Seven essential top tips for planning a tipi wedding

29 Feb 2016

You’ve decided on the quirky appeal of a tipi wedding, but what next? There are several steps you need to take when it comes to planning a beautiful tipi wedding and we’ve got you covered thanks to the experts at Tipis 4 Hire

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Planning a wedding for the first time can be a daunting for experience, especially if you’re setting up your own venue in the form of a tipi. However, if you’re prepared and have done your homework beforehand the result will be truly spectacular.

Just imagine, a glorious fun-filled wedding celebration within the striking structure of a grand tipi with all your family and friends…

There are so many options when it comes to these unique set-ups - bring the outdoors inside within a quiet field in the middle of the countryside, light up your tipi by a lake, or the enjoy your ceremony at a traditional venue and head on out to the reception within a tipi in the grounds. They are a versatile choice that can be customised for any wedding theme.

With this in mind, Tipis 4 Hire, tipi specialists based in rural Hertfordshire, have shared their essential top tips for couples dreaming of a stunning tipi wedding.


1. Decide on the style of wedding

Once you’ve decided that you want to go ahead with a tipi wedding, consider your venue and what it has to offer. Depending on the time of year, you may need heating and the sides may not be able to be up.

Also, decide on whether you’re having formal style or informal style as this can determine the number of tents you will need.

2. Think about the space

When it comes to space, it all depends on how many tipis you have. We’ve done events for 50-500 people, so you can start at one tipi and build up to as many as you like by joining them. 

Once you find a venue, we will always come and do a complimentary site visit, so our clients are 100 per cent happy with where the tipis will be positioned and how many will fit.


3. Consider the season and weather

The tipis are waterproof and are also fine to be used in winter, as the tipis can be warmed up with heaters. The fires are more of a feature than to keep the tipis warm. Most people hire heaters from September to May and most people don’t go for a heater from June-August, but depending on the weather, sometimes we recommend it.


4. Go and choose your lighting

Lighting is supplied with the tipis and we have open days so our clients can see exactly what is on offer. Come and see us to discover the different styles of lighting we offer. 

5. Customise your decor

Tipis can be decorated in any way, as everybody has their own style and that’s the beauty of them. One of the reasons that they are so popular is that you can do as little or as much as you like to them. We can also advise you on all measurements for the tipis.


6. Make arrangements for decorating the tipi

We usually set up the tipis a couple of days before the event but it all depends on the venue or the security at the venue. Also, some venues have set 'put up' and 'take down' days, so that may play a part in which venue you decide on.

7. Create a floor plan

There are so many ways you can have the tables in the tipis depending on what you have in them and how many tipis you have. Some clients go for round tables - these take up more space and restrict how you can lay out the tables in the tipis. Long tables however, can be moved around more freely and you can fit more in a tent. Some clients want to have a top table and others prefer to be among everybody, it just depends on how formal the event is.


Tipis 4 Hire are based at Beech Hyde Farm, Dyke Lane, Wheathampstead, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 8EN. For more information or to book a tipi for your wedding, call 0800 228 9405 or 01582 832 552. Alternatively, email The next open day at Tipis 4 Hire will take place in March.


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