If you’re reading this, it means you’re probably in the process of planning your outdoor wedding and saying to yourself “Boy, I wish this could be much easier”.
Well, guess what? It can and it will, thanks to this little guide that you’ve found right here.
Welcome lovebirds, to the ultimate guide on everything you need to know about tent weddings. Here you’ll find comprehensive information on tent types and sizes, what you need to keep in mind while looking for white wedding tents for sale, and everything in between!
If you’re looking for wedding party tents for sale after deciding on an outdoor ceremony, then you’re on the right track. After all, you simply can’t have an outdoor wedding without one… or two… or even three and more!
White Wedding Tents by Size Measurement
The Internet is just brimming with wedding tents left and right, and if even if you know what tent type and size you want, whittling down the selection is still a difficult feat. And of course, the Kingpin doesn't want you going on a wild goose chase, running after alleged "great wedding tent deals" online. You’ve already got enough on your hands!
So save yourself the hassle and check out the Kingpin's very own curated list of popular wedding tents on Amazon, with everything you need to know about the product. If you're wondering "how much are wedding tents” in the first place, click on through to something you like to get an idea.
10 x 20 Wedding Tents
1. Abba Patio 10x20 ft Heavy Duty Outdoor Canopy Domain Carport Party Tent Gazebo with Windows
The Abba Patio 10x20 ft Heavy Duty Canopy’s enclosed design allows for more ventilation, with 3 windows on each lengthy sidewall. The two shorter sides can be zippered up and down if f you need extra ventilation on hot days. All sides can be detached if you need more room. The Polyethene cover is made with a UV resistant layer to lessen overexposure to UV rays and to prevent the inside of the tent from overheating.
The framework consists of Rust-resistant powder covered steel bars down to its 8 supporting legs. The bars are connected using sturdy metal joints for more durability against strong wings. It does take some time to assemble. The stakes are a bit too small and if you plan to put this up on a hard surface, you need additional weights to keep it steady.
2. Giantex 10'x20' Ez POP up Wedding Party Tent Folding Gazebo Beach Canopy
As with most 10 x 20 canopy tents, the Giantex 10'x20' Ez POP up Wedding Party Tent has four side walls which completely encloses the tent, but are detachable as well, with windows on the two longer sides. The canopy top is made from 210D waterproof Oxford fabric. The entire fabric is supported by its white powder-coated steel frame. It only takes a few minutes for the tent to be completely assembled.
3. Quictent® 20' x 10' Heavy Duty Carport Gazebo Canopy
The Quictent® 20' x 10' Heavy Duty Carport Gazebo Canopy provides great temporary and portable shade during your weddings with its Polyethene walls and roof, which are UV-resistant, waterproof and Rot-resistant. It is adequately supported by its solid powder-coated steel framework. The framework has flame-retardant properties, and it is also corrosion and rust resistant.
The front and back door (located on the shorter sides) are removable to offer better ventilation. Assembly is extremely easy, even for one person. The tie-down pins that come with the product are two small, so you may need to use your own, larger pins to properly anchor this tent.
4. Eurmax 10 X 20 Easy Pop up Canopy Carport Wedding Party Tent
This commercial-grade canopy might be the most expensive in this category, but the features and quality of workmanship definitely justify its price. The canopy makes use of a full truss design. The fabric is made from premium 600D polyester, which has fire-retardant properties, and protects from 99% of UV rays.
It features an upgraded Aluminum frame with Hexagonal legs which are rust and corrosive resistant. The canopy is easy to set up and stays put despite bad weather. Although the price would turn some people off, this is one quality product and will last a very long time.
20 x 20 Wedding Tents
5. 20'x20' PE Tent White - Heavy Duty Wedding Party Tent Canopy Carport
The canopy features beautiful sculpted windows and scallop patterns along the base and hem of the top cover. The two other sides have entrances that can be zipped up or down. The framework is made of galvanized steel, which is resistant to both corrosion and rust.
The walls and top are made of polyethene fabric which is both UV-protected and Water-resistant. The set comes complete with its own pegs and ropes plus velcro straps and bungee cords to to put the entire thing together. Take note that this is a temporary setup and the canopy should never be left alone for a long time. You also need stakes to anchor the canopy to the ground, so it doesn’t do well on hard surfaces like concrete.
6. 20'x20' PVC Party Tent - Heavy Duty Party Wedding Tent Canopy Gazebo Carport
This canopy comes from the same manufacturer as the first one in this category; however this particular model’s fabric is made from PVC instead of Polyethene. The PVC material is specially treated to make it UV resistant and 100 percent waterproof. The framework is made of premium galvanized steel bars connected with metal joints.
The canopy makes use of high grade zippers and eyelets, and other miscellaneous parts of the canopy are also high grade and durable. Takes a bit of time to assemble, but the steps to take when assembling are fairly easy. Most customers say the PVC versions is better and of higher quality compared to the Polyethene version.
7. 20 ft by 20 ft White Canopy Pole Tent
This canopy is the result when you combine several high-grade materials together. First off, the top cover fabric is made from heavy duty vinyl that protects it from assembly wear and tear. The vinyl is fire-retardant and mildew resistant.
The ropes and other assembly items are spliced and attached to the canopy, to ensure you don’t lose them. The framework consists of Anodized aluminum poles for better protection against the wind and direct sun exposure.
20 x 40 Wedding Tents
8. 40'x20' PVC Pole Tent - Party Wedding Canopy Shelter
This canopy is designed for commercial and recreational purposes, making it great for weddings. Its cover top and walls are made of waterproof Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). All side walls can be easily detached from the cover top. The canopy is supported by its premium galvanized steel frame.
A very solid tent, it doesn’t succumb easily to winds and rain. Even so, it’s important to take note that this is a temporary structure and should be disassembled after the event. It takes a few people to assemble it, though mostly due to its large size, not difficulty. For its mid-range price tag, the quality of the materials is superb.
9. Shade Tree 20' x 40' Heavy Duty Event, Party, Wedding Tent, Canopy
The new Shade Tree is a rework of it old product, with a lot of notable improvements. For instance, the framework is now sturdier, thanks to its galvanized steel framework held together using metal joints. If you need more shelter, the canopy has 4 removable side walls which you can just sit up. The design on the longer sides feature beautiful lattice windows for aesthetics and ventilation.
The cover and sidewalls all use woven Polyethene fabric that is also waterproof. It also blocks the harmful UV rays of the sun. The canopy needs to weighed down considerably well, so use the stakes when dealing with grassy surface, while you may need to purchase additional weights if your wedding’s venue has hard surfaces for its flooring.
10. 40'x20' PVC Pagoda Tent - Heavy Duty Party Wedding Tent Canopy Gazebo
The price might put you off for a bit, but believe me when I say that it’s all worth it. The design looks like a castle, with its twin peaked roofs. Both the top cover and side walls are made from high-grade PVC that has flame-retardant properties. The fabric has heat-bonded seams, which make the material UV-resistant and waterproof.
It is supported using a system of galvanized steel frames. Ground pegs and bars are added to provide more stability against harsh weather. It takes a long time to assemble and put up though, even if done by several people.
11. 40'x20' PVC Party Tent - Heavy Duty Party Wedding Tent Canopy Gazebo Carport
This is a very heavy duty canopy, made from high-grade materials for strength and stability. High quality PVC materials were used in the cover walls and side walls to ensure that the canopy is able to resist fire, water and the sun’s harmful UV rays. The walls can be taken down into 12 individual parts.
The framework is made from premium galvanized steel, with metal connectors that resist both rust and corrosion. Once anchored down well, the support system holds firmly against strong winds. It is still advisable to take the tent down after the event, no matter how strong the foundation is. It takes a few hours to assemble, although it can be disassembled quickly.
40 x 40 Wedding Tents
12. Mystique 40' X 60' High Peak Tension Party Tent
Probably the most extravagant tent in the list, the Mystique High Peak Tension Party Tent is your go-to if you want luxury. The canopy top is made of heavy-duty Vinyl, which is waterproof, UV protected and fire-retardant. The canopy features high twin peaks with a strip of color for more definition. The tent top is equipped with 2-inch seatbelt ratchet straps as well as a 2-inch seatbelt reinforcing the perimeter.
The framework consists of premium galvanized steel poles and has 30 stake points, plus triple-reinforced stress points for more stability. While it may be true that the price is justified because of the quality, the reason for some low reviews is because people simply don’t like the price tag on it.
13. Tarpsupply 40'x60' Heavy Duty White Poly Tarp
All the tents featured in this list are of good quality and aesthetically pleasing, but what if you simply want makeshift tarp canopies for your big day? What if you have a lot of budget constraints, but have several guests coming for your wedding? Well, this heavy duty white poly tarp might be your best option.
That’s all there is to this product, just tarps - no ropes, no poles, no stakes. This is a good option if you want No products found. but you don’t want to spend money on actual tents. You can just connect the tarp to the side of the building, creating covered areas for tables and chairs.
Some people will argue though, that just because you’re holding your wedding outside, it doesn’t mean you’ll automatically need large wedding tents for sale.
The Kingpin begs to differ.
Outdoor weddings and tents go hand-in-hand, they’re as inseparable as Bert and Ernie, Bonnie and Clyde, Mac and Cheese… you get the idea.
There are advantages and disadvantages to holding the wedding outdoors on a tent. As such, you might be having second thoughts, thinking you might not be able to pull this off. To help strengthen your resolve, here are some reasons why a tent wedding may just be the best idea you’ve ever had.
- It’s different - When it comes to weddings, mostly everyone has the ceremony at a church or city hall, then the reception at their home or in an event hall. With an outdoor wedding, you can feel more adventurous without going too far.
- Lots of customization options - You can argue that a lot of people are having outdoor weddings nowadays. However, the Kingpin bets that none of those are 100% the same. With outdoor tent weddings, the sky’s the limit.. You can pitch your tents on country club greenery, the beach, the park and other locations of your choosing.
- The weather is unpredictable - Everyone knows that Mother Nature is a bitter, spiteful soul that hates happy endings (just kidding!). Seriously though, no matter how well you plan your wedding, you can’t control the weather. Even a 99% sunny weather forecast can be wrong. Purchasing big wedding tents for sale is a good investment as it can protect you and your guests from sun exposure and rain.
- Decorating freedom - There is only so much you can do at a rented venue. Yes, you can decorate the aisles of a church, as well as the altar, but it’s not like you can paint the walls, hang all sorts of decorations from the ceiling. On the other hand, you’re free to do whatever you want with wedding marquee tents for sale once they’re yours.
- Affordable - At first glance, you might think that wedding tents are expensive. However, if you think about it, it’s easy to find wedding tents for sale cheap online. You might even spend less money than you would if you rented an event location. Also, since it’s yours, you can reuse it for any occasion that needs an outdoor setting!
Now that you're pumped up for your outdoor wedding filled with beautifully-decorated tents, let’s move onto the different kinds of tents that are appropriate for weddings!
Now that you’ve decided on what kind of tent to use for your wedding, here comes the hard part: calculating how large your tent needs to be. After all, you don’t want guests to feel left out now, do you?
- Look over your guest list - To answer the question, “what size tent do I need for my wedding?”, you need to first estimate how many guests you’ll be having for the wedding.. Usually, finalizing the guest list comes first before looking for tents for sale in the wedding planning process, so by now you should have a good idea how many people are attending.
- Seating arrangements - How many guests will be seated at each table. For round tables, 6-8 people per table is the best arrangement.
- Size of the tables - If you’re renting party tables, find out the dimensions of the table. The tables used for wedding receptions usually measure 60 inches.
Once you have the aforementioned information, you can make a quick estimate of the tent size that you’ll need. For example, to compute the tent size for 100 person wedding, you divide it by the number of people for each table. 100 divided by 8 people per table is 12.5. Let's round that off to 13.
Now, we know we need 13 tables, let’s compute how much space each table will take. A regular 60-inch table takes up a 10 x 10 area, or 100 square feet. 13 tables mean we need at least a 1,300 square feet area. That’s just for the guests, we still need to take into consideration the buffet area, the long head table where the bride and groom, the parents of the bride and groom, the sponsors, the best man and the maid of honor will sit.
If you’re planning to have a huge wedding with many guests, renting a huge tent that spans several feet to accommodate everybody might be too expensive for you. A better alternative would be to purchase several smaller tents. So instead of worrying about things like what size tent for 150 person wedding would be appropriate, you can simply set up on 10x10 tent per table, and just set up more tables if there are more guests than you planned for.
So if you’re computing for the perfect wedding tent size for 150 guests, just divide the number of guests to the number of guests per table i.e 150 / 8 = a rounded off figure of 19. Since regular 60-inch tables are the right size for 10 x 10 tents, you can simply buy 19 10x10 tents for the guests.
Also, you can try bigger-sized round tables or even long rectangular tables to accommodate more guests. For example, if you’re thinking about what size tent for 200 person wedding would be perfect, and you wanted to round if off without any remainders, you can rent larger tables that will accommodate 10 people instead of 8.
For example, 200 / 10 = 20 tables. Large, round tables take up more space so for a tent size for 200 person wedding arrangements, rectangular tables might be better. Then, you can shelter each individual rectangular table with a 10 x 20 wedding tent.
Aside from guests, there are other areas that require a tent. You can have a separate 10x10 tent for the gifts, and another one for the sound system. A long line of 10x20 frame tents attached together would be perfect for the buffet.
Then there’s the head table where the bride and groom would sit. It’s up to you which guests will sit on the head table with the bride and groom. Usually, the parents of both parties are there, plus the Best Man and Maid of Honor, as well as the principal sponsors. Sometimes, the best man and maid of honor share a table adjacent to the head table with the groomsmen and bridesmaids. Other times, the principal sponsors have their own table near the head table.
It’s up to you to figure it out. Once you’ve decided on who sits with you on the head table, divide the number by 4. For example, you’ve decided on 12 people. So 12 / 4 = 3. You need to purchase 3 8-foot long tables for the head table, which means around 3 10x10 tents put together.
Pretty simple, right? Well, maybe not... but c'mon
this isn't junior's kiddie party we're talking about here. 😉
Wedding Ceremony Tent
Although tents are used for wedding receptions for the most part, you can also have both the reception and wedding ceremony in tents. Receptions require more space because of the tables, but since all you need for the ceremony are chairs plus the altar area, you can get away with having a smaller tent for the ceremony
As a rule of thumb, you need 1800 square feet for 100 guests and below. This translates to a 30 x 60 feet tent. Add 600 - 800 square feet of space for every additional 50 guests, depending on how big your chairs/benches are. So for 150 guests, you’ll need around 2,400 square feet of space or a 40 x 60 feet tent. For 200 guests you need 3,200 square feet, or a 40 by 80 feet tent.
Now for the most important question: How much are wedding tents on average? In this section, we give you an estimate on how much you need to shell out for your wedding tents, as well as give you some tips to keep in mind when you’re out shopping for them.
How much does a wedding tent cost? Well it depends on what kind of wedding tent you’re going for. As mentioned earlier, pole tents are cheaper than frame tents, but require more work to set up. This is something you have to think about.
It’s not all about tents for wedding receptions prices - there are other associated costs.
Nowadays, the tent for wedding reception cost has gone down considerably, so purchasing several ones for your big day is very possible. As mentioned before, you only need a 30 by 60 tent for a ceremony with under 100 guests. Here’s a breakdown on your potential expenses.
- A large 30 x 60 pole tent costs around $7,000 for a pole tent and around $9,000 for a frame tent.
- A separate tent for caterers and other purposes, usually 10x20 in size, costs $500 on average.
- Some tents only have the side frames and the roof included. If you want to buy side walls, you need to spend around $4 every linear square feet. So for a 30 x 60 square feet tent, expect to pay around $300 - $500.
- Tent liners are optional, but if your current tent lacks in aesthetics, you can purchase one to give it a bit of class. For a wedding tent with dimensions of 30 x 60 square feet, you need to shell out $800 - $900.
Aside from the staples mentioned above, there are several optional services that you might be interested in for your big day.
- Lighting is also an important aspect of a wedding tent, especially if you’re holding the reception during the night time. A cord of string lights can border your tents for just $100 per 100-ft. If you want to have a chandelier inside the tent, you can do so for just $100 - $500, depending on the brand.
- Just because you held your wedding outdoors doesn’t mean you need to subject yourself to the harsh cold or heat. Heated outdoor tents for weddings are great for cold weather, while air conditioning can combat hot summer days. However, you need to power any heaters, air conditioning, lights and other equipment that you might have. Secure a generator for the occasion, which will set you back around $100 to $300.
- The heater itself will cost around $100-200.
- If you want to place a dance floor inside your tent, you can rent portable flooring. Wood flooring comes really cheap at around $1 per square foot, while classy mosaics can go up to $5 per square foot.
Keep in mind that the prices for the wedding tents are for purchases, not rentals, while the rest are rental prices.
Different Types of Wedding Tents
If you’re one of those people who think that if you’ve seen one tent, you’ve seen them all, then you have another think coming! Tents are classified according to their shape, how their roof peaks and other architectural distinctions. There are several different types of wedding tents, distinguishable through differences in style and architecture.
frame tents are freestanding and works with all surfaces, whether it be grass, concrete, sand, gravel or asphalt. Usually, frame tents are secured to the ground using weights.
As the name suggests, the center of a pole tent has a large pole. The tent is supported via stakes that are driven into the ground. Among the many types of tents for weddings, this is the most common
Canopies are easy to set up, so they can even act as backup tents if you don’t have enough tents to accommodate your guests.
For the most part, marquees are interchangeable with pole tents, and in some places they mean the same thing. Go for marquee tents if you need flexibility and versatility. They can serve as the main location for an occasion, but they can also serve as an extension or small room separate from the main tent. They’re easy to set up so you can use them as you see fit. For example, if you suddenly decide at the reception that you need a small room to hold your wedding gifts, you can assemble it on the spot.
A yurt is the best choice if you need a big tent for wedding reception. It’s usually a timber structure with flexible sides. The roof is usually wider and flatter.
Sailcloth or Sperry tents
As its name suggests, these tents use sailcloth material instead of the more conventional polyethene or vinyl. One notable feature of this type of wedding tent is its peaked, pointed roofs, which make the tents look larger and spacious. Couples who hold their wedding reception in a tent will appreciate the high ceilings of this tent style.
These tents are very stylish with their almost transparent vinyl surface. This is a great option for receptions that take place during the night time. Your guests can dine and dance under the stars without the need to expose themselves to the elements.
Tropical Style Tents
These are perfect for beach weddings. Usually, the framework is made from light wood or faux bamboo, while the fabrics used are usually translucent and light.
The Kingpin hopes that this guide about wedding tents for sale has helped you greatly in your quest for the perfect outdoor wedding. By now you should have an idea on what tent size you need and how much you need to set aside to score a few outdoor wedding tents for sale.
We also hope that our “popular wedding canopy tent for sale” list has given you enough options for you to pick out the best one for your wedding.
Planning a wedding is always stressful, especially when you’re aiming for a less traditional one, like outdoor weddings. Hopefully, this guide has lightened the burden a bit, because you deserve a break.
After all, it’s your wedding! You should spend more time basking in the excitement of the coming big day instead of poring over numbers and lists.
Congratulations and happy wedding tent hunting!