Wet Weather Weddings: 4 Ways To Keep Tented Areas Dry & Clean

8 February 2016
 Categories: Entertainment, Articles

Renting a tent for weddings can provide a great outdoor space that keeps guests dry and prevents any type of bad weather from ruining the special day. The tent itself can only do so much to block the rain. Along with the tent, you can add a number of upgrades and accessories to keep out rain, mud, and other bad weather elements. Each of these upgrades can be added to your initial package and make a huge difference on your wedding day experience.

Window Walls

A solid tent wall may block a lot of the natural light inside of a tent and make it feel smaller, but you have the option of installing window walls on your tent rental. Window walls provide elegant Cathedral window style to the tent walls. The windows features a rounded top, adding a nice look while keeping the rain out from your wedding. Window wall panels can be installed all the way around the tent or just on the sides. It all depends on how much natural light you want to shine inside the tent.

Tent Entryways

Tent rentals can open up at multiple areas, but during a rain storm, this can drag mud and water in from all different angles. Keep the interior of the tent as dry as possible by having a tent entryway installed. This entry point can act as the single way inside and out of the tent. The covered entryway provides extra protection from the rain and extra protection can be added to the area to prevent mud from getting inside. Carpets and deep cleaning mats can be placed in the entryway to help keep feet dry. If your tent has some type of temporarily flooring, then guests may even get the option to remove their shoes in the entryway if needed. The entryway can also act a great area to do the wedding introductions for the bride, groom, and wedding party.

Tent Gutters

While tents are durable, they are not like the roof of a home. Edges, cracks, and other areas could be prone to small water leaks, especially if the rain is pouring hard. Prevent these issues by having tent gutters installed with your rentals. These gutters are places on edges and natural creases in the tent. When water runs down the tent roof, it is captured in the gutter and dispersed to an area away from the tent. This can help prevent the build-up of mud and puddles just outside of the tent walls.

If the tent is near a hill, the runoff may lead to the hill so the water runs directly down it and has no chance of getting inside the tent. When the tent rental company installs the tent, they will check out the area and select the best placement for the gutters.


If it was raining in the days up to the wedding, then the ground could be soft and not completely dry. Walking, dancing, and giving speeches on the soft ground areas could lead to slips, falls, and other disasters. Prevent this from happening by having a large stage installed inside the tent. A stage can be used for all types of wedding activities. DJs can set up their equipment on the area or it can be used for the first dance.

Once you determine how many guests are attending the wedding, you can work with the rental company to find a stage that fits well within the tent. The stages also come with steel steps that make it easy to climb up and access the whole stage. Guard rails and walls prevent people from falling off the stage and getting injured. The stage height can often be adjusted. To help keep guests off a damp ground, you can get a stage that is as low as six inches if needed.

Rain can come and go at any point, so it's a good idea to prepare for the worst and ensure dry conditions on your wedding day. If you're expecting rain, then express your concerns to a tent rental company so they can set you up with the best package. Contact a company like Joliet Tent Co to get started.