Big Chief Tipis – quirky, original and independent weddings under canvas

I do love a wedding success story, and Big Chief Tipis are an inspiring example of an independent family business in the wedding industry. They’re all made in Britain too! At the heart of Big Chief Tipis is a father, son and daughter team – and I met Hayley at one of my Manchester calligraphy workshops this summer… she’s brilliant and funny, a character and a lovely person! I asked Hayley to tell us all about Big Chief Tipis just in time for their open weekend in October:

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Big Chief Tipis is a large event tipi hire company, based in the North West (but we cover the whole of the UK) whose aim is to turn dreams into memories! We specialize in providing tipis for any type of weather – not only for when the sun shines, but when it is “British” too! We can cater for any number of guests, from small intimate gatherings, all the way up to a wedding for hundreds as the tipis are interlinkable. Our tipis offer a quirky and original alternative to your standard white-walled marquee and look even more incredible when the sun sets and the firepit is lit inside.

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Gary, aka Big Chief, has over 30 years of experience within the outdoor shelter industry and is the brains behind our custom-made accessories and special weather kits – so whatever the weather, or questions you may have, we will have the answer. Hayley, on the other hand, has worked within the events industry for the past 10 years and has the planning skills and dream contacts to ensure you have the time of your life at your party! Hadley is one of our Onsite Little Chiefs who turns your dreams into reality and makes sure your event runs smoothly and without a hitch. The three of them, alongside the rest of the team have all bases covered, so that rain, snow, wind or shine your event is one to remember for all the right reasons.

Big Chief Tipis was born out of our parent company, The Tipi Company, which actually makes the tipis for the tipi hire industry. They are Made In Britain, all within the same industrial park as ourselves, so we know that if there were ever any issues, or we had to call on emergency advice, their expert team of seamstresses, woodworkers and welders have decades of experience between them to rectify them.

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Within the last year we have catapulted into the limelight and our team has grown to 14 people who are all equally as passionate about creating the dream wedding.. By the end of our first year, we will have worked on 40 weddings, including Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright’s wedding; 4 big festivals including Glastonbury and Festival No.6 and a further selection of celebrity celebrations including Carl Fogarty’s 50th Birthday and James Martin’s private dining event.

It has been an incredible season for us and we’re looking forward to taking Big Chief to the next level and organize even more stunning weddings. We get so excited when we receive images from a bride & groom’s Big Day and love to see how they put their own individual spin on the theming and decoration – so we just want to see more!

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We have a team of Little Chiefs who deal with all aspects of your tipi event, so whether it’s arranging what time the toilets arrive, the type of land we are building the tipis on and what floorplan you want, we will take you through the steps one at a time. We don’t tend to get involved with the decoration / catering / cakes etc but we point you in the right direction to trusted suppliers we have worked with over a number of years and know that they do a great job.

We offer a very transparent approach to our quotes, so we give you all the options you could have, talk you through some guidance on the boring bits that everyone tends to forget about (toilets, generators, heaters, catering tent) and then send you a blow-by-blow account of everything that is included. There are no hidden costs and the total amount always includes delivery, installation and dismantling.

If you’re interested in having an outdoor wedding or party, then get in touch with our team of Little Chiefs and they will respond to you within 24hrs or phone 01204 544906

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All images used in this feature are by Melissa Beattie Photography. To see the full styled shoot with Big Chief Tipis please check out this gorgeous feature over on Festival Brides
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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



    5 years ago

    Beautiful shoot, I love the mix of white dress, coronet and leather jacket !

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