS AND LIGHTS:
DRAW THE EYE UP

Traditionally, wedding designers relied
on fabric liners and swagging to hide
the metal poles supporting a tent's



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