I never thought I wanted a tipi.. and then I went in one! They are the most incredible things- so cosy and welcoming like a barn (which would have been my first choice had budget allowed!) The one we saw had a dance floor and stage, a bar with comfy sofas and a fire pit! Can you even imagine toasting marshmallows on your wedding day!???? YUM. Unfortunately for the amount of guests we wanted, it had to have long rectangular tables (like school) which I felt strongly against. It also had a £12,000 price tag… I literally could not believe it! I hunted high and low for a cut price alternative and entered multiple competitions to try and win a tipi. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be! When Callum finally reasoned with me, we decided upon a more traditional white marquee which was a fraction of the cost. At the end of the day, people are most likely going to be too drunk to remember where they are! (Am I right guests??)
We managed to find a wonderful company- Highfield Event Group, who are amazing! They were on site measuring up the day after we enquired… They have worked with our budget and managed to give us everything we want. Our house sale was super speedy (done and dusted in 48 hours tops!) However, our purchase took longer than expected (as always) leaving us unable to pay any larger deposits. We explained the situation to Alix and Emily at Highfield Events who held the date for us, deposit free which was such a massive help and took a lot of additional pressure off us financially.
Much later on down the line after we paid our deposit and officially booked everything, We had a moment where Sam (our caterer/wedding planner extraordinaire) realised the size marquee we originally booked wouldn’t fit the guests we finally decided upon (probably should have kept the marquee guys in the loop with that one) but no problem! Again they were on site that weekend trying to solve the problem and with some rejigging of interior details, we had a bigger marquee at no extra cost. They have saved a lot of stress so far and I am sure will continue to do so in the run up to the wedding!
As well as the actual marquee there are so many other things that you need to think about when planning a wedding that isn’t in a ‘venue’. Things like tables and chairs are provided by the marquee company- we opted for round tables instead of rectangular as we thought this was more sociable! However you also have to decide how many people you want on a table and how many tables you will need, how they will fit in the marquee layout.. the list is never ending. Most companies that rent out tables require you to have table linen to protect them. This was ALOT pricier than I had originally anticipated even though we were only renting it so we are looking to buy this from somewhere like Ebay and then try to resell afterwards! Napkins are something else to think about.. when you have a beautifully dressed table, the last thing you are going to want is to put paper napkins on it for everyone! We are looking at some lovely navy ones embroidered with ‘W’.
Then you have to think about the cutlery, crockery and glassware! Sam is sourcing all these for us and she has some amazing ideas for slate and wood that will compliment our food choices. I would definitely recommend getting all the help you can with things like this. Sam has so much experience that she can make initial selections with our wants and needs in mind, but we still get to make the final selections. We are hoping to pick everything out alongside the food and wine tasting which we are doing on February 13th! Last weekend Callum and I sat down and selected 3 red wines, 3 white wines and some fizz that we want to try alongside the food. It was a really fun job, I’m not going to lie… Can’t wait to taste them all! It seems like it is all happening at the moment and I can feel the wedding creeping up on us. 119 days is not long at all!
Today was our RSVP deadline so hopefully all the stragglers will make their way to us in the next week or so and we can get started on the table plans.. I have NOT heard good things about this job! Will let you all know how it goes.
Bride’s Gravy- 55
Groom’s Beans- 32