Wisconsin Party & Event Tent Planning Guide
Choosing the Right Size Tent for Your Event
Our party rental tents come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Choosing the right one for your event can seem more complicated than picking out table linens for a wedding reception, but we’re always available to help you sort through all the possibilities and determine which style and size will work best for you. To get you started with pre-planning your event, the following guidelines will give you good idea of the approximate area you’ll need for each person under your tent or canopy:
- Ceremony (allowing for aisle)… 9 sq. ft. per person
- Cocktail Party/Standing………… 5-6 sq. ft. per person
TENT TIP: Plan For The Worst…Weather Wise
Not to sound like a pessimist, but when you’re deciding on what size tent to get for your event you need to plan as if it’s going to rain all day. Trust us, the last thing you want is a freak storm making 100 people run for cover under a tent only designed to hold 50. If anything, get a tent slightly larger than what you think you’ll need. The extra space is always a good thing.
It's not always a torrential downpour that wreaks havoc on an event. Sometimes it's oppressively hot, sunny weather. Even here in Wisconsin, there are days when it feels like you're being toasted alive. An adequately sized tent provides welcome relief on such days--especially at locations where there are no shade trees. So even if you're convinced there won't be rain, you'll still want protection from the sun.
- Cocktail Party/Seated …………… 10 sq. ft. per person
- Reception/Partial Seating………… 8 sq. ft. per person
- Dining/Oblong Tables……………… 17 sq. ft. per person
- Dining/Round Tables……………… 15 sq. ft. per person
- Cathedral Seating (in rows)……… 6 sq. ft. per person
- Dance Floor Area………………………… 2-4 sq. ft. per person
Of course, no event is ever a simple matter of everyone sitting at tables. There is often a buffet area, a dance floor and a stage. In such situations, a good rule of thumb is to add 100 sq. ft. for every buffet table and 400 sq. ft. for a small dance floor or a stage. We also advise having 100 sq. ft. for every 4 guests at a wedding reception.
Keep in mind this is just a rough guide and may not be applicable to all events. Our staff will assist you in making the final selection after we have a better understanding of your event. Our goal is always to help you make the right decisions based on your specific event—whether it’s a backyard gathering for 50 guests or a huge gala for 500.
|Number of guests:||Recommended tent size:|
||20’ x 40’ (seated), 20’ x 30 (standing)|
|100||30’ x 50’ (seated), 30’ x 30’ (standing)|
|150||40’ x 60’ (seated), 40’ x 40’ (standing)|
||40' x 80' (seated), 40' x 60' (standing)
|300||60' x 80' (seated), 60' x 60' (standing)
How Far In Advance Should You Rent a Wedding Tent?
The most popular months for weddings are June through September. If you’re planning a wedding in any of those months, you need to consider there are hundreds of other couples also planning for those months. There are also four holidays during this time frame that don’t work well for wedding days because most people have other plans:
Fathers Day, June 18
Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day, September 4
Yom Kippur, September 30
So, that’s 4 weekends you can pretty much rule out for a weekend wedding date—making demand for rentals on the remaining 16 weekends even higher. And don’t forget the hundreds of festivals and other parties going on during the fair weather months.
Point is, demand is high during the busy season. For this reason, we encourage you to make plans well ahead of the big day.
How far ahead? Six months is about right. You definitely do not want to put this off until a month before your wedding day or you may find all the rental tents are booked. Then you’re at the complete mercy of Wisconsin weather. Are you willing to roll the dice on the weather being perfect for your wedding day?
We don’t recommend it.
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For more information or assistance, contact us at the location nearest you:
Madison Party Rental serves the Madison area and surrounding cities, including:
Cottage Grove, Dane, Deerfield, Dodgeville, Cambridge, Fitchburg, Fort Atkinson, Janesville, Kegonsa, Lake Mills, Middleton, Mt. Horeb, McFarland, New Glarus, Pine Bluff, Spring Green, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Oregon, Paoli, Verona, Vermont, Waterloo, Waunakee, Whitewater, Wisconsin Dells
Fox Cities Party Rental serves the Fox Cities and nearby areas, including:
Allouez, Appleton, Ashwaubenon,Chilton, De Pere, Door County, Grand Chute, Green Bay, Greenville, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Little Chute, Manitowoc, Menasha, Neenah, New London, Oshkosh, Stockbridge, Winnebago, Winneconne, Wrightstown
Brookfield Party Rental serves the greater Milwaukee area, including:
Brookfield, Bayview, Brown Deer, Delafield, Elm Grove, Fox Point, Franklin, Germantown, Glendale, Grafton, Greendale, Hales Corners, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, New Berlin, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Port Washington, River Hills, St. Francis, Shorewood, Sussex, Wauwatosa, Whitefish Bay