Tips to Planning a Tipi Wedding

Tips to Planning a Tipi Wedding Parting with you advice for outdoor wedding planning from those that have. Some...

Tips to Planning a Tipi Wedding

Parting with you advice for outdoor wedding planning from those that have. Some of our gorgeous Brides and Grooms have taken the time to reflect back on their Sami Tipi Wedding and have put together some amazing tips and advice to help you plan your outdoor wedding.I often describe planning a tipi wedding as putting together a jigsaw. It allows you the freedom to choose all the pieces that fit with your own style and beliefs. It can involve more work than booking a traditional hotel venue, but the end result is undoubtedly worth it, promising to provide you and your guests a lasting memory.

Victoria and Callum celebrated their Download Festival themed tipi wedding in Three Giant Hats and Chill-Out Tipi at Sami Tipi Exclusive site The Hideaway, Ticknall.

Here are their top tips to having and enjoying your tipi wedding;

1) You can either go completely DIY or hire companies to do the hard work for you. We did a mix of both but definitely recommend hiring a decorator as we would have had to have taken a week off work to do it all ourselves. They also came the next day to remove the decorations and this meant we didn’t spend all day the next day tidying away. If you do decide to go completely DIY don’t forget to think about the little things like how to serve your food and drinks, how to keep drinks and food hot/cold, rubbish disposal (including during the day) and baby changing facilities.

2) Our next top tip would be to plan for a range of weathers and be relaxed when plans have to change! We were so lucky with the weather in October but we didn’t want to take any chances and made a couple of plans for our ceremony if we had to take it inside. Fields can also get very damp due to dew especially at night and in the morning so make sure you have suitable footwear as Callum learnt the hard way the day before with really wet feet whilst setting up!

3) Lastly we did our entire wedding; ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception at The Hideaway site and in the tipi. If you also choose to do this, we highly recommend an extra tipi to what you think you’ll need! We had 70 guests in the day and over 100 in the evening and we originally going to have 2 giant tipis and a chill out tipi. After a visit to one of the open evenings, my dad suggested an extra tipi and it genuinely made the world of difference. Although the weather was great and we spent a lot of time outside, it meant we didn’t have to move any furniture and had plenty of seating, standing and dancing space in the evening.

See their full wedding >> HERE <<


Sam and Jamie filled their Three giant hats and chill-out tipis with Indian Summer styling touches. With their favourite food and live music to dance the night away.

Here are their top tips to having and enjoying your tipi wedding;

Choose the right suppliers. I felt that choosing great suppliers made everything run really smoothly. I chose people who Sami Tipi recommended and who after meeting them I trusted – I clearly explained what I wanted and then trusted them to deliver that. We would say we “got lucky” to have all great suppliers but actually I think we chose them really well – mostly on recommendations from Sami Tipi.

Have a wedding coordinator. Having a wedding co-ordinator is a great investment in my eyes. At a venue a lot of the logistics are taken care of by them but when you are having a Tipi wedding (especially on your own land) this can fall to you. Both me and family wanted to be able to fully enjoy the wedding day without worrying about dealing with and managing suppliers on the day. The lovely Emma from I Totally Do handled everything on the day from phone calls from suppliers to coordinating opening champagne as everyone arrived back from the church.

Don’t skimp on your Photographer or Videographer. Once your wedding is done, those photos & videos along with your memories are all you have. I’m so glad we invested in both photo and video content.

Take Your Time. What I valued the most about my wedding was time. I was really lucky that I was able to have my wedding at my parents home. This meant that after the Tipi went up early in the week, I could really slow down and enjoy setting up. I made my own place names (with Maria’s dried flowers) with my bridesmaids, I styled all the tables and arranged some of the flowers drinking champagne with family and friends and generally loved seeing everything come together slowly day by day. A wedding day is SO QUICK so if possible, I would really recommend to anyone to take their time. Take as much time off as you can and have a lovely plan that builds up to the wedding. Even if this involves doing things at home and not the venue.

See their full wedding >> HERE <<


Jess and Max celebrated in Three Giant Hats Tipis, with a stunning outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking Groby Pool, Leicestershire.

Here are their top tips to having and enjoying your tipi wedding;

Make it all about you – the best thing about a tipi wedding, is that you can make all the decisions on how you want it to look and really personalise it. Tipi’s really lend themselves to telling your story, so prioritise reflecting your personality and making the day yours!

Plan for bad weather but don’t worry about it. Whilst we all want to avoid the showers on our big day, it cant be helped- and it REALLY doesn’t matter. As long as you have a back up plan and some big clear brollies, it will all be okay!

Enjoy creating the little details that make the day about you, but remember, only you know what is supposed to happen so don’t worry if some things don’t work out!

Don’t let Pinterest make you think you NEED professional styling. Whilst they can make tipi’s look absolutely gorgeous, if you don’t have the budget- it will still look absolutely gorgeous. Tipi’s look great already so it doesn’t take much to make them shine

See their full wedding >> HERE <<


Cherise and Tom celebrated in Three Giant Hats and Chill-Out Tipi at Bawdon Lodge Farm.  After three years of planning and postponement they were so excited to FINALLY become Mr & Mrs Alrdrige!

Here are their top tips to having and enjoying your tipi wedding;

1) When planning your tipi wedding get as many friends and family involved and enjoy it.

2) The tipis are stunning on their own so don’t panic about filling the space.

3) Be true to yourselves as its so easy to get carried away with things that you lose the joy of doing it your own way.

4) Have fun sourcing the ‘little things’ but leave the ‘big things’ to the professionals, its not worth the stress!

5) Fill your wedding with good food, drink, music and the people that you love – you can’t go wrong!

See their full wedding >> HERE <<


Naomi and Nicholas celebrated in Four Giant Hat Tipis on their family land. On one of the hottest weekends of the year!

Here are their top tips to having and enjoying your tipi wedding;

Do not stress about the weather! The tipis are so adaptable, and Jodie and Craig really do know their stuff! The day the tipis were erected it was about 30 degrees and it was honestly one of my favourite memories of the whole wedding. My parents, maid of honour, Nick and I spent the evening testing out the sound system and dancing around in the empty tipi. It was so hot but Craig had made sure there were extra gaps left in the tipi so it wasn’t unbearable.

Let Your Suppliers Help! Jodie and Craig are an absolute dream to work with. I found the supplier booklet really helpful and we used a lot of recommended suppliers. Also, don’t forget that you can lean on your suppliers to guide you through the process of wedding planning, they literally live and breathe weddings so they know what they’re talking about!

You don’t have to buy everything. Wedding budgets sometimes feel like you’re dealing with Monopoly money as it’s so easy to lose sight of how much you’re spending on the day. We borrowed Nick’s stepdad’s car as our wedding car rather than spending loads of money on hiring something for the weekend. If you know someone with items you could use as props for the day, just ask them! And Facebook marketplace is a great way to find some bargains to get creative with.

Check Your Suppliers Needs. If you are having a tipi in your field or garden check what supplies you will need for the day. We very nearly got caught without water for the wedding day which could have been rather stressful so just be super organised and check all your suppliers requirements well in advance.

See their full wedding >> HERE <<


Alex and Krysia spent over three years preparing for their big day, with postponements and rearranging lots of times.  They finally got to celebrate their special day with the nearest and dearest at Bawdon Lodge Farm.

Here are their top tips to having and enjoying your tipi wedding;

‘SET ACHIEVABLE GOALS.’  Don’t give yourself a week to do everything – give yourself some time to make your vision come together. It isn’t easy pulling all of the suppliers and ideas together but when you do – OMG it’s worth it!

‘GET CREATIVE!’  You can achieve so much with a tipi wedding and with it being a blank canvas you are able to literally create whatever feel you want to your day.  When we first saw the tipis we knew this was the wedding for us, it allowed us to put our personality both into and outside of the tipis. Inside we created kids corners and decorative features and outside was like a fun fair with inflatable helter skelters, shooting ranges and I even made a hook a duck with prizes to be won (I’d say for the kids but the adults played too!)

‘HAVE FUN WHILE YOU DO IT!’ If it isn’t fun, you’re not doing it right. (That might sound somewhat sarcastic but it really isn’t!!) The whole point of a tipi/outdoor wedding is to get involved and get down and dirty. If you aren’t enjoying what you have set out, and always remember it is easy to go back to the drawing board and start again if something doesn’t feel right!!

‘BOUNCE IDEAS WITH YOUR SUPPLIERS!’ With these sorts of weddings, you aren’t just a number – the suppliers become heavily invested in helping you achieve your day. If there is something you want to suggest or request, ask them for their advise. They may know a supplier who can help, or may have even been lucky enough to see someone previously create something similar.  The suppliers become part of your family during the planning process, and it’s so great to get their opinions and suggestions to work alongside yours!

See their full wedding >> HERE <<


Lorna and John are celebrating their wedding twice! With a small intimate celebration this year, and a bigger party celebration next year for their anniversary.

Here are their top tips to having and enjoying your tipi wedding;

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.

See their full wedding >> HERE <<


Field lost 6 Weeks before wedding

Neil and Claire who got married in July with only 6 weeks to go they got let down on their site!! But all was well and they had an amazing day.

Here are their top tips to having and enjoying your tipi wedding;

Less is more. The tipi will look stunning on its own so only a few bits and pieces will be needed to add your own touch.

Savour the evening. Once the sun goes down the tipis really do come into their own at night, they are truly magical.

Enjoy every moment of being in the tipi and make sure you are the last to leave, we found it so hard to walk away and for our tipi wedding to be over!

See their full wedding >> HERE <<


Julia & David Sami Tipi Wedding at Meynell Langley, Derbyshire
Busy couple embrace their tipi wedding

Julia and David celebrated in two of our gorgeous giant hat tipis and chill-out tipi at Meynell Langley, Derbyshire.

Here are their top tips to having and enjoying your tipi wedding;

Buy a wedding planner. A friend bought one for me when we got engaged and it was like my wedding bible! A tipi wedding can involve a lot more planning and people. It’s therefore really good to have everyone’s details in one place with a rough timeline of what needs doing. Once you get in touch with Sami Tipi of course, they will help with a lot of the organising!

Go to wedding open days.To get ideas in the early stages, they’re a good place to start with finding contacts and inspiration!

Be creative. Having a tipi wedding gives you a blank canvas to create exactly what you want so go for it! We did a lot ourselves in terms of making table runners, bunting to hang, decorating candle jars, we made a blackboard for our table plan, did our own table place cards etc which I personally loved doing (Dave played along…). There are so many companies out there though to help with all the extras if you need them, and they will have lots you can hire for the day.

Don’t spend your time worrying. This might sound silly but I was quite conscious of what style dress I bought. I ended up falling for one with a bigger train than I’d planned and a full length veil and was worried about working my way around the tipi but in the end had nothing to worry about at all, they are way more spacious than you think so anything works.

Rally Round Friends and Family Get friends and family to help you decorate and un-decorate, it was great to spend the day before our wedding getting everything ready just how we wanted it, and we couldn’t have done it without a few extra hands.

Nominate an Organiser On the day, nominate a friend/usher/bridesmaid and give them a rough itinerary for the day and list of contacts so you don’t have to worry about anything on the day itself and can enjoy it! It’s a good idea to also give your caterers, photographer, band, florist etc their name and number just in case they need it.


Sami Tipi Wedding Donna & Kyen at Bawdon Lodge Farm
Planned in just 6 months

Donna and Kyen planned everything in 6 months and it wasn’t a small wedding either. Celebrated in three giant hats and chill-out tipi at Bawdon Lodge Farm and planned everything in just 6 months.

Donna & Kyen’s Wedding Tips;

Go for it! You have nothing to lose and married life to gain. Planning years in advance has its advantages but also why sit worrying about something so far in advance. If you know what you want your better off just going for it!

Keep calm! You can’t do anything until the weeks running up to your wedding apart from get the main things booked. Try not to overthink things and it will all fall into place.

Be creative and use Pinterest! Things don’t have to cost a fortune!  There are fantastic creative ideas to be pinched and used on the www! Use those old pudding jars for decoration and spruce them up with some ribbon and glitter!

Take it all in and enjoy every moment! It’s a once in a lifetime experience and should be an exciting time as a couple to plan and look forward to your special day!

Don’t forget why! Don’t let the wedding industry consume you. At the end of the day you are getting married because you love each other, not because you want the most expensive extravagant wedding.


Allow Plenty of Time

Cassie and James fell in love with the tipis before even getting engaged. They wanted to create an informal wedding celebration and tackle some of the DIY element of styling their wedding.

Cassie and James’ Wedding Tips;


Get Crafty  The tipis are perfect to add lots of your own touches, so if you like to get a bit crafty make the most of this.

Be Prepared Everything that you can do in advance do! You cannot possibly be ‘too prepared’ for a wedding day, there will always be lots to do just before the big day. Being self-employed and knowing my salon would be closed for two weeks, I decided to work for a few hours on the day before. I had everything boxed up and very organised, so thought I’d have more than enough time for me and my mom to set everything up and get it just how I visualised.

Give Your Self Time & Ask For Help If you are doing a lot yourself give yourself time to set it up and get everything in place and ask for help! However, I did not realise how much time I actually needed and although everything ended up getting done, it ended with a lot of rushing to give myself the evening to relax.

See their full wedding >> HERE <<


Plan A was to elope to Portugal

Mark and Chris had initially planned to get married in Portugal. After considering not all of their family and friends would be able to join them, which was really important to them they began to look for a quirky alternative.

Two grooms, Mark and Chris share their top tips to having the best day ever;

Blank Canvas The Tipis are like a blank canvas so use this to your advantage and be as creative as you want to be, think of what you love and include it!

Get people involved Especially friends and family who want to feel like they’re playing a part. We did, from friends who sang us down the aisle, playing the guitar and readings during the service to family members who made things like bunting, table runners and outdoor games. They all played a part and it made it feel all that more personal. Get people along for the set up as well, it makes the build up to the big day all the more enjoyable.

PINTEREST I couldn’t have done without it and it gave us so much inspiration.,.I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS ENOUGH!!!!! Sami Tipi Have loads of ideas on their boards too.

On The Day Manager Get yourself a wedding planner, even if just for the day….we used Val from Benassamy and she was invaluable at co-ordinating the whole day…as well as being simply lovely!

Use Your Surroundings If the weather allows use as much of your surroundings as possible…take the inside outside where you can and remember the decoration and styling doesn’t just have to stay inside the tipi. Fairy lights and candles outside are definitely a must for creating the perfect ambience.

Get Creative Even If You’re NOT! From someone who isn’t that creative myself, I’d certainly say give it a try and have a go. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed making things and coming up with ideas for quirky little add ons. It makes it feel all the more that it’s your wedding.

Have a Plan B If you intend on getting married outside, the Great British weather, that we have come to love, can surprise you when you least want it to. Our plan B was the dance floor area of the tipis. As much as positive thinking is important, be realistic.

Take a Minute The day will fly by, take a minute to take in the atmosphere. My best friend on the day took me to one side at night and walked me to the end of the field and said “take a look, take it in and remember this moment”…and I do!!! As much as the alcohol had started to kick in, I remember that moment as though it happened an hour ago.

See their full wedding >>HERE<<


Lucy and Johnny Sami Tipi wedding view from tipi image
Rainy on arrival to tipis

Lucy and Johnny celebrated in July and had a downpour just as they arrived to the tipis. Planned whilst Lucy was at university.

Lucy and Johnny share their top tips to having a relaxed tipi wedding celebration.

Do what you want! Whether it is having your favourite food, unusual music, a bouncy castle, asking for honeymoon contributions rather than traditional gifts or sitting your best friends at the top table. It is your day, other people have had theirs. Think about what will make you happy!

DIY not necessary Don’t feel under pressure to DIY, it is lots easier and sometimes cheaper to buy or hire.

Budget Saving Catering We used M&S and Waitrose food delivery for afternoon tea and paid a bar company to serve drinks, set up the food and clear away. It was easy to arrange and we fed 120 people a delicious afternoon tea for about £1500. Fish and chips or street-food goes down well too!

Hire a Ceilidh Band This is a great way to get people dancing, mingling and having fun. Plus it is great during light, summer evenings.

Time Together Make sure you have some couple time with your new husband/wife to take a breather and enjoy the day together.

Invest in Your Photographer & Videographer A quality photographer and, if possible, videographer are key as you will love looking at the photos/video again and again!

Don’t Worry About The Weather It rained on our wedding day and our venue was a farmers field but it didn’t matter. Everyone is there to have a great time and celebrate, just make sure people are prepared.

Glamp Organising ‘glamping’ accommodation on-site this means the party can go on as long as you want!

Research your suppliers carefully and then trust them to do a great job.

Enjoy the Journey Enjoy the planning process as much as possible because you only do it once and you will miss it when its over!


Wedding Planned done in 6 months not the 24 months originally thought

Gemma and Alex had initially thought they would give themselves 2 years to plan their wedding. This soon changed and they planned everything in just 6 months whilst Gemma was on maternity leave.

Gemma and Alex share their top tips to having a fun filled outdoor wedding;

View a tipi Do this as soon as you can, it made it so much easier to imagine the size and scale of the decorations we would need.

Keep it simple. It’s easy to get carried away with all the gorgeous decorations and ideas out there but we were happiest when we went back to our original ideas and kept it simple. The tipis are so gorgeous that they speak for themselves!

Book the big stuff early. Once we sorted the basic facilities such as food, drink, loos and electricity, the singer and the photographer we could relax and enjoy the rest of the planning. We planned our wedding in just 6 months so finding the perfect singer and photographer was tricky. We were very picky with our choices as we didn’t want to settle for second best just because of the short time scale we set ourselves and after many hours trawling the internet and attending wedding fayres we found them! It was probably the most stressful part so we were very pleased to have them booked, paid for and forgotten about early!

Don’t skimp on your photographer. Although you will be inundated with photos from your guests after the big day, having a good photographer is priceless. Even now we can look back and remember every second of our wonderful day thanks to our lovely wedding photographs.

Use Sami Tipi They are a fountain of knowledge. Whenever we thought we had hit a brick wall they would open the door with ideas, suggestions, companies and contacts. We were very grateful.

Get a good team of people Mostly for the clean up the next day! We were very grateful to our family and friends for their help. Clearing up was the last thing we wanted to do and they did it all for us! By the time we turned up at the site everything was packed away and the tipis we halfway down, we were able to sit back and enjoy our first day as husband and wife.

Delegate Don’t do anything on the day, just sit back and enjoy it. This is one thing I wish we had done more of! Having a tipi wedding for us meant we planned and controlled everything but this also meant that each contractor needed organising, meeting and setting up on the day. Have someone to do this for you, the last thing you want to be doing is standing on the phone giving directions when you should be enjoying your day! Let someone else do this.

And finally.. Take 5 minutes out with your new husband/wife and watch your day from afar. Before you know it it will be all over and you’ll wonder what happened. Take a few minutes to appreciate the day and enjoy it.

See more of their wedding >>HERE<<

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