When Lisa and Fliss first contacted us about their wedding we knew it was going to be special. Their ideas for a fun, vibrant and relaxed day sounded like heaven to us and we knew our tipis would provide just what they needed as a backdrop to it all.
Lisa and Fliss were married in two of our giant hat tipis at the wonderful Cattows Farm in Leicestershire. They chose to have an intimate celebration with 45 of their nearest and dearest seeing them tie the knott.
The details included in the day completely matched what they set out to achieve. Bright and fun, with the use of colourful pom poms, floral bridesmaid dresses and paper bird decorations.
More and more weddings these days are moving away from the historic 3-course dinner and lots of waiting around whilst the couple of the moment disappear for photos. Lisa and Fliss did this perfectly with a relaxed paella lunch, outdoor games and an outdoor ceremony with guests sitting on straw bales.
This day was such a fun filled, love filled day and all of us at Sami Tipi were delighted to be a small part of that!
We are now going to hand you over to Lisa and Fliss to tell you a little more about their Tipi wedding.
What made you decide on an outdoor wedding?
We loved the rustic look and for the time of year felt this was the perfect choice. We could build it from scratch with no restrictions, unlike corporate venues.
How did you find your wedding venue?
We initially found it online when searching for tipi weddings and loved it immediately once seeing it. It was spacious and private with views of the beautiful English countryside. Perfect.
What did the bridal party ware?
We both wore wedding dresses. Fliss purchased hers from Bradgate Brides. Lisa from The Wedding House in Derby.
Bridesmaid dresses were colourful floral print from Debenhams Debut range and perfect for our theme.
How would you describe your ceremony?
We had a small outdoor wedding ceremony under the big tree at Cattows Farm, this was conducted by Jo from My Perfect Ceremony. It was windy but sunny and perfect.
We had two wedding aisles and walked down at the same time – neither of us wanted to walk first and wait for the other so this was the best option to keep us both happy. Guests sat on hay bales at either side of the aisles, paper birds and streamers hung from the tree.
How did you feed your wedding guests?
We used Saffron Catering and did not wish for a sit down three-course meal. We chose each table to have a song for the name and when the song played each table went up in turn to collect their food. We had paella cooked In giant woks in front of our guests. A spectacle and delicious, not too heavy before our pudding table which comprised of homemade desserts! In the evening we opted for Hog roast which was delicious and easily allowed our guests to mingle.
How would you describe your styling?
We chose a multi-coloured theme, this was met through the use of wildflowers, tissue paper pom-poms, the bridesmaid dresses, bunting, accessories and the setting! We planned all aspects and created all accessories, decorations, table centrepieces and stationery ourselves. Time-consuming but very worth it.
What are your Top Tips for planning a tipi wedding?
- Choose your location wisely and make sure you have a contingency plan for bad weather.
- Do not compromise on aspects important to you. Others may try to influence your decisions but it is your day and your choice.
- Allow plenty of time for homemade accessories – it doesn’t always work out cheaper.
- A box of blankets is useful for your guests in the evening, it is surprising how cold it can suddenly become in the middle of a field.
- Let the tipis do the talking do not over decorate they are beautiful on their own!
Tipis | Sami Tipi
Venue | Cattows Farm
Photographer | Matt Brown Photography
Celebrant | My Perfect Ceremony
Caterer | Saffron Catering
Bridal Dress | Bradgate Brides & The Wedding House Derby
Bridesmaid Dresses | Debenhams