Here are 10 good reasons to have tented weddings. Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your reception under the stars. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.

Whether you are producing a small event or a big event, having a tent will always come in handy. Here are 10 of the best reasons why.

  1. Weather. As we all know, weather can be so unpredictable. If you are planning for an event in advance it’s impossible to know what the weather will be like the day of. Having a tent can save you and your guests from the rain and give you shade from the bright sun.
  2. Food. Having a tent can help to create a space and protect your food from outdoor temperatures.
  3. Customize. Having an event with a tent means that you can customize the layout of your event space. Need multiple levels? No problem. Need several rooms inside one giant space? Sure, why not. Do you want clear walls and ceilings so that your indoor event will look and feel as if it were outdoors? Sounds good to me.
  4. Atmosphere. Think of a tent as a blank canvas. With the right décor, it will allow you to create any mood you want your event to have whether you want it to be elegant, dramatic, or even casual and relaxed. Whatever the mood, it all starts with the tent.
  5. Location. One of the best qualities of a tent is that you can reasonably place it anywhere you need to. No need to limit yourself, dream big.
  6. Bugs. Everyone hates mosquitoes. We all know you’re lying if you say you don’t. A tent with walls will keep those pesky bugs away, saving your guests from a weeks worth of itchiness.
  7. VIP. Certain events require a separate place for VIP guests to gather and be entertained. A tent can definitely provide this place if there isn’t one available.
  8. Size. The beauty about tents is that they come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter how many guests you have because there will always be a tent size that can accommodate it.
  9. Sound. Tents can act as sound barriers making the sound inside much more lively and controlled within the structure.
  10. Experience. All of the reasons above can ensure that your guests have a once in a lifetime experience.

The Wedding Trends To Keep And Ditch In 2018

Found  this great article on predicting the trend in weddings for the 2018 season. There are 7 industry experts giving you information that could be valuable to you. So, enjoy.

Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your reception under the stars. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.


Anna Price Olson

Published on December 6, 2017

We asked some of the country’s top planners to predict the future. Continue reading



Here is a great article on 2018 Wedding trends by Mindy Weiss. She is worth the follow if you are involved in planning a wedding.

Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your wedding or event. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.


Hi friends! Can’t believe we’re already well into 2018! Time sure is flying. As I do every year, I love to predict what trends will be big in the wedding world for the upcoming year. I take inspiration from the runway, home décor trends and, of course, what my current clients are asking for. With that in mind, here’s what I think will be a few of the biggest wedding trends in 2018:

  • Gift lounges for destination weddings. Rather than favors, many couples doing luxury destination weddings are opting for a gifting lounge – a small, styled area with a variety of small gifts and snacks for guests to choose from. It’s such a memorable and thoughtful experience for guests.
  • Colored Candles.Candles will always add such a cozy ambience to any wedding. But this year, instead of the standard white and ivory candles, I think couples will add a splash of color to their décor accents. Candles in striking colors on your tablescapes or peppered throughout the event space are such an easy way to add something unexpected to your décor.
  • Italian Inspiration.I predict couples adding a touch of Italy to their weddings over the next year. Italian linen tablecloths and napkins in a variety of colors will make things feel more luxe. I also think Italy will be a popular pick for destination weddings this year. While beach and island locales are always popular, a destination wedding in Italy is a great European getaway for family and friends.
  • Amaranthus –It’s baaack! Just another example of how trends can come back around. So many couples are asking to incorporate Amaranthus in their décor. The cascading plant gives floral pieces a lush feel and the bold color adds some interest.
  • Greenery –Clear tents with greenery installations instead of fabric treatments will be a huge hit for outdoor events next year. Using greenery adds that natural element and makes things feel so organic and crispy. Perfect for spring and summer weddings!

 What wedding trends are you most excited for in 2018?



The Average Wedding Cost In America Is Over $30,000 — But Here’s Where Couples Spend Way More Than That

Here is a fun article about how wedding costs can get crazy. There are advantages choosing an outdoor wedding under one of our many tents. Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your reception under the stars. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.


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Sarah Jacobs

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Everything You Need to Consider When Choosing A Tent For Your Reception

Here is another great article on the advantages of tented weddings. Sperry Tents of the Seacoast offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your reception under the stars. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.

One of the more popular venues for bride and grooms who want to be outdoors but don’t want to fall subject to the weather are tented receptions. The best part of throwing your party inside a tent is that it’s totally customizable — unlike the landscaping or layout of a garden or the interior of a hall or estate. If you want to pitch the biggest party of your life in a tent, here’s what you need to consider beforehand. *

Tents are whatever you want to make them. From size to flooring and even climate control (need heat or extra AC? No problem!) the options are endless when choosing a tent. There are, however, a lot of things to keep in mind when shopping for the place you’ll party as Mr. and Mrs. First, unless you’re hosting a reception in a private backyard, you must ask your venue’s location if a tent is allowed and where they recommend it’s set-up. If the venue confirms that it is allowed, then ask if they work with a particular tent vendor or have a few recommendations — tent prices can vary and you’ll want to ensure you find a reputable dealer. Most of all, don’t forget that everything added on to a tent — whether its bathrooms, sound systems, generators, ground cover, dance floor, permits, etc — will come at an extra cost, so be sure to accommodate the necessities in your budget and compare prices across companies. Lastly you better go see the tent before you order it! No one needs a hidden surprise on the day of their wedding.

Positive Outlook As Smuttynose Moves Forward

Sperry Tents Seacoast is super excited that Smuttynose Brewing  on Towle Farm Rd in Hampton NH has been purchased by the local investors of Runnymede Investors, North Hampton NH.

Sperry Tents Seacoast is providing signature Sperry Tents for six weddings at Smuttynose this summer. It is great to have locally owned family businesses  working toward a common good! Congratulations Smuttynose!


HAMPTON — Peter Egelston was pained to watch Smuttynose Brewing Co., the craft brewery he launched 24 years ago, taken from his hands at a foreclosure auction March 9. He shed a tear as he watched bids for Smuttynose and its $24 million facility, a brewing palace on Towle Farm Road, drop from $10 million to $6 million.

No one expected the bids to drop so low that The Provident Bank would need to buy it back with a protective $8.25 million bid, said Egelston, not even the bankers. He stood at the side of the auction inside the brewery with his partner Joanne Francis.

“This was my life’s work,” Egelston said. “It was tough to see it up on the block, and it was especially tough to see the bids stall where it did. It’s hard not to take that a little bit personally.”

The two weeks since the auction have been tough for Egelston and Francis, who announced the foreclosure sale in January following financial struggles brought on by changes in the craft brewing industry.

But the purchase of Smuttynose by a group of North Hampton investors, Runnymede Investments, has Egelston hopeful the brand will turn around. Now at the helm as CEO is former Boston Beer Co. CFO Rich Lindsay, a longtime beer executive Egelston trusts has the strong sense of numbers and relationship-building skills needed for success in the industry.

“What was a pretty significant setback for Joanne and me personally certainly opened up an opportunity for investors to come in and get a great deal on a great company, and I’m happy somebody did,” said Egelston, who for now remains president of the company.

Runnymede’s purchase was announced a week after the auction, its owners stating they hope to keep Smuttynose alive as a New Hampshire staple. Lindsay and Egelston said changes will hopefully include the introduction of new products, but the brand will stay much the same.

That brand, they said, has continued to hold a fan base despite the financial struggles. Lindsay said the brand’s recognizable artwork, from the two old geezers on the Finestkind IPA label to the image of Egelston’s late weinheimer Olive on the Old Brown Dog bottle, will remain.

As news of the sale spread, Lindsay said frustrated Smuttynose fans sent pictures of their favorite beers in their cases, showing the brand “means something to them.”

“That was not the thing that put us off on our pins, the brand itself,” Egelston said. “Through thick and thin, that… has been our strong suit.”

Egelston is excited by the prospect of ramping up production of new products, which became difficult in recent years due to the financial difficulties. He said the company started curtailing new releases about a year ago, focusing on company standouts as it tightened spending.

“That’s always been an important part of what we’ve done, is kind of having a rhythm of new beer releases coming out into the market,” he said. “It’s just one of the things we’ve all missed.”

What new types of beers could be introduced, Lindsay said, is hard to say. Smuttynose already covers the spectrum of beers, he said, including year-round IPAs, lagers and porters as well as seasonal brews like its Oktoberfest and its cherry and plum flavored Smistletoe.

Egelston said the brewery has a sizeable back catalogue of discontinued beers he suspects would be more successful if released today. He recalled the cherry-flavored Hanami Ale, a sour that was not a big seller when released around 2004. Sours have since become increasingly popular, he said.

“That’s the first one I always think about when I think about a beer that was before it’s time,” Egelston said. “Maybe someday we’ll take another swing at it.”

Putting Smuttynose beer in cans was listed as a priority by Lindsay the day Runnymede was announced as the buyer, though products will still be sold in bottles as well. Lindsay said Smuttynose’s core beers will be on store shelves in 60 to 90 days, the brewery first using a portable canning system before installing its own in-house canning operation several months down the road. The permanent canning line will be capable of filling 250 cans per minute, though Lindsay and Egelston said the line will most likely operate at a speed of 175 to 180 cans per minute.

Lindsay said more sales representatives will be hired to improve the brand’s presence in markets where Smuttynose relies on wholesalers to push its beer alongside numerous other brands.

He said holding more events on Smuttynose’s 13-acre campus, which he called a “beautiful piece of property,” could also generate revenue. The campus includes Hayseed Restaurant.

“I think there’s a lot of opportunity to get the community engaged, for people to experience the brand,” Lindsay said.

Egelston has been praised for helping lay the groundwork for the craft beer industry in New Hampshire. Many Seacoast brewers say they got their start at Smuttynose and appreciate what the brand has done for the Granite State beer scene.

Egelston has said the boom in craft breweries the last several years was a big factor in Smuttynose’s growth dropping. Some owners of smaller area breweries said Smuttynose’s struggles following its move to Hampton serve as a warning against growing too quickly in a rapidly changing industry. The company started on Heritage Avenue in 1994 and opened its new facility in 2014.

Egelston was reluctant to say what he might have done differently, saying, “You’re going to have to read my memoirs for that.”

Egelston and Francis will still own the Portsmouth Brewery, which he opened in 1991, but keeping that brewery and restaurant does little to soften the blow of the Smuttynose sale, he admits.

“I wouldn’t say I get solace in knowing I still have the Brewery, but it’s certainly a business that I’m very attached to and very involved with,” he said. “Downtown Portsmouth is where I’ve been doing business for 28 years and that’s not changing.”

Egelston said he wishes he could give a more definitive answer on his future with Smuttynose, but that, he said, is still being worked out with the new ownership. At 59, though, he said any conversation about the long-term is different than for someone much younger.

“We’re just not quite there yet,” Egelston said of finalizing his future with Smuttynose. “I’m not going away. I do feel comfortable saying that.”

Sperry Tents Getting Ready For A Busy Summer Wedding Tent Season

Our team has been getting ready for this summer’s weddings.  The staff takes pride in producing high end weddings for our clients.

Tom Roberts our production manger is orchestrating the work flow in the warehouse

Below you will find photos of Andrew building custom side poles for Owls Nest Resort in Campton New Hampshire.

Ryan and Jerry are staining new flooring for The Big House in Kennebunk Maine.

Donovan is sewing custom sidewall for The Wentworth in Rye NH.

Bobby is working on the exit signs ready for a job at Harbor Pace in Portsmouth New Hampshire. 

Camie  is working with a bride on her tent layout at the Nonantum in Kennebunkport Maine

Tented Wedding: Sean & Mitch Get Hitched!

Believe it or not, we didn’t meet Mitch and Sean in person until the day before their wedding.  We corresponded mostly on email or phone or Skype beforehand since they were planning long-distance.  When we showed up to see the venue and to lead the rehearsal, Mitch and Sean greeted with a hug and were so warm and welcoming.  That was really a theme of their wedding; it was a beautiful and heartfelt weekend and we were so glad to be a part of it. Continue reading

Royal Flush! Pippa Middleton’s Wedding Reception Will Have a Luxury ‘Throne Room’

WOW just check out these portable bathrooms in this article. W.C. Seacoast has some Luxury Restroom Trailers fit for your queen. Check them out.


May 17, 2017 11:27 AM

Guests at Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception will be treated to nothing but the best — including a luxury “throne room!”

Middleton’s reception, which will take place within a giant glass palace on the grounds of her family home in Bucklebury, will be outfitted with signature toilets from AndyLoos, according to reports.

And the bespoke facility is fit for royalty, featuring individual cubicles, spot lighting, large mirrors, and vanity units. It’s available in oak, black or white color schemes. Continue reading

Got It Covered

Got it covered

October 28 • 2010

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You may have heard that Maine is among the country’s most stunning and scenic locales for hosting a wedding. But you may not have heard the traditional Maine saying, “If you don’t like the weathah, just wait a minute, it’ll change.” So what do you get when you combine beautiful surroundings with unreliable weather? Tents. Continue reading