Whether it’s destined for Wisconsin or the Hamptons, the crew of Sperry Sails handcrafts each Sperry Tent in an energy-efficient, post-and-beam facility in the historic village of Rochester, Massachusetts. With brothers Matt and Tim Sperry leading Sperry Sails and Sperry Tents, respectively, the two companies are family run and place a premium on traditional craftsmanship.
Sperry Tents come in various sizes, from small rounds to large, graceful ovals. They are also available in two color styles: classic ivory or the signature blue star design. Other telltale features of a Sperry Tent include geometric support patches with stainless steel grommets; pennant flags atop each peak; and solid wood support poles, most of which are milled at a historic 1930s sawmill operated by Tim and Matt’s father and Sperry Sails founder, Steve Sperry.
“Selecting a wedding tent goes beyond size and guest count,” explains Tim. “Choosing the style and quality of a tent is just as important as selecting an indoor venue. It needs to be a visually appealing backdrop, particularly for photography. The detailed craftsmanship of our canopies is purposeful and reflects the importance of such a well-documented day.”
Allison Wildes Liset, a Cape-based event planner and owner of Elegant Engagements, agrees that the styling and details of a tent are paramount. “Sperry’s wooden poles are unique and, unlike metal poles, do not require ‘decorative camouflage,’” she explains. “Also, the ivory color of their canopies is softer than the stark white of other tents and oftentimes more complementary to the environment and most wedding palettes. My favorite aspect is how the pattern of the seams creates drama as the canopy stretches up towards the peaks.”