Your Guide to Edmonton Outdoor Event Tent Rentals

Tuesday July 11th, 2017

Your Guide to Edmonton Outdoor Event Tent Rentals

Summer is the time for outdoor weddings and parties, and there is no better way to celebrate outdoors than under a big white tent adorned with lights. Deciding that you want a tent for your party is the easy part, but with so many tent options available, it may be overwhelming to decide which tent is right for your event. We are here to help with this simple guide to our outdoor tent rentals in Edmonton.

We get asked all the time: What kind of tent should I use for my event?

Before we can can answer this question, we need to know more about your event.

What is the purpose of your event? The most common outdoor events are weddings, but our tents are also great for corporate dinners, family reunions, and small intimate gatherings, to name a few. The type of event will affect the atmosphere of the party; will people be standing or sitting? Will there be a dance floor? Does the tent need to be heated?

Once you’ve established the purpose of the event and how people will be using the tent, the next step is to decide on how many people will be attending your event. It is important to know the number of guests so that you can choose a tent that is large enough for your function. You can use our tent sizing worksheet to determine how much square footage you’ll need for your tent.

Next, where will your tent be set up? Will it be on grass, gravel, or concrete? The type of base affects the type of tent that you can get. Furthermore, as the customer you are responsible for contacting Alberta One Call to ensure that your chosen location is free of any buried facilities.

Now that we know more about what kind of event you’ll be hosting, let’s take a look at the types of outdoor tent rentals that are available in Edmonton:

Pole Tents

Pole tents are the ideal choice for a large outdoor event. They are picturesque, with their white peaks and attractive structure. If you are hosting an outdoor wedding or a large gathering, a pole tent may be the right choice for you.

Rent pole tents for weddings and events in Edmonton, Alberta

Big Top Tent Rentals has a large range of sizes of pole tents, from 30’ x 45’ all the way to 40’ x 180’, and they can comfortably seat 100 to 1000 people. The pole tent is supported by poles that stake into the ground and rise to the ceiling, creating the peak that is visible from the exterior. Pole tents offer a lovely spacious interior, but the centre poles must be considered in the floor plan. Many people choose to decorate the interior poles with decorations such as lights, flowers, or fabric.

Rent pole tents for weddings and events in Edmonton, Alberta

Pole tents are staked into the ground, this must be a consideration for where you plan on setting up the tent. The ropes that are used for support on the exterior must also be taken into account when you are planning your space. Pole tents are set up by Big Top Tent Rentals’ installation experts.

Use our interactive tool to create your own pole tent layout here.

Frame Tents

Frame tents are freestanding structures that can be set up on any surface. Whether your event is on concrete, grass, or on a patio, a frame tent can be used to fit your space. Frame tents are supported by metal rods that span the roof and the sides, so there are no support beams in the middle of the structure. This means that you can utilize the entire floor space for your event’s activities. Note that all of our tent structures must be anchored to the ground, so take this into consideration if you plan on having the event on a concrete surface.

Rent frame tents for weddings and events in Edmonton, Alberta

Frame tents are available in a wide array of sizes, from 10’ x 10’ to 30’ x 60’, seating anywhere from 10 to 200 people. If you require more space, frame tents can be set up side by side without walls to increase the amount of interior space. Frame tents are also set up by Big Top Tent Rentals’ installation experts.

Whether you are hosting a large wedding in Edmonton or an intimate dinner party, a frame tent may be the right choice for you. Use our interactive tool to plan your frame tent layout here.

All-Purpose Canopies

True to their name, all-purpose canopies are a great for any purpose. They are a great alternative to frame tents for smaller events, and they can be easily set up by the customer without professional installation. Small backyard wedding, party in the park, whatever the occasion, the all-purpose canopy will suit your needs.

Rent all-purpose canopy tents for weddings and events in Edmonton, Alberta

All-purpose canopies are available in a 10’ x 10’ pop up, or 20’ x 20’ ranging to 20’ x 40’, and can seat 10 to 80 people. They can only be set up on grass or gravel due to the exterior rope stakes that are required, so please take this into consideration when planning where your all-purpose canopy will go.

If your event requires privacy, the all-purpose canopy comes with exterior walls. If you don’t require all four walls, you can rent them individually instead. An all-purpose canopy tent heater is also available for rent, so that your guests don’t get too chilly!

You can plan your all-purpose canopy layout using our interactive tool here.

Other Considerations

No matter what you require for planning your event in Edmonton, we are here to help with your rental needs. We have the expertise to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch. Use our interactive planning tools, such as this seating allowance chart, to plan accordingly. We have a full photo gallery for each style of tent so that you can visualize your event prior to booking it. Finally, check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about tent installation requirements.

Once you’ve decided on a tent, you’ll need tables, chairs, linens, and dinnerware. Don’t forget to check our all of our rental offerings so that your party is the most talked about event of the season!

Contact us today to learn more about renting our outdoor tents!

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