San Diego Wedding Style Weddings Magazine May Edition 2012 included a very nice feature ‘Hollywood Glamour – Styling Your Big Day with Tents'. Here are some excerpts from the article by Kristen Castillo. “People want their wedding to be personal, so a tent that’s personalized to the bride and groom makes it feel more special,’ says Dominic Mitchell, CEO and co-founder of Raj Tents, LLC.
Not Just For Bad Weather
One of the biggest misconceptions about tents is that they’re only something to consider in case of rain or cold weather.
“Tenting is not purely a means of covering from the elements,” says Mitchell, whose famous clients include David Beckham, Goldie Hawn, Hugh Hefner, Richard Branson and Salma Hayek. “It’s a décor element in itself. It frames the view and provides luxury.”
Tents can be amazing in any kind of weather. They can shade you on a hot day, create a cozy feeling at night and really turn your party into something magical.
“Tenting is functional, but it can be so much more.” Says Mitchell, a member of the Set Decorators Society of America too, with Raj Tents appearing in movies like “Bridesmaids”, “Friends with Benefits,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” as well as TV shows including “Weeds,” “Royal Pains,” and "Private Practice.”
Tents can be open or closed on the sides. Usually in the summer, there’s no need to do walls or doors for a tent since the temperature is so comfortable. Still, if you’re worried about a chilly night, you can ask your rental company to set up some heat lamps.
Your rental designer will help you to choose a location at your venue that best showcases the tent. Many times tents are placed on the beach, the lawn, or even poolside to provide gorgeous views of the ocean, the mountains or neighboring greenery.
Colors & Styles
Tents are handcrafted to be both durable and beautiful. Many have embroidery and designs to enhance their look. “A tent makes everyone feel at home,” says Mitchell who knows a tent’s color scheme and overall design creates an event theme.
“We cover from neutral to the very colorful,” he says explaining that while clear or white tents are typical for most weddings, where “ivory and cream" signify “understated elegance,” some wedding can be very colorful. Indian and Moroccan themes for example can have very bold colors like hot pink, gold, purple, bright blue and orange. In contrast, a “Beach Chic" theme may have “washed-out aqua tones,” accented with “sea spray colored drapes. Fabrics can be draped along the walls and from the ceiling to add interest and drama to the area.
While the tent design process is a lot of work, it’s rewarding too. “It’s not a product,” says Mitchell. “It’s a service. We want to please customers.”