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Avoid these pitfalls when planning a tipi wedding!

Looking for tipi wedding planning advice?

If you’re a regular reader of the One Curious Dream wedding planning blog, you’ll know there’s nothing I love more than planning beautifully relaxed tipi weddings!


Whilst a tipi wedding can be a magical and unique experience, it also requires careful planning and preparation to avoid potential pitfalls. So if you’re thinking of planning a tipi wedding, here are some essential tips to help you avoid common pitfalls and ensure that your tipi wedding is a success.

Choose the Right Location for your tipi wedding.

Choosing the right location is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning a tipi wedding. You’ll need to consider factors such as the size of the tipi, the terrain, and accessibility for your guests. It’s essential to choose a location that is level and free from obstacles, such as trees and rocks. Additionally, you should consider how easy it will be for your guests to access the location, especially if you have elderly or disabled guests.


Plan for the Weather

The weather can significantly impact your tipi wedding, so it’s essential to plan accordingly. You should be prepared for rain, wind, and even extreme heat or cold. Consider renting heaters or fans to keep your guests comfortable, and make sure you have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. This may include renting a tent or having an indoor location
as a backup.

Hire Experienced Vendors (and a specialist tipi wedding planner!)

Working with experienced vendors is critical when planning a tipi wedding. You’ll need to find vendors who have experience working with tipis, as well as those who understand the unique logistics and challenges of an outdoor wedding. Consider hiring a tipi rental company that has a proven track record, as well as a caterer who is experienced in cooking in an outdoor

Make Sure You Have Enough Space

It’s essential to ensure that you have enough space to accommodate your guests, as well as all of the necessary equipment and decorations. For example, you’ll need to consider the size of the tipi, as well as the space required for tables, chairs, and other equipment. Additionally, you’ll need to consider the space required for parking, toilets, and other amenities.

Invest in Quality Lighting

Lighting is a critical component of any wedding and essential for a tipi wedding. You’ll need to consider the type of lighting required to create the right ambience and the logistics of setting up and maintaining the lighting. Consider working with a lighting specialist who has experience with outdoor weddings and can guide you on the best lighting options for your tipi wedding.

Create a Detailed Timeline

Creating a detailed timeline is essential when planning a tipi wedding. This will help you stay organized and ensure that everything runs smoothly on the wedding day. Make sure to include all the important details, such as arrival times for vendors, ceremony start time, and reception start time. Additionally, it would be best if you planned for any necessary setup and breakdown
times, as well as time for photos and other special moments.

Have a Backup Plan

Despite your best efforts, things can sometimes go wrong when planning a tipi wedding. Therefore, it’s important to have a backup plan in place in case of unexpected weather or other issues. Consider renting a tent or having an indoor location as a backup, and make sure to communicate this plan with your vendors and guests.

In conclusion, planning a tipi wedding can be a wonderful and unique experience, but it does require careful planning and preparation to avoid potential pitfalls. By following these tips and working with experienced vendors, you can ensure that your tipi wedding is a success and create lasting memories for you and your guests.

Of course, the simplest way to ensure a stress-free wedding planning journey is to hire a specialist tipi wedding planner – hi! If you’d like to enquire further about my wedding planning services, I welcome you to book a free, no-obligation consultation here.

Alternatively, you can reach me at [email protected] or 0800 772 0765. 

As an independent Wedding Planner, I’m not tied to recommending specific venues or suppliers, so you’ll always have access to the very best of the best across the industry, allowing us to produce a personal, unique wedding that’s designed just for you.

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