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May 27, 2024Now Trending

40x60 pole tent

Planning a significant outdoor celebration—a wedding, graduation, or a milestone birthday—demands reliable shelter to protect your festivities against the elements. While commercial-grade tents provide the ideal solution for keeping your event on track regardless of weather, the decision to rent or buy can hinge on several factors, especially if the event is a one-time occasion.

Factors Influencing Rental Costs:

  • Tent Style: Choose from a variety of tents, including traditional pole tents known for their elegance and simplicity, or opt for the sturdier frame tents which offer unobstructed interior space.
  • Setup Surface: This might not be the first thing you think of but the type of ground on which the tent will be setup—grass, concrete driveways, or other—can affect the complexity and cost of installation.
  • Event Location: Rental fees fluctuate significantly depending on whether your celebration is in a bustling major city or a quieter small town.
  • Event Timing: Keep in mind that booking during peak seasons or holidays typically drives up rental costs due to higher demand.

We will walk you through these considerations to help you make an informed choice that aligns perfectly with both your party requirements and your budget. As experienced tent manufacturers, we also understand the value of investment in quality. If you frequently host events, purchasing a tent might be economically beneficial in the long run. Here's what you can expect in terms of pricing rates:

Tent Type Single Rental (Low) Single Rental (High) Purchase Price
Frame Tent $1,800 $3,600 $14,900
Pole Tent $1,400 $2,800 $10,500


Understanding Rental Pricing Tiers:

  • Lower Rental Costs: These may be influenced by factors such as the use of older or less durable tent materials, non-peak rental times, DIY setup options, or economically favorable regions
  • Higher Rental Costs: These often reflect the use of top-quality materials, comprehensive service that includes setup and teardown, and additional features like custom accessories.

If you're thinking about hosting multiple events, buying your own shelter could really pay off. In as few as 3-5 uses, your tent has already paid for itself. Plus, investing in a high-quality shelter means you're set for the long haul.

Frame Tent vs Pole Tent: Which One is the Superior Choice?

40x60 wedding tent

Deciding between a frame tent and a pole tent depends largely on the specific vision of your event. It's crucial to weigh the pros and cons of each to ensure your celebration proceeds without any hitches.

Pole tents are a popular option for weekend events and offer several advantages:

  • Cost-Effectiveness: Generally less expensive than frame tents.
  • Ease of Installation: Simpler and quicker to set up.
  • Aesthetic Considerations: Central poles can create a traditional peaked roof appearance but may obstruct views or interfere with interior space planning.
  • Installation Requirements: Require staking into the ground, limiting their suitability for hard surfaces.

40x60 frame tent for wedding

Frame tents are valued for their flexibility and strength, making them ideal for a variety of occasions:

  • Unobstructed Space: The frame structure eliminates the need for internal poles, providing completely usable space beneath the tent.
  • Durability: Better suited for longer-term rentals or installations.
  • Surface Versatility: Can be set up on any type of ground, including concrete and other hard surfaces.
  • Height Adjustments: Frame tents often feature horizontal cables at the eave height, which provide added wind resistance. Consider opting for taller leg options to accommodate larger installations or decorative elements.

It's essential to consider how the structure of your chosen tent will impact your event's layout. This capacity chart illustrates how pole placements can affect seating arrangements and overall space utilization with roughly 2,400 square feet to play with:

Event Type Frame Tent Capacity Pole Tent Capacity
Theater Style 257 247
Cocktails 225 205
Banquet Seating 180 165
Sit-down Dinner 150 135


For precise planning, we recommend creating a detailed floor plan that includes pole positions to provide an accurate visualization of how space can be effectively utilized. By understanding the features of both pole and frame tents, you can make an informed decision that best suits your outdoor celebration.

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Looking to enhance your event with an elegant tent? Your search ends here! Call us today and let our team of experts guide you to find the perfect tent that will transform your special day into an unforgettable celebration. 

Discover the many options we offer by calling us: 920-431-0938

9 Tent Rental Accessories You Should Consider

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When renting a tent, don't overlook the power of great accessories to transform your space into an extraordinary celebration setting. Be sure to ask your tent rental company about the available accessory options and any package deals they might offer. With the perfect mix of additions, your tent becomes more than just a shelter—it becomes the heart of your celebration.

  1. Sidewalls/Windows: Whether you need protection from the elements, desire more privacy, or want to add a stylish flair, sidewalls are incredibly versatile. Choose from solid, clear, or windowed options to tailor the look and function to your event's specific needs.
  2. Weighting/Ballasting: Setting up on concrete, decks, or other surfaces where stakes are not an option? Look into specialized tent ballasting solutions that ensure safety without the need for stakes.
  3. Lighting: Illuminate your tented space effectively, especially since many tent tops are crafted from 16oz blockout vinyl that blocks sunlight. Whether you’re looking for romantic twinkle lights for a wedding or vibrant string lights for a corporate event, there’s a lighting style to match every occasion.
  4. Flooring: Adding flooring under your tent can dramatically enhance the comfort and elegance of your special day. It provides a stable surface that prevents furniture legs or high heels from sinking into the ground, ensuring that your guests move smoothly and safely.
  5. Chairs: Make sure there’s plenty of seats for each guest by checking your expected attendance against our tent capacity chart. This helps you plan seating arrangements comfortably and efficiently.
  6. Tables: Tables are a must-have for any event, from a high-top cocktail table for happy hours to a banquet table for ceremonies or round tables for weddings. Your rental company likely offers a range of options to suit any style.
  7. Table Linens: Never underestimate the impact of linens. They not only enhance your decor and integrate your color theme but also cover up any wear and tear on rental tables, ensuring your setup looks pristine.
  8. Dishes/Glassware/Flatware: If investing in a permanent set of dishes and silverware isn't in your plan, renting is a cost-effective alternative. This is particularly ideal for large events where purchasing outright wouldn’t be practical or necessary post-event.

Incorporating these accessories can significantly elevate the functionality and aesthetic of your event, making it a memorable experience for all your guests.

Navigating the Costs of a 40x60 Tent for Your Next Big Event

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With these insights, you're well-equipped to select the right tent for your event. Whether you're considering a 40 x 60 tent rental or thinking about purchasing one, trust a company that prioritizes your event's success as much as you do.

Our tents are crafted to the highest quality standards, ensuring both exceptional aesthetics and top-notch safety. To maintain your tent’s pristine, white condition, consider using a drop cloth during setup to shield against dirt and stains. For those choosing frame tents, investing in a frame jack can significantly simplify the installation process.

Thinking of buying? We specialize in customization. Tailor your tent with custom dimensions, select from specialty fabric colors, or add unique printing to make your setup stand out. With a tent that's truly one-of-a-kind, your event is sure to impress.

We're committed to helping you create a memorable outdoor event. If you’re still deciding whether to rent or buy, don’t hesitate to reach out at 920-431-0938. Our expert team is here to provide guidance and support every step of the way.

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Tony Ehrbar

Owner & CEO

Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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