Living in Michigan means that summer is a treasure. It flies by in a blink and we try to savor every minute of it knowing that chilly breezes, crunching leaves and the first flurries of snow are just around the corner, soon to be followed by mountains of white and sub-zero temperatures. So it’s no wonder that so many brides dream of saying “I do” outdoors, celebrating not only love but also summer’s bounty.
The recent trend of inspirational images provided by brides include lots of long, winding tables, earthy tones and dinners under the stars with just a few twinkle or cafe lights thrown into the mix. Open, airy and fresh.
However, I’ve never actually planned a wedding where this vision was brought to life. Rather, this open-air concept is replaced in favor of a tented reception. Venues and properties tell you that you must rent a tent for your dinner, but is this really necessary?
It’s a risky questions to answer. I think tents provide some security, a backup plan and give us a defined location for the party. They give us protection from the sun’s burning rays and a covering should the clouds break loose. But what I’ve observed is as soon as dinner is complete, people generally stray away from the tent. Conversations are held in the fresh evening air as people venture around the property. People don’t like to be confined.
Some points to consider when debating a tent verses dining al fresco:
The above picture was from an end of summer al fresco dinner with The Rental Company and Ashley Slater Photography. What the picture doesn’t show is how cold it was, tented or not, there was no protection from that!0