Thursday, 26 May 2016



From breezy sail cloths to enchanting marquees, personalize your wedding celebration with the tent of your dreams.

The one thing a couple can't plan for on their wedding day is the weather. Luckily, there is a solution that not only takes care of that potential problem, but does it in big-day style — wedding tents! With a crop of different types and styles, it's never been easier to personalize them to your tastes.
With a ton of customizable options like lighting, weather protection, and structure styles, these tents are the perfect way to bring all the comforts of the indoors straight to your outdoor wedding. And just because you a have a tent, doesn't mean you're limited on wedding décor. Couples can choose between enclosed "room in a room" structures with removable walls or breezy high-top tents perfect for a sunny post-wedding brunch. Coastal couples will love the airy style of sailcloth tents that boast high ceilings and and an open-space feel that's perfect for easy mingling. If you're going for a glamorous, black-tie evening, you should consider elegant fabrics draped across the ceilings with a crystal chandelier hanging overhead. Couples looking for something more minimal can opt for a clear marquee tent decorated with twinkling café lights or hanging greenery garlands for a more bohemian touch.
Whether you're preparing for a sun-kissed ceremony, a rainy-day reception, or an evening of late-night dancing, you can be rest-assured that your guests will feel right at home with these creative wedding tent ideas.
Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas: Draped Fabric and Chandelier
Photo by  Stacy Sodolak
Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas: Pink, fabric, Green Earthy Decorations and a Pink Glitter Table Cloth

Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas: Draped Fabric and Hanging Chandelier
Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas: Draped Fabric and Hanging Chandeliers
Photo by Judy Pak

Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas: Draped String Lights

Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas: Peach Tent and Cozy Couches
Photo by Ashlee Taylor

Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas: Peach and White Draped Fabric with Hanging Lanterns
Photo by Chrissy Irvin

Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas: Rustic Tent with Wooden Accents
Photo by Peppernix
Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas: Chandalier Focul Point
Beautiful Wedding Tent Ideas:Shabby Chic Tent

Friday, 22 April 2016

Wedding days don't have to cost a fortune

From wedding dress to cake to honeymoon, there are plenty of ways to save money on your big day.

Once cake has been eaten and the flowers have wilted, many couples face huge wedding bills. The average spend for the big day is around £21,000, a figure set to soar in the next few years. As a result, insurer Weddingplan predicts a 50% rise in couples insuring their big day.
But spending thousands on a wedding is not only a waste of money; it may even lead to divorce, according to Philippa Gee, an independent financial adviser at Shropshire-based Philippa Gee Wealth Management: "Money is one of the biggest causes of relationship breakdown. So forget a dream wedding and go for a dream marriage, instead. One of the best ways to achieve that is not to start married life heavily in debt."
It's worth remembering that a marriage certificate costs only £3.50; a ceremony, at a church, is around £300 and about £100 at a register office. Anything after that is up to you – and it's perfectly possible to bring the whole thing in at less than a grand.

The dress
If you have your heart set on a designer frock, perhaps surprisingly, your first stop should be Oxfam. Many designers donate gowns to the charity, which has 11 bridal stores. Dresses with an original price tag of £1,000 go for around £250, but there are non-designer items from £30 online at
Independent bridal shops can also be cheaper than the mainstream stores, says Stacey Harris, 22, from Flintshire. When she married Adam, 27, at Days Hotel, Chester North, in May, they kept to a £1,000 budget. "I spent £150 on my dress," says Stacey. "For that, I got a full-length, white dress, with crystals from my local shop."
Other ideas include: hiring a local seamstress to make your dress, wearing a bridesmaid's dress, finding a bargain at discounted designer sales, charity shops or on eBay. It may be pushing it but you could make your own. For the brave, there's help online at

Decorations and stationery
Don't pay wedding stationers to design, print and send the invites. "Stationery can easily set you back £300," says Alison Wren, who runs DIY wedding stationery site, "Making things yourself is quite stylish and can save two-thirds of the cost."
Getting friends and family involved can save hundreds, even thousands, of pounds and it doesn't matter if they're not professionals. Niki Clark, 28, founder of Wedding, says: "Get them round to stuff invites into envelopes or fold the orders of service. It's nice to involve people." For decorations, seek inspiration at sites such as and Ideas include recycling pretty jars to fill with flowers or candles and buying decorations at car boot sales.
"For table lighting, we scooped out orange halves and put a tea light inside and cloves on the outside," says Niki. "They looked and smelled great."

Liz Taylor, of Taylor Lynn Corporation, who recently planned the wedding of Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, says: "Even the very best venues have quieter times, so check when they are and look to negotiate costs if you book an off-peak time." Costs can be cut further by partying in a church hall, clubhouse, or the private dining rooms of a restaurant or pub, or a friend's garden.
If you're opting for a church wedding, plan your dates carefully. "Consider having it near a major holiday," says Kaley Gardiner owner of special occasions organiser The Last Detail. "The church will already be decorated, saving you lots of money on flowers."

Food and drink
Even if you're going for the fully-catered option, you can save by getting married after lunch (you only have to serve dinner) and just having main and pudding.
If you can do your own catering, or even part of it, you'll save money. Nicola Wray of, says: "We had a few close friends bring dishes for the buffet. Other relatives also chipped in, so we ended up not having that much to do." Other savings include serving cake as a pudding, so you don't also pay for dessert; having sponge instead of fruit cake, having "pudding cakes" such as a tower of profiteroles, or cake made of cheese.
"If you're set on a traditional cake, having two tiers instead of three can save £200," says Marie Sinclair from "Collecting and assembling it yourself also saves pounds."
Serving Cava or Prosecco instead of champagne is fairly standard these days, as is having a cash bar, or hopping across the channel to pick up cheaper drinks. You could even make some yourself. "My mum is making sloe gin. It'll be a cost-saver and something different for the guests," says Lisa Thomas, 29, a marketing consultant from London, who is marrying in north Devon in December.

The honeymoon
Why not book a holiday at the last minute or have a honeymoon as a wedding present? "My in-laws paid for Adam and I to spend four nights in London and see two shows," says Stacey Harris. "It made for a lovely present."
If you're after a big trip, how about combining it with the wedding? Getting married on a sun-drenched beach in Key West, added barely $750 (marriage certificate, photography and flowers included) to the cost of a trip to America for Emma and Ian Banks, from East Sussex, who married in April.
"We were going there anyway," says Emma. "We didn't tell any of our friends and family, we just had a simple ceremony with the local registrar. It was very romantic and personal."

Canvas and confetti

Last year we went to eight weddings, this year it's seven. It's pretty much what we do at weekends between May and September. Weddings are fun but expensive and, as a rule, we make it our goal to do things on the cheap. So, wherever possible we camp when we're invited to help celebrate someone's big day.

Nicky and Eric recently married in the south of France. They found a beautiful boutique hotel in Provence converted from a huddle of farm buildings on top of a hill. Our friends had rented the whole place over a long weekend, so we had the run of the hotel – an infinity pool overlooking olive groves and lavender fields, champagne on ice, fois gras and a pond filled with trout.
The hotel website says it offers "a veritable olfactory and gourmet promenade into the heart of Provençal cuisine", which it does. The rooms were £500 a night (one had a stuffed tiger in it) so most guests felt pampered and generally luxurious.

We stayed in a campsite for €13 (£10.70) a night. By day we'd hang out around the pool then return to our tent each night. We got up to the hotel on hire bikes from the campsite. The owner was a bit nonplussed by us – I don't think anyone from the campsite (most guests were retired French couples who spend a lot of their time cleaning their already immaculate caravans) had ever been to the hotel.
Cycling back at the end of the night was fun – Tom rode into a drainage ditch at the side of the road, and, miraculously, climbed out unscathed. And we were not without our luxuries – camping is a lot nicer with an airbed and a duvet.
There are, of course, pitfalls. Getting dressed for the wedding is tricky in a small tent. Options include getting dressed lying down (not easy) or changing behind a tree (you need to be a little bit of an exhibitionist). High heels don't work well in fields or indeed with les toilettes traditionelle – if you've used a squat toilet you'll know what I mean.

English campsites are more basic. At Ben and Tess's wedding in Surrey we had a portable loo and a tap. Waking up in a hot tent with a hangover is horrible; take a compass so you can work out where the shade is going to be in the morning and pitch your tent accordingly.
Putting your make-up on in the wing mirror is not easy. The best bit – if you can manage to arrive without a twig in your hair, muddy toes or smudged eyeliner – is that no one would ever know you were camping.
You look just as glamorous as the other guests but you've got a special secret. You're not shelling out small fortune for a room with a bed that's probably not as comfy as the one you've got at home. And in the morning you get to have a slightly unhygienic bacon sandwich in the fresh air – the perfect hangover cure.

Once last point, when it comes to outdoor weddings, keep in mind that renting stretch tents can turn any area into a wedding venue!

Written by: Gemma Bruce

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Créez le mariage idéal avec une tente Tentickle

Fini l'époque des traditionnels chapiteaux en PVC – dans les mariages d'aujourd'hui, ils sont considérés comme dépassés. Les tentes étirables ont totalement transformé les réceptions de mariage. Elles sont dynamiques, uniques et offrent toutes les atmosphères que l'on peut imaginer.
Disponibles en presque toutes les couleurs, formes et silhouettes, il n'y a quasiment rien qui ne puisse être réalisé avec les tentes bédouines étirables.
Les limites imposées par l'utilisation des chapiteaux de mariage appartiennent au passé – vous n'avez plus besoin de trouver une énorme surface plane. Les tentes étirables donnent également la liberté et la souplesse de créer des surfaces de tous styles et tailles, qu'elles soient perchées sur une colline ou montées sur une plage, ouverte sur la mer. Ce qui fait la beauté des tentes étirables est le fait qu'elles peuvent être assemblées de manière à ce que le paysage naturel qui entoure la salle de mariage puisse faire partie intégrante du décor.
C'est le rêve de toute jeune mariée d'avoir un mariage beau, unique et protégé par les éléments. Rien n'est plus angoissant pour une future mariée que la perspective d'un courant torrentiel ou de vents hurlants. De par la qualité supérieure du matériel utilisé et l'expertise de notre équipe d'installation, les tentes étirables vous procurent l'assurance que ces craintes disparaissent.
L'avantage des tentes étirables est qu'elles peuvent aussi être modulables – vous pouvez installer une tente plus petite pour le bar, la piste de danse peut être intégré au sein de la salle de réception principale, tout comme elle peut être déplacée de côté pour le déroulement formel de l'événement. Les toiles peuvent toucher le sol mais peuvent aussi être adaptées selon la topographie naturelle de la réception. Elles peuvent tenir d'elles-mêmes ou être érigées sur des structures existantes. La seule limite pourrait être le ciel !
La seule véritable limite avec nos tentes de mariage et tentes de reception est votre imagination. Avec un décor créatif, un bon éclairage et un esprit inventif toute mariée peut obtenir son mariage de conte de fée. Cela peut paraître impossible, direz-vous. Pas du tout ! Qu'il y ait 50 ou 500 invités sur la liste, les Tentes Étirables Tentickle peuvent élaborer un agencement de mariage non seulement pratique, mais élégant et unique en son genre. Contactez l'un de nos experts en location de chapiteau dès aujourd'hui.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Top 10 Wedding Destinations around the World

From picturesque Cliffside views in Italy and vineyards in Cape Town, to white-sand beaches in Jamaica, we’re taking you on a trip around the globe to 10 of the top wedding destinations in the world.

10. Germany

Amazing cities, some of the best tourist services and a public transport system that is the envy of the world, Germany is the wedding destination of choice for many globetrotters. This gem in the European crown provides visitors with a temperate seasonal climate that is best enjoyed between July and September, especially if the wedding is held in one of the ever popular Bedouin inspired stretch tents in Germany.

9. Puerto Rico

Experience a healthy dose of history when you hold a wedding in Puerto Rico. This amazing country boasts ancient forts, cobblestone streets, lush rainforests and idyllic beaches. If romance and tradition are what you are looking for then why not take a look at the old city of El Convento which echoes the island’s colonial past.

8. Jamaica

A tropical island paradise that offers more than just palms trees and beaches. Jamaica has it all, a vibrant fun loving culture, upmarket resorts and affordable prices. The beach resort of Montego Bay, as well as the gardens and waterfalls of Ocho Rios, provide the perfect backdrop for any type of wedding be it a small intimate affair or a huge society gathering.

7. Italy

You’ve not seen awe inspiring until you’ve travelled along the Amalfi Drive in Italy, one the most scenic stretches of coastline in the world. These winding cliff roads offer views of the sea that have to be experienced to be believed. September and October in Italy are the best times to host a wedding thanks to the milder temperatures found at that time of the year!

6. Ireland

Fairytale weddings come to life no matter where in the Emerald Isle you wish to get married. Ireland offers prospective wedding couples the chance to experience seaside villages, manicured gardens, and grand castles in an enchanted setting. As an added bonus the mixture of traditional culture and the history of the country will keep guests busy both before and after the wedding function takes place. Ireland also plays home to a number of well established Irish events tents companies, which ensures that you’ll always have the best possible outdoor wedding venue. One particular company stands out from the rest for stretch tents in Ireland, Tentickle Stretch Tents.

5. Australia

Known for its sea life, friendly people and laidback approach to life, Australia is the ideal wedding destination for people seeking an outdoor culture that is centred around having fun. Considered to be the world’s biggest island, Australia is best enjoyed between December and February as this offers visitors the perfect weather to explore its 21,262 mile coastline. Australia is known for its majestic outdoor venues, ideal for having weddings under Bedouin inspired stretch tents.

4. New Zealand

The remote landscapes, rugged mountains and golden beaches of New Zealand are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream wedding destination. Almost all of this beautiful countries weather is mild, with the warmest months of the year falling between December and February.

3. France

No list of romantic wedding destinations would be complete without the country that has come to define the word love thanks to its capital city Paris. Known as the world’s most romantic city, Paris offers wedding parties the perfect gateway to historic villages, castles, wine estates and some of the best cuisine in the world. Due to European weather patterns, the best time to plan a French wedding is between April and June, especially if you are planning an outdoor wedding.

2. South Africa

South Africa is not called “the world in one country” for nothing, as it offers towering mountains, world class wine estates, coastal forests, and golden beaches. It also has some of the best internationally renowned wildlife reserves within easy driving distances of almost every major city. December to March are the best times of the year to hold a wedding, as an African summer is something that every person should experience at least once in their lives. The summer sun can be particularly harsh for visitors however, so it is strongly advised that you rent a wedding tent to help provide shade for the wedding guests. Why not consider beautiful stretch tents?These can be hired from a reputable South African tent manufacturer such as Tentickle Stretch Tents in Cape Town.

1. Tahiti

Famous for its black sand beaches as well as being the economic, cultural and political centre of French Polynesia. Tahiti offers wedding parties and guests great service, crowd free beaches and picturesque landscapes. The Tahiti dry season runs from May to October and is without a doubt the best time of the year to host a wedding.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Ten Totally Imaginative Outdoor Wedding Ideas

So you’ve decided to have an outdoor wedding, but you’re not so sure about what you can do to:

a) Make Your Guests More Comfortable
b) Make Your Wedding Even More Memorable

Tentickle Stretch Tents, an international Tents Manufacturing and Supplier, has years of experience in the wedding industry and have been exposed to some of the most creative wedding ideas around. Ideas that they were  only too happy to share! So in no particular order here are 10 Totally Imaginative Outdoor Wedding Ideas:

1. Provide pillows with any outdoor seating

Most outdoor seats are manufactured using wrought iron or wood, both of which can get extremely uncomfortable very quickly when wedding guests are sitting on them. To help alleviate the problem simply provide pillows for your guests to sit on. Not only are they comfortable, but they also add a nice decorative touch.

2. Warn your guests about appropriate footwear

High heels and grass are not a great combination. So if you are having an outdoor wedding be sure to remind the female guests before the time what to expect. Alternatively you can also provide the ladies with heel covers as a wedding favour upon arrival.

3. Give sunglasses as wedding favours

The bright African sunshine can play havoc on people's eyes during summer, so if you’d like to ensure that nobody misses out on what happens on your big day, why not offer sunglasses as a wedding favour? Not only are they a fun gift to give your guests, but they also can be used to add to a specific “look” if your wedding day is themed in any way.

4. Put your wedding program on a fan

Another great idea for a hot summer's day wedding, simply add the wedding program to a hand held fan. This not only looks good, but is also extremely practical and should be a hit with everybody who is feeling the heat outdoors.

5. Supply everyone with a pair of flip-flops for dancing

We all know how hot and uncomfortable our feet can get at an outdoor wedding, so why not offer a low cost pair of flip-flops to each of your guests as a wedding favour. You never know, they might even help everybody relax just that little bit more and get the party started.

6. Provide wet towelettes and cooling face mist

A quick and cost effective way to ensure that your guests stay cool, calm and collected. If you have the budget they can even be branded with your initials.

7. Throw blankets and quilts over bales of hay to create seating

This will save money while the bright colours created by the blankets and the rustic appeal of the hay itself will add to the outdoor appeal of the wedding.

8. Provide blankets/wraps if it’s going to be cold or breezy

These can be used to help people get more comfortable on a cooler day and can even be embroidered with your initials so that people will remember your special day if you chooses to give them out as a wedding favour.

9. Wrap a tree or two with lights and photos to highlight each family

Here you can literally create a family tree showing the history and background of both of the bride and groom’s families.

10. Use Stretch Fabric Wedding Tents to enhance the splendour of the wedding

Stretch Marquee Tents can be hired to not only create shade or cover, but to also help enhance the look and feel of an outdoor wedding. They can be set up almost anywhere and offer a smooth natural background to the day’s event that will not be intrusive or interrupt the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Friday, 11 September 2015

An Irish Wedding Dream Becomes a Reality

Ariana & Matt Wedding - Stretch Tent in Ballintoy

There are many stretch marquees companies in Ireland that thought we were crazy to take on a wedding of this magnitude on such short notice, but we at Tentickle Stretch Tents have always had a “thing” for achieving the impossible. Which is exactly why we jumped at the opportunity to help this young American couple to host what is in our opinion one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies that we’ve ever helped to create. Let us set the scene for you and help you discover for yourself just how amazing this wedding actually was…

The Wedding Request

Matt and Ariana had a dream to host their wedding on the North Coast Clifftop at Ballintoy, Co. Antrim, a beautiful part of Ireland that is renowned for its spectacular vistas and amazing scenery. The catch however was that it had to be set-up from scratch with only 24 hours’ notice, as they had only decided on the location (at Dunseverick Castle) the day before.

The Bridal Couple

The bridal couple hailed from Philadelphia in the USA, but the groom Matt was originally from Ireland and moved away with his parents when he was 6. Ariana was of Greek descent and brought with her a sense of history and vision that was going to help create an unforgettable dream wedding.
Ballintoy stretch tent wedding - Ariana & Matt

The Setup

A venue such as this needed something extraordinary to accompany it and we suggested a 16.5m x 15m White Durastretch Canopy with 3 sides down. Matt and Ariana agreed and our team worked their magic and in conjunction with Grace & Saviour Wedding Stylist, Design and Hire Studio we set up what was later to be referred to as one of the most perfect wedding tents ever seen.
Ariana & Matt's Wedding under a Tentickle wedding tent in Ballintoy

The Big Day

Ariana and Matt’s fathers were both pastors and brought a sense of family and spiritual peace to the event as they officiated the wedding held on what can only be described as a perfect day for a wedding. The photos below speak louder than any words ever will, and show just how infectious the love of these two amazing people was for all involved. The ceremony, the setting and the people all combined to change everyone who experienced it, while also helping to set a benchmark for what we at Tentickle Stretch Marquees believe is possibly one of the best weddings that we have ever helped to host.
Post contributed by Angus Barry, Tentickle Stretch Tents Belfast, Ireland, photos by Gather and Tides as well as Ball and Wolf.
Originally posted on: Tentickle Stretch Tent