What Happens When It Rains on a Party Tent?

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For many brides, the thought of rain on your wedding day isn't ironic, as Alanis Morissette famously sang, but downright terrifying. When you've spent a year planning the best day of your life, a sudden storm can throw the entire day into disarray. Not only do stormclouds make outdoor weddings difficult, but they can make it impossible to take those once-in-a-lifetime wedding pictures as well.

Some brides-to-be also mistakenly believe that outdoor party tents are dangerous in the rain. But while claustrophobic people may get nervous in party tents, and while rain on your wedding day is no fun at all, the best party tents for rent can withstand rainstorms. In fact, that's the entire reason renting a tent for outdoor events is so popular in the first place!

For more information on outdoor events, tent rentals, and rain, check out our popular video, "What if it rains on my wedding day?" below, and keep reading for more tips on tents for rent and rainy weather.

Tents don't just provide a touch of elegance to outdoor events, they also provide crucial protection from the sun, rain, and inclement weather.

How To Prepare For Rain When Planning Outdoor Parties?
There are a number of technical considerations that go into renting a tent. According to a 2014 survey from The Knot, the average wedding had 136 guests. Once you have a guestimate of the number of guests at your wedding, you can calculate the size of the tent you need. For instance, plan on 15 square feet per guest if you have seating at tables; eight-square feet per guest for chairs only; 25-square feet for your head table; and six-square feet for a cocktail area. Most importantly, you'll need to add two or three square feet for your dance area!

However, while you should feel free to fantasize about the perfect wedding day, you should also plan for some complications. The Knot also reports that the most popular wedding month is June (15% of all weddings), followed by October (14%). Here in the Northeast, there's a fair chance of rain in both months, so you'll want to make sure your party tent isn't set up in an area that collects runoff water.

If you're feeling confused, then just ask us for help with these decisions. And there are a few more simple things you can do to prepare for rain on your wedding day:

Before renting a tent, ask about side walls for your tent in case of wind or rain. Do your guests have to walk far from the parking area to the outdoor event? If so, consider providing umbrellas or some kind of flooring to help them stay dry (and to keep high heels from sinking into the mud!).

Most importantly, only work with the best tent rental company you can find!
If you have any concerns about your party rentals and outdoor event when renting a tent, your provider should be happy to answer questions and put your mind at ease. Not all wedding tents for rent are created equally, so take the time to make sure you're working with the right company, whether you're planning a wedding, corporate event, or graduation party.