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 undoubtably worth it, promising to provide you and your guests a lasting memory.
Lucy and Johnny got married in July in two of our gorgeous giant hat tipis and chill-out tipi. They have taken the time to reflect back on their wedding to put together some great tips to share with you. Over to Lucy;
Make sure you 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!
Do not underestimate the planning involved in creating such a unique and exciting wedding. It can be very time consuming if you are doing it all yourself but help from suppliers, family and friends is invaluable. It will be worth it in the end.
Don’t feel under pressure to DIY, it is lots easier and sometimes cheaper to buy or hire.
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!
A ceilidh may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is a great way to get people dancing, mingling and having fun. Plus it is great during light, summer evenings when people might feel more self-conscious doing disco dancing.
Make sure you have some couple time with your new husband/wife to take a breather and enjoy the day together.
A quality photographer and, if possible, videographer are key as you will love looking at the photos/video again and again!
Get the whole bridal party on board decorating the tipis, its great fun! We laid out all the furniture and did all the decorations in 10 hours the day before, it is possible and a great bonding experience!
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.
Organising ‘glamping’ accommodation on-site for guests means the party can go on as long as you want!
A couple of days off after the wedding before setting off on your honeymoon means you can bask in the glow of a perfect day as newly-weds before dashing off, sleep and recover so you are fresh to enjoy the honeymoon.
Research your suppliers carefully, make instructions clear and then trust them to do a great job.
Try and enjoy the planning process as much as possible because you only do it once and you will miss it when its over!
Photos captured by Cris Matthews
More planning tips to follow, but in the meantime if you would like further information about planning your tipi wedding, please do not hesitate to get in touch.