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Wedding cocktail hours and after-parties are where the celebration gets creative (and fun!)

July 16, 2018

One reason that event planners love wedding cocktail hours and after-parties is that these bookends to the main dinner reception allow planners additional opportunities to showcase their creativity. Consider the pre-reception cocktail party. A wedding mainstay, this hour is evolving from its more conventional template, serving now as an energetic kickoff for the fun to …

Industry News

Aztec Tents launches new website to improve user experience

July 6, 2018

Tent manufacturer Aztec Tents, Torrance, Calif., has launched a new website—AztecTent.com, featuring a new design that tells Aztec’s story along with updated features such as full mobile functionality, new webpage animations, refreshed slideshow functionality and increased security to create a more comprehensive user experience. The site establishes a hub for Aztec’s family of companies comprised …

Industry News

PEAK Event Services names Brian Bacica as chief executive officer

July 4, 2018

PEAK Event Services, Boston, Mass., has named Brian D. Bacica Jr. as chief executive officer. Bacica replaces William (Bick) Jones, interim CEO at PEAK. Bob Traina and Larry Green continue as senior advisors to Bacica and the PEAK board of directors and remain significant shareholders. “After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are excited …

Industry News

Whitehouse unveils new Bill to help Rhode Island manufacturers address workforce challenges and support innovation

June 30, 2018

Legislation provides funding for manufacturers to train employees and retain institutional knowledge U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined Congressman David Cicilline and leaders in Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry to unveil new legislation to help manufacturers temporarily retain retiring employees to train a replacement and transfer their institutional knowledge. Whitehouse made the announcement at Cooley Group, …

Industry News

Memorable summer soirees begin with the right furniture and decor

June 14, 2018

Outdoor event design is all about making indoor and outdoor spaces blend seamlessly, according to the experts at CORT Events, the nationwide furniture, lighting and accessories rental company based in Chantilly, Va. For this summer’s parties, event designers are selecting transitional furniture and designing around bold yet classic color pallets and patterns and Mediterranean influences. …

Industry News

Pittsburgh and Cleveland-area event companies join forces at new design event center

June 8, 2018

All Occasions Party Rental and Marbella Event Furniture and Décor Rental, both of Pittsburgh, Pa., have relocated their design event center to the heart of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. L’nique Specialty Linen Rental of Valley View, Ohio, and tent and event renter AAble Rents of Cleveland join the two companies in featuring their own product lines …

Industry News

Serge Ferrari launches product rebrand and redesigned website

June 6, 2018

Serge Ferrari has launched its newly redesigned website, www.sergeferrari.com, featuring new product branding for a more intuitive product selection experience. The redesigned website and improved product naming system will provide a more simplified selection experience, according to a company press release. The flexible composite supplier, whose North American operations are based in Pompano Beach, Fla., …

Industry News

In memoriam: John Carter, J & J Carter

June 4, 2018

John Carter, founder of award-winning J & J Carter Ltd., Hampshire, U.K., died on March 31 at age 78. Carter founded J & J Carter in 1988, building a strong and reputable name in the industry. Carter loved his work and the dedicated team working alongside him. He had an unwavering commitment to quality and …

News

Stamford creates magical wedding day

June 1, 2018

IFAI’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) recognize the skills that drive excellence in the tent industry. Here’s one submission to the 2017 IAA competition that highlights the complexity of a project with a tight timeline. Stamford Tent & Event Services, Stamford, Conn., completed a 15,000-square-foot, multi-tent project with an attached lounge and raised hardwood floor for …

Products

Digital textile printer

June 1, 2018

The TX801 digital textile printer from Mouvent™ prints with up to eight colors. Even though it is a scanning-type machine, up to 50 percent of the print jobs can be completed in a single pass, boosting productivity up to 200 square meters per hour without compromising quality. The printer utilizes a compact proprietary print engine …

Feature

Wedding cocktail hours and after-parties are where the celebration gets creative (and fun!)

July 16, 2018

One reason that event planners love wedding cocktail hours and after-parties is that these bookends to the main dinner reception allow planners additional opportunities to showcase their creativity. Consider the pre-reception cocktail party. A wedding mainstay, this hour is evolving from its more conventional template, serving now as an energetic kickoff for the fun to …

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Overcoming obstructions at installation sites

June 1, 2018

Installing tents around obstructions requires tenacity, creativity and know-how. Here, seasoned installers share challenging installations and clever solutions. From overhead power lines to underground utilities to massive tree limbs, obstructions to tent installations are as varied as the tents themselves. While tent installers and the customers they serve strive for a streamlined, efficient tent installation, …

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Keep guest cool and comfortable under tents

June 1, 2018

Cooling technology for event tents helps to ensure that guests stay in their comfort zone. The flexibility of tented environments has always been a selling point for party and event rental companies. Knowing that their event will take place under a properly cooled or heated tent offers clients peace of mind, regardless of a rising …

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Intimate weddings, from cocktail hour to after parties

June 1, 2018

The dinner reception may be the high point of a tented wedding. But the cocktail hour sets the tone and the after party offers final, memorable flourishes. With its big cake and heartfelt toasts and the first dance, the wedding reception is often second only to the ceremony itself in terms of its significance to …

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Announcing the winners of the Reader’s Choice Awards

April 1, 2018

InTents magazine is 25 years old! To celebrate, we are awarding excellence and innovation in the event tent industry. In December, we asked InTents readers to vote for the best of the best in 25 categories. What companies, products and services do InTents readers depend on to run their business? Who supplies the best frame …

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How to use the H-2B program to hire legal temporary guest workers

April 1, 2018

Finding workers during the busy season can prove challenging, leaving U.S. tent and event rental companies short-handed, but there’s a tool at their disposal that can provide just the remedy. For tent and event rental companies, the busy season not only brings the promise of more work, it also ups the need for more workers, …

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Fabulous exterior design draws guests into event tents

April 1, 2018

Inventive exterior decor sets the stage for event attendees before they set foot beneath a tent. When Marquee Event Rentals partnered with Pink Sparrow, a custom fabrication company in Brooklyn, N.Y., to design an “experience” for visitors to an American Express tent at a major music festival, the company knew it needed to design the …

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Unconventional tents offer exceptional features

March 14, 2018

Tents that are less common in conventional inventories can help rental businesses open up new markets. A unique product won’t be right for every tent rental business, but for companies interested in exploring potential opportunities, an unusual tent may be just the thing their customers didn’t know they needed. Losberger De Boer, an international manufacturer …

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Arena Americas scores with America’s Cup

February 21, 2018

The 35th Louis Vitton America’s Cup World Series provided the perfect venue for Arena Americas to demonstrate its creativity with an ambitious installation. Every spectacular event comes with certain challenges, and the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Chicago, Ill., was no different. Held in fresh water for the first time in its …

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Tent renters weigh the anchorage options

December 1, 2017

When choosing a proper anchoring method for any given site, tent renters must balance the pros and cons of staking vs. ballasting. First, the good news: demand for event tents has significantly grown, says Steve Belliveau, sales manager, Eastern Region, for tent manufacturer Anchor Industries Inc. of Evansville, Ind. The downside? Demand has put greater …

Industry News

Aztec Tents launches new website to improve user experience

July 6, 2018

Tent manufacturer Aztec Tents, Torrance, Calif., has launched a new website—AztecTent.com, featuring a new design that tells Aztec’s story along with updated features such as full mobile functionality, new webpage animations, refreshed slideshow functionality and increased security to create a more comprehensive user experience. The site establishes a hub for Aztec’s family of companies comprised …

Industry News

PEAK Event Services names Brian Bacica as chief executive officer

July 4, 2018

PEAK Event Services, Boston, Mass., has named Brian D. Bacica Jr. as chief executive officer. Bacica replaces William (Bick) Jones, interim CEO at PEAK. Bob Traina and Larry Green continue as senior advisors to Bacica and the PEAK board of directors and remain significant shareholders. “After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are excited …

Industry News

Whitehouse unveils new Bill to help Rhode Island manufacturers address workforce challenges and support innovation

June 30, 2018

Legislation provides funding for manufacturers to train employees and retain institutional knowledge U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined Congressman David Cicilline and leaders in Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry to unveil new legislation to help manufacturers temporarily retain retiring employees to train a replacement and transfer their institutional knowledge. Whitehouse made the announcement at Cooley Group, …

Industry News

Memorable summer soirees begin with the right furniture and decor

June 14, 2018

Outdoor event design is all about making indoor and outdoor spaces blend seamlessly, according to the experts at CORT Events, the nationwide furniture, lighting and accessories rental company based in Chantilly, Va. For this summer’s parties, event designers are selecting transitional furniture and designing around bold yet classic color pallets and patterns and Mediterranean influences. …

Industry News

Pittsburgh and Cleveland-area event companies join forces at new design event center

June 8, 2018

All Occasions Party Rental and Marbella Event Furniture and Décor Rental, both of Pittsburgh, Pa., have relocated their design event center to the heart of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. L’nique Specialty Linen Rental of Valley View, Ohio, and tent and event renter AAble Rents of Cleveland join the two companies in featuring their own product lines …

Industry News

Serge Ferrari launches product rebrand and redesigned website

June 6, 2018

Serge Ferrari has launched its newly redesigned website, www.sergeferrari.com, featuring new product branding for a more intuitive product selection experience. The redesigned website and improved product naming system will provide a more simplified selection experience, according to a company press release. The flexible composite supplier, whose North American operations are based in Pompano Beach, Fla., …

Industry News

In memoriam: John Carter, J & J Carter

June 4, 2018

John Carter, founder of award-winning J & J Carter Ltd., Hampshire, U.K., died on March 31 at age 78. Carter founded J & J Carter in 1988, building a strong and reputable name in the industry. Carter loved his work and the dedicated team working alongside him. He had an unwavering commitment to quality and …

News

Stamford creates magical wedding day

June 1, 2018

IFAI’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) recognize the skills that drive excellence in the tent industry. Here’s one submission to the 2017 IAA competition that highlights the complexity of a project with a tight timeline. Stamford Tent & Event Services, Stamford, Conn., completed a 15,000-square-foot, multi-tent project with an attached lounge and raised hardwood floor for …

Installation Spotlight

“Techno-chalet” lights up Montreal winter festival

June 1, 2018

Grandchamp Structure Design overcomes weather and site restrictions to build a “techno-chalet” for a winter festival. Montréal en Lumière (Montreal in Light) is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, drawing more than one million people annually to take in fine food, performing arts, family-friendly activities and nightlife in the midst of a …

News

Dinosaur-sized tents

June 1, 2018

World-famous dinosaur Sue—the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found—calls Chicago’s Field Museum home. But when Atlanta, Ga.-based Imagine Exhibitions wanted to bring a few of Sue’s friends to visit, in the form of Jurassic World: The Exhibition, it was clear that they would need a little extra space. Arena Americas, based in Oak …

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 …

On the Job

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 …

On the Job

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 …

On the Job

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 …

On the Job

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 …

On the Job

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 …

On the Job

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 …

Event Production

Museum of the American Revolution inspires with a clear top tent

June 1, 2017

For the April grand opening gala of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pa., EventQuip of Lansdale, Pa., installed a 12-by-76-meter Losberger P7 profile with a clear top for the gala dinner tent, a 9-by-6-meter Losberger P7 with a white top for the entrance tent, a 9-by-55-foot clear-top Aztec marquee for building access, …

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

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

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

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 …