3 Reasons a Tent Wedding May be Better Than a Barn Wedding in Toledo

What better blank canvas than … well… canvas? Tent weddings offer many of the same advantages as barn weddings for your outdoor wedding reception or ceremony and can be elegant, beautiful, and accessorized in more ways than most people realize.

The main appeal of a barn wedding is being in nature. The fresh air, birdsong, and raw beauty of the country lends an easy elegance to any ceremony or event. And it’s not just a rural notion, it’s a notion of beauty that appeals to people from the city and country alike. But is a barn the best way to get the advantages of a barn wedding? In some ways tents may be better.

There are three main advantages to tents over barns:

1) Size your tent wedding to your guest list; barn weddings are one-size only

Space usage is one important consideration when controlling how intimate your event will feel. Fixed structures are exactly that – fixed. They don’t grow or shrink in size with your wedding guest list. If a barn is sized for 300 guests and you’re only inviting 120, your reception may feel like it doesn’t fill up the space, which can feel awkward and inelegant.

The opposite problem could be even worse. If you rent a barn built for 100 guests, but have 200 on your guest list, the space will feel cramped and overwhelmed.

Size your tent for your needs. Rentals are available to cover wedding sizes ranging from 25 to well over 300.

2) Host your tent wedding almost anywhere; barn weddings are permanently located

Barns can be beautiful, but they can’t be moved. With good foresight and planning brides can select the specific site and orientation for their tent—a shady grove of trees, next to the water, the center of a prairie speckled with wildflowers.

The Toledo area offers locations with unparalleled natural beauty. But sometimes those places do not have barns or buildings. Tents allow brides to select the location that appeals the most to them. Perhaps a location that has never been used before for a wedding. They can place the tent to the best advantage to capture the character of the surroundings.

3) Customize tents to suit budget and needs; barns are much more set in stone

Fill out your vision with the many options available through rental agencies

Is your 90-year-old grandfather coming to your wedding at the end of July? You can rent an air conditioner for your tent. Are you planning your wedding for the end of fall? You can rent a heater for your tent.

Everything is permanently affixed with a barn. You pay a piece of the pie for whatever is there whether or not you use it. Tents can be budget-friendly because you don’t pay for it if you don’t need it.

Many people don’t know the many opportunities for customization that exist with tents. Good local rental agencies like Skyline Party Rental offer many customization options. Chandeliers, string lights, dance floors, full floors, lighting, fans, bars, and much much more are all available to add on to your rental package at very reasonable rates. You can cultivate your vision inside, as well as out.

We’re a Toledo wedding venue specializing in outdoor Barn-style weddings with tents. Contact us to talk about your vision and how we can help you create a memorable special day.