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In case you missed it: The most read articles on InTents in 2019

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From trendy weddings to anchorage plans, here are the most read articles on InTents in 2019.

10. Tenting in urban environments

Frank Sinatra sang about New York City, “If I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere.” Tent installers who have worked in the Big Apple might sing, “If I can tent there, I can tent anywhere.” Installing commercial tents on pavement in an urban environment is demanding and complex, yet lucrative and rewarding when done right. 

Stamford Tent & Event Services installed this 16-by-102-foot Navi-Trac® pavilion on the 17th floor of a building on the west side of New York. Photo courtesy of Stamford Tent & Event Services.

9. A wedding with a grand entrance

Rain or Shine Tent and Events Co. of Randolph, Vt., has installed numerous tents for weddings at the picturesque Edson Hill resort in the Vermont ski town of Stowe. But the scale of a July 2019 wedding required ingenuity and creative problem solving on the part of owner Perry Armstrong and his Rain or Shine team.

A large staircase solved logistical and aesthetic challenges for this wedding and became part of the event space, with guests enjoying cocktails and mingling on it throughout the event. Photos courtesy of Rain or Shine Tent and Events Co.

8. How to document your tent anchoring plan

The anchoring plan for your tent or structure is the one part of your permit submittal package that will change from job to job. The key to any plan is to present a professional, easy-to-read document for your permit official to follow and understand. 

Some tent rental companies use a dynamometer to test anchoring loads.
Photo courtesy of Aztec Tents.

7. Flooring and staging systems that please clients—and installers

When Arnon Rosan started working in the event industry some 25 years ago, flooring and staging were not top considerations for tented affairs—in fact, they were rarely considered at all. “When I’d approach people, they’d look at us like we were speaking a different language,” says Rosan, CEO of EverBlock® Systems LLC, a New York, N.Y.-based company that produces modular flooring and building blocks. “‘Tent flooring? Why do I even need tent flooring?’ It took a solid 20-plus years until flooring became a must-have product.”

Roll vinyl flooring, such as this floor by 12 By Event under a tent installed by Skyline Tent Co., is an affordable alternative to real wood flooring. Photo courtesy of 12 By Event Flooring and Skyline Tent Co.

6. Study time: IFAI tools for better staking and ballasting

IFAI’s staking and ballasting studies have helped to push the tent rental industry forward in terms of safety and professionalism. Here’s how tent rental companies can use the studies to set their business apart, plus anchoring tips from the experts.

TRD Boot Camps offer hands-on training for installers on topics ranging from safely anchoring a tent and basic site safety to performing site surveys and installing specific styles of tents.

5. Timeless and trendy tented weddings

Tented weddings have a timeless appeal, combining the open, airy feel of an outdoor wedding with protection from the elements. Design and decor often come down to personal taste and geographical location. And yet, every season brings its own trends in lighting, ceiling treatments, floors, tables and seating, color palettes and linens. Here, industry experts weigh in on what’s hot—and what’s on its way out—for tented weddings in 2019. 

A clear tent emphasized the outdoor feel while heat allowed guests to remain comfortable for this December wedding in Utah. Event design by Michelle Leo Events. Tent by All Out Event Rental. Photo by Gideon Photography.

4. 2019 Premier Product Showcase

It’s all about fast installation, more customization, easy handling and style—the qualities that tent and event rental companies demand. 

3. Streamlining tent rental through operations management

Focusing on internal processes has helped Made in the Shade create a better experience for both clients and employees.

A continuous focus on streamlining processes helped Made in the Shade, West Sacramento, Calif., provide tenting for 3,000 at the inauguration of California’s new governor with only a month’s notice. Photo by Brandon McGinnis, Made in the Shade.

2. InTents “5 under 40”

Tent Expo 2019 in January kicked off with a young professionals happy hour, where Ramsey Duqum, CEO of AAble Rents, gave a spirited message to those gathered about advancing the tent rental industry. To continue that energy, InTents is for the first time honoring five industry professionals under age 40 who are making a name for themselves and their companies.

1. 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards

Awarding excellence and innovation in the event tent industry.

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