A Guide to Transforming a Tent into a Dreamy Wedding or Event Venue

Celebrating a special event or hosting a wedding reception under a beautiful tent in your backyard or favorite outdoor area is becoming more and more common. Tents offer great opportunity and a neutral blank space for hosts and designers to create a truly unique and personalized venue. Unlike an indoor venue, such as a hotel ballroom, rustic barn, or urban loft, which can already come equipped with a set style and loose theme to play off, tents open the door to endless possibilities. So, how do you begin decorating and transforming a tent into the perfect space? Your friends and experts here at Marco Island Weddings are sharing a few style tips when it comes to designing a tent for your wedding or special event.

Purple tent lighting for wedding or event


Lighting is one of the most effective ways to set the tone and mood for an event, and hosting your celebration under a tent is no exception. Colored lighting in and around your tent can even transport guests to another time or place if done correctly. Think about the difference between a tent without lighting, a tent illuminated in a sweet blush or rose gold hue, or a tent that is lit in a stunning purple or deep blue.

Cafe bulbs and chandelier hanging in a tent for wedding or event

Café Bulbs & Chandeliers

Another factor to consider is the type of lighting you want to include in your tent. If you plan to continue your celebration well into the evening, post-sunset, good lighting will certainly be a necessity. From romantic strings of café bulbs to elegant chandeliers hanging from the ceiling of your tent, you can mimic a glorious night under the stars or a dazzling soiree.

Tall and full flower centerpieces inside a tent for a wedding or event

Grand Floral Centerpieces

One of the main components of your tent décor is going to be the centerpieces on each guest table. Select the best flowers to fit the style or theme of your day and make them long, lush, and luxurious or tall, grand, and showstopping, or a mix of both. Incorporate mini floral arrangements and romantic votive candles in between to add more color and life.

Hanging flower arrangements inside modern gold geometric holders

Floral Accents

Don’t stop at centerpieces to fill your tent with flowers. Placing arrangements on your bar or drink and food stations, on your cake table, over your welcome sign, and sprinkled among specialty tables are other ways to ensure your tent is fully decorated with your favorite blooms. This is also another chance to let your personality and unique style shine.

Purple drape in wedding tent


While tents do come with clunky metal frames and stark, flat walls, drape is going to be your best friend. This flowy and translucent fabric offers a whimsical and elegant way to soften the harshness of your tent and enhance the beauty of your event. Choose your favorite color or stick with classic white drape to hang in a pattern on the ceiling and let billow down to hide the frame of the tent.

A lot goes into planning a big event, like a graduation party, anniversary celebration, or wedding. That’s why your friends here at Marco Island Weddings are encouraging you to relax and have fun selecting the perfect decorations and flowers for your tent. Whether you are transforming your tent into an elegant, whimsical, rustic, chic, or classic affair, be sure to incorporate different elements and textures to fill the white space on all levels.