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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.


Hot Wedding Trends to Look out for in 2020

Are you daydreaming of your Tipi or Celeste wedding but struggling for some inspiration? Just like we did last year, we asked Crystal (who loves keeping on top of “what’s hot”) to outline some of the key trends you’re sure to see in 2020 and how you can combine them with your wedding dream!

Whilst some of the trends she predicted last year will remain popular, there are some new ones set to take centre stage. Here are our predictions for 2020:


Comfy Shoes

As outdoor weddings continue to rise in popularity, one of the trends we have noticed is that brides are opting for more comfortable shoes. Not just for the evening reception but for the whole day, allowing them to enjoy their venue just as much as their guests. They’re making it part of their style and companies are now starting to offer options that the whole bridal party can choose from!

© Ben Moore Wedding Photography

Food & Cocktails

For years pick and mix stations reigned supreme during the evening reception and while it’s still a well-loved tradition, couples have expanded on this concept. Last year we saw an increase in dessert tables where guests picked their own dessert from a number of visually impressive options. This gives them control of how much they have, reducing food waste after the large and often heavy meal! This theme is continuing into the main meal for 2020 and couples are moving away from traditional one-plate-fits-all in favour of accommodating a number of dietary restrictions and creating a more relaxed and sociable experience. Food stations, grazing tables, food trucks and BBQ-style meals will provide a range of options to please all and leave even the fussiest of eater well fed. Hall & Co event planners provided the food station below, I think you’ll agree it looks irresistible!

© Emily Little Photography

Help yourself beer barrels and pimp your drink stations have been popular for a while now but 2020 will see it move on to cocktails. Signature drinks and customisable cocktails will give couples the chance to incorporate the drinks into their day. An example of this is The Hammered Peg, who offer their couples the choice of three cocktails to be served on the day which can be renamed, alongside their full bar service. This can be to simply personalise them or to match them to their overall theme.

© Caroline Opacic Photography

Flowers

Flowers will continue to be the biggest feature for wedding day decor next year. Rustic wreaths mixing flowers and wood, and greenery such as indoor trees will play a huge part in the overall look for tipi and marquee weddings. 

We spoke to one of our favourite florists Kerry Ashby from Foxgloves and Alice who confirmed that “small table arrangements have taken a back seat and have been replaced with big freestanding and hanging floral arrangements. White flowers with lots of foliage is still a key colour palette”. She also let us know sustainability is “hugely important now with lots of couples using British flowers and eco-friendly techniques.” 

© Ross Willsher Photography

Wedding Favours

Weddings favours were once an essential component of the day though now many choose not to have them at all or to replace it with a charitable donation. Couples that do have them in 2020 will have to offer something that does not contain wasteful packaging and has a practical use such as an edible, cookable or growable favour.

© Terri & Lori Photography

Venue

Venues offering space for both the wedding ceremony and the reception will be the way to go in 2020. Outdoor ceremonies have been increasing in appeal over the last few years and now couples are risking the delicate British weather to tie the knot in an outdoor ceremony and then move their day into their chosen structure. This way they have a picturesque backdrop for their ceremony and a unique structure for their day while still benefiting from outdoor space and gorgeous views. Dual-purpose venues will be in high demand as they reduce time and costs moving guests to another location.

© Nikkis Moments Photography & Film

Currently, not all outdoor venues in the UK have ceremony licenses, however, as couples become less religious and desire a more personalised ceremony they are moving towards celebrant and blessing style ceremonies that offer them offer the ceremony they want (simply completing the legal one prior). It means they have a completely personal day and can incorporate things that are important to them. Such as, their four-legged friend, who is a big part of their life, so can also be part of the big day too. Vanstone Park offer both the space and perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding. Guests enter the site through a decorated pergola entrance to the ceremony in front of the gorgeous woodland and huge willow tree before moving into Giant Tipis for their meal and evening entertainment.

© Shoot it Momma Photography

Decoration

Wedding decor is always really personal and as couples have become more creative and with lots of platforms offering inspiration, there is a shift from the traditional colour block looks. The atmosphere and overall vibe of the day are playing a bigger role and couples are creating their own themes and putting unique twists on old favourites. Mixing colour and texture will be a major consideration with unique lighting still a key focus in 2020. 

“Foliage is hanging around (literally speaking!) but with the foliage I’m seeing more big blooms, paper lanterns and dried flowers, being added to create cool ceiling scapes in both tipis and marquees,” says Alice from Fleur de Lace, one of our favourite stylists.

© Pike Photography

Alice was kind enough to give us insight into what her couples are loving for next year. “Tables are becoming less busy making way for sharing platters” she continues. “I’ve never been one to be hellbent on couples deciding and sticking to a colour scheme and 2020 has shown that my couples aren’t particularly bothered too. Many are simply deciding the scheme of the wedding based on the season they are getting married in. These are a few I have heard for this year; Summer Vibes, Autumnal Feels and Mystic Winter.”

With people becoming ever conscious about how they are affecting the environment, growing numbers of couples want to ensure that their day is both eco-friendly and sustainable. With an increasing demand for plastic-free weddings, “couples are scrapping plastic straws for paper ones, recycling glassware/bottles and fusing loral foam-free arrangements. Confetti is becoming more fun, couples are throwing paper airplanes, waving flags, using pom-poms instead of sprinkling confetti over the newlyweds this year,” adds Alice.


Well, that’s it folks, our predictions for 2020 outdoor tipi and marquee wedding trends. With a big thanks to Kerry & Alice for sharing their insights.

What trends are you loving and will be on the lookout for? Need some inspiration for your 2020 tipi or marquee wedding? Why not check out our Pinterest Page here.

Photography credits to Ben Moore, Emily Little, Caroline Opacic, Ross Willsher, Terri & Lori, Nikki’s Moments, Shoot it Momma and Steven Pike. We appreciate you sharing your amazing photos with us!


What a year it has been! 2019 in Photos.

2019 has been a year to remember for us. We had such a great time providing outdoor venues, structures, furniture and bars for our amazing clients in one of our busiest years yet. Here are a few of our favourite bits, and a few comments from happy customers. Here’s to a brilliant 2019, bring on 2020, we’re ready for you!

The Rustic Wedding Show

© Lattenbury Hill Weddings

We kicked off the year with a mammoth 3 Tipi, Triple Pole Celeste and Naked Tipi set-up for the Rustic Wedding Show. This was held at Lattenbury Hill Weddings near Cambridge; a beautiful, well managed farmyard venue.


Our first curated styled shoot

© Binky Nixon

We’ve been involved in styled shoots in the past, but this year we decided that we wanted to organise one with a handpicked team of our favourite suppliers. We held it at Lodge Farm House (near Hitchin) and are so happy with the results! It was shot by the amazing Binky Nixon in our Triple Pole Celeste Marquee – full blog post including suppliers involved can be found here.

© Binky Nixon
© Binky Nixon

A real party!

© Emily Little Photography

Emily & Joyce got married in two of our Tipis at the end of September and went for the “Tipi Package” from Disco Nyts for entertainment. How cool are those lights! Captured perfectly by Emily Little Photography.

© Emily Little Photography
© Emily Little Photography

Some kind words

Sally & Steve got married at Springfield Park (close to Radlett) in 3 of our Tipis back in August, here are a few words from them: “We used Country Tipis for our party early this month. The three tipi set-up was perfect for us and looked amazing, pretty much all of our 250ish guests said so. All the Country Tipis crew were professional, polite, efficient and super-helpful, Ceri in particular worked with us right up to the last couple of days before the event to adapt our set-up and add in furniture we thought we’d be able to get from another supplier but couldn’t at the last minute. Thanks to everyone for helping us plan a fantastic day.”

© Kitty Appleby

Dani & Matt got married in our triple pole Celeste at Lodge Farm House in September this year, they commented: “It was really great working with Crystal and the team. They were so communicative and the marquee looked amazing on our wedding day. Would recommend. Thanks to the team.” Shot by Ross Willsher.

© Ross Willsher

New venue partner!

We were lucky enough to be the first people invited to put Tipis up at the exclusive Island Hall on the banks of the Great Ouse in Godmanchester. This photo is from their wedding showcase shot by Kevin Scott-Wood.

© Kevin Scott-Wood

Country Tipis & Friends Charity Bonanza

© Pike Photography

At the end of a manic summer season we decided to throw a charity party with our friends in our Tipis at Vanstone Park Venue. To try to increase the donations we ran a bar ‘stock exchange’ – changing the price of drinks every 30 minutes, above you can see the results of the stock market crash! We’re super proud to have raised over £2,000 in support of Keech Hospice Care, The Alzheimers Society, Air Ambulance & Cancer Research UK.

© Pike Photography

Rustic DJ Booth & entertainment provided by Disco Nyts, Party snaps by Pike Photography. Thanks for a great night all who helped and attended!

© Pike Photography

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!


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.


Working with Wood

We love to work with wood, it is such a magnificent, rustic and quirky material. Our crew become adept at this throughout the year, learning to love carrying the solid woodwork and even welcoming the odd splinter! In this post we’ll outline the story behind the wood we use: both our well travelled Tipi legs, and the wood we build our furniture from. We’ll also show a few “day in the life of a Tipi Man” shots, to give you an insight into an average day with Country Tipis.

Legs

Our Tipi legs are made from slow grown, de-barked spruce which is hand-selected for strength. They are sourced from the forests of North Scandinavia, then shipped over to the UK to be refined up in Bolton by The Tipi Company. The timbers are chosen for their straightness and represent the best specimens found in Northern Scandinavian. The poles, which are over 80 years old, are light but very strong which makes them ideal for outdoor structures. They can be carried by one person on the shoulder, as long as they get the balance point right!

Furniture

We hand-build all of our tables and benches from refined scaffold boards, then added our own custom end bands. After that we treat them with dark Danish oil to prolong the life and to complete the unique rustic look.

Whilst this solid construction means they are stable, the weight of them makes them slightly less popular with our crew. Though they invariably grow to love them!

Meet Richy

He works out in the French Alps throughout the winter, plying his trade as a ski fitter whilst enjoying time on his snowboard. In the summer you’ll find him on site building Tipis, making jokes and generally soaking up the rays.

Hailing from Barry, South Wales, expect numerous Gavin & Stacey quotes accompanied by the sounds of Goldie Lookin’ Chain on repeat.

Come join us!

If you love working in the great outdoors, we’re on the lookout for enthusiastic crew members to start in late April 2019. Please get in touch here or email hello@countrytipis.co.uk for more information.


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.”

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

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
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


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