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tent wedding in November

I am planning my November 13, 2010 wedding and having a hard time finding a location. We are considering doing the big tent with sides in the yard (we have acres of space). Has anyone done this?  Or went to one like this? Any tips?  Is it a good or bad idea?Thank you

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    I guess it depends on how cold it is. From what I've heard tents (even ones with walls) don't hold heat that well so you run the risk of people being cold.
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    In Indiana?  I wouldn't have an outdoor wedding in IN in November.  It's already cold and rainy and it's likely to stay this way.  What area of Indiana are you in?  I live there, that's why I ask.  You should post on the local board and ask for recommendations for locations.
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    Can I ask why you would want to do an outdoor tent wedding in NOV in Indiana?  confused here.
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    I'm just not finding a place I like that isnt outrageous in price  -especially just for the building!!!  the tent would have sides and you can rent a heater!
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    Gotcha.  Have you had a chance to price out everything you will need to rent?  At home weddings can get crazy expensive!!
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    the tent would have sides and you can rent a heater! Right, but from what I heard even with heaters the tents don't hold the heat well. Especially around the perimeters, because it's not completely sealed and the heat is able to escape.
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    I had a tent wedding.  Let me tell you it was far from being cheap.  It actually cost as much if not more than going to a venue. Do not get me wrong, I would do it again if I could.  But it might not be cheaper.






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    There is a lot involved in doing a tent wedding, so it's not the greatest way to save money. You have to rent the tent, heaters, tables, chairs, linens, dishes/tableware, then you will need a power source for lights, sound equipment, etc... Then there might be delivery/set up fees, take down/clean up fees, or you have to have someone coordinating with the rental company (or companies), have someone clean up, return all the rented items, etc... It's a LOT of work. If you can't afford to hire all that done, then you will literally need a crew of volunteers and several hours to set up, and again to clean up, plus you might need a rental truck to haul all that sutff in. An all in one venue may charge more per person, but by the time you factor in all your other expenses, you might come out ahead, and impose on friends and family less.
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    My niece was married in IN (Indy, to be exact) on Oct. 6 several years ago.  She had planned an outdoors reception, tent, heaters and all.  There was a freak cold front that moved through on Oct.4, snowed Oct. 5 and was extremely cold Oct. 6.  Had reception inside and lost $$$ on tent rental  (I believe it was $2K?)  I got married in SO IN on Oct. 6 many years ago.  It was 95 and beautiful on Oct. 5 and there was a rain and cold front on the 6th.  As you can see, two locations, same day, both in IN-no way I would chance this (or the stress!!)
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    I went to an Oct 18 tent wedding in Boston last year and it was cold OUTSIDE the tent.. but inside it was warm!! With enough heaters and a sturdy enough tent....You might have to shell out more $$$$ for a tent that won't be too flimsy and let heat out.
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