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Venues we love

One of the proudest partnerships that Country Tipis has is that between ourselves and our most loved venues. Built upon trust, dedication, hard work and most importantly a shared love of weddings.


Every couple has a different wish-list when choosing a venue which is right for them, so we have put together some easy to digest information for you. So, if you are still looking for your perfect space… sit back, relax and let us talk to you about ‘all things venues’.


We have handpicked 7 of our top venues, each one offering something different and have varied options of suppliers and packages. Beaumont Hall, Brook Farm, Lattenbury Hill, Lodge Farm, Mill farm, Tip Top Venues and our very own Vanstone Park.


Beaumont Hall – St Albans

http://www.beaumonthall.co.uk/

Pike Photography


Beaumont Hall’s sweeping driveway is the perfect entrance to a wedding venue, setting a president to the day ahead. Based in St Albans and offering a number of different locations and packages to cater for everyone. Vickie is the heart and soul of the venue, building personal relationships with each of their couples and truly understanding that every wedding is deemed to be different.


Beaumont Hall’s second site ‘The Paddocks’ sits adjacent to a secret garden, you walk mesmerising through the forestry to enter a woodland dream, like something out of a film. ‘The bar’ is perfect for smaller intimate weddings and honestly it couldn’t be any prettier.


Beaumont Hall have recently had planning permission granted to start the process of building on site accommodation overlooking the main field, Right now, we can only imagine how amazing this is going to be but it doesn’t look like we are going to have to wait very long with Beaumont hoping for the works to be complete by the summer of 2022.


Brook Farm – Cuffley

https://www.brookfarmcuffley.co.uk/

Caroline Opacic Photography


Based close to Enfield, with easy access to motorways and only a 30 minute direct train line in from London makes this a perfect location for traveling guests if your circle is wide.


You enter through a gate and at the end of the track you are welcomed onto a well kept, open green space laced with gorgeous trees and overhead festoon lighting. Your structure will stand in the centre, perfectly overlooking the tranquil lake. A walkway leads you over to your very own breathtaking island. It is truly picturesque.


Pine Tree Aisle is the perfect spot for a blessing, whilst reception drinks and photos naturally take place over on the island allowing your guests to soak up the views from multiple spots around the venue. Laura prides herself on the venue being flexible and stands by the saying ‘Your day your way’


Lattenbury Hill Weddings – Huntingdon

https://www.lattenburyhillweddings.co.uk/

Hannah Duffy Photography


Nestled in the Cambridgeshire countryside, an immaculately kept sea of nature is the best way to describe the fields at Lattenbury Hill. Iona and her team strive for perfection and offer two beautiful spaces depending on the size of your wedding party.


A small, neat garden is available to host your drinks reception, with a beautiful pond and swing; an ideal backdrop for your photos.


A crooked barn stands at the heart of the venue, offering a quirky shelter for a ceremony. It’s a truly unique selling point. With glamping welcomed you won’t even have to travel far to rest your head. So from the pristine landscaped gardens to the barn, Lattenbury HIll is a unique mix of charm, character and farm life.


Lodge Farm House – Kings Walden

https://lodgefarmbandb.co.uk/weddings-events/

Natalie Rawding Photography


A stunning little gem off the beaten track, just outside Hitchin, you will find well kept gardens and a beautiful country house, sleeping up to 14 people. Lodge Farm offers a whole weekend package for couples wanting to keep everything all in one place.


With so many areas to explore, from the secret garden for an intimate ceremony, up to the terrace for drinks from the trendy horse box bar, Lodge Farm offers a homely atmosphere, warmly lit with fairy lights throughout the gardens, allowing the venue to be an experience within itself. The highly experienced Liz will be your on the day coordinator and will look after your every need with love.


Mill Farm – Gamlingay

https://www.mill.farm/

Photo: Mill Farm


Mill Farm, located in South Cambridgeshire just 1 hour from London and 30 minutes from Cambridge City, is an outdoor event space that gives you complete flexibility to do, create and dream up your perfect event.


The beautifully maintained meadow is highly equipped with easy electrical supplies giving your bar, band, DJ and suppliers plenty of power. Mill Farm has a newly refurbished barn, a great additional structure boasting a large commercial kitchenette and bar hatch, perfect for welcoming drinks and mingling.


Offering long weekend hire, guests have the option to stay and camp in pretty bell tents, complete with four comfy beds, electric, fairy lights and camping necessities. Chatting to Lucy we got an exclusive…new for summer 2022 is ‘Mill Farm House’ which has been specifically designed as large group luxury accommodation. Stay tuned for more updates on this!


Lucy and the team at Mill Farm are so down to earth and happily offer guidance and assistance with all your planning needs, recommending local suppliers who they know and trust.


Tip Top Venues – Newton Longville

https://www.tiptopvenues.co.uk/

Emily Little Photography


This Milton Keynes based venue has three Tipis standing proudly in a row on the edge of their beautiful lake, offering a peaceful and tranquil spot for your special day.


The Tipis have a unique hardstanding wooden floor, made by our very own crew members at Country Tipis allowing you to dance the night away and a specially made weathering kit which allows flexibility incase of rain – one of the main worries when it comes to planning a wedding in a field!


Tip Top offers a perfectly wrapped package including everything needed to make the day run smoothly. A three day hire allows you time to dress your venue beautifully and also gives you enough time to pack your things away.


Helen and the Tip Top team have a wealth of knowledge for all things weddings and pride themselves on offering support from start to finish.


Vanstone Park – Codicote

https://www.vanstonepark.co.uk/

Betrothed & Co


Last but certainly not least is our very own Vanstone Park, based just outside Hitchin tucked away behind the garden centre.


Here we offer three Tipis in a triangle formation with a hardstanding wooden floor with matching handmade wooden furniture fronted by a removable all weather blanking kit.


Welcomed in by our pagoda, beautifully lit with fairy lights. Our walkway matting is lined with festoon and leads you down to the Tipis, where you will look out onto a beautiful open field laced with towering trees and a beautiful willow; the perfect spot for photos or a ceremony area that dreams are made of.



The team at Country Tipis will be with you from start to finish making the whole day an easy experience. We are all about fun filled festival style weddings and can make your dream a reality while supporting your every need.
We hope this has been helpful to all those venue hunting and hope to help host your beautiful events at some point in the near future.


Love from all the Team here at Country Tipis x


Real wedding – Georgie & Liam at Walkern Hall

Back in April last year Georgie & Liam got married inside a three Tipi set up in the grounds of the beautiful Walkern Hall, close to Stevenage. We asked them a few questions about how their wedding came about and how they built their dream day to celebrate. Photography by Peter Oliver.

Tipi Wedding at Walkern Hall in April
How did you meet?

We met at Liam’s sister Zoe’s birthday party. Georgie was Zoe’s teaching assistant at the time and charmed Liam by making him an Irish Coffee whilst they chatted about all things from philosophy to preferred duvet togs! Georgie had actually met Liam’s whole family before she met him.

Tipi Wedding at Walkern Hall in April

How long have you been together?

We met in November 2013, and went on our first date in December 2013, slightly delayed after Georgie gave Liam the wrong number. We moved in together in October 2014 and got engaged in October 2017.

Tell me your proposal story.

Liam proposed on Keem Bay, Achill Island on the West Coast of Ireland in October 2017 after re-setting Georgie’s Mum’s diamond ring. The morning of the proposal Liam’s anxiety had been driven through the roof by the recent influx of tourists on the island and Georgie spending 10 minutes looking for her snood in the car, but in the end we had the whole beach to ourselves and it was a perfect moment. We celebrated with a nights stay at Ashford Castle that Liam had sneakily snuck into the itinerary! 

Teepee Wedding at Walkern Hall in April
Why did you choose Walkern Hall for your wedding day venue?

As soon as we drove up the long drive to Walkern Hall, we were captivated by the grounds and beautiful house. Georgie had grown up down the road, and had always loved it. We had been to a few other potential venues for a Tipi but as soon as we saw Walkern Hall we knew it was perfect – from the expansive, flat front lawn in front of the house, to the beautiful fountain and gardens behind. David and Kate, who own Walkern Hall, were warm and friendly, and we knew from the start that they would help us in any way they could. We were able to plan our perfect wedding just the way we wanted. 

What made you want to have your reception in a field using Tipis?

We had visited several venues in the Hertfordshire area, but were often put off by the conveyor belt feel and the restrictions that were put in place by the venue. As well as a beautiful and unique wedding reception venue, having a tipi gave us a full day to set up on the Friday, and we were also able to come back on the Sunday for an informal BBQ.

We felt that our wedding was more than just a day, and incredibly unique and special to us. We had not been inside a tipi before we started looking but we were struck by the warmth, coziness and the unique space they offered to create our perfect day. From the first time we met Ceri and Rich at Country Tipis, we knew they were brilliant and the perfect company for us. Their attention to detail and quality of the tipis was obvious and stood out from other companies. Book them!

Tipi Wedding at Walkern Hall in April
Tell me about the vision you had for your wedding including your theme/colour scheme/styling/flowers.

We were drawn to green, gold and white for our wedding day. We wanted a relaxed day but with traditional elements of a wedding such as a formal wedding breakfast.  It was important to us that we had a ‘blank canvas’ feel inside the tipi, with round tables and white tablecloths to provide the formal contrast with the relaxed nature of the tipi.

After they’d been put up and we first saw them, they looked incredible – it looked amazing inside the tipi! Georgie’s Mum is a florist we were lucky that she offered to do all the flowers. We wanted a lot of green on the tables, so we had lots of rosemary and eucalyptus on the tables, then we opted for white Hydrangeas, Earl Grey and Amnesia Roses. We were so pleased with the flowers, and had so much fun choosing them. Georgie also made the corsages which seemed like a good idea at the time… but she would now recommend anyone to order them and get them delivered them on the day!

Georgie wore a sparkly Jenny Packham dress which she luckily managed to find on eBay, which was a lovely experience and we are now friends with the couple we bought it off! It was complimented by Liam’s tailored navy 3-piece suit from Beggar’s Run in London, silver tie and white pocket square. The bridesmaids wore blue dresses and the ushers wore grey suits with navy ties.  

Outdoor Wedding at Walkern Hall in April
What were your favourite parts of the day?

The traditional walk of the aisle at St Edmund’s College Chapel was something neither of us will ever forget. Arriving at the tipi after the ceremony was then a huge highlight – seeing it in all its glory, and filled with all our favourite people. We also loved the transformation of the tipi in the evening, and the party which took place. The Nameless Three were definitely one of the highlights, and got everyone on the dance floor, with the tipi providing the perfect setting. Despite the freezing temperatures outside, it was warm and toasty inside! (Thanks Ceri and Rich) – and a night we’ll never forget.

Table tennis at a Tipi Wedding at Walkern Hall
Tipi Wedding at Walkern Hall in April band
Who was your wedding photographer and why did you choose them? 

Peter Oliver (Oliver Photography) captured our day brilliantly. Peter offers beautiful natural photos, and a perfect mix of humour and efficiency, which we were grateful for! Through his friendly and relaxed nature, he made everyone feel at ease and blended into the day perfectly. He had previously been the photographer at Liam’s brother Gareth’s wedding so we knew his style and had been 100% confident in him, but when we received the photos we were once again blown away by his ability to capture the story of our day so perfectly.

Bride and Groom dancing at a Tipi Wedding at Walkern Hall in April
Who was your caterer and why did you choose them?


While we had chosen a Tipi for our reception, we still wanted the formal reception feel for our catering. We were recommended Joe and Jack at Clark and Blackwell by Country Tipis. After an initial meeting and tasting, we chose them due to their friendly nature, flexibility, and the stunning taste and presentation of the food. We also knew they had worked with Country Tipis before which allayed some of our worries about the dangers of a DIY wedding! Our wedding breakfast consisted of canapés, shared camembert to start, beef sharing platter (including bone marrow!), and sticky toffee pudding. They also served delicious pulled pork or halloumi wraps out of their street food van in the evening, and cooked up our BBQ on the sunday. Everything was delicious!

While Joe and Jack do the cooking, front of house at Clark and Blackwell is run by Louise Felstead who was absolutely brilliant in ensuring everything went smoothly. We were so impressed with her in the build up we hired her as an ‘on the day co-ordinator’ which was invaluable in letting us completely let our hair down on the day! We loved choosing our cake from Emily Jane Cakes. There were so many delicious varieties but we settled on raspberry and coconut, lemon and a carrot cake. We decided to get a three tiered semi naked cake. We were not going to get a big cake, but we were so amazed with Emily’s cake- it turned out to be a bit of a highlight. It was wonderful seeing the cake in all it’s glory, with the decorations, greenery, and our names as the topper!

Dusk falls on a Tipi Wedding at Walkern Hall in April
What would be your best bit of advice to other couples planning their outdoor wedding?

If you are considering an outdoor wedding but are worried about the DIY nature, weather or anything else – just do it, you won’t regret it, and you and your guests will have an unforgettable day! (whatever the weather).


Huge thanks to Georgie & Liam for answering these questions for us, we hope that some of the answers inspire you and give you an insight into what’s involved in the planning of an outdoor wedding. Country Tipis x


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