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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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Super Cool Canvas! Supplier Showcase: TotallyTipi

January 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ooh, I do like an evening spent under canvas.  But not camping (are you mad?) or even glamping (should ever two words not be mashed together glamour and camping are those words!), but a party under canvas in a Scandinavian tipi tent is another thing entirely.  It’s thoroughly cool for a start.

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Gleaming dance floors, fur throws, open fires, fabulous decor… and not a camping stove in site.  This is the life!

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This afternoon we talk to the lovely Laura and Jay or Brides Up North Featured Supplier TotallyTipi about how you can make your wedding celebration stand out from the crowd.  With images by John Steel Photography and LMX Creative.

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When did TotallyTipi begin and why?

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TotallyTipi Ltd was born in 2011 having been at a wedding in a two-tipi setup two years earlier. We fell in love with them immediately and thought more people should benefit from their beauty. Some research showed there was just one company in the region so we felt there was space in the market for us to set up – and here we are! Founders Jay and Laura are both from creative backgrounds, Jay in media and events and Laura in design.

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Tell Brides Up North about the service that you offer?

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TotallyTipi’s focus is on providing giant tipi ‘kata’ tents for weddings and events. But that’s not all. Everyone has their own personal idea of what makes a perfect event and we like to help make it a one-off in whatever way we can. This can be help in choosing the right location or connecting a client with others in the wedding industry who can, for instance, theme and dress the tents or offer a load of finishing touches for hire so they can explore their creative side and dress the tents themselves.

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Generally speaking we get two ‘types’ of client. Those who love the tents and work everything out around the tents (such as the venue) and those who have their venue but are undecided on whether to hire teepees or a marquee.

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Tell Brides Up North about your teepees?

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Warming, cosy, rustic or formal, the teepees are very adaptable and so beautiful that they can look stunning even with minimal decor. Having a wedding or reception inside a tipi will ensure people remember it for a long time.

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Inside a tipi there is a feeling of fusing the natural world outside, with stylish and comfortable surroundings inside, at a location that could be right in your back yard (literally!) or in the middle of sweeping countryside.

Multiple teepees are connected using special methods to make event spaces as small or large as a client dictates. Each one is just over 10m in diameter and is supported by nine solid wooden poles measuring over eight metres in length! The trees used for the tipi poles are specially grown in Sweden for strength and flexibility and are typically 100 years old when felled- very strong!

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The fabric is waterproof yet breathable so you don’t get condensation drips and it traps in a surprising amount of heat!

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This type of tipi is also describes as a ‘Giant Hat’ as all of the sides can be propped up so one tipi on its own looks just like a witches hat. This technique of having the sides raised really can bring the outside in – particularly wonderful on a warm summer’s eve…

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Furthermore, one of the unique aspects of a tipi is the ability to have a real indoor fire thanks to its conical design. It provides heat as well as a warming atmosphere and smoke flaps at the tip of the tipi act as the chimney .

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What sets TotallyTipi apart from your competition?

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TotallyTipi are a small, friendly, experienced company based in South Yorkshire, run by partners (in business and life!) Jay and Laura. Being a small company we take pride in every detail of our events and offer a very personal touch to our brides and grooms. Our team has experience of several hundred tipi set-ups so our couples can be assured of our quality.

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Because we are dedicated to creating perfect events, we manage our workload to ensure that each customer gets enough of our time so every event is planned and delivered with minimum hassle and to the highest standards of customer service.

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We are also soon unveil our beautiful bespoke TotallyTipi wooden tables and dance floor for 2013. These will be very unique and not like anything else available to hire. We are very excited about these! Watch this space.

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With TotallyTipi, what you see is what you get. There are no hidden extras – and we give our couples full scope to make an event their own or provide the complete arrive-and-it’s-all-done-for-you service.

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Are teepees good for winter as well as summer weddings?

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This is a question we are often asked and the answer is yes!

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The giant tipi design is inspired by the traditional teepees lived in by the Sami people of Lapland – so they’re built to withstand the weather and contain warmth.  There is a lot of skill involved in joining the teepees so that they are fully weather-proof. This is where our team’s vast experience is invaluable. Our Operations Director brings with him the wealth of knowledge gained from several hundred tipi and marquee set-ups so we are confident that we can handle whatever the weather throws at us!

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Plus there’s our secret weapon – the indirect space heater. This blasts warm, fume-free air to keep you toasty all day long.

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Tell Brides Up North about the Snowflakes and Schnapps event (pictured)?

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This was a collaboration between TotallyTipi, Chilled Events and Horti-Couture at Thwaites Mill to provide a pop-up Christmas party venue in Leeds. Thwaites Mill is just 2 miles from the city centre and is a gorgeous hidden gem. The teepees looked stunning against the backdrop of trees and the beautiful old buildings at the mill.

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We wanted to show that the tents are good for the winter months and have them out and about rather than hanging about in their bags!

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As Christmas events are an obvious choice, we worked with Chilled Events who brought in the clients.

The events were a hit and despite it being -3c outside, we had to turn the heating down! We’re certainly hoping to do more in 2013.

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What extras are available for a couple hiring a tipi?

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In order to help make our events as bespoke required, we don’t have a ‘set list’ of accessories for hire; we have access to a constantly evolving, HUGE list of accessories, furniture, fabrics and decor that can be hired to furnish the teepees. From the smallest rustic vase to the most twinkling grand chandelier, we can help!

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We can also bring the flames outdoors with our recycled Indian fire bowls which have optional hanging bowls for mulled wine or a chilli and our festoon-lit walkway (pictured) adds a real hit of glamour on approach to the tipi.

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Where are you located and can you travel?

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We’re based in South Yorkshire, S75 between Barnsley and Wakefield but travel nationwide across England, Scotland and Wales. It’s a great spot because Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester are all a hop, skip and a jump away with easy access to the M1 and A1.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Most events for 100 people work out at around £4,000 including lighting, tables, chairs, dance floor and the fire.  Numbers of 100 – 150 guests require a third tipi which adds an average of £2,000 to the price by the time you’ve also accounted for the additional flooring and lighting.

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How can Brides Up North find out more?

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Visit the TotallyTipi website or get in touch direct! We’re available 7 days a week for enquiries either on 08456 805 209 or via email info@totallytipi.com.

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  – Images © 2013 John Steel Photography & LMX Creative

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