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New Service! We’re now offering Tipi Sales & Hard Flooring

Due to a number of recent enquiries for semi-permanent builds with hard floor we are now happy to be able to offer these services. Installing a hard floor has some massive advantages: it’s hard wearing, durable and raised from the ground. We also have some second hand equipment for sale as we’re renewing some of our older gear. The following photos are from a single ‘Tipi-Classroom’ with a hard floor that we built for a nearby school.

Groundworks for the wooden floor
Creating a level area for the flooring to sit on
Creating the wooden floor
Creating the structure for the decking to sit on
Wooden decking for a Tipi - Permanent Floor
Cutting the decking to size and installing it
Drone shot of Tipi being erected at a school
Erecting the Tipi structure and laying out the canvas
Single Tipi at a school as a classroom forest school

These structures would be perfect for extending venue capacity, as a spacious garden retreat or as a quirky addition to your school or business. We can offer larger setups, solutions for installation on both soft and hard ground along with installation, furniture, lighting and ongoing support.

Wooden decking inside a Tipi - Permanent Floor
A short video we created of the build

Please check out our Tipi Sales page for pricing and feel free to get in touch for further info or to get a quote.


And we’re off!

Georgie & Liam kick off our 2019 wedding season with their reception at the stunning Walkern Hall in Stevenage.

On a chilly but beautiful Spring evening, Georgie & Liam brought 120 of their favourite people to party in a 3 hat Tipi, and they had a blast!

Once the sun set over Walkern Hall, the temperature dropped close to freezing which meant the heaters were working on overtime. This created a cosy atmosphere inside the Tipis; the perfect setting for an amazing evening.

Delectable food was provided by the experienced Clark & Blackwell, and the drinks were provided by our own bar The Hammered Peg. It was a pleasure to welcome The Nameless Three into our Tipis, who put on an amazing set; definitely one of the best party bands we’ve heard in a while. Thanks for the photos too! Wedding planning was provided by the efficient Louise Felstead Events.

© The Nameless Three

Below are a few words from Georgie & Liam, it was our pleasure to work with you both and a real privilege to be a part of your special day.

“We hired 3 tipis from Country Tipis for our wedding on 13th April, and had the most amazing day. We knew from the moment we met Rich and Ceri that they were the tipis to go for! The tipis themselves are beautiful and the attention to detail is second to none. The whole team at Country Tipis are always helpful and nothing is too much trouble. The Hammered Peg also ran a fantastic bar. We have had so many comments about the tipis and everyone has been so impressed, with many saying they were the best tipis they’d seen! Highly recommended!

Thank You Rich and Ceri and the whole team at Country Tipis! can we do it all over again?!”

Georgie & Liam
© The Nameless Three
Can you spot the Tipi projected onto the front of the hall? Not an accident at all!

Win your own wedding!

As you’re here, we thought you should know that we’ve got three open days coming up in the next few weeks, and are offering you the chance to win your own wedding! You simply have to come along to one of the following open days and fill in an entry form to be entered into the ballot. On the 28th of April we’ll be providing the structures for the Rustic Wedding Show at Lattenbury Hill Weddings. On the 4th of May we’ll be up at Tip Top Venues, and on the 6th we’ll be at Lodge Farm House. Please get in touch to book a slot with one of our team.


Real Wedding – Rachel & Ryan

A dream wedding

In late August last year Rachel & Ryan decided to tie the knot in the grounds of Lodge Farm House close to Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The ever stylish and creative Nicki Shea Photography captured their special day in this selection of beautiful snaps, enjoy!

Lodge Farm House in all its glory
The magician Lee Smith wowing guests with his tricks

It’s always great to see Lee Smith wowing guests at one of our weddings. He’s great at keeping everyone entertained, kids and adults alike!

This is the secret garden, where you can hold your ceremony, shhh!

Choosing the right venue

It’s so important to choose a venue that suits both of you. Location, facilities, accommodation options, style and size are all important factors to consider. Lodge Farm House is a B&B, so you have an accommodation option right next to the reception. It’s only a small house, so other guests can stay in nearby Hitchin or Stevenage. Their secret garden provides a beautiful quiet setting to hold a “show” ceremony and comes complete with an arbour. If you like the look of the venue get in touch with Maria who will be more than happy to show you around. If you’re looking for something a bit different from your venue send us a message or take a look at our interactive venues map.

Rachel & Ryan heading down the walkway
They opted for 3 Tipis in a triangle formation
We love this table decor, it suits our rustic tables so well
Time to party!

Rachel & Ryan hired the incredible beatboxers Bloxed Beats to perform in the evening, as you can see they provided some great entertainment!

Fairy lit Tipis at night, what more could you ask for?

Big thanks to Nicki Shea Photography for sharing these fantastic photos with us.

If you’d like us to feature your wedding or a wedding where you worked alongside us please send an email to hello@countrytipis.co.uk.


Real Wedding – Gemma & Kara

Gemma & Kara’s laid back bohemian style wedding was featured on the Rock My Wedding blog last year. We’re in love with it so much that we’re sharing it here too. The beautiful tones, special moments and soft light were captured by the brilliant Elena Popa. She coupled emotive portraits with party shots at the fantastic Lakeside at Tip Top Venues. Enjoy!

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Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside

Wedding planning

Kara: “We were going for a relaxed outdoor wedding vibe. From creating our own retrographic invitations, salvaging wood and making our wedding bower, to lugging over hay bales for our fire pit seating. If you are planning on putting a lot of personal touches which require preparation or building make sure you check that the venue will allow you to get on site before the big day and we were lucky that Tip Top Venues let us do that. We managed to set up the site with plenty of hands to help decorate the Tipis and ceremony area with homemade shepherd hooks and vases, hanging homemade wreathes and the wedding bower itself all beautifully decorated with the bountiful flowers we got from the wholesalers.”

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The Ceremony

“After the ceremony the VW campervan took us for a private photoshoot with our very talented photographer Elena Popa, whilst the campervan served us ice cold champagne. Despite all the love overflowing from friends and family throughout the day and evening getting some time with my new wife was one of my most favourite moments.”

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Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside

The Reception

“As we came back we greeted all of our friends with our bartender dazzling with his cocktail skills and headed into the tipi with the sides up to look over the lakes and sit down to our amazing feasting tables who pulled out all the stops. No ‘chicken or fish’ options here – just long wooden tables with smiling faces, grazing on breads, cheeses, seafood, cured meats and much more provided by Amazing Graze. Set out exquisitely in between decorations and our own nik-naks on the rustic furniture provided by Country Tipis. We decided that most people discard favours, so we ordered hand carved place names from Etsy, it was great and everyone kept them and had lots of pictures of people using them in their own homes!”

Top Tips

“Gem and I both loved our dresses (supplied by Wed2B), but as evening came we swapped them for our dancing clothes to party the night away. As silly it sounds all of the little things you could never think of made it go seamlessly. We had great toilets (which is important for an outdoor wedding!) friendly security to keep everybody safe, and enough drink to keep everyone satisfied!”

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Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside
Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside
Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside

“It was the best day for us, whatever your wedding just make it your own because at the end of it you will look back and love every second with all the uniqueness of your love. And if anything does go wrong then smile because it will only make a great story.”

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Tipi, Wedding, Lakeside, Boho, Teepee, Bucks, Herts, Venue, Countryside

Hot wedding trends to look out for in 2019

Are you daydreaming of your tipi or marquee wedding but struggling for some inspiration? We’ve asked Crystal who loves keeping on top of “what’s hot” to outline some of the key trends you’re sure to see in 2019 and how you can combine them with your tipi/marquee wedding dream!

 

Unplugged Ceremonies

An unplugged ceremony is where guests are asked to put away their devices and enjoy your special moment. No couple wants to look down the aisle after their I do’s and see all their family and friends hiding behind their phones and tablets, ruining the professional photos you’ve paid a photographer to take!

© Studio29 via The Huffington Post

This theme is being increasingly popular across all areas of the wedding industry and can easily be incorporated into your day. You can send it out on your invitations or use signage on the day which can be both professionally or home made, using a framed chalkboard, mirror or clear acrylic sheet.

 

Bringing the Outside in

Sustainability is more than just a fashion trend and the wedding industry is taking notice. Expect to see a rise in eco-friendly occasions, featuring flowers that can be replanted and minimal plastic. Relaxed dining has always been a sought-after style for outdoor weddings and now that the focus is on minimising plastic use, wooden and eco-friendly alternatives are flooding onto the scene!

© Country Tipis by The Tipi Company

2019 will be about creating a feeling of outside, inside. It will see low flower arrangements with a focus on greenery, trees and potted table plants which can be reused or given as gifts. Our 2019 couples will be able to take advantage of this by hiring plants and trees from our neighbours at Vanstone Park Garden Centre in Codicote. Simply drop by and enquire in the plant nursery next to our HQ.

© Country Tipis

Hanging Florals

Florists are being inundated with new requests for hanging floral arrangements and floral hoops.  Hanging floral pieces will be one of the biggest requests from couples having tipi and marquee weddings as they don’t take up space on tables, reducing or even skipping individual centrepieces altogether. Here at Country Tipis we love a flower ring and include them in our offerings to hire, complete with an easy to use pulley wheel system.

© Hannah Duffy Photography

Floral hoops are also a great option as they can be an alternative to bridesmaid bouquets and then be hung at the reception. Choosing to hang flowers and foliage over placing them on tables alone completely transforms a venue, making this the perfect tipi trend for all seasons.

© Alex Wysocki Photography

Drones

2019 will see couples capture their big day using drones, Snapchat geofilters and custom hashtags. Drones have been increasing in popularity recently for the unique views they provide and will continue to do so. Particularly for couples having outdoor weddings as the footage is incorporated into your wedding video showcasing the beautiful grounds and structure you’ve chosen for your big day. More companies are offering drones which can be easily added into your videography package.

© High Sight UK

In contrast to unplugged ceremonies, couples are getting social with their wedding reception, encouraging guests to share the celebrations online. It’s great for couples who have friends and family that can’t make the big day or to catch those funny selfies your photographer might miss! Couples using a custom hashtag can easily inform guests on their invitations or have some simple signage around the venue. There’s even options to buy custom signs on sites such as Etsy. Snapchat geofilters can be made using the app and the venues address in minutes and will come up on your guests snapchat automatically throughout the day creating custom photos for your guests!

© Sweet Snaps Co via Weddbook

Arches & Backdrops

With the demand for outdoor ceremonies becoming more and more popular, couples are looking at ways to create ceremony altars and backdrops that are in keeping with their outdoor theme. There is is a number of arches and backdrops available to hire or if you’re creative they can be made to suit any budget. Popular themes include; copper frames, wooden archways, hanging paper, macrame and flowers walls. You can customise them with flowers, fabrics and lighting. All of which can be made to match the colours of your day. You can even create a Tipi altar to match your Tipi wedding!

© Elena Popa Photography

Dessert Tables

Food stations such as buffets, donut walls and pick n mix corners have always been a treasured reception highlight. Now, creative dessert tables are becoming a new favourite for tipi and marquee weddings for 2019. They are an impressive way to layout reception treats which will be sure to excite all your guests. An easy way to do this is with oak barrels. You can use them to create your own unique dessert table. They can also be used as a cake table and they tie in with your Tipi wedding perfectly.

© Katie Jackson Photography via Boho Weddings

Neon & Industrial Lighting

We all know how important lighting is on your wedding day and how it can transform a venue. Giant love letters were hugely popular in 2018 but now the focus is shifting making room for two new lighting trends: Neon and industrial theme.

© David Campbell Imagery via Instagram

Neon lighting is popping up everywhere and the team at Country Tipis is loving it. This retro wedding decor idea makes an insta-worthy focal point and can be used for a number of backdrops and signage such as for your ceremony, top table, photobooth and directions. Because they can be custom made, they make the perfect wedding keepsake to hang in your home long after your big day has passed.

The industrial theme is sure to be everywhere in 2019. It’s very contrasting which is both eye-catching and romantic in its own special way. Backdrop walls, hanging lighting, copper and metal – all combined with greenery, flowers and some cute rustic details will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Industrial lighting can easily be incorporated into your Tipi dream. We took this shot at The Tipi Company’s Tipi at The Showman’s Show to inspire you.

© Country Tipis by The Tipi Company

Huge thanks to Crystal for putting together this blog, if you’ve got any questions or are still struggling for inspiration feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, bring on 2019!

Photos feature from the brilliant:

Hannah Duffy Photography

Alex Wysocki Photography

High Sight UK

Elena Popa Photography


Our Giant Tipi Showcase – In photos

Thanks to everyone who braved the drizzle to come to our Giant Tipi Showcase at Vanstone Park Venue, it was great to see all of you and talk about your wedding or event plans. In case you missed it, here are a few snaps taken by the hugely talented Stephen from Pike Photography. The “Live Tipi Build” was a bit of a washout but a lucky few managed to catch our crew in action!

We had a number of great wedding suppliers joining us for the day, their details can be found below:

Plenty of Thyme are event caterers and create incredible pizzas, along with a lot of other things! Get in touch with head chef Dave for a quote.

We’ve worked with Disco Nyts on many occasions, and we know they are reliable and will deliver an amazing service every time. They even built a rustic pallet-wood DJ booth to match our tipis, now that’s commitment!

Often people ask us how we build the Tipis, so we thought we’d hold a live build demo throughout the day. This is Ryan, he regularly sleeps in his harness he loves it so much!

 

Kerry from Foxgloves + Alice is a locally based artisan florist who creates bespoke arrangements for weddings & events. The vintage crockery, styling and quirky extras were provided by Herts Vintage Hire.

We run our own mobile bar “The Hammered Peg,” and you can choose either our converted horse-box or our 4m rustic wooden bar as pictured. We base the hire price on a minimum spend that we take as a refundable deposit.

Lisa Lyons creates bespoke wedding dresses, at her studio in Harpenden, check out her amazing handiwork!

Kat from Kat’s Cutouts launched her face-in-the-hole boards at our Showcase, aren’t they amazing!

We always love working with Alice from Fleur de Lace. Her funky, bold and creative approach to each job is incredible and really adds the perfect finishing touch.

Rosie from Brolly Bucket provides lovely umbrellas along with wicker baskets and cosy blankets, delivered to your door.

And that’s farewell from the team at Country Tipis, see you next time, and thanks again for the photos Stephen! Please do get in touch if you’d like any advice on any aspect of your event, we’re more than happy to help.


Aimee + Jonny // 07.04.18

This month we are handing the blog over to Aimee (& Jonny), who had their wedding reception inside two of our Giant Tipis back in April at the fascinating Chiltern Open Air Museum in Buckinghamshire. Check out their story, and some snaps from the wedding by the hugely talented fine art photographer (and Aimee’s sister!) Lori of Terri & Lori.

How did you meet?

We met through mutual friends when I (Aimee) was 17 and Jonny was 18. We both attending a DJ set in Hitchin where I was attending sixth form. I had to wear a wristband to state I was under 18, so Jonny bought me a diet Coke! We hit it off and met again the following week, becoming great friends and eventually a couple about a year later.

How long have you been together?

8 years! In that time, we’ve studied for our degrees, lived in three different cities, I’ve set up as a freelancer, and Jonny has embarked on his career as a primary school teacher.

Tell me your proposal story.

It was a couple of weeks before Valentine’s day in 2017 when Jonny announced one Saturday morning that he was taking me on a treasure hunt of sorts around London. I assumed it was an early Valentine’s day activity, so happily went along with it none the wiser.

Little hand-written notes led me to St Pancras train station, brunch in Soho, up St Paul’s Cathedral, and behind the scenes at the British Film Institute. Finally, we ended up in St Dunstan’s in the East, a church that was damaged in the Great Fire of London and then again in the Blitz. It’s now a Grade I listed building and has been turned into a beautiful open-air churchyard and gardens. Here, Jonny gave a lovely, heartfelt speech, got down on one knee, and produced a ring that he had created for me with the help of the brilliant designers at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. I of course said yes!

Why did you choose Chiltern Open Air Museum for your wedding day venue?

We visited the Chiltern Open Air Museum on a Summer day in 2014 with my sister and brother-in-law. We were so intrigued by the idea behind the museum, and especially loved the grounds in which the buildings are situated. It was like travelling back in time! During our visit, we noticed that Skippings Barn (where our civil ceremony took place) was dressed for a wedding reception, with a marquee pitched up in the adjoining field. We thought it was such a unique venue for a wedding!

When we got engaged in 2017, our minds turned to venues and the Chiltern Open Air Museum cropped up in conversation. We only viewed one other venue before booking the museum but, after meeting with the events manager Caroline and talking through the venue, it was just a no-brainer for us! We knew we already loved it, and booked our wedding date about a month later.

What made you want to use tipis for your reception?

We knew we wanted to make a statement with our choice of structure to accompany our barn ceremony. We really wanted to go with something to compliment the barn’s rustic charm, but also something that would completely wow our guests. The tipis were a perfect fit. We also loved the option of having a wood-burning stove and fire pit to create cosy indoor and outdoor atmospheres.

Tell me about the vision you had for your wedding including your theme/colour scheme/styling/flowers.

The barn and the tipi were so full of character in their own right, that we didn’t want to add too many other details to our day.

We kept the decor simple and paired back, and added features such as wildflowers in jam jars, old books, paper lanterns, and rustic wooden items such as the school desk we used for cards and presents, and the amazing stepladder cake table, both hired from The White Emporium. For the flowers, we chose light peaches, subtle taupes, hints of pink and lots of foliage. They were all designed and arranged by Jonny’s very talented mum!

What were your favourite parts of the day?

For Aimee, the speeches, the cocktails, the dancing, and catching up with friends from afar. For Jonny, chilling out by the fire pit, and enjoying the relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Who was your wedding photographer? 

We’re incredibly lucky that my sister happens to be a professional wedding photographer at Terri and Lori, a Photography & Film studio she co-owns with her business partner. We were thrilled that my sister was willing to capture our day and be my bridesmaid as well – no small feat! We love their effortless, fresh and relaxed style, with not a single moment missed. And, not only do we have amazing pictures from our day, we can also relive it all over again through the beautiful footage.

What would be your best bit of advice to other couples planning their wedding?

Decide what is really important to you both as a couple, and don’t be afraid to stray away from the norm!

 

If you’d like us to feature your wedding or event please email ceri@countrytipis.co.uk

 


The boss gets hitched, in Tipis of course!

The perfect day

Our last wedding of 2017 was a big one, the boss married his beautiful lady! After a long period of consideration he decided to go for an epic four Tipi wedding. As you can imagine everything had to be perfect for this one, one above his normally sky high standards.

Tipi Wedding in Hertfordshire with Country Tipis © Ben Moore Wedding Photography

The crew reported that during the build he’d turned into someone who could only accurately be described as “groomzilla”. He went for a 4 tipi layout, with guests entering beneath a row of 3 naked tipis draped in fairy lights.

Floor plan for tipi wedding with Country Tipis

Their floor plan, including a mobile casino and a crepe stand

The entrance was through one of our entrance tunnels, which guided people in through two clear extension panels; a great new product from The Tipi Company. Being an October wedding, it was important to keep it warm inside, and these panels allowed us to retain the panoramic views. Check out a time-lapse of the build below, and watch out for the tea break!

The venue

Richard was lucky enough to know a farmer who was happy to lend him his field in Ampthill. He found a quaint 14th century church nearby, with a vicar who shared his passion for Sunderland AFC. The field was in need of a bit of work so Richard spent many weekends atop a roller to flatten the ground. Thankfully there were a few rogue bullocks in the area who were happy to chase him across the field, which made for amusing viewing.

Tipi Wedding in Hertfordshire with Country Tipis © Ben Moore Wedding Photography

Tipi Wedding in Hertfordshire with Country Tipis © Ben Moore Wedding Photography

Inside the Tipi

The catering was run by the incredibly affable Chris at Hungry Hog BBQ, who created beautiful canapés, organised a fantastic Savoie inspired main course and BBQ’d burgers in the evening. The bar was provided by our very own Peggy’s Bar with drinks being served both out of the horsebox and 4m rustic wooden bar.

Tipi Wedding in Hertfordshire with Country Tipis © Ben Moore Wedding Photography

The tables and flower rings were lovingly decorated by Anne from Betty and Bear Flowers, who sourced an incredible selection of seasonal foliage to create some beautifully varied bouquets.

Tipi Wedding in Hertfordshire with Country Tipis © Ben Moore Wedding Photography

Entertainment

It was imperative that no one got bored so Richard booked a brilliant four piece wandering band who kept everyone entertained throughout the meal.

Tipi Wedding in Hertfordshire with Country Tipis © Ben Moore Wedding Photography

The evening music was provided by the amazing Daisy B & Al Jones who kept the music flowing until the early hours. Richard booked a roulette and two blackjack tables from Andy Smith Presents to satisfy the guests (or his) love of gambling.

Tipi Wedding in Hertfordshire with Country Tipis © Ben Moore Wedding Photography

To satisfy Vicki’s love for horses, Richard surprised her by booking a vintage (and very physical) horse racing game. This entertaining addition resulted in a few out-of-breath and thirsty guests!

Tipi Wedding in Hertfordshire with Country Tipis © Ben Moore Wedding Photography

To cater for his sweet tooth Richard ordered some brownies from the legendary Pudding Stop in St Albans. He also invited the talented Little Brittany Crêperie, who served up wonderful crêpes in the evening.

It really was a day to remember. Huge thanks to everyone who came along or was involved in any way for making it so special.

Tipi Wedding in Hertfordshire with Country Tipis © Ben Moore Wedding Photography

After conquering his own wedding, Richard and the team are at your service and always on hand to help out. Please get in touch here or call us for a chat on 07486 542374.

Photos by Ben Moore Wedding Photography.

Tipis by Country Tipis.


Tipi evolution and development through the eyes of Jamie

Well, where do I start with my time at Country Tipis, I know exactly where I’ll start, with myself.

Pouring drinks behind Peggy’s Bar at one of our events

I began my journey to become a tipi erection specialist in early summer 2017 and if I’m honest I don’t know what they would have done without me… only joking! On a serious note, when I first joined I was so impressed with the rate at which Richard and Ceri have built the business to where it is today. Anyway, enough about them back to me.

My studies

Before beginning my Tipi adventure, I completed an engineering degree at Oxford Brookes University. Country Tipis offered me the perfect job during the summer months until I started my adventure in the city by the sea of Plymouth. I have recently moved down there to study towards a masters in Coastal Engineering. You never know I may be writing my dissertation on the feasibility of a water born Tipi! I am a budding surfer (hence the move to the glorious south west) and just a few weeks after leaving Country Tipis I was reunited with the beautiful structures on the beach at a surf event.

Enjoying some airtime next to Smeaton’s Tower in Plymouth recently: I’m studying hard I promise!

Through the ages

Throughout summer I have been curious as to the origins and practical engineering element of a tipi structure. The origin of Tipis (or Teepees) lie with the Native American tribes whose main aim for survival was to follow the buffalo herds across the American plains. The tipi was the perfect structure for the nomadic lifestyle, as setting up and disassembling was frequent and required minimal effort but maximum effectiveness. This is completely relatable to when we were trekking all around, setting up and taking down these amazing structures!

An interesting fact I stumbled across was that the women of the tribes were the sole assemblers, organisers and decorators of the tipis. Men were required to receive permission from the women to be able to carry out any decoration…not too dissimilar to many conversations over heard during many set-ups… I shall say no more! The tipis were often arranged in a circular pattern to create a secure living environment. We too can arrange as many tipis as required in a variety of formations to fit the space and type of event.

Working from an overlaid schematic

Tipi design

The design of the tipi is well suited to cope in all weather conditions. Similar to our modern day equivalent, the native Americans too had smoke flaps which kept the wind and rain out. It is well insulated to protect inhabitants from the cold and frost during winter months. The uninterrupted surface around the entire structure prevents the wind catching and blowing it over. The smoke flaps also allow for air flow, creating a cool environment during hot days.

Linking Tipis

Our tipis, designed and manufactured by the UK based The Tipi Company are simple but very effective. One of the key elements to a Tipi is the use of straps when joining more than one, to maintain tension on the canvas and keep it taught and safe. Visually, the tension creates a smoothness to the tipi canvas and it became a challenge for every event to be able to create the cleanest, tightest and most satisfying join. From an engineering aspect, when the wind applies a force to the canvas, the majority of the load is transferred through and around the canvas and because the canvas is made of a partially elastic material it absorbs the energy from the wind in the stretching of the material (I hope I’m not boring you too much!).

Our Tipis are often likened to a Tardis: from the outside, the scale and height of these structures is amazing but the most underestimated part of the tipi is the open plan space that is created inside. Tipis are so adaptable, many times we would arrive at a site and really question whether the tipi is going to fit/work but we always pulled it off. I felt like everyone had a particular skill that we would perfect every time, one of mine were fitting blanking panels to tidy up the joins, shout out to my blanking panel buddy Jason, who taught me everything I know ????.

Development

During one return journey from a job, I was boring Ceri with the idea of possible improvements to the design of the tipis. One idea was to use a lightweight alternative material legs such as a carbon fibre composite with a wood laminate to still give the natural feel.  The Tipi Company, if you’re reading this and decide to follow this up, copyrights are here. Another really cool idea I had was to create a mezzanine level, I think it would really make the most of the height of the Tipi just make an event even more exciting, it would also be a great storage place for those who just don’t want to go home!

It was a fantastic summer working for Country Tipis, I explored parts of my own county I never knew existed. Richard, Ceri and all the team are inspiring and I wish them all the best for the future. Peace out from Plymouth!


From horse transporter to alcohol transporter: the story of Peggy’s bar

Back in January we published a post about Peggy’s Bar: our new offering for 2017. Now we’re going to revisit the conversion process and update you on how she’s getting on after her first summer season.

The conversion

Peggy’s bar started life as a humble Rice horse trailer and came painted a glossy green as you can see below with a very proud Richard at the workshop. We decided that a converted horsebox bar would be the perfect companion to our tipis, as it fits well with the outdoor alternative wedding venue we create. Before starting work on her we took her to our good friends at GT Towing in Hatfield to make sure that she was safe to transport our valuable drinks. We then set to cut out a serving hatch, which proved to be quite a nerve-wracking task but it all went well as you can tell from Richard’s face below!

It took us a few weeks to replace the rusty bolts, give her a new paint job, and wire in 13A electrics. We then built a bespoke back bar with shelving and a wooden bar top with a hinged hatch cover. After installing a fridge, she was ready for her first job, check her out before her first outing below:

We were excited to take her out on an event, so we launched her at our autumn open day almost a year ago. Peggy was initially very protective of her new bar as you can see below, but she’s learned to chill out a bit now!

Bar, Alcohol, Mobile, Party

Wedding hydration

As 2017 came around we took the bar out on many new adventures around Hertfordshire (and sometimes further afield), and had so much fun behind the bar and seeing how much fun people have in our tipis! We are constantly reviewing our bar menu, in order to be able to offer you high quality drinks at affordable prices. We stock a wide selection including top notch ale from Tring Brewery, fine wine from Yellow Tail as well as a selection of our other favourite drinks. We now have the capability to attach the horsebox to our tipis to create a sealed, all-weather bar solution.

Branding

Tipi men Ceri & Jamie decided half way through the summer that Peggy’s bar was in need of some branding, so they set to work on creating and installing some custom decals, Peggy was very impressed, what do you think?

As well as Peggy’s converted horsebox bar we offer our 4m rustic pallet wood bar which can be used inside our tipis or outside underneath our Nimbus mini tipi. Email hello@countrytipis.co.uk for more information and a copy of our current drinks list.

Cheers!

Country Tipis & Peggy’s Bar x


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