Susie and Sam’s Tipi Wedding

19th September 2018

Susie contacted us 12 months before their wedding, she knew they needed help! Not only were they planning a full weekend of celebrations with 200 guests including 40 children, but they were also planning to gut and rebuild a new home and she was on maternity leave after having their second child and would be going back to work part time!  So to say they had their hands full was an understatement!

They wanted a relaxed, laid back feel to the day (which as every planner knows means everything has to run like clockwork), with great food and drink and all the children well catered for! 

Susie loved the idea of getting married in the garden at their new home, surrounded by the gorgeous Peak District hills, so this would mean getting legally married early in the day and then have a celebrant conduct their ceremony. Ideally she wanted to be married in the open air with no cover, but of course as a planner I knew we would need a plan B!

They both loved the idea of having tipi’s on the field adjacent to their home, but wanted ones that could take in the views whatever the weather! Fortunately I knew just the company to call – Big Chief Tipis

As food and drink was an important element, it was essential we worked with a caterer who really listened and understood what Susie and Sam wanted. Susie was a vegetarian so wanted the food for her to be just as interesting and tasty as the options for the meat eaters. With a Twist created a delicious array of canapés and sharing starters that worked perfectly on the long wooden tables.

How the tipis looked was crucial too; they wanted a very natural and unstructured feel, but still beautiful and I knew just the florist Jo from Fletcher and Foley! She did a fantastic job, decorating the tables using an assortment of quirky vases and jars that Susie had collected, and decorated the poles with foliage and natural flowers within the tipi’s, they looked fabulous. She also created a wheelbarrow table plan which fitted in perfectly with the feel and look of the day.

The weather in the weeks leading up to the wedding was awful, so it was challenging getting the tipi’s up and all the deliveries on site, but on the plus side the local farmer only had to tow one vehicle out!

So we were really glad to have arranged a stretch tent for the ceremony space and had hired brollies! Particularly as the day itself greeted us with pouring rain; but nothing could dampen everyone’s spirits, we knew there was a fun day in store! And even we were kitted out in our wellies and raincoats!   

The ceremony was gorgeous, with Susie’s children walking her down the aisle, Keli the celebrant had created a totally personal ceremony that reflected this couple perfectly. Lisa Aldersley the photographer also captured the day perfectly.

During the drinks reception the sun managed to come out and we were treated to a double rainbow!

By this time the celebrations were in full swing, with a backdrop of cool, bohemian music, happy children and very happy adults! Soon everyone was sitting down to a delicious feast, (during speeches the children had their very own magic show).


Later guests were at the bar enjoying a homemade sloe gin cocktail and kegs of local ale, before the dancing started!

We were then back the following day to oversee the post wedding analysis, we brought in a Landrover pizza over, ice cream van and entertainer for the children. It was still raining but it was the perfect end to a great weekend!

“Thank you Andrea for all your help, we have had such an amazing time!” Sam the Groom!

All images: Lisa Aldersley

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