Ruth Graham

An independent wedding, family and funeral civil celebrant covering the West Midlands area
Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

Should I have a Tipi for my wedding?

Should I have a Tipi for my wedding?

If you’re looking for a festival-style wedding or a simply romantic and intimate venue with a twist - then tipis are the place to be seen!

As a Midlands wedding celebrant, I meet a lot of couples – all with their own ideas of how they’d like their special day to pan out. Because I meet so many people, it’s a real privilege to see first-hand how wedding trends come and go – and this year is most definitely the year of the tipi wedding! They’ve been quietly stealing a march on the traditional marquee for a while now, and with four tipi weddings booked as a celebrant this year, it’s undeniable the tipi isn’t far behind.

What Is A Tipi Like?

For couples looking for something a little bit different, the tipi seems to fit the bill. If the ‘whiteness’ of a marquee isn’t for you – then the intimacy and warmth of the tipi probably will be. They still meet all health and safety standards, whilst providing a ‘venue’ that is most certainly characterful. Absolutely perfect if you’d like your dream day to be laid back and intimate.

The tipi (also known as teepee), was originally a temporary dwelling for the Sami people of Lapland. Being portable, lightweight, durable and warm, they proved to be the ideal shelter. And now, they’re proving the ideal wedding and party venue too. Compile your ideal venue list, and if it contains the words intimate/romantic/unique/warm/inviting/different – then look no further.

Tipi Tips Before Booking

See the tipis ‘in person’. Pinterest and Facebook can be deceptive. It also helps to get an idea of the actual size in reality.

Everybody’s requirements are different, so the tipi company should be able to offer you a selection of floor plans to suit your needs.

Make sure your quote includes a site inspection for suitability. It’s here the supplier should come into their own – they should know what the best direction is to site the tipi, where to have the door sited (if you’re having one), in order to avoid gusts of wind blasting through.

Always get a very firm quote of how long it will take to erect, and dismantle the tipi.

Check if the company will charge you extra if your celebration runs over slightly.

It’s also vital to check what else the company provide – do they do tables and chairs? Toilets? Maybe beanbags for comfort? Fairy lights and fire pits? Matting and cushions? A disco ball, heaters, awnings and extensions?

A really good company will be able to take care of every detail for you – there’s nothing worse than having to shop around with multiple suppliers, when it can all be done in one place.

And that’s about it! To save yourself having to shop around too much in the West Midlands, I’d recommend www.peaktipis.co.uk for excellent service and huge variety of offerings. www.samitipi.co.uk is another excellent company in the West Midlands.

Good luck with your wedding planning!

Photo credit – Stephen Bradshaw Photography