Decorating your Tipi – Hints and Tips
The tipis with their natural looking sand canvas are absolutely gorgeous. Their neutral colour and wooden poles mean that you can really add your personality whatever that happens to be, like using as much or as little colour and fun as you desire.
Over the years we have seen a huge range of styles from very traditional ‘white weddings’ through to eco-style simple rustic: and lots more in between.
So here are our 10 steps to help you on your way adding your character to your tipi.
1. Pick a colour
When choosing your tipi wedding the world is your pallet. It is assumed that Tipis only suit the rustic style weddings and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many of our bride and grooms have added their personality with both traditional white décor as well as all of the beautiful bright colours of the rainbow.
When you are trying to pick your wedding colours, the best place to start is at your local paint store. Pick up a colour chart or colour wheel and this will start you off on the right foot, showing you which colours go together and may also open your eyes to colour schemes you had never thought possible.
Another great way to choose the colour and shades for the big day is looking at the season you are holding the wedding and what flowers are in bloom. Choosing seasonal flowers for your wedding is great because they will be readily available. Also the big advantage is that they will always be cheaper if they are in season, which is always a good start to the wedding budget being achieved.
2. Pick a theme
Picking a theme for your wedding is great fun and adds a bit of your personalities into the day, which is a must!
Taking on a theme is not always simple, be prepared to put in the extra hours researching before you take your hand to the paper and glue pot. There are great website and You Tube videos are a must to show you a Blue Peter “and this is one I made earlier!” with step by step instructions and a pause button.
Start by researching your theme and looking at pictures of previous wedding photos on the internet. This is a great way to see what works and what defiantly doesn’t.
Here are a few different themes that looked great in our tipis. Afternoon tea, Country garden, Glamping (also known as glamorous camping), Festival, Traditional White Wedding
Vintage, Moroccan, Winter Wonderland, Cats, Music, Travel to name just a few!
3. Make it personal to you
Choosing the guest list, making sure the parent in laws are happy and nan has a seat close by plus the endless task of keeping the bridesmaids happy are all just a few of the duties you have as a bride and groom and sometimes you forget that this day is actually all about YOU TWO!
I love it when I go to a wedding and you see those beautiful but simple personal touches that you know are all about the Mr and Mrs.
This could be a note on a chalk board to your guests or a welcome drink of your favourite or even homemade cocktail. Check out Pinterest for some amazing ideas of how you can make YOUR special day very much about you. http://gb.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=personal%20wedding%20touches&rs=ac&len=16
4. Mood Board
This is really helpful and all couples getting married should set up at least one mood board, maybe more.
“A mood board is a type of collage that consists of images, text and samples of object to help you develop your wedding theme concept”
Step 1 – Buy white cardboard or colour to suit, this is the fun bit remember, don’t take it too seriously!
Step 2 – Cut out and glue on any pictures you see in magazines of ideas you like (you don’t pay £5 a bridal magazine not to use it to its full potential)
Step 3 – Build as many boards as possible until you create one which looks pleasing to the eye, the colours match, designs and themes flow and overall you are happy with
This is now your guide, your tick list you might say. There’s so much variety available now a day that you can be whisked away with all the fabulous and original ideas that you could decorate your venue with. Your mood board will keep you on track and hopefully leave you with enough time at the end to make a few more bits and bobs if your heart desires
5. Traditional White Wedding in a Tipi
Traditional white wedding decor will never go out of fashion and does look amazing in the tipis
A traditional white wedding is stunning, so crisp and timeless. You can pick any era from 1920s to modern day 2010. It is very simple and very chic and you don’t just have to have them in a gorgeous country manor, they look as amazing in a tipi too. If you don’t believe me here are our pictures to prove it to you.
6. Hire a company
Hiring a venue decorator is all the rage now, as it means you can sit back and relax and let the professional take over.
However you may not realise that even if someone if doing the decorating for you, this doesn’t stop you adding in your personal touches as well. The great thing is that you can drop all of your hand made goodies and special little touches to your decorator and they can get it all set up for you, then when the celebrations are over they will come back in with their team and pack everything away for you again.
We can recommend some amazing team who will transform your venue into you perfect backdrop.
7. Bridesmaids duty/ make a day of it with the bridal party
As you are aware the list of things to do can become rather long but make sure you are not alone. This is one of the reasons we pick bridesmaids. So make sure you delegate tasks to them, it is very rare that you find a bridesmaid will say yes to standing by your side through the wedding planning and doesn’t then want to get involved!
If you have crafty bits and bobs to make, why not make a day of it at your mother or mother in law to be, with a spot of lunch, some bottles of fizz and a good giggle. Getting married is not just about the day but also about the build-up and the memories that you make with everyone involved.
8. The day before, day of and day after
-Give yourself plenty of time to decorate, if you can start in the morning do it. The last thing you want is to be decorating into the night! You will have some serious pampering and sleeping to do
– However long you think it will take to decorate, add at least 2 hours extra
– Get all of your friends involved. Write down each task on an individual piece of paper so that you can hand them out and the team can get cracking.
– The weekend before, sit down and talk yourself through each decoration you are doing and what you need to do it i.e. Scissors, tape, ladders and cable ties
– Make sure you have lots of boxes to store everything that you need to take with you to the venue to decorate.
– When the boxes are empty find somewhere at the venues to store them, so that you have something to put everything back into the next day.
– If you hire an on the day coordinator, it is always worth seeing how much extra it would be to hire them for the day before and the day after too and you can leave them to take on the decorating duties.
9. Hints and Tips
– Have a spray bottle to bring tables back to life, ask you bridesmaids or caterers to go round just before you turn up.
– Make an emergency kit. If you have made it yourself or a company has done it for you, make sure you have some spares at the venues, just in case.
– In your own emergency kit make sure you have string, scissors, superglue, tape, posh pins and clear cable ties. If anything breaks your bridesmaids can do a quick fix and Hey presto!
– Keep your theme and colours simple, once you have make your centre pieces and meters of bunting and if you have time left, this is when you can add some extra special bits and bobs.
– Make a packed lunch and refreshments for the team, your busy helpers will need to keep their energy up
10. And most of all have fun doing it!!!
So whether you have already booked your tipi for your special date or are still deciding what to do, maybe have a go at creating a mood board or get down to your local DIY store for some colour charts. And if you need more inspiration to get you started follow the link to our Pinterest boards for photos or You Tube where we have a slide show worth lots of amazing interiors we have seen.