TableArt and The Tented Event

Written by Katharine Warden on July 31, 2014

There is nothing more beautiful than being in a natural environment.
Which explains why so many event professionals get excited with the opportunity
to produce a tented event. TableArt specializes in the planning and designing
of unique and custom events and a tent provides a blank canvas for extraordinary creativity and the opportunity
to design an event that celebrates a client’s unique style and personality.

While an outdoor backdrop may be just the right setting for your event,
there are many things to consider before the poles go up.
We asked Ed Knight, the Founder and Owner of EventQuip,
to give us his thoughts and recommendations on how to get the process
started, and what to questions to ask when exploring a tent for your event.

Why a tent?
There’s always the “in case it rains” part of the answer, and I agree that shelter is a good reason. The following is a list of reasons that people consider a tent for their event:

– Alfresco is great, but a beautiful tent makes an outdoor space more intimate.
– There is an emotional attachment to the site i.e..
family home or other major significance.
– Shade!!
– Awesome vista
– There is a need to enlarge an existing venue i.e.. add a room to a house.
– Extend build time. Extensive decor can take days
or even weeks to install.

What are some additional elements to consider when
planning to host a tented event?
 – Weather protection
– Tent style
– Flooring needs
– Climate control
– Lighting
– Decor

How much money will I need to plan to spend if I want to consider having a tented event?
The amount of money needed for a tented event depends on the site, the season and the client’s needs, priorities and expectations. You will need a trusted tent vendor and party planner to help you prioritize your event needs and to define your budget.

What is the value for EventQuip to work with a planner versus directly with the client?
Most clients have all the best intentions and a sincere emotional
interest, but not enough experience.  A planner brings the experience
and the managerial skills to the event production process. The process starts with a planner helping
the client to develop a budget that is consistent with their expectations, follows through with a workable timeline with capable vendors and culminates with a stress free day for the client.

TableArt: Sailcloth Tent {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Private Home    I   Photographer: Marie Labbancz

TableArt: Sailcloth Tent {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Private Home    I   Photographer: Marie Labbancz

TableArt: Sailcloth Tent {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Private Home    I   Photographer: Marie Labbancz

TableArt: Sweetwater Farm/Tent {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Greystone Hall    I   Photographer: Alison Conklin

TableArt: Tented Event {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Private Home    I   Photographer: Laura Novak

TableArt: Waterworks {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Waterworks    I   Photographer: Cliff Maunter

TableArt: Waterworks {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Waterworks    I   Photographer: Cliff Maunter

TableArt: Tented Wedding {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Tennis Court of a Private Home    I   Photographer: Susan Beard Design

TableArt: Tented Wedding {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Tennis Court of a Private Home    I   Photographer: Susan Beard Design

TableArt: Tented Event {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Garden of a Private Home    I   Photographer: Susan Beard Design

TableArt; Tented Event {www.tableart.net}

Venue:  National Museum of American Jewish History
Photographer: Jon Armich

TableArt: Clear Top Tent {www.tableart.net}

Venue:  National Museum of American Jewish History
Photographer: Jon Armich

TableArt: Clear Top Tent, PMA {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Terrace of the  Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photographer: Laura Novak

Many times our clients are faced with the question of  “To floor, or not to floor”. Nine times out of ten, our clients choose to floor their tent. There are several beautiful flooring options that you can consider: astro turf, carpet, sisal carpet, and custom wood flooring. Most tent companies will give you quotes for all of the above to help you educate yourself and choose the best solution.

TableArt: Clear Top Tent/PMA {www.tableart.net}

Venue: Terrace of the  Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photographer: Laura Novak

TableArt: Clear Top Tent {www.tableart.net}

Venue:  Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Tenting makes an event unique. EventQuip comes into a space, builds something that never existed, watches it get incredibly decorated and personalized both inside and out and then, the event goes away..never to be duplicated. Even with the nicest hotels, it is still just a ballroom where someone had an event last week and someone else the week before.”

Ed Knight,
Owner and Founder of EquipQuip

TableArt takes pride in the our vendor relationships.
Many thanks to all of the talented photographers who captured these beautiful  images and to Ed Knight from EventQuip, for providing his insight and wisdom.

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