One of the biggest decisions you will make when planning a wedding is the venue… after the dress of course. This decision is so important because not only does everything logistically start to fall in place after the venue is booked, but also it sets the tone for the experience of the entire event.
An option that is becoming increasingly popular is the Giant Teepee. Originating from Norway, these inspiring structures are a pop up event space that captured my heart the minute I stepped in one. So much so I chose them for my own Wedding in 2013.
To say it was love at first sight sounds a bit dramatic but there really is something so captivating about a Teepee. The way the canvas blends so beautifully into its surroundings, the impressive size of the structure itself and beautiful way the Nordic beams strut out of the roof or sides when the canvas is peeled back. It’s a structure that really lends itself to a wedding because unlike a marquee it requires literally no dressing in order to make the space look and feel inviting or to create that Wow factor.
When we looked for a company to provide our Teepees we did our research and visited a number of open days. One of which was at Thwaite Mills. (Which would eventually be the venue for our Wedding) A small working watermill, hidden in the industrial area of Stourton, Leeds. The event was hosted by Jay and Laura of Totally Tipi. A small, family run business with only 2 Tipis at the time. The rather corporate hustle and bustle we’d seen at other open days was replaced here by a beautifully serene, exquisitely dressed hideaway. The Teepees nestled into opening in the nature reserve, surrounded by wild flora and fauna, with the sounds and sights of the old watermill as a stunning backdrop. We were greeted by Laura. Jay was busy stoking the fires, chatting with guests as he went by, his broad, friendly Yorkshire accent unmissable in such a quiet setting. Laura talked us through the spaces they worked with, how they fell in love with the Teepees much as we did, we learned about their family, they learned about ours… it was more like we were catching up with old friends than making a potential wedding venue booking.
See, that’s what makes Totally Tipi special. If you have read any of my previous posts, you’ll know I am all about service. Get it right and you can win over even the harshest critic. Jay and Laura not only get it right, they do so effortlessly. They get to know you so they can hold your hand when they need to and leave you free to express yourself and take control wherever you want. They are accommodating to the last detail and you can really tell that these structures are an extension of their family. So much so they pick their suppliers and staff as carefully as you would your closest friends. We loved them so much we invited them to our Wedding!
3 yrs later and their 2 Tipi’s have grown to 7 allowing them to cater to more regular events and unique formations. But Laura is keen to ensure they don’t outgrow their roots and forget what makes them special. For her its about having flexibility to cater to all event requirements but staying true to only agreeing to supply their spaces if it means they can give it the personal service and time that it needs to be Totally Tipi.
If you are thinking of a unique space for your wedding or event, I really can’t recommend the guys at Totally Tipi highly enough. Check out their website for more information http://www.totallytipi.com or give Laura and Jay a call 0845 6805 209