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From: Tooman
Response: Hello Sophie, Your idea sounds very unique. In America the cost to do it would be several thousand dollars more than the cost of a tent with less decor. To incorporate a chill out area would probably require a larger tent than one that holds only tables and chairs for dining. It would also require additional chairs, preferably comfortable ones. Here, we find that such areas are not really used much. Older guests and those who are casual friends tend to leave rather than go to a quieter area. I am not sure how long guests stay at weddings in England, but in the U.S. they begin drifting away after the cake is cut, particulary if they dont enjoy dancing. By the end of the evening the families, out of town guests, and close friends are often the only ones remaining.

Have you talked with the tent rental company or an event decorator to see if your ideas can be accomplished, and if so, what the cost would be? That would be the first thing to do before seriously discussing your ideas with your parents. You will know whether your ideas can be easily accomplished and for a reasonable price.

Because your parents are paying for the wedding, they do have the final say in how their money is spent. If your parents paid for the rental of the tent, could you afford to pay for the special decor? That would be one way to make this a win-win situation for everyone. If you do your homework and have solid facts and figures, you will know which way to go.

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