Tents are a symbol of celebration. When you see a tent, you know something fun is about to take place. From weddings and community events to commencement ceremonies and corporate functions, a tent is a sure sign that good food and entertainment will follow!

Just as there are various occasions that call for a tent, there are various types of tents that serve different needs. But how do you know which one to choose? It’s most important to consider the specific event. How many guests must you accommodate? What look and feel are you trying to achieve? And what will best complement the venue? Keep the answers to these questions in mind as we explore the five most popular categories of tents.

Frame Tents

Frame Tents are unique in that they have no interior support poles to obstruct views or table layouts. This is ideal for maximizing the space inside the tent, especially for seated guests who will want to be able to see all the action. However, the frame is visible on the inside ceiling of the tent. One specific type of frame tent, Gable End Frame Tent, features a variety of designs on the end to create an entrance way with a fancier feel.

Gable End Frame Tent
Gable End Frame Tent

Pole Tents

Pole Tents have mountain-like peaks in the center plus one or two rows of interior poles. This creates quite the statement as guests approach the tent and once inside. The high peaks also create a lofted shape which is something to consider when laying out your tables and dance floor. This style of tent is often used for formal events, such as weddings, and works well with up-lighting which accentuates the high peaks.

Pole Tent
Pole Tent

Transition Tents

Transition Tents are most commonly used to create an entrance to the main tent. A Marquee style tent is long and narrow and creates an elegant walkway that builds excitement as guests approach the reception. Another common style of transition tent is a 10 foot-wide Vista tent that is square, rather than rectangular. This creates an entranceway or gathering space as opposed to a walkway which allows guests to gather in a smaller space before entering the larger reception tent.

Transition Tent
Transition Tent

Clearspan Tents

Clearspan tents make quite a statement and are super durable. They can be installed with glass or hard sides and white or clear tops. This style of tent is assembled with box beam aluminum frame structures, making it incredibly strong and ideal for long-term installations. The absence of center poles creates an open and airy feel with no obstructed views and allows for maximum use of interior space.

Clearspan Tent
Clearspan Tent

Sailcloth Tents

Sailcloth tents are both fun and festive. When you see this type of tent from afar, you might believe it was floating on air! The crisp, clean lines of a sailcloth combined with its light-weight, bright white fabric gives guests the feeling that they are floating under a parachute. At night, different styles and colors of lighting can create completely unique looks ranging from romantic fairy tale to high-energy dance party.

Sailcloth Tent
Sailcloth Tent

What even do you have coming up that could use a tent? We are always happy to share our input and expertise to help you pick the perfect style. Share your questions by commenting below!

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