Following on from part 1 of our Winter wedding guide – adding magic and sparkle to your day.

So last week we looked at the essentials of the tipi venue. This time I thought I would suggest a couple of unusual and suitable invitation options to suit the winter theme. I’ve also looked at what you might do for catering and drinks. Remember all of these have been done inside our tipis and so are an amazing option for your special day.


There are fantastic ideas for wedding invitations now and if you are hand delivering them why no try some of these great ideas.










Plain Christmas baubles, with the wedding invitation inside. Another great idea is to send a strip of paper with the invitation asking your guests to write a short note to you and your fiancé and when they arrive to place it inside a bauble on your Christmas tree. You can then read these after the event, a great idea in place of a guest book

Another lovely idea as it is the season for giving would be to contact your chosen charity and ask you can buy some of their christmas cards or even create your own wedding invitation with their logo. Most charities will have them as this is an extra way for raise money for their cause. You can them print out the inserts with all the relevant wedding day info and stick them inside or use a colourful ribbon to hold them in place.

 Nordic Christmas cards

Macmillan Nordic Christmas Cards  

Macmillan Weddings












In the summer it is lovely to have a roaring BBQ or outdoor hog roast, don’t despair however you would be surprised what you can still cook up inside your tipis instead of your traditional sit down 3 course wedding breakfast.

Make sure you have some lovely warming canapés for your guests to nibble on before the main event. Here are a few suggestions that are even making my mouth water.

Mushroom Pate on Toasted brioche with chutney

Breaded triangle of Brie with cranberry

King prawns with a sweet chilli dip

Mini Pork Belly squares with a honey & mustard glaze (just like Marks and Spencer’s do it)

 Pork Belly Squares

















Beau Widner Culinary ideas

It might surprise you to hear but you can have an indoor tipi hog roast with all of the trimmings. You will need to make sure your caterer has the correct indoor equipment but apart from that you are good to go.

Another great idea is to rent a pizza oven and have them custom make pizzas for your guests using their favourite toppings. Then have some delicious salads, coleslaws and hot marinated potatoes and handmade breads for your guests to help themselves to. Absolutely delicious!

You want to make sure your guests feel toasty inside the tipis so another great idea for your pudding would be a delicious hot chocolate station with all the trimmings or even a marshmallow lolly station where your guests can cook their goodies over a flame and add their favourite topping. A taste sensation and some fun for the big kids that you know you are!

Marshmellow station


What can I say the choices are endless….. I would make sure you have something warming, either a traditional mulled wine or maybe for something different a mulled cider or Winter Pimms. These can be available and topped up by your bar or caterer throughout the celebration.

A cocktail on arrival is a must and this Bloody Mary by Jamie Oliver looks festive and will taste sensational.

For something a little more traditional with a twist, why not try another of Jamie’s recipes for a Pimped-up Prosecco.

And Jacquie would not forgive me if I missed out Naughty Nigella’s Pointsettia made with champagne, cranberry juice and Grand Marnier!

So that’s all for this week’s guide. Just a few more pictures of our own tipi winter weddings for you to have a look at:

I’ll be back with my last installment next weekend where I will look at some beautiful winter wedding dresses…. Sophie x



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