Relaxed Tipi Wedding
This week we’re looking back at the lovely wedding of Liberty & Joe. They married with us back in July 2018 in three giant hat tipis and chill out tipi. All they wanted was a relaxed day in the sunshine with friends and family so that’s exactly what they did. With a few chaotic moments dotted here and there!
Over to Liberty to tell us all about their day…
What made you decide on an outdoor wedding?
Our happy place is outside in the sunshine having a BBQ with friends and family so when we decided to get married we knew it would have to be outside. At first, we looked at marquees but then we came across Tipis and they ticked every box we were looking for.
What did you wear?
I was not looking forward to the wedding dress shopping experience, so I decided to order a load of high street dresses online and had a big trying on session with my gran, mum and sister. I finally decided on a Monsoon dress, I loved it straight away and it was a bargain. My Aunty also made me a customised leather jacket which I didn’t see until the day and that was a really special addition to the outfit.
Joe wore a forest green suit with a white shirt, his Grandad’s tie pin and pineapple patterned tie (sounds awful but was actually ok!) and tan brogues. His best man wore the same. My sister (bridesmaid) ended up with a Ghost silk dress in Oyster which was beautiful! So there was no real colour theme to be honest. I just said pick something you feel good in.
How would you describe your ceremony?
Our ceremony was short and sweet in Leicester Town Hall. At the ceremony we had only close family and friends (about 30 people) and it was a simple registry service.
My mum, sister and I had our hair done in town that morning and I ended up having to run across town in a veil to the service and then put my dress on at the town hall in 5 minutes! It was all a bit of a whirlwind but lovely and afterwards we had some great pictures outside and my Uncle had decorated his car to take us to the Tipi in.
How did you feed your guests?
Well, on arrival, we served samosas from a little place we found in Derby. Then for lunch we decided to have our favourite takeaway which is Istanbul on Narborough Road in Leicester. Food is a big thing for both our families and we knew whatever food we served it would have to be good and there would have to be a lot of it! So we asked if they could do a takeaway for 150 people and they said yes and that was that!
On the day it was a bit mental. We had 2 very good friends who went to pick up the food and drive it from Leicester to Derby and then all the boys at the wedding helped to serve the food. It was chaos, but it was a great way to bring everyone together and worked well with the long benches.
Finally in the evening we booked a Hog roast which kept everyone happy well in to the night. In fact, we had so much food we were sending people home with bags of leftovers which I hear was great for hangovers the next day!
How would you describe your theme / styling?
I think we both knew we didn’t want a set theme or set colours. We just wanted lots of natural foliage and to complement that, we chose different white flowers which we dotted around the place. To be honest, the Tipis were so beautiful, and the location was so beautiful we didn’t need to do much at all.
What is your top tip for planning a tipi wedding?
The beauty of a Tipi wedding is you can control as much or as little as you want. We did a lot ourselves because that’s what we wanted- it was very much a family affair. So if you are planning a Tipi wedding like ours, get your support crew lined up and willing because you definitely can’t do it by yourself!