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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

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

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

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 2017

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

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

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 …