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Mad dash scramble
COVID-19 cancellations result in only four weeks
for Mutton Rentals to plan and install tenting
and trimmings for a high-end backyard wedding.
By Sigrid Tornquist

t's a story heard more than once over the last several
months. A couple has been planning their wedding for
more than a year, but as the date approaches, the venue
is projected to remain closed because of COVID-19. Not
only is this potentially heartbreaking for the couple, but
it's also another ϐinancial hit for the vendors.
One couple with plans for a June wedding at a venue
in Michigan determined that COVID-19 would not derail their plans. Five weeks before the big event, they
decided that instead of postponing their wedding, they
would shift it to an outdoor venue-at the bride's family estate in Fort Wayne, Ind. Not for the ϐirst time in
this industry, tenting comes to the rescue.

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RIGHT: Approximately
800 square yards of
fabric custom sewn with
attachment pockets
created a sheer backdrop
for the crystal-like
chandeliers suspended
above guest tables.
BELOW: Mutton Rentals
installed a 20-by-20-foot
entry tent to connect
the pool to the elevated
floor of main structure,
allowing guests increased
space to mingle. Photos
courtesy of Matt Mutton,
Mutton Rentals.

Structure
Mutton Rentals, located in Fort Wayne, was contacted by
a local event planner asking how quickly it could provide
a bid on a structured tent with AC and an elevated, leveled
ϐloor. That request evolved to include providing chandeliers; lighting and fabric; tables and chairs; china and
glassware; and a custom bay, entry tent and catering tent.
Within three weeks, Mutton Rentals started the install.
"It all happened so fast and we were more involved
than we would normally be," says Matt Mutton, president,
owner and general manager. "We have the capability to
do all the fabric and ϐluff, but often with these large scale
projects there are more vendors involved and the work
gets divided up more. But with the quick timeline and us
being willing-given less demand-we took on anything
they asked for."
The main tent spanned 20 by 35 meters, with a custom
bay that was notched out to accommodate trees in the
yard. "The family was adamant about maximizing their
space because they didn't want guests to feel crowded,
given everything going on," Mutton says.
The 20-by-20-foot entry tent provided a transition
from the pool to the elevated ϐloor of the main structure,
and the 20-by-20-foot catering tent stood off to one side.

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