Tipi Wedding Celebration PART ONE
Lorna and John decided to do something slightly different with their tipi wedding celebration. With the dreaded COVID meaning they couldn’t have a larger celebration that they originally planned, instead of completely downsizing their wedding celebration, they decided to split it. So they celebrated with a small, intimate day with their close family in One Giant Hat Tipi this year. Then they will be hosting a bigger party celebration with the rest of their friends and family in Two Giant Hat Tipis next year!
This meant that they didn’t have to compromise on who they got to celebrate with, and they get to have an awesome party on their 1 year anniversary next year.
Lorna talks us through their day and how it all happened below. With so many lovely photos by Maree Francis Photography, it is one to grab a cuppa and get comfy to have a scroll through.
What made you decide on an outdoor / tipi wedding celebration?
We love being outdoors, from long walks in the Peak District, to camping and exploring the beauty around us, we enjoy being around nature. Because of this, we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate our wedding outdoors with a super chilled, relaxed vibe. We knew we wanted to get married close to our family too, so the idea of getting married on my parent’s farm was perfect, but the ‘traditional’ marquees weren’t our style.
We started researching outdoor weddings, this is where we stumbled upon Sami Tipi. After attending one of their open days we knew they’d be perfect for our big day! From the start, Jodie was so chilled and helpful, nothing was too much to ask or too much hassle (despite having to change our plans on multiple occasions due to the Coronavirus pandemic!)
What did everybody wear?
I wore a simple A line dress with a lace top and open back by Rosa Clara. I was really apprehensive about ‘finding the one’, I’m not a huge fan of wedding dresses and wanted something simple and comfortable. The team at Iconic Bride in Edwinstowe were amazing and so helpful. As soon as I tried the dress on I knew it was ‘the one’. I wanted a huge stand out bouquet and The Flower Room in Edwinstowe were great. They saw my vision and executed it perfectly, even sourcing the globe thistles for us, to tie in with our Scottish theme.
We wanted our bridal party to feel comfortable in what they wore. So I asked them to pick something coral/peachy pink and gave them the freedom to wear whatever they felt comfortable in. I didn’t want everyone to wear the same, all my bridesmaids have their own individualities and I wanted to embrace that on the day! They had the freedom to wear what they felt good in, and they all looked absolutely incredible. The stand out has to be our flower girl in her huge tutu from Six Stories, she loved it and felt like a princess all day.
John wanted to make the most of his heritage and wear a kilt with his McLeod clan tartan. We bought his tailor made kilt, waistcoat and jacket from 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh. The experience of hand picking every detail for the outfit, from the kilt fabric down to the coloured stitching on the buttons, was fantastic and made us feel very special. Our best man opted for a kilt too, embracing the opportunity to wear a kilt for the first (and probably last) time. The other groomsmen wore a suit and matching tartan tie.
How would you describe your ceremony? Where and how did it happen?
The ceremony was perfect. We always wanted a small and intimate wedding, made even more intimate with the government restrictions due to coronavirus. We got married in a small, traditional church next door to my parent’s farm, we could literally walk from our church to our tipi’s! The church had been closed for over a year, and our wedding was the first ceremony since re-opening, which made it even more special, there was a real buzz around.
The church wardens pulled out all the stops to make our wedding finally happen. We were surrounded by our closest family and only a handful of friends, and despite the challenges leading up to the day of inviting people, retracting the invites, re-inviting people 5 days before the wedding, on the day none of that really mattered. We were there to get married and it was so exciting!!
At 1.30pm, the bagpipes began to play and I walked down the aisle with my hero, my dad, by my side and a huge smile on my face, ready to step into married life with my soon to be husband. The ceremony was relaxed, emotional and filled with lots of smiles (albeit behind a mask!).
How did you feed your guests for your tipi wedding celebration?
We LOVE good, hearty food and made the most of the chilled, relaxed vibe with our food choices. Albert and Olive Grazing provided amazing grazing boards for our guests to enjoy during the reception drinks. We had a lot of dietary requirements for guests and they were all catered for. Chloe was adaptable to our requirements and made the boards look beautiful AND tasty!
We opted for pie, mash and peas from Pieminister. The pies were absolutely delicious and the staff were amazing, not only did they serve the pies but also supported us with the entire running of the day. From pouring the guests welcome drinks to cutting the cake. Nothing was too much to ask. We had so many comments on how great the food and staff were.
For dessert, we bought Thaymars Ice Cream in individual pots and asked our bridesmaids to make brownies for guests to enjoy. It was simple and went down a treat!
How would you describe your theme / styling?
After lots of Pinterest searching, we settled for a simple but elegant style. The tipi’s are so gorgeous and make such an impact that we felt they didn’t require lots of styling to suit our taste.
We decided to focus on table décor to give the room its impact. We bought white table cloths and opted for artificial eucalyptus table runners as they were more cost effective than real eucalyptus, and bought lots of candles to give the venue a ‘warm and cosy’ feeling.
The stand out décor was our neon sign back drop, we were so pleased with how this looked on the day! We did the styling ourselves and we were really proud to see what we’d achieved and see our guests reactions.
What are your Top Tips for planning a tipi wedding celebration?
If you decide to plan everything yourself, consider all the finer details and be super organised!
So many people commented that a tipi wedding must be so much easier than a ‘traditional venue’ as it’s all in your control. A tipi wedding is incredibly special, unique and amazing, but it’s certainly not easy. The last thing you want as a bride is to get stressed, and with a Tipi wedding you really have to consider every little detail. Including how will your guests go to the bathroom? If you’re providing your own food and drink, how will you keep it cold? Where will your caterers prepare their meal? Where will electricity come from? What will you do if the weather isn’t great? What if it gets too cold in the evening? And many more.
The bonus of working with Sami Tipi is that the team are amazing at helping you to make these decisions and support you so much, so you don’t have to think about everything yourself. I also made a huge list of jobs to complete, and who was going to complete them, in an excel spreadsheet for the days leading up to the wedding. This made it really easy to remember what needed to be done and I didn’t have to tell anyone what to do, they just looked at the list!
Remember, it’s your day!
Try to enjoy every part of the planning process, it’s a lot of fun, enjoy it! Go to lots of open days for inspiration, ask the team loads of questions, do lots of research, and make your dream a reality. It’s really easy to put pressure on yourself to get all the small details perfect for the day and get stressed about it. But on the day, you won’t even notice if dinner is served at 4pm or 4:15pm, so none of that really matters. It’s about enjoying the planning, preparations and having the best time of your lives!
Make time for yourselves throughout the day.
The day FLIES by. Try to allocate time for yourselves as the newly wed couple to take in the day and appreciate what you’ve achieved. We decided to have top table with just the two of us, which was great. It gave us some time alone to take in the day and watch our guests have a great time.
Our photographer Maree was amazing at allowing us to have some quality time together too. We had a real laugh whilst she was taking our photos and made us feel so relaxed. She is incredible at what she does and an all-round great person too!
The day goes by so quickly, so remember to take lots of moments together to just take it all in and make time with those that really matter to you. Despite having to cut our guest numbers, upon reflection we managed to spend quality time with the closest people to us.
We decided to postpone our evening celebrations to 2022 on our 1 year anniversary due to the uncertainty when planning the day. This allowed us to have a really nice, intimate relaxed wedding day and spend quality time with our nearest and dearest, and we get to do it all again next year too! We feel very fortunate to have amazing suppliers that have been so understanding and flexible, and we can’t wait to work with Sami Tipi, Alpine Pizza Co. and Albert and Charlie’s bar next year!
Tipis | Sami Tipi
Photographer | Maree Frances Photography
Catering | Albert and Olive Grazing | Pieminister
Florist | The Flower Room
Wedding Dress | Iconic Bride
Bell Tents | Bellows Glamping and Events
Suppliers for our wedding celebrations in 2022