What Size Party Tent Rental Do I Need?
What Size Party Tent Rental Do I Need? And How Much Will My Event Tent Rental Cost?
Small party tents for 20-40 people provide 200-400 square feet of space and cost about $300. Large event tent rentals will seat 100-250 people and cost about $1700. This is a quick and simplified answer to what can be a much more complicated answer. Read on for further guidance…
I went to Target yesterday to get mascara and sat in the make-up aisle just staring at all of the choices. I didn’t want to choose between long, curly, luscious, or thick. I wanted all of those things. There were so many choices, I ended up leaving without mascara. I went home and ordered the last one I had purchased off Amazon. It’s not even one that I love, but it was easier than choosing a new one.
Did you know there is an actual psychological effect dubbed The Paradox of Choice? Barry Schwartz wrote a best-selling book about it. The gist is: we all want choices, but in today’s consumer-driven marketplace, there are too many choices, which is often paralyzing.
I see this paralyzation frequently when someone planning a party needs to rent a tent. There are different types, sizes, structures. It’s overwhelming. Trying to figure out the size tent you need is akin to sitting in high school algebra class – it’s definitely not the most fun part of planning your event.
I’ve put together a chart and some general guidelines to get you started with your planning. And if math isn’t your thing, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to do the drudgery for you.
What size tent do I need and how much will it cost?
|# of Guests
|# of Guests at
Cost to Rent
|10×10||100||15||10 people at 1 tables||$50 – $150|
|20×20||400||68||40 people at 4 tables||$280 – $350|
|20×30||600||90||60 people at 6 tables||$400 – $550|
|20×40||800||100||80 people at 8 tables||$520 – $650|
|20×50||1000||150||100 people at 10 tables||$600 – $700|
|30×60||1800||245||180 people at 18 tables||$900 – $1400|
|40×60||2400||342||240 people at 24 tables||$1600 – $1850|
|40×100||4000||600||400 people at 40 tables||$3000 – $3500|
Sq. Ft. Needed for Rented Items
Feet Needed Each
|48″ Round Table (seats 6-8)||80|
|60″ Round Table (seats 10)||100|
|72″ Round Table (seats 12)||120|
|6′ Rectangle Banquet Table (seats 8)||80|
|8′ Rectangle Banquet Table (seats 10)||90|
|Dance Floor||2-4 per guest|
And if figuring out the size wasn’t enough, you also need to figure out the style of tent you want…
Types of Tents for Parties and Events
|Pole||Secured with stakes – can’t be used on concrete or asphalt. Poles create peaks and dips which makes it look very elegant|
|Frame||Free standing so can be set up on any surface. There are no poles inside so you don’t have to worry about planning or decorating around those|
|Marquee||Hybrid of the pole and frame tent. They give you the elegant peaks of the pole tent but are free standing like the frame tent|
|Frame Structure||Has wider openings and taller ceilings than the standard frame tent. Can support more weight than other types of tents, and has tighter fitting sections and walls, making it the best option for heating and air-conditioning|
Check out this blog for inspiration. It shows pictures of several different types of tents – all gorgeous!
I recently helped plan a 150 person wedding.
We had to make room for guests tables, buffet table, bar and dance floor. To stay within budget, we selected to go with the pole tent (usually the most economical). Here’s how the math worked out:
- 1000 square feet for the guest tables
- 100 square feet for the buffet table
- 100 square feet for the bar
- 300 square feet for the dance floor
- 100 square feet for the DJ
We needed a total of 1600 square feet so we went with a 30 x 60 tent. The cost for the tent was $750. A frame tent would have cost about $1,100.
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Hopefully this gives you a good starting point. If you have questions, email us at email@example.com.