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Outrageous Tent Prices

I am in the final planning stages for our April 30th wedding. We are getting married at Smith Mountain Lake and both the ceremony and dancing will be outside. We were told by a friend of the family, that he could get us a good deal on renting a tent since he works at a rental company. Now, he's saying he can't do more than 10% off. We need two 20x40's or one 20x80 white pole tent. This place wants $800. That's just not in the budget. Does anyone know of anywhere or anyone that could offer something less expensive?!?!

Re: Outrageous Tent Prices

  • edited December 2011
    Probably the insurance of the tent company is why he can't get you a better deal. Maybe the thought of moving your wedding to a covered area would be better. Tents are expensive which is why you don't save money doing an outdoor wedding versus renting an indoor venue.l
    good luck
  • edited December 2011
    $800 for that much tent is actually a good deal. Also figure in (in addition to the insurance mentioned above), the labor for set up & tear down. Is it possible to have the ceremony & dancing outside still, but next to a bldg that would be plan B just in case? G'luck!
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