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What Our Friends Say


"I'm a Santa Barbara Wedding Planner and have been working with the Tent Merchant for years. I always love to support local businesses and the Tent Merchant is one of our top rental providers. They have a huge variety of rentals including place settings, furniture and unique props. They are often willing to source new items for us if not already available and even built our clients a stunning custom built circle bar. Sherine, John and their team provide our clients with the best service. I highly recommend hiring them for all of your event rental needs. They are AMAZING!"

Tonya S., Coordinator


“As a wedding planner in the Santa Barbara area I have had the opportunity to work with Tent Merchant on numerous weddings & events! We have also been able to watch as they have increased their inventory to stay current and have developed a really beautiful selection of unique event rentals & furniture. This always gets us excited because we love working with products that have never been seen before! Their service is always spot on, and their staff is responsive, friendly and helpful! We look forward to working with them many times this year and will continue to refer them to our friends in the industry!”

Katie K., Coordinator

"Renting with the Tent Merchant was exactly what I hoped and expected. The rentals were well taken care of, promptly delivered, and set up exactly as discussed. Furthermore, they were incredibly communicative throughout the whole planning process, and were very understanding and receptive to changes. They were reasonably priced for the area, and had a fantastic variety of linens, chairs, furniture, and decor items to rent. I recommend going to their prop house to see the items in-person, as they are very friendly and willing to show you anything you'd like to see."

Heather, Client

"The Tent Merchant provided the chairs, china, flatware, glassware and cocktail tables for our wedding. John, the owner, was delightful and easy going. The staff was always friendly and helpful. They answered any question we had regarding the rentals and were very accommodating to our indecisiveness. Everything went smoothly, even on the busy July 4th weekend. I strongly recommend them!"

Lemi, Client

"I'm really glad we went with The Tent Merchant for our small backyard wedding in Santa Barbara. They were really quick to answer my dozens of questions via email and they were extremely flexible with several changes I needed to make (some very last minute). The delivery guys were also quick, knowledgeable and professional. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone needing party rentals in Santa Barbara."

Karen, Client

"Thank you for the beautiful job you did with the tent and furniture. The setting was so beautiful, and people were completely blown away at what an amazing setting was created by not only your tents, but all the gorgeous lamps and tables and chairs you supplied as well.”

Tony M., Client

“I am a wedding and event coordinator who does over 30 events each year. I work with dozens of rental companies. Tent Merchant has always been flexible, responsive, professional and thorough. I'm going out of my way to leave them a review because they installed a tent for my Bride at the last minute (ordered less than 24 hours before the ceremony and finished installing an hour before guests arrived) and did a beautiful job. They were efficient, helpful and team-players during such a time crunch. They worked in the rain and did it with a smile. Their commitment to helping make my Bride's Big Day as perfect as possible was evident and appreciated by every vendor involved. I plan to refer Tent Merchant to all of my Brides for their rental equipment needs.”

Sophie S., Coordinator

"As a wedding planner in Santa Barbara for the past 15 years, I've had lots of experience working with The Tent Merchant and used them for about 10 events per year, always with stellar success. As the Event & Sales Director of the SB Polo Club for the past 4 years, I've had the good fortune to work with them every single week for 6 months per year during our polo season. I have 10 separate event tents and events every single day. The entire Tent Merchant crew, office staff and everyone from the dishwashers to the owners are absolutely delightful. They all take full ownership of their positions and keep in constant contact with me. Many rental companies are national chains and customer service can be spotty. With The Tent Merchant, John & Sherine are always available as is their General Manager, Crew Manager, etc. I have 6 employee phone numbers in my phone and everyone is always responsive. We make changes and adjustments in real time and they are always flexible and easy to work with. I have lots of restrictions about what can and cannot be placed on a polo playing field or how long and they are more than respectful every single day. I strongly recommend their services to every single client we have and think they are great!"

Leigh H., Coordinator

"WOW!! I can't ever describe how grateful I am to the tent merchant. They had everything and more to choose from and they were so friendly. I planned the wedding myself, so I had many questions and revisions along the way and they were great at answering all my questions and providing me with whatever I needed. I am so happy that I used them. Their rentals really took my wedding from mediocre to magnificent!!"

Catherine, Client

"Thank you so much for all the hard work you and your crew put in to ensure a successful orchid show this year. I know it could not have been easy to orient yourselves to the layout, etc. for the first time, but I have heard nothing but compliments from our staff about The Tent Merchant! It has always been a pleasure to work with you folks!"

Lauris Rose, Santa Barbara International Orchid Show President

"I love working with The Tent Merchant. As a local planner they are able to address my needs and help accomplish the events to clients’ specifications. The staff is OUTSTANDING to work with and their products are excellent!”

Percy Sales, Percy Sales Events

"Tent Merchant is the best in town and I always send all of my wedding clients here first. The staff is friendly and efficient, their equipment is top notch, and all of my clients love that their catalog with prices is available on-line. If you want straight-forward and easy to work with go with the Tent Merchant.”

Avery Parsons-Fields, Island View Catering

“As a wedding/event planner in Santa Barbara, I've worked with The Tent Merchant for over 10 years - and I recommend them every time! Their staff are friendly and helpful, and they have worked at every event space in the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez area. If you have questions about how to make an event space the best it can be, The Tent Merchant can help. They have high quality rentals at a reasonable price, and a large inventory which is most helpful.”

Christine C., Coordinator




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