A Bride’s Perspective…Part 1

Victoria & Jon’s Big Chief Wedding, Dorfold Hall, October 2018

If you are recently engaged, then knowing some great recommendations for photographers, bands, cakes etc is a really big help! Whats better than booking someone who has been tried and tested? So from time to time, we ask our Brides & Grooms for their hints, tips and any advice they would give our upcoming couples.

Here, Victoria & Jon give the lowdown of all the key points of their outdoor wedding with Big Chief Tipis! Victoria had so many fantastic suppliers work with her on their Big Day that we’ve decided to split this blog over two posts. Enjoy the read and the stunning photos from Bridgwood Wedding Photography

Tell us about the proposal

Jon proposed in Vicki’s favourite place – St Ives in Cornwall. It was a cold autumn day (Vicki’s favourite type of weather!) and we had the entire beach to ourselves. It was perfect. We spent the rest of the holiday walking along the coast and celebrating in all of the cosy pubs.


What was the first thing you did after she said YES?

We walked to our favourite pub in St Ives, shared our news with the landlord and celebrated over a warm mulled cider (Champagne just isn’t the drink for a cosy Cornish pub!).


What Wedding date did you choose?

13th October – we always knew we wanted an autumnal, outdoors (to an extent) wedding and this date coincided with Vic’s grandparents’ wedding anniversary which was special.


What made you choose tipis as your Venue?

We wanted something informal and fun – something where people could let their hair down, relax and have a massive party. Nowhere can do this better than a tipi. They provide a blank canvas in which you can create exactly the kind of atmosphere you want. People thought we were mad having an outdoors wedding outside of Summer but it’s the perfect time – they are so easy to heat (although we didn’t even turn our heaters on!) and look so magical with the all the lights after it goes dark.

We had hoped for a clear, crisp autumn day which unfortunately didn’t happen. We were actually graced with a storm which brought with it some VERY strong winds. It caused some complications, but The Big Chief team worked tirelessly to ensure everything went ahead exactly as planned, and in the end, our guests were none the wiser and if anything, it has provided some very entertaining stories. Big Chief were brilliant throughout, ensuring someone was on site at all times in case the storm caused any problems at all.

What tipi set-up did you have?

We had 3 big hats – and managed to fit over 150 guests and a 7 piece band in there in the evening! It created the most amazing atmosphere.

Where did you have the tipis up?

We chose Dorfold Hall for our venue and it was the perfect backdrop. It provided us with the most amazing and grand accommodation in which to get ready, a beautifully restored coach house for our ceremony, and allowed us to keep our tipis a total surprise to all of our guests as they were hidden out of sight behind the hall until after the ceremony when guests were guided around. We loved being able to blend old and new by having our tipi in this venue, and the teams worked wonderfully together making our job of organising everything much easier.

Wedding Dress & Suits

Tell us all about ‘the dress’!

Vic’s dress was Valeria by Pronovias, simple and classic. It fitted like a glove and provided the canvas for the most epic sparkly shoes and elaborate veil. I always thought I would choose a heavily embellished dress, but they just didn’t feel right and the minute I put this dress on, I’ve never felt more comfortable and I knew it was perfect. In the end, I loved its simplicity.

Tell us about your suit

Jon’s suit was a bespoke tailored suit by Whitfield & Ward. A navy checked suit with a grey tweed waistcoat. The guys here were so helpful and created exactly the suit Jon had dreamed of, and will be worn again and again!

What did the Bridesmaids & Ushers wear?

Bridesmaids wore sequin dresses from Asos and the ushers wore Next chinos paired with tweed waistcoats from Walker Slater in Covent Garden. The two dads also wore suits from Walker Slater that matched the ushers’ waistcoats.