Outdoor Wedding Tents for Every Kind of Celebration

The Prettiest Outdoor Wedding Tents We've Ever Seen

By Andrea Fowler

Outdoor tents come in all shapes and sizes—in other words, they’re totally customizable. Deck out a clear-top tent with textured fabric drapings, rent colorful tie-backs to coordinate with your wedding color palette, you can even pick the exact table layout you want and where the dance floor should be.

Make sure to coordinate everything with your venue, planner and rental vendor so that there aren’t any details that fall through the cracks for the perfect outdoor wedding. They can help recommend the right weatherproofing extras (like heating lamps in the fall or fans in the summer), decor items to round out the theme and logistical items like the correct type of floor installation. Here are some of our favorite wedding tents that are the perfect balance between wedding venue and sophisticated party space. 

1. Hanging Garlands and Patterned Lamps

Delesie, INC

From: A Preppy, Lilly Pulitzer–Inspired Wedding at a Private Residence in Atherton, California

Gorgeous greenery is juxtaposed with luxurious white fabric in this stunning outdoor wedding tent. Geometric patterned lamps add a preppy vibe.

2. Faux Tree Tent Pole Covers

Orchestrated Grace

From: A Rustic, Elegant Wedding at Snow Moon Ranch in Maple City, Michigan

Ever wanted to celebrate your nuptials under a canopy of trees? It’s possible with this stunning wedding tent. Intimate treehouse vibes will make your reception feel timeless and cozy all at once.

3. Tented Lounge Area

Jose Villa Photography

From: A Classic Wedding at a Private Residence in Barrington Hills, Illinois

Plan your own private getaway within your reception with this lounge style wedding tent setup. Section it off for the wedding party VIPs or open it up to all your guests.

4. DIY String Light Tent

Austin Gros

From: A Formal, DIY Woodland Wedding With a Bohemian Spin at a Private Residence in Sebastopol, California

Who says you need canvas or fabric to create a wedding tent? This Instagram-worthy design might not provide any coverage from the elements, but its beauty makes it worth the risk.

5. Elegant Chandeliers

Rebecca Arthurs Photography

From: A Whimsical, Romantic Wedding at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

Is there anything more stylish than a sparkling chandelier lit up for your nuptials? We think not. Add sparkling fixtures to your wedding tent to instantly elevate any venue.

6. Tented Moroccan-Themed Lounge Area

Heather Waraska

From: An Elegant, Bohemian Wedding at a Private Residence in Greenwich, CT

Earthy and bohemian, this outdoor wedding tent would fit right in at Coachella. The plushy poufs make for perfect cocktail hour seating, too!

7. Chandeliers and Cherry Blossom Trees

onelove photography

From: A Romantic, Garden-Inspired Wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

Ultra feminine and insanely photogenic, this wedding tent setup is the stuff of bridal daydreams. Glittering chandeliers will only become more stunning as the sun sets.

8. Hanging Candles

Lacie Hansen Photography

From: An Eclectic Wedding at Miller Nurseries in Canandaigua, New York

For a quirky, modern vibe, try stringing tea candle holders from the ceiling of your wedding tent. The effect is both fun and romantic. 

9. Swings

Gideon Photography

Harken back to your childhood days with a set of swings for your reception area. You’ll have the whole wedding party lining up to take turns! Photogenic fun is easy with this wedding tent setup.

10. Hanging Flower Installations

Zelo Photography

From: An Enchanting, Romantic Wedding at the Santaluz Club in San Diego, California

Collaborate with your favorite florist for this stunning wedding tent idea. The fresher the flowers, the better! 

11. Hanging Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

Marvelous Things Photography

From: A Whimsical Bicycle-Themed Wedding at Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington, DC

There are few plants as moody or atmospheric as the eucalyptus. Fresh leaves will make your outdoor wedding tent smell incredible and look even better.

12. Draped Fabric Ceiling With String Lights

Lori Hedrick Photography

From: A Coral Wedding at Sundara in Boones Mill, Virginia

Perhaps the most classic version of any wedding tent setup, this design is nothing if not timeless. Stretch chiffon, silk or organza for a luxurious feel, and add strings of lights in your wedding colors. The impact only becomes more dramatic as the evening grows darker.

13. Mismatched Chairs and Rugs

Steve Steinhardt Photography

From: A Luxe Wedding at Hôtel Chateau d'Esclimont in Bleury-Saint-Symphorien, France

For a shabby chic vibe, pair quirky floral rugs with antique chairs and tables. It’s an effortless way to put your thrifting hobby to good work!

14. Tent Entrance With Statement Florals

M Bénédicte Verley Photography

From: A Romantic Nautical Wedding at New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island

First impressions are everything, which is why we love this grand wedding tent entrance. If there’s a better way to set the tone for an incredible party, we haven’t heard of it.

15. Hanging Paper Lanterns

Kristin Chalmers Photography

From: A Colorful Outdoor Wedding at the Bourne Farm in Falmouth, Massachusetts

Simple and understated, this outdoor wedding tent design is one of the easiest options for couples hoping to DIY their reception setup. With a ladder and a few helping hands, you’ll have a stunning ceiling in no time.

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