Catering should be accounted for if an event site does not provide suitable interior space. Usually measuring about 400 square feet or more, a cook tent can be encased in solid sides to shield the working interior from guests. In case of bad weather, it’s a good idea to plan for covered walkways, which can be fully sided, between the main and cook tents.

Overall, caterers are familiar with tented events and will offer suggestions as to their ideal cook tent size. Involve them in the process to make sure their needs are met.

A wedding couple on the dancefloor

No one wants to envision bad weather on a wedding day. However, a gloomy forecast is much more manageable and much less worrisome if contingency plans have been arranged in advance.

“We offer what is commonly called a rain plan for rain-only rental equipment,” explains Sperry. “Items typically include ceremony and cocktail tents as well as covered walkways to connect tents or even a tent to a building. As opposed to the main plan that will be executed no matter what,” he continues, “a rain plan can be cancelled before the scheduled setup day and reserved with a lesser deposit.”

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