If you are hosting an outdoor reception, these to die wedding tent decor ideas will def come in handy at planning time. Get inspired or shamelessly copy these tented reception ideas away!

Clear tented wedding reception illuminated with globes and white curtains all around, highlight the modern lounge decor.

Clear tented wedding reception illuminated with globes and white curtains all around, highlight the modern lounge decor.

Backyard, beach and farm receptions are trending up, leaving brides in dire need of original wedding tent decor ideas. Because, even though tradition states that rain on a wedding day is lucky, most couples want nothing to do with it. So, unless the venue provides you with a large enough indoor area to fit your guests comfortably, a wedding tent is the way to go.

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That’s where these creative wedding tent decor ideas come into play. Check them out!

Swoon-Worthy Sailcloth or Draped Wedding Tent Decor Ideas

A marquee will not just to protect you in case of rain, Backyard summer weddings can be too hot, a winter reception at a farm can be too cold and beach weddings can be quite windy all of a sudden. Your guests will need a space to protect themselves from the elements to recover and keep on partying.



A long wedding tent decor could be the perfect match for decorating alongside your backyard pool. A few round sofas in the lounge area could not hurt either!

A long wedding tent could be the perfect match for decorating alongside your backyard pool. A few round sofas in the lounge area could not hurt either!

Check out these ideas to decorate reception spaces with tents or marquees. Dreams are made of this!
The things tent dreams are made of! Stunning wedding tent decor for the fall.

The things tent dreams are made of! Stunning wedding tent decor for the fall.

Original farm wedding tent decor filled with lights. both indoors and outdoors. in Connecticut.

Original farm wedding tent decor filled with lights. both indoors and outdoors. in Connecticut.

Forget the wedding venue and create your very own and freakiest of spaces! Wedding tent decor with two long tables, hanging greenery, floating glass and chandeliers. Love the crystal-like surface of the tables.

Forget the wedding venue and create your very own and freakiest of spaces! Wedding tent decor with two long tables, hanging greenery, floating glass and chandeliers. Love the crystal-like surface of the tables.

And not only are tented receptions trending but they are more affordable than many wedding venues and a pleasure to decorate. No matter which you choose, these amazing sailcloth or draped wedding tent decor ideas will help you show off your impeccable taste in decor.

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How To Incorporate Your Theme into Your Wedding Tent Decor

Outdoor wedding tents have the power to grant your reception with a very intimate feeling, one that’s grand and luxurious and everything in between.

Expand the reception area with a lit - literally - wedding tent. Elegant and inviting and we are pretty sure there is no need for the chandelier to leave your guests in awe. La Casa Feliz, Winter Park, Florida. Image: Kristen Weaver Photography.

Expand the reception area with a lit – literally – wedding tent. Elegant and inviting and we are pretty sure there is no need for the chandelier to leave your guests in awe. La Casa Feliz, Winter Park, Florida. Image: Kristen Weaver Photography.



Intimate and impressive beach wedding reception. Photo courtesy: California State Parks.

Intimate and impressive beach wedding reception. Photo courtesy: California State Parks.

For a simple, affordable and stylish wedding tent decor, tie up the sides as if they were curtains and let the sunshine in! You will end up with a unique and easily accessible lounge area for your guests.

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If you are after an open feel for your vintage wedding tent decor, go with very sheer fabrics and chandeliers. Colorful fabrics and balloons will help you achieve a more boho look.

A wedding in the mountains on a sunny day featured a tented decor with open fabric panels. Ojai, California.

A wedding in the mountains on a sunny day featured a tented decor with open fabric panels. Ojai, California.

Boho chic Cape Cod beach wedding with colorful flags to match.

Boho chic Cape Cod beach wedding with colorful flags to match.

Dreams are made of this. Black and pink wedding tent decor and a magnificent tablescape to match. This is what I call a TD backyard wedding!

Dreams are made of this. Black and pink wedding tent decor and a magnificent tablescape to match. This is what I call a TD backyard wedding!

Clear Wedding Tent Decor Ideas You Have Only Seen in Dreams

You may feel overwhelmed by so much draped fabric and prefer to be able to see the night sky. (Who doesn’t?) Then, these clear wedding tent decor ideas are for you. Besides, is there anything more magical than a reception with sunset views or an evening bash under a starry sky? We think not.

Where does the night end and your reception begin? String lights and oh so many candles for this impressive clear tent, so transparent that seems not to exist. The lamps add a swanky and elegant touch that complements the night sky to perfection.

Clear wedding tent with string lights at night.

Where does the night end and your reception begin? String lights and oh so many candles for this impressive clear tent, so transparent that seems not to exist. The lamps add a swanky and elegant touch that complements the night sky to perfection.

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Originally the marquee was an atrocity that spoiled the look of your wedding and, of course, was only to be used in case of bad weather. Nowadays there are wedding tent decor ideas that make them look like they truly belong and your reception would never be the same without them.

A rustic look with Edison lightbulbs hanging from the structure of a clear wedding tent in Southern California.

A rustic look with Edison lightbulbs hanging from the structure of a clear wedding tent in Southern California.

Breathtaking wedding tent decor for a beach wedding by Saint Morit's.

Breathtaking wedding tent decor for a beach wedding by Saint Morit’s.

Twinkle lights and gold streamers wedding tent decor. TD!

Twinkle lights and gold streamers wedding tent decor. TD!

Tips for a Tented Wedding Reception

Consider the following when choosing wedding tents.

  • First of all, be sure to select the appropriate tent size for the number of guests that also fits the garden or outdoor space available
  • Set up the tent a few days before the wedding to have ample time to properly decorate it before the big day
  • Make sure that the tent’s floor is even and free to stones so that your guests can walk comfortably and not trip. Better yet, add a floor or carpet and your squad will thank you for it
  • Choose a tent that matches your wedding style: pole tent, structured tent, sailcloth, draped or clear tents are just a few of your choices
Love how the tent was placed right by the house with a couple of curtains mimicking the opposite side of the wedding tent decor. Perfectly peach lounge by soevents. Special Occasions Event Planning.

Love how the tent was placed right by the house with a couple of curtains mimicking the opposite side of the wedding tent decor. Perfectly peach lounge by soevents. Special Occasions Event Planning.

Make sure the structure can withstand the weigh of people sitting on these swings before copying this idea.

Make sure the structure can withstand the weigh of people sitting on these swings before copying this idea.

Pure white sofas, coffee tables and tented areas on the beach with pops of color.

Pure white sofas, coffee tables and tented areas on the beach with pops of color.

Think of your marquee as a blank canvas where you can imprint your vision freely. We hope you have enjoyed this selection of wedding tent decor ideas!

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