Dream Themes: The Tipi Wedding

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It’s dreamy, it’s themey, it’s the wedding of the damn cent-urey. Terrible rhymes aside, your wedding day is going to be one of the biggest, best days of your life, so when it comes to choosing a theme, nothing says go hard or go home like a Tipi Wedding. In like, a cool boujee way, of course.

If you’ve been browsing Pinterest boards for the perfect wedding theme ideas for your big day, there’s no doubt you will have come across The Tipi Wedding. Capital ‘the’, capital ‘romantic wedding’. You know the type – stunning Nordic tipis (yours could be, anyway), fairy lights and warm fires, rugs, outdoor furniture, and kilim rugs included with bohemian wedding vibes all round. We know. Did someone say fake divorce so you can do it twice? (Just kidding. Sort of.)

So, if you’re on the lookout for tipi wedding ideas that will make your day just that little bit more perfect, get ready to start crafting your perfect tipi style wedding. You can cancel that ‘Wedding Themes 2022’ Google alert right about now.

Hanging floral arrangement in a Gather and Gold Nordic tipi
Wooden frame tipi decorated with dried flowers and seating underneath. Bride and groom embrace

How to pick a wedding theme that’s right for you

First up, before we crack into all things tipi wedding venues, it’s worth saying once that you’ll want to find a wedding theme style that’s right for you. No use having a glamorous red carpet wedding if all you’re really wanting is a Star Wars cake and a lightsaber to walk you down the aisle. Or both. We’re not judging.

If you’re a dollar short of ideas, here’s a few. To start, think about picking the theme based on the season – a summer festival, a winter whiteout wonderland, an enchanted garden for those early spring days. A season themed wedding is always a little easier to cater for, both for you and your guests.

Or, you could base your theme around your love story – that romantic meeting on the beach, the time you were trapped in a remote hut all alone, the fake date you bought home for Christmas to stop your parents bugging you who you accidentally fell in love with. That sort of thing. Okay, so we’ll slow down on the romance movies. But do think about your hobbies, mutual interests, and weekend adventures. Is there some way you could tie these in?

Think about location, and play into your strengths here: if you’re getting married on the shores of a remote alpine lake, you’ll want a theme that complements the natural beauty of your surroundings. Or if you’re getting married in your parent’s olive grove, you may want to go for a more boujee backyard vibe. Any tipi wedding in the lakes district around Queenstown-Wānaka is bound to be a beauty – so use that. It’s not every couple that can plan their wedding theme in the outdoors.

Tipis are a great one for fitting into a wide variety of themes: think luxe boho, Great Gatsby, Moroccan nights, backyard boujee, tipi festival wedding, or Game of Thrones vibes. Did we mention they were Nordic? Whatever you decide on, make sure your theme complements YOU. It should be one that fits you and your lover like a damn glass slipper, and gets you excited for all the planning and preparation as much as the big day itself. Bonus points if it puts off your weird cousins. We’ve all got em. 

Multiple tipi set up for a wedding in the mountains of the South Island in New Zealand. Tipi hire from Gather and Gold

What is a Tipi Wedding?

Let’s break it down for the people in the back. While you might be envisioning a tipi style marquee or a glorified tipi wedding tent, our Nordic tipis are no child’s play. Impressive in every sense of the word, these tipis effortlessly transform your wedding into a work of art, creating a captivating atmosphere that few will forget. 

Crafted from canvas and wood, the iconic Nordic variety is our tipi of choice. Despite its impressive size and stature, our tipis slip effortlessly into their surroundings, whether blending in with nature or ‘zhooshing up’ your parents’ lawn. All our tipis for hire come from Sune, Sweden, and are based on the early Nomadic ‘teepee tents’ used by the Sami people. Class, style, and full of history. Tick, tick, and tick.

Long and beautiful story short, a tipi wedding is one you won’t ever forget. Whether you’ve got one tipi or six, a tipi is a surefire way to create an unforgettable setting for your big day – both for you, and your guests. A dare-we-say magical experience under the stars, tipis are the perfect outdoor wedding idea to take your modern wedding and one-up it.

With a flawless indoor-outdoor flow, a tipi style tent allows you to bring the outside in. And if you’re setting up your tipis almost anywhere in the Queenstown-Wānaka area, you know you’re inviting in the stunning landscapes, the grandeur of the Southern Alps, and the next-level poetic lakes that make up the Central Otago area.

Combine all that with easy to set up wedding decor and outdoor lounge furniture (think moroccan poufs, Kilim rugs and fire pits), and you’ve got all the sparkly extras you need for those finishing touches. Get in touch with us today to sort out a quote – or if you want to avoid people, just do it yourself using the links at the top of this page. Handy, huh?

Tipi wedding reception with tables and chairs and hanging floral arrangement
Teepee wedding reception with tables and chairs and hanging floral arrangement

Where to have a Tipi Wedding

To borrow a cliche, the world is your sparkly diamond oyster, baby. The beauty of a tipi wedding is that you don’t need a fixed ceremony and reception venue – you’ve got a tipi. We’ve set up tipi wedding receptions in the middle of the Southern Alps, we’ve helicoptered tipis into remote alpine lakes and we’ve built our tipis amongst some of the most stunning landscapes in Central Otago. Not to brag, but we kind of do it all. 

That being said and before you get too carried away, you may want to consider the logistics. Flying into a remote, clifftop wedding might be perfect for a small elopement, but it may get a little pricey for your two hundred guests. Pricey, or a long walk. You’ll want to consider things like how easy is it to access? Is it big enough for what you’re after? Are there facilities nearby you can work with? A flushable toilet goes a long way at a wedding, believe you me.

All in all, it’s about balance. Whether you’ve got your heart set on a remote lake in the Southern Alps or your parent’s farm in Central Otago, we’ll make it work. In fact, we’ll more than make it work – we’ll make it the easiest, breeziest experience you’ve ever dreamed of. We’ve also got a long list of stunning venues and locations that we like to rub shoulders with, so if you’re not sure where to set up your tipis for your big day, you’ll want to reach out for that.

Large bell teepee with open sides as wedding reception venue. Long tables set up with chairs and table settings. Teepee hire from Gather and Gold

How much do Tipi Weddings cost?

As the smart guy once said, it’s all relative. The short answer, we suppose, is that tipi wedding prices are no more or less than a regular wedding venue – depending on your venue, and depending on your budget. If you want six tipis and three of all the extras, dance floor included, then you’re looking at the higher end of the budget compared to a single tipi with simple fairy lighting and a few outdoor loungers. 

Vague, we know. Good news is, we can get a whole lot more specific than that. In fact, you can have a play around right now with an enormous range of layout options and sparkly extras to spice up your day, and we’ll give you a personalised quote for the lot. Just head for the links at the top of the page or give us a call to start building your own personalised quote, and we’ll get real with you on the money side of things.

Beautiful Gather and Gold tipi with festoon lighting at night.

And that, my friends, is that.

So there you have it – the basics of all things tipi themed weddings. Stunning, atmospheric, and completely unforgettable, your tipi wedding theme will be the talk of the town. Still unsure? We hear ya. Regardless of whether you’re sold or you’re curious, why not get in touch to chat things through? We’ve hosted over a hundred tipi weddings, so believe it when we say we know a thing or two about pulling your big day together in the most stress-free, tipi-filled way. Emphasis on the tipis.

Oh, and if you need a hand styling your tipis to boho, Game of Thrones, winter whiteout perfection, then get in touch with some of our industry pals at Fantail Weddings, One Fine Day, or Alexandra Kate. Or give us a shout if you’d like an even longer list. From elegant luxury to summer festival and everywhere in between, you can trust these guys to bring your vision to life. We’ll bring the tipis.

Styling One Fine Day https://onefineday.co.nz

Captured by https://katealexandraphoto.com


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