What is a Wedding Canopy?
A wedding canopy is a type of outdoor structure used during weddings or other events where large crowds are expected. These structures are usually made from wood, plastic, metal, and even glass. They range in size from small portable ones that can be carried around with you to huge structures that will accommodate thousands of guests.
The main purpose of a wedding canopy is to provide shade and protection from the sun’s rays while still allowing people to enjoy the event. There are many different types of wedding canopies available, each designed specifically for its intended use. Some canopies have built-in seating areas so that your guests don’t need to stand outside in the hot summer weather. Others can hold food and drink, so they aren’t just for show.
And some canopies are completely open to the sky, which allows them to be used as a stage or even a helicopter landing pad!
There are several kinds of wedding canopy styles, but all of them share one thing in common: they’re pretty awesome! You’ll want one if you plan on having any kind of big event.
The History of the Wedding Canopy
You probably don’t give wedding canopies a second thought, but you probably should, because this is an invention that has changed the way we all celebrate one of the most important events in our lives. Although their use has mostly been reserved for weddings, there are other uses for these structures as well. For example, some homeowners have installed them in their backyards so they can enjoy barbeques while staying out of the harsh sun. We also have large canopy structures at public parks for children’s birthday parties.
There are two main types of wedding canopy: rigid and inflatable (sometimes called air beams or tension fabrics).
Rigid Wedding Canopies
The main advantage to using rigid canopies is that they’re usually more cost effective than inflatables. Also, because of their design, they’re much stronger and can support a greater amount of weight.
Rigid canopies are usually made of wood or metal and consist of a rectangular frame, walls, and a roof. The rectangular base is secured to the ground (or floor) using metal stakes, sandbags or even concrete. The walls sit on the top of the frame and the roof sits on top of the walls. Depending on where you live, you may need insulation in the roof to prevent it from getting too hot in the sun.
This type of canopy can come in many sizes.
Inflatable Wedding Canopies
Inflatable canopies are a popular choice for several reasons. In some cases, they can be cheaper than rigid canopies. They’re also light enough to be transported from place to place without too much hassle. However, their main selling point is that they’re extremely easy to set up.
Most can be inflated in as little as five minutes.
These canopies consist of fabric beams that are blown up with air. They’re also sometimes called air beams or tension fabrics. These beams are normally made from vinyl or nylon material and come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The most common shapes are arches, tunnels, domes, and columns.
Some are even designed to look like tents.
How Are They Used?
These days, canopies are used for all kinds of events and celebrations. In addition to weddings, they’re also used for birthday parties, graduations, and even barbeques.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
Despite their many advantages, these structures do have a few downsides. For starters, rigid canopies are more expensive than their inflatable counterparts. They’re also not as easy to transport. In most cases you’ll need a large cargo vehicle to transport them.
Inflatables on the other hand, are usually cheaper and easier to transport. However, there have been a few instances where these canopies have collapsed due to poor workmanship. When this happens at a wedding, it’s not only embarrassing for you, but it can be potentially dangerous too.
How Do You Choose The Right One?
When it comes to choosing the right canopy, there are a few factors you need to take into account. To begin with, you’ll need to make sure the canopy is large enough to accommodate your guests and the wedding party. You should also think about how you plan to use the area under the canopy. For example, if you’re going to be setting up tables and chairs underneath it, then you’ll need a larger space. This is different if you just want to use it for decoration and photo opportunities.
Finally, you’ll need to think about transport. You’ll need a truck or trailer that’s capable of transporting the canopy. In some cases, you may even need an operator to help you set it up in the first place. Take all these things into consideration before you choose your wedding canopy.
By doing so, you’ll increase the likelihood of having a successful event.
A wedding canopy is a great way to add style and pizzazz to your special day. The above tips should help you choose the right option for your needs. By thinking critically about your requirements, you’ll increase the likelihood of having a successful event.
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