I went to Target yesterday to get mascara and sat on the make-up aisle just staring at all of the choices. I didn’t want to choose between long, curly, luscious, or thick. I wanted all of those things. There were so many choices, I ended up leaving without mascara. I went home and ordered the last one I had purchased off Amazon. It’s not even one that I love, but it was easier than choosing a new one.
Did you know there is an actual psychological effect dubbed The Paradox of Choice? Barry Schwartz wrote a best-selling book about it. The gist is: we all want choices, but in today’s consumer-driven marketplace, there are too many choices, which is often paralyzing.
I see this paralyzation frequently when someone planning a party needs to rent a tent. There are different types, sizes, structures. It’s overwhelming. Trying to figure out the size tent you need is akin to sitting in high school algebra class – it’s definitely not the most fun part of planning your event.
I’ve put together a chart and some general guidelines to get you started with your planning. And if math isn’t your thing, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to do the drudgery for you.
|# of Guests
|# of Guests at
Cost to Rent
|10×10||100||15||10 people at 1 tables||$50 – $150|
|20×20||400||68||40 people at 4 tables||$280 – $350|
|20×30||600||90||60 people at 6 tables||$400 – $550|
|20×40||800||100||80 people at 8 tables||$520 – $650|
|30×30||900||125||90 people at 9 tables||$600 – $700|
|30×60||1800||245||180 people at 18 tables||$900 – $1400|
|40×60||2400||342||240 people at 24 tables||$1600 – $1850|
|40×80||3200||450||320 people at 32 tables||$2100 – $2500|
Feet Needed Each
|48″ Round Table (seats 6-8)||80|
|60″ Round Table (seats 10)||100|
|72″ Round Table (seats 12)||120|
|6′ Rectangle Banquet Table (seats 8)||80|
|8′ Rectangle Banquet Table (seats 10)||90|
|Dance Floor||2-4 per guest|
And if figuring out the size wasn’t enough, you also need to figure out the style of tent you want…
|Pole||Secured with stakes – can’t be used on concrete or asphalt. Poles create peaks and dips which makes it look very elegant|
|Frame||Free standing so can be set up on any surface. There are no poles inside so you don’t have to worry about planning or decorating around those|
|Marquee||Hybrid of the pole and frame tent. They give you the elegant peaks of the pole tent but are free standing like the frame tent|
|Frame Structure||Has wider openings and taller ceilings than the standard frame tent. Can support more weight than other types of tents, and has tighter fitting sections and walls, making it the best option for heating and air-conditioning|
Check out this blog for inspiration. It shows pictures of several different types of tents – all gorgeous!
We had to make room for guests tables, buffet table, bar and dance floor. To stay within budget, we selected to go with the pole tent (usually the most economical). Here’s how the math worked out:
We needed a total of 1600 square feet so we went with a 30 x 60 tent. The cost for the tent was $750. A frame tent would have cost about $1,100.
Hopefully this gives you a good starting point. If you have questions, email us at email@example.com.