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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!


Recent Weddings and Events at Vanstone Park

We’ve hosted a number of great events over the last couple of years at Vanstone Park, which borders a vast woodland just outside Hitchin in Hertfordshire. It is the perfect backdrop for anyone looking for a blank canvas tipi wedding, festival or party.

© Pike Photography
© Nikki’s Moments
© Caroline Opacic
© Verman Photography
© Shoot it Momma

Country Tipis

We’re Country Tipis and since setting up our base at Vanstone Park Garden Centre, we would use the adjacent parkland to host our open days and to showcase our giant tipis. Guests would always comment on how lovely the site was and that it should be a wedding venue. Once Abi & Dave asked if they could have their wedding onsite back in 2017, Vanstone Park Weddings and Events was born! 

The Garden Centre provides mains power, an 80 space dedicated car park and a pergola entrance decorated with wisteria and jasmine to create a gorgeous welcome for guests on to the site. You can even hire plants and trees from them to decorate the tipis.

© Nikki’s Moments

All the Essentials

Now with two very successful wedding seasons under its belt, we have created an all inclusive package in collaboration with Vanstone Park which provides you with all the essentials you’ll need to get started. Such as; three giant tipis, seating for up to 120 guests (adjustable), a dance floor and a luxury toilet block to name just a few. Then you can add on any extras to tailor it to your needs. What’s more, we offer exclusive weekend hire so there is plenty of time for all you DIY-ers to create the day you want!

Vanstone Park offers you the space and panoramic setting to create your bespoke wedding day just how you want. Personalise your special day by choosing your own catering, entertainment and styling suppliers or we can recommend some to get you started. Along with your choice of decoration, colours and theme, each wedding and event here is truly one of a kind.


The Hammered Peg

We also run our bar, The Hammered Peg, for your event. Providing a full bar service with a range of drinks and cocktails to suit any taste. We can also take care of your table and welcome drinks. Serving from our rustic pallet wood bar, our experienced and friendly staff ensure your guests are welcomed and watered throughout the day.

© Pike Photography

Your tipi man will oversee the day and take care of the little extras like welcoming your suppliers onsite and lighting the gorgeous fireball, leaving you to enjoy your magical day. 

© Shoot it Momma

Vanstone Park Garden Centre

Surrounded by an array of wildlife, greenery and a miniature railway ride, Vanstone Park is not just a field. Why not make use of all the space, just like Adele & Paul in September 2018. They ventured throughout the garden centre and its grounds to get some special pictures of their day.  

© Shoot it Momma
© Shoot it Momma

Situated next to the family run Vanstone Park Garden Centre, you arrive through the main gates and follow the winding grounds passed a hidden stone palladium and little bridge home to an assortment of wildlife. Once on site and in the tipis you start to realise how tucked away Vanstone Park is and appreciate the gorgeous setting even more!  

© Shoot it Momma
© Shoot it Momma

Big thanks for our office queen Crystal for putting this blog post together, and to all of the photographers who have shared their photos with us, we’d highly recommend all of them and you can find their websites below:

Pike Photography

Shoot it Momma

Caroline Opacic Photography

Verman Photography

Nikki’s Moments Photography & Film


Want to take a look around?

Come join us on our open day on Sunday the 15th of September between 11am – 4pm! Message us to book a chat with a member of the team and discuss your ideas or simply swing by to take a look. We’ll also have some of our favourite suppliers on such as; 

Disco Nyts (DJ, entertainment & PA)

Plenty of Thyme (catering)

Hungry Hog BBQ (catering)

Fleur de Lace (styling & decor)

Lisa Lyons Bridal (bridal wear)

Pike Photography

Hobo Chic (music)


We hope to see you there but if you can’t make it, please get in touch and we can organise an alternative time for you to come by.


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.


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!

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


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.


Twigs + LEGO – Behind the scenes on the “Tipi Showcase” shoot

We recently organised a shoot to promote our upcoming “Tipi Showcase,” and to be a little bit different we featured a real couple: Sara & Peter.

The Shoot

Sara & Peter arrived early at a blazing hot 30-degree Vanstone Park Venue early last week to prepare for the shoot. Sara dealt with the heat well in her beautifully tailored wedding dress, clutching a bunch of beautiful red peonies. An impeccably smart looking Peter managed just as well in his light blue 3-piece-suit. He paired his suit with a maroon tie, with his chiselled beard and glowing skin completing his look.

The dynamic between the couple was amazing; they got on so well from the off which made the shoot incredibly easy. The fact that they are a real couple helped enormously, we sure hope they go for a tipi wedding when their wedding comes around!

There were a few mishaps throughout the day, with both Sara & Peter being slightly unsteady on their feet at times, but we managed to get the crucial shots we were aiming for.

The Showcase

Make sure you don’t miss our Tipi Showcase on the 22nd of September from 9am – 9pm, featuring a few slightly larger tipis, plenty of food & drink and live tipi building demonstrations from our crew throughout the day. Use our contact form or email hello@countrytipis.co.uk to book a slot, or just come along!

We’ve invited the following suppliers along who we love:

The Hammered Peg – mobile bar

Plenty of Thyme – event catering

Fleur de Lace – wedding & event styling

Disco Nyts – DJ & PA

Pike Photography

Virtual Weddings

Fineshade Films

+ more to be announced!


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