Or at least they shouldn’t be. Let’s be honest, New Orleans is a sub-tropical environment. Translation—it rains a lot here, specifically during the times of year that are best temperature-wise for outdoor weddings. And since we do have such a mild climate, our greenery blooms almost year round and having a garden wedding is very appealing. But tents should not be used as just a rain plan.

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I have a policy in place for outdoor weddings that is essentially a tent waiver. I highly recommend my brides get a tent for anything held outdoors. I have literally been blamed for the weather when a bride held her wedding at a venue that had no alternative location in case of rain. Little did I know how much power I have over Mother Nature. Had I known that earlier in life, my career track may have gone a different direction.  So now I require that my clients book a tent or sign the waiver so I cannot be blamed.

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But a tent shouldn’t be a rain plan at all. A tent creates a magical environment that didn’t exist that morning. You can create a beautiful setting that is 100% your own. With the right tent company, you can even create side rooms with fun themes for your guests, such as a cigar and whiskey lounge, or even a playroom for the young guests. With a clear top, windowed sides, or even open air sides, you can still feel like you are outdoors while staying dry.

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The main point here is if you are doing an outdoor wedding or event, then go ahead and design it around a tent, rather than treating a tent as a “just in case” plan.

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All photos supplied by our friends at Mahaffey Tent / Gulfcoast Tent Rental. Check out their website for extra inspiration!

 

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