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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Intimate Events with Country Tipis

We’re sure you’ll all agree this year has been a challenging one for everyone, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back! We’ve got a range of smaller tents that are perfect for small wedding receptions, garden parties or intimate celebrations.

The newest member of our team Anna organised this shoot, she has previously worked as a visual merchandiser and really got into the styling. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we did taking them!

Nimbus Tipi in action for a garden wedding reception
Our Nimbus party package, including flooring, furniture and a 2m bar.

Single Tipi in a garden for a party
Our Giant Tipi, we’re including £500 worth of furniture for free in 2020.

Nimbus Tipi in action for a garden wedding reception
A Rattan set along with rustic tables and folding chairs compliment the fairy lit structure.

Pagoda with the walls drawn back for a garden party
Our new Pagoda provides a unique, versatile space to host your party.

Pagoda with the walls drawn back for a garden party
The walls can easily be drawn if the weather is fair, bringing the outside in.

Large gazebo for outdoor events
Here’s the Pagoda laid out for 18 people with the sides drawn – it can seat 54 max.

Behind the scenes styling the Nimbus for a shoot
Behind the scenes at the shoot, Anna working her magic whilst the others keep busy!

Social interaction is such an important part of the way we live, so the requirement to social distance has left us with a strong desire to come together in other ways, be it online or in socially distanced restaurants and bars. We hope our structures can help you safely come back together with your friends and loved ones over the next few months.

For further information a pricing please head over to our ‘Intimate Events’ page by clicking here.

Guest blog: 5 Things to Consider When Planning an Outdoor Wedding

In today’s blog we hand the reins over to Caroline Opacic (of Caroline Opacic Photography) who we’ve loved working with over the years and is a firm favourite on our recommend suppliers page. Over to you Caroline!

Today I’m chatting all things outdoor weddings! I’m a huge fan of outdoor weddings and tend to specialise in laid back, festival, tipi, boho or outdoor weddings. They are some of my favourite big days to shoot because they are relaxed, fun and usually set against a stunning backdrop. I adore using nature in my images, so outdoor weddings totally fit with that.

In this blog I’m going to give you my top 5 things to consider when planning your outdoor wedding – from a wedding photographer’s perspective! 

1. Ceremony location / timing

Karin & Neil walking down the aisle

If you are planning on having your ceremony outside – AMEN! I love outdoor ceremonies! It means you can say ‘I do’ in some stunning locations, and why would you not make the most of the great British summer while it’s here? However, if we are for once having an actually good summer, consider the weather during the ceremony. Will your guests be sat in the shade or potentially in a very hot sun? Will they be blinking into the sun – or could even you and your fiancé be as you say your nuptials? 

Claire & Tanya wedding ceremony civil partnership

Because English weddings tend to have ceremonies around 1-3pm, this is when the sun is going to be at its most intense in the sky. From a photographer’s point of view, this is not ideal, but there are ways you can navigate it. Have the sunlight either behind or in front of the ceremony. At least this will mean even shadows on you both. If you’re worried about relatives and friends being sat in a potentially hot sun, look for a venue with a shady area. 

2. Portrait timings

Sarah & Andy hug at Vanstone Park Wedding Venue

Touching on when the sun is at it’s peak leads into my next consideration – leaving time for your wedding portraits. The traditional time would be during the drinks reception/ canapés. The light at this time tends to still be strong but I have some tricks up my sleeve to deal with this. I normally like to have my couples mingle with prosecco and relax for a bit during the drinks reception. With about half an hour to go, I’ll then take them to do  portraits. This is great because of 2 things. One, it means you get to say hi to everyone and enjoy the party, which really is priority #1 ! Second, it means we’ll do your portraits later in the afternoon when the sun is less strong. I’ve also got a secret third reason – you’ll be nice and relaxed after some glasses of fizz! 

Couple photos between the pillars at Vanstone Park Venue

If you are planning wedding portraits, chat to your photographer about the timings of the day and where they could fit in. The end of the drinks reception is great, or even before speeches/dancing. 

3. Embracing the Golden Hour

Abi & Dave at Vanstone Park Venue during Golden hour

My dream couples all love golden hour as much as I do! This is that time just before sunset when the sun is beautifully orange and sending some insane colours across the sky. The light is perfectly soft and has a picture-perfect hue to it. While I tend to do drinks reception portraits, I also like to take my couples for a golden hour stroll. Depending on what month you have your wedding, the exact timing of this will vary. In the summer it tends to fall either just before or after your first dance. 

Bride Esmerelda enjoying the diffused light in the woods

If you are having an outdoor wedding I would seriously consider having golden hour portraits. Why waste that stunning outdoor venue and all it’s grounds! 

4. Party Games / Entertainment

Guests enjoying the bouncy castle at a wedding party

The lovely thing about outdoor weddings is they really do mean you get to soak up every last bit of sun and the outdoors. With traditional weddings, once the call has come for the wedding breakfast, it’s rare everyone will get a chance to go back outside and see the sun go down. One of my favourite things about a Country Tipis wedding is everyone sitting on the grass or cosying up around the fire-pit in front of the tipi after dinner. It makes the day feel longer and is a beautiful pause before the party kicks in properly on the dancefloor! 

Garden games at an outdoor wedding

To keep your guests entertained I would recommend some games or some sort of activity. I’ve seen couples with bouncy castles, rounders, treasure hunts, giant jenga etc. Options are endless and you don’t have to spend a lot of money either. A lot of games can be DIY or be as simple as hula hoops. As a photographer I love them as they can make for some really fun candid shots!

5. Formal or festival dining?

Canapes by Hungry Hog BBQ at Vanstone Park Venue
Canapés from Hungry Hog BBQ – a caterer I love

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you should consider whether you want a traditional sit down wedding breakfast, or something a bit different. Because you are likely going to be required to organise your own catering, it means the possibilities are endless. I would take advantage of that! A great option I’ve seen at Vanstone Park many times is a buffet BBQ as the main meal. You could also consider hiring in food trucks, particularly for the evening buffet.

Esmerelda enjoying the pizza

I can vouch for pizza being a very popular choice, especially once a good amount of alcohol has been consumed! You should also consider whether you want guests to be sat at normal tables, or whether you have a festival feel and allow people to sit in less traditional setups eg: chill out area, hay bales, picnic benches. 

Rolling Dough Pizza Horsebox in the woods
Rolling Dough Pizza have an amazing setup, their pizzas aren’t bad either!

All photos in this blog are by Caroline Opacic Photography and may not be used elsewhere without her permission.

Thanks for writing this guest blog for us Caroline, here’s hoping that we can catch up soon! If you’d like to write a guest blog for us please send us a message.

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