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How To Have A Cosy Tipi Or Tent Wedding In Winter

If you’re having a winter wedding, especially one in a tent, marquee or tipi, then there are lots of things to think about. Bad weather, keeping guests warm, making sure people can actually see once darkness falls…but if you get it right, the result can be totally magical. A winter wonderland for guests – cosy, warm and inviting.

Today we’ve gathered advice from our RMW The List recommended suppliers, who are all experts and well versed in setting up tent weddings during the colder months. There are some great tips here so get cosy and prepare to be plunged into a world of wintery inspiration…

The Practicalities Of Having A Winter Tent Wedding
  • Make sure you have enough heating to keep your guests toasty whether that’s with marquee heaters, or cosy wood burners that go inside our yurts, they are perfect for guests to snuggle around in the winter months. Rosie – Yorkshire Yurts
  • The fireplace has to sit in the centre of the tent, so that smoke can escape through the smoke hole. When used sensibly an open fire is quite safe, but you must be happy to accept to use it responsibly. We supply virtually smokeless heatlogs to burn, firelighters and matches when you hire one of our fireplaces. Jessica – Stunning Tents
  • Our clearspan marquees are fantastic venues all year around. But how do we keep our guests warm and dry? The marquees are fully lined and carpeted, with a cassette door that can be kept closed to keep the warmth in. Special marquee heaters can be installed to blow in warm air which will heat the marquee. A carpeted walkway to the entrance if on grass will save guests shoes. A ‘tunnel’ effect walkway can also be put in place to get the guests to the marquee, if required. Toilet trailers can be installed ‘under cover’ in an attached marquee, to save guests having to go outside. Tracy – Lulus Marquees
  • Manufactured to withstand Scandinavian winters, our tipis provide a practical and ever so atmospheric alternative to standard winter wedding venues. Layla – World Inspired Tents
  • Make sure you use a reputable marquee company with plenty of experience of installing winter marquees. This ensures that they have a good knowledge of what works in the winter months and experienced staff to install it as well. We always install integral wooden floor for winter weddings as this raises the floor off the cold and damp ground and helps to ensure that guests are warm. Another advantage of this flooring is that we then a lay single use carpet on top of the wooden floor – the carpet can come in a whole range of colours which can be fun when it comes to deciding how to decorate your marquee. Claire – Hatch Marquee Hire
  • Lighting Your Winter Tent Wedding
  • Lighting with lovely uplights set to warm colours enhances the atmosphere. Tracy – Lulus Marquees
  • No winter wedding is complete without fairy lights and there is no such thing as too many! Layla – World Inspired Tents
  • Winter weddings are amazing, the dark evenings mean that lighting can really add to the atmosphere. Use plenty of fairy and festoon lighting to add twinkle to the interior of your marquee and MBI uplighters are amazing for dramatically lighting trees or buildings outside. Claire – Hatch Marquee Hire
  • For a natural warm glow, add twinkling fairy lights around your teepee poles and soft uplighters that can be dimmed in the evening. To achieve an eye-catching contemporary look, uplighters in warm hues such as purple and pink enhance the natural teepee canvas and illuminate the wooden poles. Bring further colour with a bold and bright palette of florals, the perfect antidote for a mid-winters day! Sally – PapaKata
  • Winter Tent Wedding Decor Ideas
  • We can furnish the tipi interiors with reindeer and sheepskins to make them even cosier, and provide outdoor lighting and covered walkways to ensure that guests arrive in style. Layla – World Inspired Tents
  • Clear roof marquees add another dimension to winter weddings as you really get to party under the stars! And as the evening draws in, your lighting strung in the roof space of the marquee will reflect off the clear roof to give double the sparkle – stunning! Claire – Hatch Marquee Hire
  • Faux antler chandelier adds a wintery feel! Jessica – Stunning Tents
  • Invite guests to enjoy the festivities in relaxed seating areas; bring texture and warmth with plump cushions and sumptuous fabrics such as faux fur throws and reindeer hides. For purists looking for a more organic look, adorn hanging installations such as our range of wooden swings and floral hoops with seasonal, lush green foliage. Add to this plenty of candlelight to give an ethereal glow throughout. Sally – PapaKata
  • The Best Marquee, Tipi & Tent Suppliers

    If a winter tent wedding is giving you all the feels, then make sure you visit The List, where you’ll find a selection of the UK’s best wedding suppliers who will be able to assist with all aspects of planning a tent wedding.

    Author: Fern Godfrey
    Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

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