Photo-sharing sites drive trends in event lighting design—and complications

January 21, 2019

There’s no debate that social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram have changed the way lighting is done for tented events. Meetings with potential clients often start with the client pointing to a photo on the website and saying, “There—that’s what I want.” Yes, Pinterest and Instagram offer a wealth of creative ideas on …

Tent installations that make you say WOW!

December 1, 2018

Masters at the craft of tenting devise creative solutions for challenging installations. Imagine a theatrical performance where the contribution of every member of the cast and crew is flawless; every costume, set piece and prop functions perfectly; and the sound and lighting come off without a single hitch. As an audience member, you can appreciate …

Event lighting options grow to meet client demands

While LED technology changes the industry, social media drives trends in lighting for tented events. Back in the dark ages—before the internet and the rise of social media—decorative lighting was rarely a major consideration for tented events. “When I got married, there was no lighting,” says Sandy Mulrey, director of sales and marketing at DesignLight, …

Find the products you need in the InTents 2019 Premier Product Showcase

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 your new products included, please direct your product information to …

Solutions to warm tents up and cool them down

November 29, 2018

Whether the mercury is falling or rising, climate control suppliers are offering more options than ever to keep tented events comfortable.   Some tented events need heat, and some need cooling solutions. Then there are those that need both. “We have … found that many of our clients require heating and cooling at the same …

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Take a seat at the table: Make every tented event space unique with event furniture options

October 1, 2018

Tables and seating for tented events. For years, the options for these vital event components were limited in sizes and styles. These days, there’s an array of options available to suit the needs and visions of a variety of events (and their visionary coordinators). Setting the stage Jacqueline Klene, event designer at Exclusive Events Inc. …

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Making it easy: Keder advances tent technology

From speedy installs and airtight seals to creative, new applications, the benefits of keder remain key to industry progress. Hidden within aluminum extrusions, shaping both simple tents and extravagant clearspans, lies the years-old invention that continues to help advance the success and technology of the tent industry today: keder, a bead or core that attaches …

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Taking the lead: Women professionals thrive in the male-dominated tent industry

Women have always contributed to the tent rental industry, even as it’s traditionally been a man’s world. As their influence continues to grow, career opportunities are expanding. When Sarah Crews, director of sales and marketing for Miami, Fla.-based Economy Tent International (ETI), started going to outdoor trade shows 13 years ago, she didn’t see many …

Buyer expectations for clearspan tents

August 28, 2018

Tent rental companies investing in clearspans should expect documentation, customer service, training and more. Clearspan structures are a major investment for tent rental companies. Before taking the plunge, buyers need to understand what a manufacturer offers in regard to engineering documentation and other certification, product availability, training and ongoing support. “Clients can expect the validation …

Engineered clearspan systems expand the pie in all markets

August 1, 2018

For Thomas Pollard, the introduction of clearspan structures in Canada has meant the difference between being able to install tents year-round versus closing up shop in the winter. “What has changed up here [in western Canada] over the past 10 years is that there was no clearspan market 10 years ago,” says Pollard, vice president, …