Advice for Couples Looking to hire a Tipi for their Wedding

Published by Claire Gould on

Article by English Wedding member Garden Weddings Tipi Hire (Yorkshire)
Images by Glix Photography

There is no one single thing more capable of sprinkling magic on a wedding than the hire of a tipi. Tipis have a special atmosphere about them and at the same time represent a blank canvas for any couple to imprint their own style. They’re perfect as a backdrop for any festival, country style or boho wedding theme that might clash with the interiors of regular buildings.

Hiring a wedding tipi is a relatively simple process as there are some great tipi hire companies out there, like Garden Weddings Tipi Hire who are always more than happy to help with any special requests. Theirs is a source of information worth mining as they can help with the many logistics that need to be considered.

In the current climate anyone planning a wedding would be well advised to maximise time spent outdoors and having a tipi or a selection of tipis is an excellent way to encourage optimal airflow and ensure social distancing is encouraged. The UK weather is never predictable enough to go fully outdoors and so tipis offer the perfect solution. Let’s look at some key pieces of advice for hiring a tipi for your perfect wedding.

Choose the right tipi wedding venue


What’s in a field? Well, your choice of field will determine the backdrop for your wedding celebration, the ease with which guests can find you, how easily accessible your wedding celebration will be and so on. You will need to find a venue with plenty of space to accommodate your tipi and your portable toilet facilities, generators and any other facilities you will need, like mobile food providers.

Tipi or tipis?

At an early stage you will want to decide how many tipis you will need. You may decide to hire two so that you can separate the wedding breakfast room from the entertainment room. This can be a great way to adopt distinct themes, maintain social distancing and give your wedding celebration a more spacious feel.

Plan the layout properly

Your tipi offers great potential for a whole host of distinct layout options. You will want to consider whether you’re going to get some live music inside and how the band can safely situate themselves, leaving plenty of space for guests to get around and for tables and chairs. You will also want to decide whether you are going for an overall theme or if you just want to create a certain kind of atmosphere. With a tipi, in this regard, the world is your oyster!

Lighting your wedding tipi is key

When hiring a tipi for your wedding you must plan the lighting situation carefully. Lighting the outside areas ensures guests can see where they are going and avoids unnecessary falls. Lighting inside the tipi can make for a magical space, if done properly. Think fairy lights and festoons, faux neon signs and a glitter ball or two! Enlisting the help and advice of your tipi hire company here is advised.

Make sure guests dress accordingly

This is a crucial consideration as high heels and fields are not happy bedfellows. Include a note in your invitations or on your wedding website to help guests plan their footwear – and have a basket of flip flops or even slippers to hand so your best friends can dance the night away under canvas and in comfort!


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.


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