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Our favourite local venues

We know how important the venue you choose for your wedding is, after all that’s where you’ll be spending one of the biggest days of your life! This is the first in a series of “case study” blog posts that are going to give you an insight into some of our favourite local venues. We are more than happy to help you find the perfect venue, and in this post we will be focusing on Lodge Farm House in Kings Walden, Hertfordshire.

Having worked closely with Maria from Lodge Farm House in Kings Walden for over a year now. We absolutely love putting our Tipis up in the beautiful grounds there. The multi-level garden is not huge but it fits our 3 tipi triangle set-up like a glove, check out the photograph below!

Set within the beautiful rolling Chiltern Hills and only 3 miles away from the historic market town of Hitchin, you’ll struggle to find a better connected rural location. Lodge Farm House offers various packages to suit different budgets, including full use of the B&B during your wedding. There is even a beautiful secluded secret garden for you to hold your ceremony in. We’ve just held one of our first weddings of the season here: the fantastic wedding of Ricky & Jess, check out some shots from the hugely talented D&A photography below:

Lodge Farm House also run their own converted horsebox bar called the Tipsy Pony, which has a wide selection of great drinks. As of two weeks ago we now offer the option to link the bar to our Tipis using a custom joining kit to keep it sealed if required. Get in touch with Maria via email on info@lodgefarmbandb.co.uk or 01462 768 229 to arrange a viewing or for further information about the venue. You can also take a look at her website here.

If Lodge Farm House doesn’t take your fancy, why not take a look at some other local venues we work closely with on the map below? There are some absolute crackers in there!

We’re always looking for new venues to work with, so if you’ve found a perfect venue and you’re not sure if our Tipis would work there please get in touch and once of our team will come and do a site visit. If you represent a venue and would like to host weddings and events using our stunning Tipis feel free to get in touch 🙂


A few snaps from our Spring Open days

Thanks to everyone who came down to our open days! It was great to meet you all and talk through your events. Please remember that we’re always on hand to answer any questions you may have, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ve also got a few new offerings for this summer that feature below, so do let us know what you think, and if there is anything else you think could improve our offering.

If you couldn’t make it, below are a few shots from the days up at Vanstone Park Venue, Codicote (Nr Hitchin) along with links to some of the amazing suppliers who were showing off their stuff!

Beautiful fresh flowers supplied by Vanstone Park Garden Centre. Available to hire along with trees and other indoor decor, pop along and ask for Giles.

Our brand new folding chairs provide an alternative to benches, what do you think? We’ll be staining them slightly darker to match our rustic scaffold board tables Seat pads are also available.

Beautiful spring flower arrangement by the hugely talented Beth at Pots in Bloom, based in Hitchin.

Roomy and luxurious bell tents from Victoria Lily Events, here’s a sneak peak into the honeymoon suite, we certainly wouldn’t mind staying here.

This is our brand new open sided Nimbus Tipi which can be used for a variety of purposes like a bar area or stage cover.

A few visitors who wondered what we were doing in their field!

We had a great few days showing people around these structures we love and the weather was mostly kind to us, we couldn’t ask for much more. If you missed us then we’ll be having another open day in the autumn. If you’re a wedding/event supplier and like to get involved in our next open day we’d love to hear from you, send us an email on hello@countrytipis.co.uk


Inspiration! Tipi decoration

We are passionate about making your special day one to remember, and we’re offering you an exclusive sneak-peak inside a few of our 2016 wedding set-ups to give you a bit of inspiration. We are of the belief that our tipis are beautiful naked with simple, tasteful table decoration as the structures are fascinating on their own (though we may be biased!) As standard we wrap fairy lights around every other leg, which create a beautiful glow inside the tipis once the sun sets and the party really starts.

Alex & Mark in Henley on Thames – June 2016 – Photo by Photos by Pennie

© Photos by Pennie

We often get asked if it is possible to hang objects from the inside of the structure, which is absolutely fine as long as you do not screw/hammer anything into the wood or damage it in any way. We can also offer you the option to hang something from the crown of the tipi, like an old cartwheel decorated with flowers (below), or one of our chandeliers. If you have an object that is special to you this can also be hung above the tables, let your imagination run wild!

Lucy & Adam at Woodland Weddings – September 2016 – Photo by Elton Mogg

© Elton Mogg

As for table decoration, we absolutely love simplicity and seasonal flowers always create a beautiful centrepiece, but at the same time you can also go for something completely different to really showcase your personality. We work closely with the fantastic Beth from Pots in Bloom who is based in Hitchin and can offer creative and seasonal table decoration. Check out the autumnal spread she put together for our open day last year below, full of conkers and foraged greenery! We also love to see vintage mistmatched crockery from Classic Crockery which matches the look and feel of our tipis so well.

However you decide to decorate the inside of your tipis, we know you’ll make them look absolutely stunning! They provide such an incredible natural canvas for you personalise with your own touches.

Jo & Dave in Clavering, Essex – July 2016 – Photo by Andy Sidders

© Andy Sidders

Over the past year we’ve been considering the possibility of projecting images of the bride and groom (or anyone else!) onto one of the sides of the tipi, which is something we haven’t tried yet but would love to. Let us know if you’d like to be our guinea pigs!

Country Tipis x


Peggy’s bar – New for 2017

First of all, we hope you had a great Christmas and New Year, we certainly did! We’ve got a number of new offerings for 2017, and at our Christmas party we launched “Peggy’s Bar” as we felt that we could improve on what was being offered elsewhere. We had the best time running it and the feedback we got was (thankfully) great! Peggy approved of the clientele and behaved herself throughout the night, and she can’t wait for the next event where she’ll get to run the bar. It’s wise to note that Peggy gets very territorial around her bar, so keep your drink close at all times!

Bar, Alcohol, Mobile, PartySo, what’s on offer?

We have a number of different options when it comes to the bar; first of all you have a choice between our fully equipped converted horsebox bar or our 4 metre oak topped bar constructed from up-cycled pallet wood. Our horsebox bar can be linked seamlessly to our tipis, giving you a huge amount of additional space for your guests to form an orderly queue. Once you’ve decided which bar you’d like to go for you can then choose to have it fully stocked by us or with service only – where you provide the alcohol. We’ll provide two experienced members of staff for the duration of your event in both cases to run the bar and ensure your guests never go thirsty.

Linked bar

What alcohol choices do I have?

Beer-wise we use a number of local breweries, and have a great relationship with Tring Brewery who supplied us with some great ale for our Christmas party that seemed to evaporate in minutes! We pride ourselves in the quality of the alcohol we stock and maintain fair pricing throughout our range. If there is a specific drink you would like for your event we’d happily stock it but we ask that you buy the remainder (if there is any!) back from us at cost price after the event.

© Jodie Cooling

We have lovingly created these two bars to use alongside our tipis, and we feel that their style lends itself perfectly to a tipi party. This rustic style can be found throughout our range of extras, from our handmade scaffold board table and bench sets to our vintage French apple crates, sourced from the south of France. Both bars can stand-alone outside the tipis if the weather is fair, or even underneath our small open-sided Nimbus tipi if you’re looking for a bit of cover. Check out Peggy’s very own website here and send us a message if you’d like any further information.

Here’s to a great 2017, we hope see you soon!

Country Tipis x


5 things to consider when planning a Tipi wedding

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

© Jodie Cooling

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

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

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

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

Wedding table flower autumn mismatch

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

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


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