Thinking about a TIPI wedding?? (part 1)

Happy November! So firstly I must appologise as I really did let the crazy wedding season take over and I have been so quiet over on here and social media. 



This Wedding fair season I have been very lucky and was given the chance to style a tipi, if you are looking for a unique venue then going to see one of these set up is a must! I really have caught the tipi bug and can see why they are becoming more and more the popular choice! Like with all venue choice though they come with certain restrictions and things that you really should consider before booking! Of course, they also offer a lot more choice and flexibility a lot more venues don’t!



                                                                                  Cassandra Lane Photography 


As a Manchester wedding stylist, I thought I would give you some insight on what I learnt from setting up the tipi and chatting to the owners and suppliers and also form what the couples visiting had to say. I am no expert on tipis and this is all my own opinion, but I have got some great hints and tips from the experts, so I hope this helps anyone thinking about planning a tipi wedding or who has already booked one!

As a wedding stylist the thought of a blank canvas venue which I can also manipulate the shape just feels me with joy and ideas! Speaking to the couples though this actually added some stress, with little event planning knowledge trying invasion the layout and how it will all flow was hard for them. My advice on the day and to all is listen to the experts, your wedding planner or stylist if you have one or if not the owners of the tipis know what they are talking about. Give them as much information as you can about how you want the day to flow and feel, what are the main priorities of the day and any extra ideas you may have planned along with guest numbers. This way they can make sure the layout suits all your visions of the day. The beauty of a tipi is you can add as many as you wish, with smaller size ones as an option to create the perfect space for your day.


                                                        Katie De Silver Photography 


As a wedding stylist I just love the flexibility with designing choices, so many different style suit a tipi. With the lit fireplace giving of a warm amber glow you are able to go with and all the raw materials on show it gives perfectly for a urban, industrial style. Adding copper elements and complementing raw materials helps enhance the beauty and architecture of the tipi. Then lots of lashings of greenery to really bring the outside in. industrial lighting and tipi's are the perfect match, add some edison bulbs behind you top table table or hanging above the dance floor to enhance the maber glow from the fire. 



A bright bold wedding style also lends itself well to a tipi, with all the surroundings neutral. If you are going for a festival theme, then think bright ribbons on chairs and above. Lanterns and bright floral displays can be easily hung to add that extra wow factor. Colourful can also work for a more boho style, go for a more jewelled coloured pallet and again ribbons work great. I would consider pampas and other dried grasses within the flowers. I pampas cloud hanging from the tip of one of the tipis would be stunning! The possibilities are endless with a tipi, let your imagination go crazy!


 On to the practical side of tipis, you need to consider the weather, let's face it here in the UK you just never know what you are going to get! Most companies have lots of bits you can add as an extra, lots come included like a fire pit and furniture. There are other practical one you should really consider though. Like doors, this are your best option for keeping the elements out even if you are getting married in the summer I would keep some budget to one side in case you need to add this on. Here is some hints from Michelle Amy wedding, a wedding planner and what she has learnt from her experience planning tipi weddings:


“A must have for TIPI weddings is a fire pit and blankets, as it’s a wide opening to the TIPI even in the summer it can get cold inside them. I coordinated a TIPI wedding in the summer this year and it was quote chilly. We lit the fire pit early afternoon and it was lovely. There were lots of blankets supplied as well for guests which were welcomed as it rained all day. Also, the hoods on the TIPI keep them closed if the weather isn’t looking great as they had been left open all night and when I arrived on site in the morning I had to re-dress all the tables around near the hoods as they were soaked through from the rain the night before.” Michelle Amy Weddings 



So I feel I have waffled enough for now, there is still lots to come on tipi weddings, we will be discussing, finding a venue, cakes and music with some more industry experts! Remember to keep up to date sign up to our newsletter! 


Leave a comment below if you have any questions about tipi weddings or wedding styling!




Photo credits thanks to these two lovely ladies:


Katie De Silver Photography :​


Cassandra Lane :

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