Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

fun & distinctive: introducing special event tipis

January 13th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Here at Brides Up North we make no secret of the fact that we love an outdoor wedding – hence our WEDFEST’17 tour of festival style wedding fairs! As such, we’re super thrilled to be introducing our new Sponsor Special Event Tipis, to the blog today.

Set up and run by husband and wife team David and Kate following their own tipi wedding, these two know first-hand how effective a striking tipi can be in providing a wow-factor setting for a couple’s special day.

With bases in both Cumbria and Northumberland, the Special Event Tipis team provide fun and distinctive tents for weddings of all sizes and themes, and have an impressive stock of interior items, – such as Chesterfield sofa, antler chandeliers and fire pits – to help make each big day truly unique (and they’ve a special offer for Brides Up North readers… read on!)

Here to tell us more about their stunning structures is the lovely Kate.

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Can you give us a little overview of Special Event Tipis and how the business first started?

kate says: Special Event Tipis was established in 2011 after our own tipi wedding.  We wanted an intimate atmosphere mixed with the wow-factor. Our special day was a one-off occasion and we wanted it to be magical!

The tipis were the perfect solution and provided us with the quirky, fun and unique venue that we wanted. It truly was the best day of our lives and we have now helped more than 300 couples plan their perfect day

We are very much client led and can be involved as much or as little as is needed; from simply providing the structures through to organising a full wedding package including styling, catering and bar services.

In your opinion, why do tipis make a great option for weddings?

The warmth and atmosphere created by the tipis is just so special!  They are really versitile structures and they make for great parties!  Whether you want to bring the outside in during the summer months or cosy up with warm skins and open fires on a winter’s evening, our tipis provide a warm neutral space for you to unleash your individuality.

What types of tipis do you offer?

We stock three different types of tipi structures – the Giant Hat, the Kung and the Nimbus.

By linking our Giant Hats and Kung structures together we can create a variety of diverse and interesting spaces!  The floor plan gallery on our website gives a really good indication of guest capacities, as well as ideas on how best to optimise the space inside the tipis.

The Nimbus structure is a standalone mini tipi perfect for bar’s, photoboooths,  pamper areas – the possibilities are endless!

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How many guests can your tipis cater for?

We cater for events of any size; from intimate wedding parties of 25, to large corporate events. The largest event we have done to date, was 16 tipis for 2,000 guests at a Bank of New York’s sponsorship event.

Can the tipis be used for weddings all year round or are they just available during certain seasons?

We work all year round and offer great deals on out of season events (October to the end of April).  David and our crew are experienced in working in all types of weather and we stock everything needed to make a winter event perfect.

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Do you offer extras, such as toilets and heating, to make hiring a tipi a simpler option for brides and grooms?

We stock our own heaters and can organise toilets and generators from excellent and reputable companies at no extra cost to the client.  We also have excellent links with venues, caterers, florists, photographers and all things bridal!

What other extras do you offer in terms of decoration, and how can these help couples to personalise/theme their weddings?

We love finding new and interesting items for our tipis.  Our wine box bar, tree trunk table (a hollow tree trunk shaped like a heart and filled with fairy lights), wine barrel seats and carnival lighting are bespoke pieces made just for us.  Our real Chesterfield sofa, antler chandeliers and crate tables are also really popular.  Wherever possible, we try to upcycle interesting bits and pieces that are not only quirky, but that fit in with the look and feel of the tipis.

Our lighting packages are also really special and help to create an amazing atmosphere.  Lighting is such an important part of the structures and is an area that we are continually developing.

Do you offer brides and grooms inspiration and advice on how to style the tipi and do you dress the tipi as part of the service?

We love getting involved with the dressing side of things, from simply chatting through ideas to full event styling.

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Fete-d Romance, A Real Wedding, Lydia and Tom

January 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The lovely Lydia, a new friend of mine, sent Brides Up North her gorgeous Real Wedding.

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Take it away Lyd: Tom proposed whilst we were on holiday in Sorrento in August 2008. I’m pleased to say he surpassed himself on the romance front, asking me on bended knee at sunset with a view of Mount Vesuvius and the bay of Naples…he even had a glass of prosecco waiting to celebrate, what a smoothie! We booked the wedding for the following summer and so we had to quickly get organised with the planning…especially as our first daughter Emilia was due to be born in February 2009!

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We were married at Wheatley Lane Methodist Church, Fence in Lancashire on 4 July 2009. The reception was held at my parents’ house nearby in Roughlee. We wanted the day to be really relaxed and have quite a village fete/festival feel about it and therefore as there is quite a bit of land around the house we decided to hire a giant tee pee tent to have the party in. The tee pee was supplied by Papa Kata, a great company based in York. We had 130 guests for the day, with another 100 joining us for the evening reception.

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To continue the relaxed country theme we travelled by tractor and decorated trailer down to the church…I’m glad the windswept look was in that year! The service was really vibrant, filled with lots of singing and laughter. The tumbling cascades of white and cream flowers were prepared by my two Aunties and a friend who is an expert in arrangements.

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Back at the reception, village fete games filled the time whilst photographs were taken by our excellent Preston based photographer Laimonas Stasiulis. On offer was welly wanging, a football shooting in competition and a North v South tug of war led by the Bride and Groom (needless to say the North won both the boys and girls contest!)

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Both Tom and myself have 2 sisters each and therefore, the bridesmaid numbers did spiral slightly out of control with a total of 8. It was definitely a case of ‘the more the merrier’ though as the 6 older bridesmaids looked fantastic in matching dresses of all different colours, whilst the little ones were adorable in mini versions of my dress. Tom’s best man and 5 ushers looked very dashing, each accompanying the bridesmaid who’s dress matched their cravat.

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I managed to buy my dress before I got too big from a gorgeous bridal boutique called Lulu Brown’s in Clitheroe, Lancashire, which is where I went to school. It was white with halter neck straps, a jewel encrusted bodice and really full tulle skirt – lots of fun to twirl around in!

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The scrumptious meal was followed by a Ceilidh dance before our guest hit the dance floor to party the night away to an iPod playlist of classic anthems compiled by us.

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All in all, the perfect day!

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Brides!  Contact Brides Up North to see your Real Wedding featured on the blog!

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Dream Venue: The Old Lodge, Malton

January 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North adores this historic Tudor mansion venue set in the North Yorkshire countryside.  Whether you choose a summer wedding with drinks on the lawn, or a winter ceremony in The Old Lodge’s Jacobean wood panelled ceremonies room, this place is a dream venue!

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The Old Lodge can cater for 75 seated, or 120 buffet style guests in their dining room.  Marquee options are  also available for larger weddings. The Old Lodge is licensed for civil weddings.

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With 20 fabulous en-suite rooms, all with TV, DVD/CD player, tea & coffee facilities The Old Lodge is perfect for romantic breaks too. Hint hint hubby!

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The clincher for me?  They can provide their own on-site bouncy castle!  Where do I sign?

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Ask about discounts for weekday and winter weddings.

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Photography by York Place Studios and also taken from The Old Lodge website.

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Summer of Love, A Real Wedding – Paul & Francesca

December 21st, 2010 | Julia Braime

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This morning, I have a very special Real Wedding to share with you.  Firstly, because I went to school with this lovely lovely man and secondly, because this is an account of a Real Wedding from the groom’s point of view.

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Aren’t they a beautiful couple?

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Take it away Paul: First of all we both knew we wanted something a little bit different. Nothing wild, crazy or so far out of the ordinary that people may not enjoy it, but something that was personal to us. Something that we wouldn’t see replicated and that meant finding a venue that we knew others wouldn’t have used. If we did this we would be sure that our memories would be unique and not clouded by revisiting the same venue in the future for other people’s weddings.

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Finding the perfect (unique) venue is not as easy as it sounds. There are lots of wonderful wedding venues such as castles, hotels and grand halls all over The North East, but nothing ticked all of the boxes for us. They would be either too small, too bland, too large, or awkward for people to get to from Durham & London, where the large proportion of our guests would be coming from.

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We decided that we would start with the church and take things from there. We are fortunate to live near a wonderful little church in Brancepeth called St Brandons, right next to Brancepeth Castle. A truly stunning location, and I will never forget the first time we walked through the doors together to have a look around, turning to look at each other and not being able to speak as we were overcome with emotion. We knew this was the place for us. The church had suffered a major fire in the early nineties, and was left in ruins. The local community spent hundreds of thousands of pounds restoring it to what can only be described as “an incredible level”. Although the seating and decor is not that of a normal church, it has been designed in such a way that you immediately fall in love with the place as soon as you set foot in it. We knew our guests would too.

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That same week we took a walk into Houghall woods to clear our heads and talked long and hard about our next move. Then it suddenly dawned on us. We had a beautiful piece of land at Poplar Tree Garden Centre. The Garden Centre is in 12 acres of land, and only 6 acres is taken up by the Centre itself, leaving a wonderful huge green field, right next to the River Wear, and with stunning scenery such as Houghall woods and Durham City. A venue that had never been used before, and in such a magical setting suddenly became appealing.

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To make the event work though we knew we needed a good marquee company, and the rest would fit into place. And it did. We contacted a local marquee company and decided on the size of the marquee we would need for up to 250 guests and then once that was agreed we were able to contact caterers, entertainment companies and everything else we could think of and designed a wonderful layout, ready for the perfect day.

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Francesca decided to go for a black and Ivory theme, which she could picture in her head from day one. The decor in the marquee would reflect that of the wedding attire, which meant stunning silver bridesmaid dresses, grey and silver groomsmen suits, and a gorgeous long Ivory wedding dress for the bride.

 

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Francesca wanted to arrive at the church in style, and that she did, with a horse and carriage that picked her up from her house, and took her the short distance to the church, where everyone was stunned with amazement at how beautiful she looked climbing down from the carriage. The wedding cars followed carrying the bridesmaids. All 8 of them, and our little flower girl Katelyn, who did a magnificent job, and looked like a little angel.

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The Ushers were already at the Church doing a wonderful job and everyone had been seated. Poplar Tree Florist had put together some huge floral arrangements, and placed them around the church. They looked fantastic, but the main focal points were the floral archways, also made by Poplar Tree. As you can see, they were a uniquely magical feature – spread down the aisle for the bridal party to walk through, creating some wonderful shots for our photographer and videographer.

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After the tear-jerking wedding was over, the string quartet kept everyone smiling with some lovely music, as guests stood outside drinking Pimms and Champagne. The time flew by and all of a sudden we realised we had to make a move to the second venue.

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No one knew how they would be getting to Poplar Tree Garden Centre, a 5 mile drive across to the other side of Durham. Guests had been told that transport had been organised but nothing else. It was a surprise. When a London bus arrived at Brancepeth Castle, jaws hit the ground, cameras came flying out, and the excitement grew. The ushers made sure everyone got a place on the bus, and set off ahead so that they could welcome everyone to the marquee when it got there.

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The marquee had taken 4 days to erect, and 2 days to decorate. The decorating was done by the Bride, Groom, mothers of the bride and groom, the best man, bridesmaids, family, and anyone else who had time on their hands. It really was a team effort. Without those people we would have been stranded as 25 large heavy tables, 150 chairs, a stage, toilets, generators, cabling and all the decorations had to be done by ourselves. We knew this would be the difficult part of not having a venue such as a hotel or hall, where these jobs would have been taken care of by the wedding planner, but we enjoyed creating our fairytale by ourselves. We had full control over how everything would look. And this was exactly what we wanted.

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The guests arrived to more Pimms, champagne, and a pianist playing lovely music. Guests were able to stand out in the warm sunshine as we went through group photos down by the river and in between the trees. By 3pm, guests had been greeted individually & ushered into the venue, and again were taken back by the beautiful decor. All the hard work had paid off. Now it was time to relax. Everything from then on went to plan.

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The speeches were fantastic, and Ramside Event Catering did a magnificent job of making sure everyone had the tastiest food and drink imaginable. Their service, food and conduct was magnificent throughout. They were a pleasure to have around and their staff were very highly trained, polite and hard working.

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The huge floral decorations that Francesca had created for centrepieces, and Poplar Tree Florist had put together, were placed in giant black champagne glasses and consisted of black, ivory and silver feathers and flowers. They looked magnificent. The bride had chosen well. They were accompanied by sprinklings of little diamonds, large mirrors, rose petals and lovely cutlery on the tables which had been covered with brand new white Table cloths. Artificial trees spread around the marquee broke up the blandness of the white draping, and 15 metres of “starlit sky draping” lit up the dancefloor & stage area beautifully as the music began, and evening guests arrived.

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Music was a key theme for us and we wanted a band who were flexible and able to adapt to various stages of the day, and be in different places as the party moved around the two locations. The band we chose were Boogie Down from Newcastle. Being an 8 piece jazz band, different members were able to be in different places around the venue during the day, playing various instruments and entertaining guests tremendously well. They even wrote our processional song “Angel” by Sarah Mclaughlin which brought tears to our eyes in the church. Having a band that were so talented and adaptable was a dream come true, and when they all played together on the evening, people were on the dance floor in a flash

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The evening went particularly well, with cartoonists, magicians, caricaturists and other acts keeping guests entertained throughout. In the build up to the wedding, we decided to partition a quarter of the 30 metre marquee off and put in leather sofas, so that people could relax in a quieter area near the bar if they wanted to. We aso put in a sweety area for the children, which actually went down just as well with the adults. Another great idea from Francesca. This area was decorated with a Chinese theme in mind. The bride being half Chinese, many of her family members had come all the way from Hong Kong, Australia, and even Canada just for the wedding, and Francesca was desperate to incorporate her Chinese culture into the wedding somehow. It worked wonderfully, and everyone signed a giant red cloth which is a historic Chinese tradition to bring us good luck throughout our marriage. There were other Chinese elements to the wedding such as chop sticks and a Chinese dish for starter, as well as Chinese lanterns and fans as wedding favours. The mix of English and Chinese culture was fabulous.

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Unfortunately the evening had to end, and most of the bridal party headed back to the Radisson Hotel in Durham. Many guests were from London. This is where Francesca grew up, and still has many friends. It was great to have them staying in our hotel as the party was able to carry on throughout the night, and memories were created that will live with us forever.

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Next its off to Hong Kong in a year or two for our Chinese blessing. We are lucky enough to have two weddings. If the second is half as enjoyable as the first then we will be the luckiest people in the world.

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Little black book:

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Wedding cake: Celebration Cakes Peterlee
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Marquee Company: Dobsons Marquees – they also arranged for all the tables, chairs, executive toilet hire, generator, chandeliers, starlit roof, carpets, heating, lighting, stage etc. and provided a man on site all day in case the generator went down.
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Caterers: Ramside Event Catering -Daryl was our MC for the day and was absolutely magnificent

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 String Quartet: Jean Hotton, Pavillion Music

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Band: Boogie Down – Processional song, daytime music, arrival music, evening music and full band and disco

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 Wedding Car: Exclusive Wedding Cars, Wingate, County Durham

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Videographer: Capture the Moment, Consett

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Magician: Magical Memories

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Flowers: Poplar Tree Florist – decorations in marquee and church, and bridal bouquets

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Photographers and Brides – Contact Brides Up North today to see your Real Wedding featured here!

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Dream Venue: Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club

November 29th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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I’m a bit biased as this is where I grew up (yes in these four walls), but if it’s good enough for this princess, it’s good enough for anyone!

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I am proud to introduce Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club, a premium wedding venue on the outskirts of Durham, fully licensed for civil ceremonies and a Brides Up North Featured Supplier.

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Ramside is the largest privately-owned luxury hotel in Durham, County Durham and the North East.  Surrounded by 27 holes of championship golf and set in lovely gardens, the hotel has 80 individually decorated rooms, conference, wedding and banqueting suites, meeting rooms and an enticing selection of fine dining options.

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Contact Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club to enquire about availability for your civil ceremony, wedding reception or engagement party today.

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.Photographs by David Lawson Studios, pink roses photograph by Grange Photography

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