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When it comes to determining the right size for your event tent, it’s important to keep in mind that guest count isn’t the only factor. Seating arrangements can vastly change the capacity of your tent, as well as any food arrangements. Plus, you’ve got to leave some room for a dance floor or additional entertainment! This all goes into determining which size tent you’ll need for your particular event. Seating charts, food arrays, and entertainment all play a part.

What Size Tent Do I Need?

At American Tent, we make the process of finding your perfect event tent as simple as possible. That’s why we’ve developed this helpful tent capacity calculator to help you determine which tent size you will need. No need to use a separate wedding tent calculator or party tent calculator-- the questions below include everything you need to determine the perfect size tent for any need or event!

Online Tent Capacity Calculator

First, let’s get some more information so we can help you find the best tent for your event.
Which phrase best describes you/your background?
What kind of material did you have in mind?
Pro Tip!

Our white vinyl is 16 oz blockout and keeps tents nice and cool underneath. It's ideal for tents that are staying up for longer periods of time. Clear tents can heat up like a greenhouse, so keep that in mind when deciding which is best for you.

Do you know what kind of surface your tent will be set up on?
Pro Tip!

Both pole tents and frame tents can be staked into the ground, but frame tents are able to be ballasted in other ways if you cannot drive stakes into your surface. Surfaces like concrete cannot be staked into.

Now, how many people would you like your tent to hold?
Pro Tip!

Be sure your guests are comfortable; for example, if you're only planning to have cocktail tables, you'll want to include about 8 square feet per guest. Our handy chart can tell you more.

How would you like your seating arrangements?
Pro Tip!

Don't forget to include square footage for items such as: gift tables, DJ stations, dance floors, and guest book tables.

Let’s talk crew. How many people will you have to set up your tent?
Pro Tip!

Call Jake to learn about helpful accessories like our Frame Tent Jack if you think you'll need extra help.

This was fun, wasn’t it? Based on your answers, we recommend the following tents.
Click on the tents to learn more. These are suggestions based on the information available. Always call our friendly sales team if you have any questions.
Pro Tip!

Need help with tent setup? Buy our frame jack!

Thank you for answering the questions!

We can offer some really good options. To buy a perfect tent for your event, please call for details.

Why use our calculator?

Calculating tent size for a wedding, concert, party, or any other kind of outdoor event can be stressful and confusing. Why does one party tent size calculator tell you one thing, but another lists a much different size necessary for your event? There are a lot of details you need to keep in mind when determining what size tent to buy. Our tent capacity calculator includes these important details and provides you with the most accurate tent size needs available.

What Size Tent Do I Need For My Event?

Of course, the type of tent and style you’re looking for at your event will also determine what size tent you’ll need. At American Tent, we offer a variety of the most popular event tent designs, from small pop-ups to large frame tents, pole tents, pagodas and more!

What size tent for 25 guests?

With a smaller guest count like 25 guests, a 10 x 20 pop-up tent is the perfect option for a casual backdoor event or get together.

For events with spread-out seating and entertainment within the tent there are various larger options, like our 15 x 30 Frame tent or the 20 x 20 pole tent!

What size tent do I need for 50 guests?

Frame and pole tents make a wonderful choice for medium-large events. A casual, cocktail event for 50 people could be comfortably accommodated in our 20 x 20 frame tent. You could also host an extra-special, ornate event with sit-down dinner seating in our beautiful 20 x 40 clear top tent.

Wedding tent size calculator

Remember, guest count is only a small part of what determines what size tent you’ll need for an outdoor wedding venue! Use our tent capacity calculator, or read our in-depth article on determining the correct wedding tent size here.

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