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Planning Your Dream Wedding

When planning your dream wedding, you want to control every little detail, from how long the ceremony lasts all the way down to what color the napkins are. Sadly, there is one thing you can’t control: the weather. Bad rain or heavy winds can throw off even the best laid wedding plans, so it pays to be prepared for unexpected weather. The best way to keep mother nature from messing up your day is with a tent, but with so many options out there it can be difficult to know what kind of tent best fits your wedding. To help you find the perfect shelter, here is our guide to the different tents you can rent from Action Rentals and Sales.

What kind of tent?

There are two basic types of tents: pole tents and frame tents. Pole tents are mounted using poles at the center points of the tent, with anchors along the edges to keep it tied down. Pole tents have the classic swooping roof many people think of when they picture a wedding tent, and they tend to have a very elegant air to them. Pole tents do, however, have to be supported by the poles in the middle of the tent, which can be somewhat obstructive. Additionally, pole tents require around 5-8 feet of clearance for the stakes around the tent, so they may not be able to squeeze into tighter spaces.

Frame tents, on the other hand, have the material stretched out over a metal frame to keep it in place. This gives them a somewhat boxier look than pole tents, but this allows much more control over the layout of your tent space. You can even attach multiple frame tents to give yourself more room or a layout that best fits your taste. Frame tents also fit into tighter spaces than pole tents, so some venues may warrant the use of a frame tent that can squeeze between trees or hedges. You can, however, see the actual frame of a frame tent from inside, so many wedding planners opt to use a tent liner to hide that metal frame from view.

Make it Yours

Once you know the basic type of tent you need, you can start to customize that tent to suit your venue and the look you want. One very unique tent we offer at Action Rental and Sales is our clear top tent. With a see-through roof, the clear top tent section works with most frame tent frames and gives your guests a chance to enjoy the scenery around them and some natural light within the tent. If you need to close up the sides of your tent, sidewalls will be your best choice. Sidewalls can work with both pole and frame tents, and even feature see through “windows” to let light in as well.

Whether you want your tent to be the centerpiece of your wedding, or if you just need it around in case the weather turns sour, Action Rentals and Sales can help you find exactly what you need. To see examples of some of our tents in action and see the options we have available for rent, check out our website, or swing by our showroom at 1861 North Eastman Road. If you have more questions about tents, or are looking to rent one of ours, give the experts at Action Rentals and Sales a call at (423) 246-2552.

Outdoor Wedding? We’ve Got You Covered!



Tents are often seen as a last minute necessity to protect weddings from the elements, but they can be so much more! In addition to providing needed protection from the heat and the rain, tents can also provide a more elegant feeling during your big day. Tents can be decorated with lights and fabric to create a soft feeling during a reception, or with flowers and foliage to create an earthier, natural feel during a ceremony or rehearsal dinner. Encompassing candelabras or chandeliers into your tent design can also give your special day an additional feeling of romance, making it more inviting and relaxing for you and your guests.

When deciding what tents to rent for a wedding or reception, there are a lot of factors to consider. When looking at tent options, take into consideration how you will want to decorate, the height you’ll need, how many people you’ll be entertaining, and the quantity you’ll need. All of these factors will affect what kind of tents you will need and what size and shape you will want.

For all your tent needs, turn to Action Rentals, home of The Tent King! Action Rentals provides the best quality and selection of tents for your big event!

Picking the Right Music for Your Next Event


Upcoming wedding or special event? You’ll need music!

Music can make any event more fun, but deciding what kind of music can be challenging.  Some people choose to use live music or a band, and some choose to have a DJ, but providing your own music can be an even better option!

Often, people don’t consider providing their own music at events because they think it would be too much of a hassle, but providing your own music can have some pretty impressive benefits.

When planning your special event, choosing your own music allows you more input into what’s being played, takes the stress out of finding an available DJ or band, and is more cost-efficient!

Renting the needed equipment to provide your own music is easy and hassle-free with Action Rentals. At Action you can rent wireless mic systems, sound systems and speakers, and even a laptop to play your music from! Action has all the audiovisual tools you’ll need to provide your own event music and entertainment!

Setting the Mood at Your Next Event!


Spring time brings about many new and exciting events, especially with the upcoming “wedding season”, but how can you make those events seem even more special? In order to insure weddings, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners have an intimate or romantic feel, candelabras can be utilized in many different ways. Candelabras can be used for centerpieces at dinners and receptions, or as decorations in entryways, ballrooms, and churches. Candelabras help set the tone and mood of many special events!

Action Rentals has a large selection of candelabras in a variety of different designs, colors, heights, and materials, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your special event!

Don’t forget the tables!

When planning your wedding, it is sometimes easy to overlook minor details such as the guest book table or favor table. When you think of tables at your wedding, odds are you think of the tables in which your guests will sit or the tables where your food will be served. Don’t forget to consider renting a few more tables to add to the feel of your reception. Here are some helpful ideas!


Guest Book Table

Whether you have the traditional guest book or a unique way to remember your guests, you’ll more than likely need a place to put it. It’s easy to think you can just set it up anywhere, but consider allocating a special spot and adding a floral arrangement or even candles to make the guest book table feel a part of your special reception.

Favor Table

Because the favors of your wedding will most likely take up the majority of this table, not many decorations are needed. Add a pretty linen tablecloth and a chalkboard or sign instructing the guests to take a favor home.

Cocktail Tables

During cocktail hour at your reception, more than likely guests won’t be ready to sit down so have a few raised “bar-like” tables for your guests to stand around and chat to enjoy their beverage. Add some candles and smaller floral arrangements.


Gift Table

It is sometimes easy to forget you do receive gifts at the wedding from those friends or relatives that do not make it to wedding showers before the big day. Add a pretty basket or box to collect loose cards and also an area for gifts to be placed on the table. Consider adding a framed sign of you and your hubby as a nice added touch.


For help planning your next party, stop by and see the experts at Action Rental and Sales! We look forward to showcasing the wide variety of party rental items we have. From chairs to china to lighting to tents to linens and more we have everything you need to have the best event in town! Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website or call us at 423-246-5181.

Spring has Sprung!


Spring marks the start of a new social season. With everything from graduation parties, Cinco de Mayo parties, Derby events, and many more, spring is chock full of exciting opportunities to celebrate! Let the professionals at Action Rentals help you create memories that will last a lifetime!

If you are planning a graduation celebration, don’t forget to make it kid-friendly with our wide selection of inflatables and games available for a day or for a week! With everything from bounce houses and obstacle courses to basketball hoops and dunk tanks, Action Rentals has everything you need to help all the kids and kids at heart have a memorable event.

Be sure to book your festive-colored linens, tables and chairs for your Cinco de Mayo event. We have a wide selection of colors, sizes and styles. If you have questions, our experienced professionals can help you select décor that is sure to impress!

For a Derby party, with the warm weather and sunshine, check out our extensive selection of tents to provide shade to your group. Also, we have tables and linens that will complement your decorating theme!

Our showroom is located in Kingsport, Tennessee. We look forward to showcasing the wide variety of party rental items we have. From chairs to china to lighting to tents to linens and more we have everything you need to have the best event in town! Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website at www.TheTentKing.com or www.actionrentalkpt.com or call us at 423-246-5181 for a complete listing of products and pricing.

How to Incorporate Rustic Elements into Your Wedding

The past few years the rustic trend has really taken off among weddings. Here are some easy tips and ideas to help bring a rustic feel to your wedding!

Whiskey barrels are great not only to help set the tone of your event, but can also be used instead of cocktail tables.

45664For your beverages, don’t be limited to a cooler, use a pretty galvanized tin bucket. Not only does this add to the overall theme of your event, but, it helps anyone serving drinks!

44851Chalkboards are a great way to present information to guests. These can be used to welcome guests to your event, tell people where to sit, show where the food is and countless other options.

45140Wooden boxes are great to use to set the theme on a buffet line! Guests will be surrounded by the theme everywhere they look!

45146Wooden tubs are another great way to display guest favors, flowers, and more and maintain your rustic theme!

45148Rustic themed weddings are a wonderful way to showcase your individuality on your special day!

So as you prepare for your next event, please keep in mind that the professionals at Action Rental are ready to make your event unforgettable! Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website or call us at 423-246-5181.

Planning a Valentine’s Day Party


It may be early in the year, but now is the time to start planning your spring get-togethers! If you are planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day with a party, here is a handy timeline to follow! Also, remember, just because it is Valentine’s Day you don’t have to use just red, pink and white! Feel free to think outside of the box and use any colors that inspire you!

Four Weeks Out

  • Create a budget
  • Choose a theme
  • Write a guest list
  • Choose a location
  • Send invitations
  • Decide on a menu (If you are cooking, make as much as you can ahead of time to minimize cooking on the party day! Make a timeline for cooking, freezing, thawing, reheating, etc.)
  • If it’s potluck, assign the dishes.
  • Order any extras you might need (cakes, pies, cupcakes, etc).
  • Confirm your rental items (plates, cups, glassware, coffee urns, tables, chairs, table linens, serving pieces, etc. Arrange for early delivery on party day.
  • If it is a large group, consider hiring help for kitchen, serving, or bartending.

Two Weeks Out

  • Confirm everything from 4 weeks out has been done
  • Assemble party favors, if desired.
  • Start compiling party music, games, and other entertainment.

One Week Out

  • Review Menu Preparation Timeline: are you on target with make-ahead dishes?
  • Purchase non-perishable food items and candles, firewood, etc
  • Finalize RSVPs.

Two Days Out

  • Make sure the venue is ready.
  • Purchase perishables such as meat, dairy, and produce.
  • Make sure camera is charged and ready.

One Day Out

  • Set table, decorate buffet, set-up the bar.
  • Purchase and arrange flowers and/or decorations.

Party Day

  • Purchase fresh seafood.
  • Buy party ice.
  • Take delivery of rented equipment.
  • Garnish party platters with fresh herbs, edible flowers, and fruit.
  • Eat something light before guests arrive.
  • Seriously. A relaxed host makes for happy guests.
  • Spin the tunes and greet your guests.

For help planning your next party, stop by and see the experts at Action Rental and Sales! We look forward to showcasing the wide variety of party rental items we have. From chairs to china to lighting to tents to linens and more we have everything you need to have the best event in town! Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website at www.actionrentalkpt.com or call us at 423-246-5181.


Create Atmosphere with Linens


Event planning is exciting. You’re pulling all the pieces together to celebrate with loved ones. But let’s face it. Event planning is also hard work. At Action Rentals, we’re here to help. Our experienced event personnel have years of success in helping event planners and hosts choose just the right items for their events.

One of the key decisions for any event is the choice of linens. Like much of the event planning process, linen selection is very subjective, and it’s focused on aesthetic appeal. At Action Rental, we carry a broad selection of colors and styles. Whether you want a solid or a pattern, traditional white or a color to complement your other decorations, we can help.

If your event has a color scheme you would like to match or complement, please bring some examples of pieces featuring your chosen color for your linen selection appointment. If you are earlier in the selection process, or if there isn’t a set theme, please bring along items with colors, textures, patterns, etc. that appeal to you. These could be magazine pages, postcards, photographs… anything that really speaks to your sense of color.

With a little insight into your preferences, our team can show you options that coordinate or complement your selections. The important part is that the decision is always yours. We can provide as much or as little input as desired.

So as you prepare for your next event, please keep in mind that the professionals at Action Rental are ready to make your event unforgettable! Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website or call us at 423-246-5181.

Inflatable FAQ


Want your next party to be extra special? Consider renting an inflatable! Inflatables are a great way to add fun and excitement to your party! Here are some questions we frequently get from renters!

Is there a difference between a bounce house, inflatable, moonwalk, bouncer, and fun jump? No, all of these terms describe the same thing.

How much space is needed for the inflatables? As a rule of thumb, we like for there to be at least 2 feet around the entire unit for safety reasons.

Is power needed? If so, how much is needed? Power is required as each unit requires a 110V (standard) outlet.   We prefer a dedicated outlet if possible. Also, each outlet needs to be within 100’ of each unit. Generators may be rented if either of these conditions cannot be met.

What types of surface can you set an inflatable upon? Inflatables can be set up on grass, gravel, dirt, cement or asphalt. However, we need to know what surface type is available when you reserve the unit. Large slides and certain other equipment need to be set up on grass.

Can inflatables be set up indoors? Absolutely, provided that the area is large enough (and tall enough) to accommodate each inflatable.

Do adults need to supervise the inflatables? YES! Each inflatable needs to be supervised by an adult to ensure each child’s safety.

Are the inflatables clean? Yes. All of our inflatables are cleaned prior to and after each event.

Do the inflatables get hot during the summer? Although our bounce houses are equipped with roofs, it can become quite warm inside the units during the warmer summer months.

How much time do we get the equipment with each rental? Every inflatable rental is for the day. If you want to have them for a longer time frame, that can be arranged for an additional fee.

How much time prior to the event are the inflatables set up? Generally, 30 minutes to a few hours prior to the party start time.

Are inflatables safe? Yes, inflatables are safe as long as they are professionally set up, monitored by adults and when common sense is used in relation to weather conditions.

For more information or to see the wide variety of inflatables and other party rentals we have available, visit our showroom at 1861 North Eastman road or visit us online.