If you follow us on Instagram then you may have noticed that over the weekend we shared some images from some of our favourite tent, tipi and marquee suppliers. Having your wedding reception in one of these glorious structures is proving more and more popular as the flexibility and creativity you can unleash is unrivalled. Even more so if you’re lucky enough to bag some land on which to set up your party. (Exhaust those family and friend connections, it’s always worth a try).
So, if you’re lusting after a festival style wedding but aren’t sure where to start, here’s our guide to choosing the best tent for your wedding celebrations…
Teepee or Tipi
Based on a traditional Scandinavian design, PapaKata teepees (or tipi’s/tepees) are synonymous with bohemian chic. They are modular, so can create an intimate dining area, or the ultimate festival inspired party space, complete with open sides so that guests and revellers can spill out onto manicured lawns, romantic meadows, woodland backdrops, or, in true Glasto-style muddy fields! Built with the Scandinavian weather in mind, teepees can withstand the harshest weather, and with extras like wood-burning fires, reindeer hides, and heaters to keep your tootsies toasty, you and your guests will stay warm whatever the weather. Tipis come in various sizes, for intimate weddings right up to large weddings.
Sperry or Sail Cloth Tent
An icon of the Hamptons wedding and party scene, PapaKata Sperry tents are hot news on the other side of the pond. Lovingly hand-crafted in Massachusetts, the Sperry tents’ oyster canvas and iconic canopy ooze a timeless, graceful elegance. The Sperry features hand-sewn panels of authentic oyster-coloured canvas. These geometric design details by master New England sail makers embellish the simplicity of its clean crisp lines, whilst hand-milled poles give a subtle nod to their nautical heritage. Dramatic peaks and whimsical flags create a timeless silhouette and the open or clear sidewalls allow the interior to be flooded by natural light. As the sun goes down, the height and space create a dramatic communal dining area, and carefully positioned up-lights add a warm oyster-coloured glow to the luxurious canvas.
A small but perfectly formed tent, The Arabian Tent Company supply theirs with a ground sheet, LED lighting inside as standard and with pretty bunting around the exterior. There are options for a double bed (or two single beds) with linen and bedspreads, two side tables, two table lanterns and six floor cushions for seating. If you’re having a festival inspired wedding then these make the perfect accommodation for guests, and they also make excellent chill-out areas for kids at wedding receptions.
Don’t discount the classic white marquee – these gorgeous tents have been brought bang up to date by some of our favourite suppliers. Will’s Marquees are beautiful, light and airy inside while outside, white pennants and flying lights compliment the swooping roof lines and timeless silhouettes. Plus the white tone makes them the perfect blank canvas for whatever decor your heart desires.
Yurts are circular in shape and have an opening in the middle of the ‘roof’ (traditionally acting as the chimney). If you’re after a really cosy, atmospheric setting then a yurt is a great option. They come in various sizes too so you can seat your guests comfortably. Do think carefully about lighting though and chose a photographer who is used to shooting in tents/yurts as the levels of light can be low or quite concentrated in a yurt.
Ok so this one is kind of just for fun, but naked tipis don’t get the credit they deserve in the UK as our weather is just so changeable. If you fall for the look (and quite frankly, who wouldn’t?) then do consider one as an outdoor seating area, or even for your hen do? If the sun shines down on you for your big day then you’ll forever be thankful that you took the risk. The photo opportunities are endless and decked out with fairy lights, they look truly magical at night.
The Love Lust List
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect tent for your wedding celebration then visit our recommended supplier directory, The Love Lust List, where you’ll find the very best suppliers close to you who will be able to help you create the wedding of your dreams.
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