Luke and Tav’s Buckminster Lakeside Tipi Wedding
This week we are throwing back to June with Luke and Tav’s Buckminster Lakeside Tipi Wedding. Their wedding took place on the first weekend that COVID restrictions were lifted, meaning they were able to celebrate with more of their friends and family.
Their timing was perfect, the weather was kind to them with the sun shining, and all their friends and family were ready to party and celebrate their love. And boy, is that what they did. With the gorgeous Buckminster Lakeside as their backdrop, they celebrated in Two Giant Hat Tipis. And with a DIY bar, bring your own drinks, and live music, they partied long into the night, before crashing in an amazing glamping tipi village.
It was the perfect festival wedding, with the fabulous Chris Terry capturing the shenanigans and Luke talking us through the details of their day, this one will definitely put a smile on your face!
What made you decide on an outdoor / tipi wedding?
We both knew we wanted to do an outdoor wedding with a festival styled theme. It wasn’t until we started looking around that we came across the “Tipi” style weddings. We both fell in love with the fact that we could make the wedding our own and we had a blank canvas to create what we wanted with a relaxed atmosphere.
What did everybody wear?
This is a great question, and it was a question we got asked a lot on the build-up the wedding. A lot of our guests, especially the older generations were very apprehensive about the theme and what they can wear. A lot of people were thrown off by it being an outdoor wedding in the middle of a field.
We both wore traditional attire, i.e. wedding dress for the bride and a 3-piece suit for the groom. The bridal party had multi-way dresses which gave the bridesmaids a choice of style to suit their body shapes. We both also had a change of outfit for the evening into more casual wear for when the party was in full swing.
Tell us about your wedding ceremony
We wanted to incorporate some tradition into our day (and to keep the older generation happy). We got married in a local church in a small ceremony. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we could only have a max of 30 people in the church, however we felt this was ideal because it created a more intimate atmosphere. After the ceremony we had a 40-minute drive to our reception venue at Buckminster Lakeside. Even though the travel time was not ideal, it was a blessing for us both to have some time to ourselves and take in the ceremony.
How would you describe your theme / styling?
Our theme was around festivals. We had had festival table names, wristbands and live music to create a festival feeling atmosphere. We also hired the glamping pods to create a camping village as well as allowing others to bring their own tents.
How did you feed your guests?
For the day we decided to do a grazing table due to our smaller numbers due to COVID. We took this task on ourselves with the help of family to provide this spread which saved lots on cost and again gave us the freedom to pick what we wanted. It was a very relaxed way of doing food as guests could get up and grab as many plates as they wanted.
In the evening we had a Hog Roast, provided by Pig Yourself Silly which was honestly one of the best we have had. They were able to supply for vegans and vegetarians and provided food for us to prepare the morning after.
What are your Top Tips for planning a tipi wedding?
Top Tip 1
Our top tip is to be organised, I know this sounds obvious but when you take on an outdoor wedding, you don’t always have the luxury of someone organising the event and details for you. With the extra work of organising it yourself comes the freedom to choose your own suppliers and themes.
Top Tip 2
We would also recommend going to wedding events / Tipi open days and talk with the Sami Tipi team and get inspiration from them and the setup of the event. Use Pinterest and Instagram to get ideas on how you want to style your own wedding.
Top Tips for a DIY Bar
Finally, we decided to do a DIY bar. We provided all the alcohol including wine and beer on tap for the whole day. We bought the alcohol over the course of the build-up looking for offers all the time. This made the cost much cheaper. Doing the bar ourselves allowed us to take care of all our guests. We encouraged guests to bring a bottle of their choice if they wanted spirits. Make sure you have plenty of alcohol sorted if you do this as you are in the middle of a field and the local supermarket run might not be an option.
One of the logistical challenges we had was getting ice to the venue and keeping it chilled throughout the event. We hired fridges and freezers to store ice and drinks. This was plugged into the generator we hired from Sami Tipi. We purchased our ice from Aldi and rung up the local store and did a bulk order of ice (70KG) and collected from the store the day before the wedding.
Tipis | Sami Tipi
Photographer | Christopher Terry Photography
Venue | Buckminster Barns and Lakeside
Hog Roast | Pig Yourself Silly
Ice Cream Van | Tilly’s Ice Cream
Harpist | All Things Harp
Band | The Jaxx
Wedding Coordinator | Queen Bee & Co
Beer Taps | Drinks Now Event Bars