A massive congrats from all us on your engagement, and top marks for thinking about hosting a celebration with a difference! We know that after the excitement of a proposal comes the sudden worry and realisation of what you are about to embark on. But don’t panic! We’re here to guide you every step of the way, and with our top 5 tips for the ultimate tipi wedding, we’ll ensure that you’re a tipi expert in no time!
Check out David and Leanne’s real life tipi wedding here!
So get yourself comfy and have your notebook at the ready, because we are about to bring you into the glorious world of outdoor tipi weddings…
Don’t worry about the weather
Let’s face it, our British weather can sometimes take a turn for the worst. However, professional sturdy tipis can provide warmth and shelter in winds up to 70mph, so are extremely resilient – once the party really gets going you’ll 100% forget all about the weather!
With plenty of structures to choose from we are more than expertly equipped to create a tipi wedding in any condition. Our weather proofing techniques and fab heaters maintain a gorgeous warm temperature throughout the tipis, meaning you can enjoy the celebration without being exposed to the elements.
Selecting your perfect venue
When thinking about venues, keep in mind that tipis can go anywhere. Ideally it’s a level grassed surface with good vehicle access. For example consider farmer’s fields, sports fields, pubs/restaurant grounds, private hotels, community centres, village halls and campsites etc.
Don’t worry about securing a venue first, getting the tipis booked is something we advise doing asap to make sure they’re yours on your chosen date. We’ve got a massive list of really beautiful venues across the North West, so are more than happy to help you select your dream tipi venue. It’s all about finding somewhere that reflects you as a couple, and somewhere that gives you the butterflies when you visit! Once you’ve discovered the perfect spot, we’ll need to start thinking about the practicalities. From generators and loos, to catering provisions and exterior lighting options, we’ll provide them all so it’s completely hassle-free for you!
Ceremonies and blessings
Whilst we’d love it to be, getting wed inside our tipis isn’t legal… YET! However we can offer fabulous venues with on-site ceremony spaces, and tackle the formality of marriage registration either before or after.
Plenty of our couples have had gorgeous blessings both inside and outside of the tipis, so we can share loads of inspo and ideas to get your guests gushing at the all-important I Do’s! Want an outdoor ceremony? No problem! Weather not on your side? Again, no problem – we’ll have a Plan A and Plan B in place, so that whatever the weather the ceremony is nothing short of amazing.
Layouts – changing it up from day to night
This part is defo one of our favourites – it’s when we focus on creating your bespoke layouts! As plans evolve, we will continue to advise on the right sized space for your wedding, and ensure that everyone is comfortably accommodated during both the daytime and evening celebrations. It may be that as you add more furnishings, you find that a little more room is needed, so we’ll happily chat about the best ways to maximise your space without breaking the bank! We’ll also share endless images of how we’ve seen the tipis in the past to give you plenty inspiration to create your own unique celebration.
From switching-up daytime and evening layouts, to customising your lighting designs, we will do as much as we can to make your day bespoke. We can even be on-hand during the big day to make sure everything runs seamlessly.
Making your wedding unique
Try to think outside the box! How do you want guests to feel as they enter your tipis – what kind of impression do you want to make? The way you style your tipis has a massive impact and can really help to add your personality into the spaces. We love when couples bring DIY decorations and props as it makes the tipis as unique as possible – think signature tipples, thoughtful favours and stand-out seating plans.
We also know of some fab wedding peeps who can really help to create the most amazing atmospheres and keep all guests entertained – selecting the right suppliers really helps to create the ultimate wedding celebration!
For even more friendly advice please get in touch – we’d love to help. If you visited The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central in October 2018 you may remember our tipi from the VIP lounge. Visit the Tipi Unique website here.