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CORT Events shares top wedding design trends for 2017

May 5, 2017

CORT Events is sharing an inside look at the top 2017 wedding design trends as wedding season begins to kick up nationwide. As the nation’s leading furniture, lighting and accessories rental company, CORT Events works with hundreds of couples each year to help bring their vision to life for their pending nuptials. Leading the top wedding …

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New York Tent announces hiring of seasoned industry manager

May 1, 2017

New York Tent announced Patrice Thomas has joined its growing team. Thomas will work to improve and advance internal procedures, as well as help further strengthen client relationships.  Her experience working with countless event planners and designers, along with her relationships with local Fire Marshalls throughout greater New York gives her a unique perspective to …

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The PGA of America and Arena Americas enter long-term contract for golf event products and services

April 18, 2017

The Professional Golfers’ Association of America and Arena Americas signed a long-term contract for golf event-related products and services. Under the terms of the agreement, Arena Americas will provide tenting, flooring, and carpeting products and services in support of the PGA’s three annual golf championships. Arena’s support of these iconic golf events is already well …

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Keith Krzeminski joins Shelter Structures America

April 17, 2017

Shelter Structures America announced the appointment of Keith Krzeminski as Executive Vice President. Krzeminski will be based in Roanoke, Va. allowing Shelter Structures to service the eastern United States and the midwest from a new regional location. Shelter Structures America Inc. is the distributor of Shelter Tent Structures for the US, Canada and Mexico. Shelter manufactures a wide …

Events

Snowflake soirée benefits families

April 1, 2017

When Canadian airline WestJet decided to throw a holiday party for families affected by the devastating 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, the Calgary, Alberta-based company turned to Warner Shelter Systems Ltd. for a space to host the hundreds of families who had lost their homes. More than 800 guests enjoyed the WestJet Snowflake Soirée in late …

Products

Shade fabric

April 1, 2017

New from Trivantage® is its Sunbrella® shade collection, featuring two new Jacquard patterns—Avenues and Cirrus. Asymmetrical color blocks make up the Avenues pattern, which is available in neutral Daylight and dark Midnight colorways. Its bold pattern and 54-inch width make it ideal for commercial shade applications. For more traditional shade projects or cabanas, customers can …

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Weddings that stand out

April 1, 2017

While the ceremony is considered the most important part of a wedding, the reception is where the fun begins. Each reception site reflects the personality and style of the couple, as well as the trends of today’s popular wedding decor. Are your clients more comfortable in black-tie events surrounded by glittering china and crystal? Or …

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Good people, bad choices

April 1, 2017

Even the most well-intentioned employees are vulnerable to slipping into unethical choices when their lives lack balance. Ask an average person, “Would you voluntarily do something that is unethical or illegal?” Generally, he or she will reply something like, “Heavens, no!” People naturally prefer to do the right thing. However, when faced with enough pressure, …

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Going green

April 1, 2017

Natural decor brings tented events to life. According to the color gurus at Pantone®, Greenery—the Pantone Color of the Year 2017—emblematizes our intrinsic desire to restore, revitalize and reconnect. Pantone calls the naturally neutral shade “symbolic of new beginnings” —a description appropriate to the thousands of weddings and other social events that occur under tents …

News

Hanging tough

April 1, 2017

Tent structures provide the backdrop for one of the world’s most respected cancer center’s 75th anniversary celebration. In November 2016, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, celebrated 75 years of providing patient care, research, education and prevention for people whose lives have been affected by cancer. For such an important event, the center secured …

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Weddings that stand out

April 1, 2017

While the ceremony is considered the most important part of a wedding, the reception is where the fun begins. Each reception site reflects the personality and style of the couple, as well as the trends of today’s popular wedding decor. Are your clients more comfortable in black-tie events surrounded by glittering china and crystal? Or …

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Going green

April 1, 2017

Natural decor brings tented events to life. According to the color gurus at Pantone®, Greenery—the Pantone Color of the Year 2017—emblematizes our intrinsic desire to restore, revitalize and reconnect. Pantone calls the naturally neutral shade “symbolic of new beginnings” —a description appropriate to the thousands of weddings and other social events that occur under tents …

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Beyond the altar

April 1, 2017

Sailcloth-style tents are synonymous with weddings—a trend that shows no signs of abating—and their appeal is spreading as event professionals become entranced by their beauty and light. Sailcloth-style tents are strongly associated with rustic decor, a trend that has dominated the wedding scene for several years, accelerating demand for this tent design and prompting many …

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Scene Stealers

December 1, 2016

Three Wow! installations showcase talent and problem-solving in the tent industry. Each year, dozens of tent and event rental companies submit their outstanding projects to the IFAI International Achievement Awards (IAA), a competition that recognizes design excellence and technical skill in specialty fabrics. The 2016 submissions demonstrate that creativity and problem-solving continue to drive the …

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Finishing Touches

December 1, 2016

Tented events take place in all kinds of weather, upping the demand for doors and specialty sidewalls. The popularity of tented events can be attributed, at least in part, to the human desire to be outdoors. However, this doesn’t mean that people actually want to experience being outside. Instead, they want the panoramic vistas while …

Premier Product Showcase

Premier Product Showcase 2017

December 1, 2016

The products you need for the tented events you want. Editor’s note: The companies in this section submitted product information by the specified deadline. This section is organized by three product categories: tents, structures and fabric; decor and accessories; and tools and equipment. InTents features a regular New Products section in each issue. To have …

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Putting tents in their place with ballasting

October 1, 2016

Tent rental companies use IFAI’s ballasting tool to provide accurate amounts of weight, meet code compliance and create a safe experience for event guests. When it came to calculating weight requirements to anchor commercial tents in the past, rental companies needed some math and science on their side. They typically determined ballasting weights by what …

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Drone photography soars for tent professionals

October 1, 2016

Drone photography is the latest tool for tent professionals to show off their stuff. I flew a drone for the first time at IFAI Tent Expo 2015 and was instantly obsessed. The experience of controlling a copter 400 feet away was amazing! The things I could see and the photos and video I could take …

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Clear tents are trending

October 1, 2016

Clear tents are a profitable inventory item for tent rental companies that want to offer clients the perfect setting for distinctive events. Dramatic. Unique. One of a kind. Personal. These are just a few of the words that top the inspiration boards of tent rental clients. As more end users look for that fresh, distinctive …

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Secondary tents play essential roles at large events

August 1, 2016

Tents are vital components of many large outdoor events, and it is easy to see why. They offer protection from the elements, stunning visuals and atmospheres that can range from romantic to festive. They make outdoor spaces useful for eating, dancing, learning and entertainment. Behind a beautiful main event tent, however, there is often a …

Industry News

CORT Events shares top wedding design trends for 2017

May 5, 2017

CORT Events is sharing an inside look at the top 2017 wedding design trends as wedding season begins to kick up nationwide. As the nation’s leading furniture, lighting and accessories rental company, CORT Events works with hundreds of couples each year to help bring their vision to life for their pending nuptials. Leading the top wedding …

Industry News

New York Tent announces hiring of seasoned industry manager

May 1, 2017

New York Tent announced Patrice Thomas has joined its growing team. Thomas will work to improve and advance internal procedures, as well as help further strengthen client relationships.  Her experience working with countless event planners and designers, along with her relationships with local Fire Marshalls throughout greater New York gives her a unique perspective to …

Industry News

The PGA of America and Arena Americas enter long-term contract for golf event products and services

April 18, 2017

The Professional Golfers’ Association of America and Arena Americas signed a long-term contract for golf event-related products and services. Under the terms of the agreement, Arena Americas will provide tenting, flooring, and carpeting products and services in support of the PGA’s three annual golf championships. Arena’s support of these iconic golf events is already well …

Industry News

Keith Krzeminski joins Shelter Structures America

April 17, 2017

Shelter Structures America announced the appointment of Keith Krzeminski as Executive Vice President. Krzeminski will be based in Roanoke, Va. allowing Shelter Structures to service the eastern United States and the midwest from a new regional location. Shelter Structures America Inc. is the distributor of Shelter Tent Structures for the US, Canada and Mexico. Shelter manufactures a wide …

Events

Snowflake soirée benefits families

April 1, 2017

When Canadian airline WestJet decided to throw a holiday party for families affected by the devastating 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, the Calgary, Alberta-based company turned to Warner Shelter Systems Ltd. for a space to host the hundreds of families who had lost their homes. More than 800 guests enjoyed the WestJet Snowflake Soirée in late …

News

Hanging tough

April 1, 2017

Tent structures provide the backdrop for one of the world’s most respected cancer center’s 75th anniversary celebration. In November 2016, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, celebrated 75 years of providing patient care, research, education and prevention for people whose lives have been affected by cancer. For such an important event, the center secured …

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State of the Industry 2017

April 1, 2017

With thousands of companies competing for event organizers to rent tents and tent-related equipment, this is a very competitive market. In terms of volume, sales for the U.S./Canadian end product manufacturer (fabricator) market were 24.1 million square yards in 2016, up 4 percent over 2015. Sales are projected to be 25.3 million square yards in …

Design Spotlight

City meets country

April 1, 2017

Bliss Productions combines a couple’s contrasting personalities into one tented celebration. A glam-loving bride and a cattle rancher groom turned to Lindsay Wiggins, owner of Bliss Productions of San Clemente, Calif., to unite their styles for an intimate tented wedding. The results combined elegance with casual, romantic charm for 60 guests at Montage Laguna Beach …

Events

IFAI Tent Expo 2017

April 1, 2017

More than 600 tent professionals gathered in Orlando, Fla., in January under more than 40 tents on display at IFAI Tent Expo 2017. The two-day biennial event included Tent Rental Division (TRD) Boot Camp and Leadership Track training sessions, networking with fellow tent renters and vendors, equipment demonstrations, the Tour of the Tents, a campfire …

Installation Spotlight

A tall order

April 1, 2017

A holiday party includes custom tenting over a tall structure. Cocktails under a pergola sounds simple enough. But All Occasions Event Rental of Cincinnati, Ohio, reached for new heights with an installation for a holiday party this past December. The client wanted to host festivities for 400 guests at their home, but only if a …

On the Job

Codes set for adoption

December 1, 2016

Code revision process reaches final voting stage. A proposal to regulate outdoor events regardless of the presence of tents or special event structures was approved at the Public Comment Hearing of the International Code Committee (ICC) in October. This proposal (F310-16), submitted by the Fire Code Action Committee, had been disapproved at the code committee’s …

On the Job

Site survey equals site safety

December 1, 2016

A thorough site survey communicates event needs and flags potential safety issues. Ensuring the safety of tented event participants and the tent installation crew starts at the beginning of the job. Before a single rental item is loaded onto the truck, a site survey should be completed by a qualified professional with set-up experience. A …

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TopTec training goes on the road

December 1, 2016

TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., is taking its long running tent installation and safety training program on the road in 2017. The first Tent School On The Road session will be held at Rent-E-Quip in Colonial Heights, Va., March 7–8. “Our goal was to make Tent School more accessible to our customers across the United …

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Tent inspections before events ensure safety

October 1, 2016

Inspections will help avoid disaster and add years to the life of a tent. The tent is up and the event is underway. But there may still be work to be done. Especially for installations that will be up for any length of time, inspection and maintenance are top priorities for keeping the tent as …

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IFAI’s Tent Rental Division works toward standard

October 1, 2016

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division looks to write an industry standard for tent anchorage. With final voting on tent-related code revisions for the 2018 Model Code set for late October, IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) is looking ahead to writing an industry standard that could be taken up in the 2021 code cycle. “As the 2018 …

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Moving on up with multiple locations

August 1, 2016

Expanding to multiple locations offers numerous benefits, if the timing is right and both will and cash flow are strong. Delores Crum didn’t see that she had a choice. Sure, her party, tent and wedding rental store in south Austin, Texas, opened in 2000, was doing well. But up in north Austin, another rental company …

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OSHA fines increase

August 1, 2016

New law directs U.S. Department of Labor to “catch up” penalties to inflation. Fines assessed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased by 78 percent as of Aug. 1. OSHA’s top penalty for serious violations rises from $7,000 to $12,471, and its top penalty for willful or repeated violations rises from $70,000 to …

On the Job

Collaboration yields successful code revisions

August 1, 2016

F-CAC work group is a key factor in the code revision process for tents, membrane structures and outdoor assembly events. The International Code Council (ICC) Committee Action Hearings were held in Louisville, Ky., in April. During the International Fire Code (IFC) hearings, stakeholders representing IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD), the ICC Fire Code Action Committee …

On the Job

Ballasting for safety and safety when ballasting

June 1, 2016

Learning to ballast with concrete? Follow these steps to ensure safe and efficient jobsite practices. My crew has forgotten how to use a sledgehammer. Well, not really, but it could happen. In my local tent rental market, ballasting is common. So common that the top priority for my management team has been to figure out …

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Code revisions underway

June 1, 2016

Triggers for site-specific engineering top the tent-related proposals taken up at the ICC’s Committee Action Hearing. With debate and voting at the April Committee Action Hearing (CAH), the International Code Council (ICC) took its first step in revising codes as part of the Group B I-Code Development Cycle for the 2018 Model Code. A proposal …

Project Briefs

Long distance sprint

December 1, 2016

O’Neil Tent Co. installs several structures in a short timeframe 250+ feet from the unloading zone. When Ohio State University needed tenting structures for its fundraising campaign, “But for Ohio State,” an event that raises funds for students to study abroad, it called on O’Neil Tent Co., Columbus, Ohio, to make it happen. O’Neil Tent …

Event Production

Decadent masterpiece

December 1, 2016

A clear tent becomes a speakeasy with “The Great Gatsby” in every detail. Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby may have been left off the guest list, but every other detail of a “Great Gatsby”-themed birthday party under a tent recalled the glitter and grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Inspired by the client’s home and …

Event Production

Building a city

December 1, 2016

Classic Event and Tent Rentals prepared a scenic, suburban golf course for an invasion of hundreds of thousands of fans. When Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., was awarded the 2016 Ryder Cup, planners knew a temporary city would be needed to accommodate the anticipated 250,000 spectators who would descend on the picturesque course …

Event Production

Anything’s possible

December 1, 2016

Over the Top Tents and Events makes events happen in the wild and magnificent Alaska terrain. The largest state in the union is home to breathtaking landscapes. The mountains, rivers and glaciers provide stunning backdrops for unforgettable events—but along with the wild, untamed beauty of Alaska comes unpredictable climates and challenging accessibility for companies like …

Event Production

Creating A Distinctive Atmosphere for Multiple Events Using One Tent

October 28, 2016

There is a reason why so many tented events seem to be cookie-cutter productions. There are people to please and placate, funds to be allocated, tent design and layout to be developed, and complex lighting and flooring elements to be installed. It is no wonder that so many people end up with the same event …

Event Production

Installing a structure on a scaffold

October 1, 2016

New York Tent installs a rooftop structure that couldn’t be attached to the roof. When Citnalta Construction Corp. approached Long Island-based New York Tent to cover a roof that it needed to rip off and replace, the construction firm had one big caveat: because of the work that had to be done, the tent couldn’t …

Event Production

Amazon Originals interactive experience at Comic-Con

October 1, 2016

Choura Events creates an Amazon Originals interactive experience for Comic-Con enthusiasts. Comic-Con junkies are the tastemakers of tomorrow,” actress Kristen Bell once said—and she’s not alone in her enthusiasm for the event that celebrates comic books and other aspects of popular arts, such as films and science fiction/fantasy literature. Comic-Con International takes place each year …

Projects

An organic palette under a sailcloth tent

October 1, 2016

Earthiness and formality blend perfectly under a sailcloth tent. With a bride specifically requesting a twin-pole sailcloth tent for her wedding, Durkin’s Inc. of Danbury, Conn., and Amy Cagginello of Amy Champagne Events LLC, Milford, Conn., and New York City, set out to seamlessly blend the tent and decor. Fulfilling the bride’s dream, Durkin’s installed …

Event Production

Disaster relief and weddings on the beach

October 1, 2016

From disaster relief to weddings on the beach, Beachview Event Rentals & Design brings the right stuff. Georgia’s Atlantic seaboard, with its tidal rivers, salt marshes and miles of beaches, attracts tourists and locals alike with a sense of the ancient and the hypnotic lull of the natural world. And for two brothers who grew …

News

A traditional Indian wedding celebration spans several days at separate venues

August 1, 2016

Weddings in India are typically filled with customs and rituals, beauty and elegance, and the importance of family—and the Indian wedding that took place at Castleton Farms in Loudon, Tenn., last May, was no exception. Knoxville, Tenn.-based All Occasions Party Rentals (AOPR) provided tent and event services for the wedding, reception and events the week …