How to Have a Beautiful, Weather-Safe Outdoor Wedding

Experience the benefits of an alfresco wedding beneath a clear-top tent!

Clear top wedding tent black and white checker dance floor
Photo by Tec Petaja; Floral & Event Design by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design

Many brides and grooms long for an open-air, alfresco wedding reception under the stars; however, their location or the time of year in which their wedding is taking place does not always allow for such a venue. Luckily, there are options for couples who want to have an outdoor wedding that's also safe for inclement weather. One such way to achieve this is with a clear-top tent. The translucent ceiling allows the sunlight to stream in and offers views of the surrounding landscape; however, it also will keep guests dry in case it does happen to rain on your special day. 

The bride and groom from the wedding pictured above were one such couple who wanted an entirely alfresco wedding but chose the safer option, which turned out to be the focal point of the celebration. "We wanted our reception to be outdoors as much as possible," shares the bride. "However, given our New England location and the high chances of rain and nightly storms, we knew we couldn't risk it. Fortunately, we were able to work with our wedding planner to create a structure that gave the necessary coverage needed, but didn't obstruct the view of the lake – and still gave us the 'outdoor' feeling and look we had hoped for."

Many couples have experienced the exact same scenario, and we hope the images from real weddings below will inspire your own ceremony or reception. More than just a weather-safe option, clear-top tents can suspend greenery, florals, drapery, or chandeliers to create a true wow factor for your nuptials. Be sure to click on each photo to see more from these exquisite events!

Clear top wedding tent ceremony in Aspen Colorado on ranch
Photo by Perez Photography; Planning & Design by Diamond Affairs Weddings & Special Events; Floral Design by Bella Flora of Dallas

Clear top wedding tent reception with white clear color palette
Photo by The Day; Floral & Event Design by HMR Designs

Beach wedding reception clear top tent with blush draping
Photo by Karlisch Photography; Planning & Design by DFW Events

Clear top tent wedding reception Diana Ross' daughter
Photo by Rebecca Walker for The Day; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Clear top wedding tent with pink and white reception decor
Photo by Style & Story Creative

Clear top wedding tent over pool in Colorado
Photo by Chrisman Studios; Rentals by Chameleon Chair Collection

Clear top wedding reception tent with unique lighting
Photo by Robert Evans Studio

wedding reception under clear top tent fall theme flowers
Photo by Grant Daniels Photography; 
Planning & Design by Diamond Affairs Weddings & Special Events; Floral Design by Bella Flora of Dallas

Outdoor colorful wedding reception under clear top tent with twinkle lights
Photo by Mi Belle Photographers; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers

Clear top wedding tent with drapery sunset views
Photo by Lin & Jirsa Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden

pretty wedding reception with clear top tent pink flowers
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios; Planning & Design by Geller Events; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers

Half draped half clear top wedding reception tent white black red decor
Photo by Kortnee Kate; Planning & Design by Viva Bella Events
Rentals by Chameleon Chair Collection

View more wedding planning ideas and tips here, discover how to deal with rain on your wedding day, and see ideas for rustic centerpiece designs.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy