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. 1. Hanging Garlands and Patterned Lamps

    Outdoor wedding tent with mini tree centerpieces, lamps and hanging garlands
    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. 2. Faux Tree Tent Pole Covers

    Faux tree covers for tent poles at an outdoor wedding
    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. 3. Tented Lounge Area

    Outdoor wedding tented lounge area with bright flowers
    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. 4. DIY String Light Tent

    Amazing outdoor wedding with tent-shaped fairy lights
    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. 5. Elegant Chandeliers

    Elegant outdoor wedding tent with 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. 6. Tented Moroccan-Themed Lounge Area

    Moroccan-themed tented wedding lounge
    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. 7. Chandeliers and Cherry Blossom Trees

    Outdoor tented wedding with 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. 8. Hanging Candles

    Outdoor tented wedding reception with trees and 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. 9. Swings

    Whimsical swings for an outdoor wedding tent
    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. 10. Hanging Flower Installations

    Outdoor wedding tent with hanging flowers over the dance floor
    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. 11. Hanging Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

    Whimsical outdoor wedding tent with 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. 12. Draped Fabric Ceiling With String Lights

    Outdoor wedding tent with draped fabric and 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. 13. Mismatched Chairs and Rugs

    Outdoor wedding tent with 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. 14. Tent Entrance With Statement Florals

    Outdoor wedding tent entrance with flowers
    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. 15. Hanging Paper Lanterns

    Prettiest outdoor wedding tent ideas
    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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