Big Chief Tipis Open Weekend – The Tipi Dressing

We hope you enjoyed reading Part 1 of our Big Chief Tipis Open Weekend build – now, onto the fun part!

Once our team of Onsite Little Chiefs had erected the tipis, we dressed the interior with our range of Accessories. This included a choice of tables and seating to help our guests visualise the different options they could have for their big day.

Either our round tables and limewash chiavari chairs

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Or rustic, hand-made in Lancashire wooden tables and benches


(Photo by Melissa Beattie Photography)

The tipis also featured our nonagon dancefloor, disco ball and fairy lights to all poles. This space was brought alive with the use of giant lit up letters saying #DANCE, provided by The Word Is Love.


(Photo by Melissa Beattie Photography

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(Photo by Lesley Meredith Photography)

Our reception tipi was adorned with rustic-themed Accessories to create a cosy atmosphere and a space for guests to drink and relax around the fire. Accessories included were a cluster of wicker furniture complete with reindeer skins, drink barrels (for standing guests to use), our rustic bar and finally the centrepiece – our enclosed firepit.

The beauty of our enclosed firepit is that there is a flue attached allowing us to keep the fire burning for the duration of the weekend. We do also offer Nordic-inspired open firepits but for this, you need to pull back the smoke hood at the top of the tipi to allow the smoke to escape. The one downside is that if it rains, you have to close the smoke hood to keep your guests dry inside and as a result you have to dampen out the fire. As a result, we designed and manufactured a bespoke fire and flue system to allow us to extract the smoke safely regardless of the rain outside.

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Our final Big Chief addition was the Moroccan themed furniture in the Baby Tipi – a selection of jewelled tones where scattered throughout the space with poofs, rugs, cushions and Moroccan lanterns.

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Once the Big Chief Team had finished, it was time for our favourite suppliers to work their magic!

Springbank Flowers, who are based in Manchester, decorated the tables with two different themes to suit the different styles of seating on show. Their table centres were complimented perfectly by Chapman Holmes Catering who supplied the glassware, cutlery and crockery. For our round tables we had a mixture of fresh Emperor roses and gold candle holders on some, while we had crystal candelabras on the others – these looked stunning underneath our Big Chief Crystal Chandelier.

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(Photo by Lesley Meredith Photography)


(Photo by Melissa Beattie Photography)

Our long wooden tables were dressed with brightly coloured miss-matching vases with single wildflowers lining the centre, which were flown over from Holland especially for the occasion. This theme was enhanced further with tealights, slate place settings, golden napkins and multi-coloured glassware.

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(Photo by Melissa Beattie Photography)

And last but not least, Luminate Events arrived. Now, our tipis look stunning simply with our fairy lights to all poles, however, if you’re looking to take the lighting to the next level and create a look to blow everyone’s socks off, Luminate Events are the ones for the job. They came with their team of riggers and electricians and it took them a whole day to turn our tipis into a multi-coloured masterpiece of lights. See what you think, I’m sure you’ll agree with us that our wedding tipis looked magical!

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