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Kyle Gagnier, general manager of Fosters'
Tent Rentals, advises budget-conscious
clients that tent size isn't a place to make
cuts. Photo courtesy of Fosters' Tent Rentals.

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Instagram weddings on real-life budgets
interest and Instagram have
brought the world to brides and
grooms, and most couples rely on them
to plan their weddings and inspire
the photos they hope to post on social
media afterward. But frequently, the
reality of what it costs to deliver that
vision necessitates compromise.
"Inspiration photos of tents with lots
of greenery, ϐlowers, drapery and lights
are common and often out of the clients'
price range," says Kyle Gagnier, CERP,
general manager of Fosters' Tent Rentals
of West Chazy, N.Y. "But we can usually
use creative design to make something
close and stay within their budget."
Some budget-friendly swaps Gagnier
recommends are trading trendy cafestyle bulbs for mini bulbs, using laplength linens instead of ϐloor-length,
and renting a more economical tent, for

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example, solid instead of clear top, while
dressing up the inside with greenery,
ϐlowers and lighting. One area Gagnier
wouldn't skimp on is tent size.
"I'm big on making sure there's enough
space in the tent for each guest," he says.
Wedding planner Sarah Trotter
of Lasting Impressions Weddings in
Minnetonka, Minn., advises her budgetconscious clients to focus on items that
deliver the biggest impact.
"Brides are looking for the wow factor,
and there are so many things out there
they want," she says. Photo booths, hedge
walls and other backdrops are examples
of the "extras" that many couples see
on social media. Trotter usually steers
couples away from spending on things
like charger plates and ϐlatware, while
directing them toward higher impact
decorative items such as furniture.

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