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Event Tents: Types, Sizes and Prices

Pole tent

Pole tent – has elegant peaks

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 info@loanables.com. We are happy to do the drudgery for you.

Frame tent

Frame tent – can be set up on any surface

What size tent to I need and how much will it cost?

# of Guests
Ceremony/Theatre Style
# of Guests at
Round Tables
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
Frame tent

Frame tent doesn’t have poles on the inside

Sq. Ft. Needed for Rented Items

Item Square
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
Buffet Table 100
Bar 100
Dance Floor 2-4 per guest
DJ Area 100
Marquee Tent

Marquee Tent – has the peaks but no poles on the inside

And if figuring out the size wasn’t enough, you also need to figure out the style of tent you want…

Types of Tents for Parties and Events

Type Description
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
Frame Structure Tent

Frame Structure Tent – this is 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!

I recently helped plan a 150 person wedding.

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:

  • 1000 square feet for the guest tables
  • 100 square feet for the buffet table
  • 100 square feet for the bar
  • 300 square feet for the dance floor
  • 100 square feet for the DJ

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 info@loanables.com.

Pole tent

A pole tent will have poles in the center that you will have to plan around.





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About Candace

Candace is a 3x Start-up Founder. She geeks out on brainstorming bold ideas and then actually brings some of them to life. She is currently the CEO of Loanables, where her mission is to reduce overconsumption by making it as easy to rent as it is to buy.

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