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It’s all in the detail

Our structures and extras have a number of unique features that allow us to offer the very best product and service, staying at the top of our game. This always has been at the heart of what we were trying to achieve with Country Tipis – creating unique, successful events with the support of a dedicated, professional team. It is so important to us to continue to build on our already strong reputation in outdoor events, so we thought we’d fill you in on a few features we’re most proud of:

Neat and tidy tipi link with custom stitched blanking panels

© Emily Little Photography

We’re lucky to be one of a handful of rental companies in the south of England who are supplied by The Tipi Company. Alongside the brilliant structures they created a full range of stitched-to-fit blanking panels that mask the main Tipi canvas links whilst offering an additional layer of weatherproofing. The eaves beam and side blanking panel pictured here on the left allows you to run additional tables in the eaves, giving you more space inside.


Handmade rustic tables with chairs to match

© Emily Little Photography

When we started Country Tipis around 5 years ago we looked at the furniture options available and weren’t blown away by what was on offer. As a result we decided to make our own tables and benches from scaffold boards. These have been incredibly popular over the years, so we added some European-made folding wooden chairs to our hire range. These were stained to match our tables and complimented with grey seat pads to be kind to your bum.


We’re available right from initial enquiry right through until your event day

© Pike Photography

We appreciate how important it is to have questions answered and your worries alleviated efficiently, so we make sure we get back to you as soon as we can. We’ll always come and survey your site for suitability prior to your event day to ensure there are no surprises on the day we set-up. One of our experienced crew will be on call throughout your event day so you can relax and enjoy yourself. If you’d like someone who has a knowledge of the structure to be around on the day we offer the option of hiring a “Tipi Man” who can assist you as required.


We offer a full LED professional lighting package to create a magical atmosphere

© Country Tipis

In our Tipis we include fairy lights, customisable LED up-lighters, chandeliers and a disco ball in our base price, as we know you’ll love the ambience they create! In our Celeste we offer the same without the disco ball and chandelier. All of our lighting uses LED bulbs so draw minimal power, meaning that we can normally power a 3 Tipi / 24m Celeste set-up from a single 13a house plug.


The Hammered Peg – our own bar service

© Pike Photography

In 2017 The Hammered Peg poured their very first drink, since then we’ve kept revellers at over 50 events well watered inside our structures. We love to see you having the time of your life, and with your bar you’ll get at least one experienced member of Tipi crew to keep an eye on everything.


Woven matted flooring

Our flooring is natural coloured with black fleck which creates a neat finish throughout. It follows the contours of the ground beneath it when laid as grassy areas are seldom flat. In certain circumstances we lay it on top of plastic underlay to prevent water soaking up through it.


Handmade in the UK

© Pike Photography

We proudly support UK businesses and try to buy locally wherever we can in order to minimise our carbon footprint. The Tipi Company hand make all of our equipment up in Bolton, stitching our rugged canvas together and refining the main legs from slow grown Scandinavian spruce.


Hessian edging to hide cables and grass

© Pike Photography

We use hessian around the edge of our tipis to neaten up the Tipi, hiding electric cables and any grass that may be showing. It also serves as a draft excluder around the edge of the Tipi.


Minimal strapping on the front

© Nicki Shea Photography

Whilst some structures require a large amount of strapping on the front, ours do not need a lot. As well as looking tidier, this also allows us to minimise potential trip hazards.


Non-slip wooden dancefloor

© Emily Little Photography

Get dancing on our non-slip wooden dance-floor, creating the perfect arena for you to throw some shapes. Its modular nature means that you can choose the dimensions to suit you. In this photo you can see the Tipi package from Entertainment, PA & lighting pros Disco Nyts which includes a rustic DJ booth alongside an upgraded lighting package.


Huge thanks to all of the photographers who have contributed their photos to this blog – Pike Photography, Emily Little Photography & Nicki Shea Photography.

Feel free to fire us a message if you’d like to chat, Country Tipis x


Meet the Crew – The Life of a Tipi Man

Having just completed his second summer season with us, Bertie has been a huge asset to the team since he joined Country Tipis. We had a quick chat and asked him a few questions:


How did you wind up working at Country Tipis?

I saw the job advertised on Gumtree and noticed it was just down the road and thought hey, brilliant! I didn’t really have any expectations, though I knew it would be a physical job working mostly outside and I hoped it would be good fun!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items could you not live without?

Music (to keep me entertained)

My Tipi Team-mates (because they’re great)

Alcohol (I’m hoping that the high water content will keep me hydrated)

Walk me through your typical day at work.

I start the day by getting picked up from my place, arriving at work for the designated time, then have the piss taken out of me from the start of the day until the end of the day. Once we arrive at the set-up location, we measure up, build the Tipis or Celeste, kit them out with flooring, furniture & lighting. We then sit down to enjoy a bit of lunch, after which we return to the yard, unload, reload and go home to get some rest before the next day.


What aspect of the tipi build do you enjoy the most?

I prefer building to taking down. I love going up the ladder and rigging up the electrics – fairy lights, chandeliers and everyone’s favourite – the disco ball.

What do you do with yourself throughout the quieter winter months and how does it compare to building tipis?

I work for private families as a household manager / chef in the winter. This is very different as I’m working alone, whereas I work as part of a team in the summer. I do enjoy the camaraderie that comes with working as a team!


What’s your favourite aspect of working at Country Tipis?

Every day is different, every job is different. I like the people the most – they’re a good bunch of people who have fun whilst building these structures. Who wouldn’t have a good time working here?!

If an alien walked up to you asking for your advice on tipi building, and you only had 30 seconds to give them your best tip, what would it be?

Get a reliable, hardworking crew who have a passion for doing it. It’s not easy work – carrying tables, chairs and other heavy kit in often boiling weather. You’ve got to have a passion to get up in the morning and come to work – it’s not easy getting up so early in the morning to carry stuff!

What makes Country Tipis stand out from the rest?

Country Tipis is a very professional outfit who take pride in what they do. The whole crew show attention to detail with everything they do, no job is rushed – everything is finished to a high standard and is nothing short of perfect. 


What is your favourite product that Country Tipis offer

The rustic pallet-wood bar finishes the Tipi well, as well as the nimbus Tipi which creates a separate area outside.

Thanks for the insights Bertie, until next year!


Real Wedding – James & Faye

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front lately due to a few manic weeks, but we’re back on the horse now! James & Faye got married in our triple pole Celeste at Lodge Farm House back in August last year, and what a day it was. Beautifully captured by the hugely creative Rafe Abrook, check it out below.

Hanging lanterns, floral centrepieces and fairy lights really brought their Celeste to life

The ever popular Lee Smith wowing James & Faye’s guests with his magic

The bride & groom!

The First dance

Time to party!



Congratulations Faye & James, it was our absolute pleasure being a part of your special day. We wish you all the best in the future!

Featuring:

The ever amazing Lee Smith Magic, Disco Nyts who provided the lighting and the band (James is the owner!), Rafe Abrook, and the beautiful Lodge Farm House.


Introducing… our new Celeste Pole Marquee

The build

Our crew started bright and early, and we couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop than that of Lodge Farm House in Kings Walden. The well kept gardens are beautifully quaint and secluded, complete with a secret garden for your ceremony (or somewhere to put the kids!).

Learning the ropes

 

The Launch

This was the first time we had erected the Celeste in public, and as you only ever get one shot at a launch party we had to get it right! After a lot of searching we chose this peak top marquee because we felt it enabled us to retain a rustic style which enabled us to remain true to our beloved tipis.

Photo: Pike Photography

Why the Celeste?

The structure differs from that of the tipis in a number of ways, apart from the obvious visual differences: The usable space runs right up to the wall panels, which can be either clear or opaque, and are easily removed by anyone as required. The 8m tall poles support a sweeping high ceiling which creates a feeling of space inside the structure. The detailed design work that surrounds the poles adds to the magic of the Celeste. It has been likened to a sperry or a sailcloth tent; structures that were borne and popularised the other side of the Pacific.

Photo: Pike Photography

What are my options?

We’re ecstatic that we are able to offer the Celeste Marquee to you, and really offer you something unique for your special day or event. The 24m x 12m marquee (triple pole) can seat up to 200 people, the 18m x 12m marquee (double pole) can seat up to 140 and the 12m x 12m marquee (single pole – circular) can seat up to 80 people. Though these numbers depend on what else you’d like inside. Our pricing includes a woven matted flooring (suitable for high heels) and lighting (fairy lights and LED up-lighters).

Photo: Pike Photography

The below floor plan illustrates a layout option inside the 24m x 12m Celeste Marquee, we’ll create a custom one of these for you to help you visualise your event.

How about the colours on this beautiful table run and garland by Kerry at Foxgloves + Alice?

Photo: Pike Photography

Huge thanks to the other suppliers who helped make it a day to remember:

Photos: Pike Photography

PA: Disco Nyts

Venue: Lodge Farm House

Styling: Fleur de Lace

Flowers: Foxgloves + Alice


Crystal’s introduction to the world of Tipis

Two months ago I was working in the dentistry industry, organising annual conferences and awards ceremonies to promote the highest levels of clinical excellence within the profession. I loved managing the organisational aspects of the several awards ceremonies we hosted, and seeing the teams working hard to give their patients the best possible care get the recognition they deserve. But, coming from a hospitality and events background, I really missed the variety that the events industry offers and knew it was time for a change.

Lloyd Goodall @lloydsfreelancephotographyandvideo

The world of tipis

Once I found the role online, I did some googling and was introduced to the world of Tipis. Not having really seen them before I was fascinated by how they looked, how they worked and how they formed part of such unique events. After looking at photos of some of the events Country Tipis had done, the lovely venues they work with and most importantly all the fairy lights everywhere, I knew this was something I wanted to be involved with. Although, I was a little worried that working in an office with just men would be a bit awkward, I’m a bit of a neat freak and like things in certain ways. Boy, did I have nothing to worry about, both Richard and Ceri, are just as organised as me! Phew!

Learning the ropes

In my first month with the company, I had been shown so much. I learnt how to PAT test and helped to test all of our equipment; all 400 cables worth (now that’s a lot of fairy lights!). I also assisted on a site visit to understand how to measure out the tipis to ensure they will fit into a space and that the ground is suitable. Best of all, I became a crew member for the day and helped set up and take down 2 tipis. This was for one of our open weekends at the Letchworth Centre for Health Living. It was a really great way to understand how these unique structures work and a brilliant introduction to the team.

I was actually surprised by how prepared the team were for my arrival, it really made me feel welcome. And, since joining the company, Richard & Ceri have enlisted my help to decorate the office to ensure the space is inviting for both us and our visitors. As I’ll be in the office most days, Richard even bought me a toaster for my morning crumpets! Based at Vanstone Park close to Hitchin, our office is a little unconventional but with the right decoration, some decking and flowers, it really has become an unique place to work. There’s also a pen for the staff’s dogs!

Always moving

It was an exciting prospect to come and work for a company that was still early on in their journey, however, I was amazed at the growth Country Tipis has seen already. Not just in the number of events they host but also in the services they offer. Continuing to develop, we will soon be launching our new Celeste Pole Marquee and I cannot wait. It gives clients another avenue to consider for their events without losing the rustic outdoor theme.

Having done some local research into different tipi companies when I first started, I was able to understand structurally how our tipis differed to many other companies. Although, I really believe it’s the attention to detail that sets Country Tipis apart from the rest. I’m looking forward to supporting the team and helping to make it the busiest and best year yet!


New for 2018 ▲

Thanks!

We’ve had an such a good summer of weddings and would like to extend massive congratulations to all of the couples who have celebrated their marriage with us, along with the festival goers and the birthday partyers who have all celebrated inside our Tipis this year. Each of you helped to make 2017 our biggest and best year yet! We were also very lucky to have such a committed and dedicated crew who helped us ensure that every build was spot on, we couldn’t have done it without you Country Tipi men!

@Asassynation

Our first published shoot

Earlier in the year we collaborated with Carolione Opacic Photography on a burgundy and bohemian shoot in a Hertfordshire wildflower meadow. Last week we were so chuffed to find out it got featured on the Boho Weddings blog (check it out here)! Thanks so much to all the suppliers involved and Caroline for organising and coordinating it all so seamlessly.

©Caroline Opacic Photography

©Caroline Opacic Photography

What’s next?

As for 2018 we’ve decided to branch out slightly (no pun intended!) and we’ve bought a beautiful wooden pole Celeste Marquee ready for next year. We’ll be able to offer it in 3 lengths: 12m, 18m or 24m (12m width) and it will be priced from £2100 to £3900 including flooring, festoon lighting & LED uplighters. This round ended marquee provides an open and practical space that is perfectly suited to those wanting an outdoor wedding in an interesting yet traditional structure. The main poles are over 7m tall and they support a vast sail-cloth like roof which is firmly tension strapped to the ground. If you’d like any further information about hiring our Celeste Marquee please get in touch. 

Tip Top Venues – Newton Longville

We’re also super excited to announce that we’ve got a collaboration starting next year at one of our favourite venues. This beautiful lakeside spot at Tip Top Venues is ours for the summer: nestled in sprawling farmland in Buckinghamshire close to Milton Keynes. It is one of the first venues we built our tipis at, so it’ll always have a special place in our hearts. We’ll have two of our tipis up throughout 2018 with the option to add another if required.

We’re always on the lookout for individuals and companies to collaborate with, so if you feel like you would be a good fit with us at Country Tipis please do get in touch 🙂


5 things to consider when planning a Tipi wedding

We know that planning a wedding can be a stressful affair. If you’ve decided to host your special day in a Tipi (good choice!) we have compiled a list of our top five considerations you should take into account.

© Jodie Cooling

1. Venue – This is a hugely important one, and with every one of our events we do a site visit to ensure that it is suitable for Tipis. Things to consider would be access, noise curfew, parking and of course size. We work closely with a number of approved local venues who we can recommend to you if you’re still looking for that perfect setting.

2. How many Tipis? – This depends on how many people you’re planning on hosting, and how many of them will be sitting down to eat. As a general rule of thumb one Tipi will seat up to 72 people, two will hold up to 120 people, three will seat in excess of 120 people with ample room for a dance floor, stage and chill out area. For a larger event four or more Tipis would be suitable, in theory you can join as many as you like! The way in which we link the Tipis creates extra room beneath the joins, and using three or more Tipis we can offer a choice of Tipi configurations.

3. Bar – Whether you organise this yourself or use someone else it’s important that the drinks don’t run out! If you’re looking for a bar supplier we have both a 4m indoor up-cycled pallet wood bar as well as a horsebox bar that can be linked to the Tipis, both of which we can provide fully stocked with your preferred drinks and two bar staff. Head over to Peggy’s Horsebox Bar for further pricing options.

4. Decoration – We think our Tipis look incredible without any extra decoration, and the combination of fairy lights and LED spotlights creates a magical atmosphere in the evening. This is totally up to you of course, some people choose a minimalist approach to decoration, with a few pieces hanging from the structure to match the table decor. We normally try and give you at least one day before your wedding to dress the Tipi. If you’re looking for someone who can get creative with the table dressing and theming we can recommend Beth from Pots in Bloom who we work closely with.

Wedding table flower autumn mismatch

5. Entertainment – Whether you’re going for an 8 piece band or a DJ we’ll be able to accommodate them on our modular stage, creating a perfect platform for them. You don’t need us to tell you that there is a huge amount of event entertainment on offer from Josephs Amazing Camels who we met at a local trade show to a roaming magician, you can have it all! If you’d like us to recommend you one of our preferred suppliers please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our list is by no means exhaustive, but we hope it helps in the planning of your special day! Don’t hesitate to send us a message if you have any further queries.


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