Everything You Need To Plan Perfection
Renowned on Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts for excellent equipment and reliable service, we specialize in tented affairs-weddings and parties, large and small, formal or casual. In addition to tents, our extensive inventory includes lighting, dance floors, staging, tables and chairs, china, glassware, flatware, linens and catering/serving items. We work with you, your caterer or your event planner to make certain your event is a success. Our fully insured, experienced crews provide round-the-clock personal service that's second to none.
The following information provides helpful guidelines in planning your event. Once you have reviewed this section, please complete the inquiry section to receive a quote/estimate. We also invite you to telephone us or stop by our office so we may personally assist you with your event planning.
Tents are available as both “frame” and “pole/tension” structures. Frame and Genesis pole tents are available in variety of widths and in most any length. Tidewater sailcloth pole tents come in a variety of widths and fixed lengths.
The size tent you need for your event depends on a number of factors including number of guests, type of party, and your preferred accessories such as dance floor, band stand, buffet tables, etc.
|Frame*||Genesis Pole*||Tidewater Pole|
|*Sizes for this type are widths. Just about any length is available.|
General Tent Requirements
- Wedding Receptions
~20-25 square feet/person and assume 8 people seated at a 60” round table as well as dance floor, buffet tables, etc.
- Dinner Only Parties
~10-12 square feet/person and assume the maximum of 10 people per 60” round table and no dance floor or other accessories.
- Cocktail Party & Theater Style Seating
~8-10 square feet/person. Cocktail assumes a mix of people standing and sitting whereas theater style seating has chairs set up in rows as for wedding ceremonies, graduations and memorials.
Available in 8’and 10’ widths to use as protective walkways for access to a tent entrance or for catering set-ups.
Please call us or submit an inquiry if you have any questions. We'll gladly assist you in determining the correct size tent and accessories for your event.
Tables are available in various sizes and shapes as listed below. The most common table for seating is the 60" round table which allows for 8 people/table for more formal place settings such as a wedding and 10 people/table for less formal place settings. Banquet tables are generally used for food and bar tables but can also be used for seating.
|Table Size||Seating Capacity|
|8' x 30"||8-10|
|6' x 18"||3|
|8' x 18"||4|
|Serpentine ¼ Rounds||N/A|
|36" Square Card Table||4|
|6' x 12" Bar Top||N/A|
|* Available in 30" (seating)
and 42” (cocktail) heights
Several different styles of chairs are available. The Chivari/Ballroom chair is one option for more formal events. It comes in white and fruitwood with a 2” foam seat. The most popular wedding chair is the White or Natural Garden chair which is a folding chair with a ½” padded seat. Samsonite chairs are generally used for informal backyard parties, meetings, graduations, etc. Chair covers/sashes are also available for all styles of chairs.
A dance floor is the most common flooring used under tents. It consists of 3’x4’ wood grain parquet panels which are secured together and finished with a metal edging around the perimeter. To calculate the size of a dance floor for a function it is generally estimated that ½ of the guests will dance at any one time. Each person dancing requires ~4 square feet. Use the chart below as a guideline.
|50||100||9 x 12|
|100||200||12 x 16|
|150||300||15 x 20|
|200||400||18 x 20|
|250||500||20 x 24|
Although the majority of tents are set up on existing ground, such as grass, asphalt, gravel, etc., tent flooring is sometimes necessary due to an undesirable surface and/or uneven ground. There are several choices of tent flooring offered including outdoor carpet/turf, plywood, plywood with carpet and plywood with hardwood flooring.
Lighting is recommended for all evening events or in areas that require additional illumination. Six types of lighting are offered - streamer, onion lamps, globe, bistro/café, rice paper lanterns and track lighting.
- Streamer lights are placed along the inside perimeter of the tent and provide a subdued, festive lighting.
- Onion lamps (Tidewater tents) and globe lights (Genesis tents) are mounted on the tent center poles.
- Bistro/café lighting can also be installed in tents as well as rice paper lanterns which are available in several sizes and colors.
- Track lighting is used when specific areas need additional illumination such as in trade shows or in a caterer’s tent.
With all lighting types, dimmer switches may be used to control the amount of illumination.
Linens add the finishing touch to any event. The longer the linen, the more formal the look. Toppers, napkins, skirting and chair covers/sashes are also available. All sizes listed below are available in white. Please inquire for colors. Standard table height is 30".
|Table Size||Linen Size||Distance
|72" Round||132"||Floor Length|
|60" Round||120"||Floor Length|
|48" Round||108"||Floor Length|
|36" Round||96"||Floor Length|
|30" Round||90"||Floor Length|
|8' Banquet||90" x 156"||Floor Length|
|60" x 120"||15"-18"|
|6' Banquet||90" x 132"||Floor Length|
|52" x 114"||9-19"|
|Table Size||Skirt Size||Sides Covered|
Staging can be used for wedding ceremonies, bandstands, modeling runways, etc. Our most commonly used stages are 15” height, carpeted 4’x4’ panels or 4’x6’x10” height carpeted risers. By placing panels or band risers together, most any platform can be designed to meet your requirements.
We offer white European china, stainless flatware, fine glassware and other table accessories to suit whatever setting you desire.
|Dinner Plate||Dinner Knife||Wine 8 oz.|
|Salad Plate||Dinner Fork||Martini 5 oz.|
|B&B Plate||Dessert/Salad Fork||Balloon Wine 12 oz.|
|Soup Cup||Teaspoon||Champagne Flute 6 oz.|
|Cup/Saucer||Soupspoon||Beer Footed 12 oz.|
|Mug||Butter Knife||Water Goblet 10 oz.|
|Luncheon Plate||Serving Fork/Spoon||Highball 8 oz.|
|Lobster Platter||Cocktail Fork||Rocks 5.5 oz.|
|Sugar/Creamer||Lobster Cracker||Shooter 2.5 oz.|
|Coat Stands||Coffee Makers||Coffee Servers|
|Grills||Tent Centerpole Skirts||Serving Trays|
|King Cookers||Tent Liners||Beverage Containers|
|Tent Sidepole Skirts||Generators &||Tent Flags|
|Chafing Dishes||Electrical Panels||Water Pitchers|