CREATING AN INTIMATE ATMOSPHERE
If you use a tent’s creative freedom wisely, you can assure an environment that not only reflects your own aesthetic, but also creates a sense of warm intimacy that would be difficult, if not impossible, in most banquet halls. And the direct proximity to the outdoors opens up an entirely new dynamic of atmosphere and social interaction, as individuals and small groups will wander out onto the surrounding property.
For that reason, many wedding photojournalists will make it a point to leave the confines of the tent and linger outside, camera in hand, for opportunities that may arise.
Few things are as beautiful as those small moments of guests congregating outdoors, framed by the glowing tent in the background. These images carry a lot of meaning to brides and grooms, who view it as validation of all their hard work to make a warm and inviting atmosphere for their friends.
And if it rains? Well, bring it on! Many people would agree that there’s something romantic and cozy about being in a tent with the elements raging a few inches away. What better place to feel enclosed and protected than at your wedding?
Receptions, at their core, are about creating feelings of closeness and camaraderie. When the sky outside is raging, your guests will connect through their shared experience of celebrating your love in the face of nature’s fury. You just can’t get that inside of a controlled windowless ballroom.
To be fair, some people couldn’t imagine celebrating their wedding anywhere but inside a thick-walled banquet hall. There is obviously a lot of tradition and ceremony that goes along with these types of arenas. But for others, tents provide the latitude to design your event exactly how you want it, without the restrictions set forth by an indoor space. You own the day, and can take pride in the custom experience you crafted for your guests.
In the end, emotions carry a lot of weight in these decisions. Tent weddings tend to stir up a sort of sense memory for many brides. The warmth and the intimacy of the space hearken back to days of childhood; days spent at the family home during holidays, with beautiful lights and crackling fires, home cooked food and sharing time with loved ones. There’s an immediacy here; a palpable feeling to these moments that give us an inexplicably warm feeling inside.
If a tent wedding can help stoke those magical feelings, even if for just one day, then the only question you should be asking is: “Where’s the hammer and stakes?”