Want an outdoorsy wedding with a cool festival feel? Consider a yurt wedding venue - we've rounded up yurts, tents and tipis to inspire you
Considering hiring a yurt to host your wedding in? A yurt wedding venue is a great way to add a twist to the traditional wedding set up, and depending on whether you pick a tent, a tipi or a classic marquee, can alter the look and feel of your big day dramatically.
Make sure you read our interview with Megan Ziems of Grace Loves Lace to find the perfect bohemian wedding dress to pair with your boho choice of venue!
World Inspired Tents, Devon
Booking a tipi is super straightforward with World Inspired Tents. Let them know the space you have available and how many guests are attending and they will calculate the number of tipis you’ll need.
Layla from World Inspired Tents explains how to make the most of your unique choice of venue: “The tipis provide a beautiful warm atmosphere which supports almost any styling ideas, from formal country garden parties to laid back bohemian rustic themes. Some customers go all out with super glamorous styling, while others keep things simple with wildflowers and homemade touches – anything goes in the tipis!
“The tipi structures allow for lots of hanging décor (pom-poms, bunting, ribbons, chandeliers), or draped flowers, foliage and fairly lights. Include fairy lights and an open fire with your booking, whatever the season! These two optional extras are always a hit. Both work beautifully in the tipis, adding atmosphere and creating really special spaces for memorable celebrations.”
Hooe’s Yurts, Devon
We asked Amy and Max from Hooe’s Yurts about what they think it’s crucial to consider if you’re planning a yurt wedding: “Our top tip for planning a wedding in a tent is to plan for rain. There is nothing worse than stressing about the weather the week before your wedding because you haven't got a wet weather plan.
“Always make sure you have enough space in the tents so that if the weather is terrible everyone has an amazing time. You might be tempted to plan for an alfresco drinks reception but always have a backup just in case. Our yurts are perfect as should the weather turn grizzly they are watertight, spacious and made cosy with wood burning stoves. For a wedding with 120 guests we suggest a 44ft diameter yurt as a dining room with a 32ft yurt attached which can be used for the drinks reception, bar and dance floor - perfect whatever the weather.”
All About ME Marquees and Events, Cheshire
Whether you want a marquee or a tipi, All About Me will fit your choice with everything you need for the perfect party. You’ll have a dance floor, a fire pit, tables, chairs and cosy blankets – everything you can think of for the ultimate celebration.
Inspired Event Structures, Yorkshire
Based in York, Inspired Event Structures can provide marquees across the country. They also offer Stretch Tents which are ideal for summer weddings. Consider asking your venue if you can set up a marquee there if you’re looking for a large capacity wedding venue.
Big Chief Tipis, Bolton
This family run team have a passion for putting on memorable events. They have a range of different sized tipis, from the Big Hat to the Baby Tipi, all of which can be linked together to make a custom built series of tents to make exactly what you need for your event. From portable toilets to the essential disco ball, Big Chief Tipis can provide everything you need for your celebration.
Coastal Tents, Dorset
“We offer gorgeous alternatives to a traditional marquee with beautiful tipis and sailcloth tents. Whether it is an intimate soiree, fairy-tale wedding, unique corporate function or music festival our tents will provide a magical setting for your event,” explains Carla from Coastal Tents.
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“A unique aspect of the tipis is their ability to house an open fireplace, which makes them great for winter weddings. Open fires create a welcoming ambience, add warmth and provide a gathering point for people at events. They are also great if you fancy toasting a marshmallow or two.
“Romance has never been more stylish than with our Californian Sailcloth Tent. Inspired by the graceful curves and soaring masts of sailing vessels, the translucent canopy and all natural wood poles bring art deco glamour to your event. The canopy is beautifully designed to make the perfect backdrop for any chosen style or theme. The tent glows when dressed with festoon lighting and looks beautiful when lit up with a gobo.
“If you want to have an outdoor wedding with a rustic and boho feel the tipis are the way to go but if you still want the glamour and style of a traditional white wedding then the Sailcloth Tent is perfect for you.”
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Curious Tent Hire, Northumberland
Oran from Curious Tent Hire explains that they love providing tents for weddings that are personal to the bride and groom: “Couples always have a story to tell and we love being able to share it.” We asked for his top tips when it comes to considering having a yurt style wedding.
1. Create a style that's personal to you and represents who you are as a couple. Our arched wedding tent is light-filled and spacious. Because we use only beautiful materials, there aren't any unsightly bits that need to be covered up, so it's easy to put your own stamp on it.
2. Make the most of the outdoors. Seasonal flowers, hanging foliage displays, fragrant herbs in your table arrangements, reams of lights that hang in the tent and move out into the trees...Let your party flow easily between inside and outside spaces.
3. Let the outside in – if you have found a perfect setting for your big day, our arched wedding tent can help you make the most of it. On the day the canvas sides can be left open for beautiful views and encouraging guests to drift out onto the grounds.
LPM Bohemia, Kent
If you want an alternative to the classic marquee, browse LPM Bohemia’s range of tents, which includes vintage tents, big tops, Indian tents and wooden yurts.
Their domed Mongolian yurt can be set up on hard ground or on grass and comes in a range of sizes. You can even hire a Bridal Suite yurt that is lavishly furnished and have in hidden in the woods at your woodland wedding venue for a romantic wedding night surprise…
The Pearl Tent Company, Sussex
Minimalist couples will love the Pearl Tent Company – their sleek and timeless designs are the perfect blank canvas for weddings. Katherine, owner and director of the Pearl Tent Company, offers her top tips for making the most of your wedding tent:
1. The Pearl Tents‘ interesting roof feature is perfect for creating statement ceilings – and the elevated pyramid ceiling can be used as a basis to create a foliage canopy underneath it, a fairy-light fountain up into the ceiling of it or use it to suspend statement floral displays from that can drop down above tables.
2. One of the things the Pearl Tent Company team have noticed about events is that smell can play an important part. Often as a minimum there are smells such as brand new carpet (which will have been laid on the floor of the marquee), the smell of canvas and even citronella to ward off the pesky mosquitoes, but this is not the first thing you want guests to experience when they enter. Our new service in conjunction with Design In Scent can pipe delectable scents throughout the marquee – such as the smell of freshly cut grass, or the same floral notes as are used in the wedding flowers, and even a bespoke wedding scent that can be used across the stationery, in scented candle favours and in the marquee to create a unified and highly scented experience for guests.
3. Utilising the outdoor space and planning for it to be used can extend the party area and will look lovely for the reception. Furniture such as white Victorian wrought iron sets and fire-bowls with seating around are one way of utilising this, and festoon lights on crooks can help guests see their way to the car-parks. Hurricane lanterns alternated with apple-crates and flowers around the guide ropes are a beautiful detail.
Posh Frocks and Wellies, Cheshire
“For those who want to create a unique and fun experience for their wedding day marquee weddings give you the flexibility to do what you want to and to your own timetable,” explains Sarah from Posh Frocks and Wellies.
“Many of our lovely couples are real creatives and we love to work with them to help them create the look and feel they want. While the vintage theme is still in vogue and as charming as ever, we now have interest in styles such as Victorian Circus, Wedstival and the bohemian look amongst other. Once the theme has been chosen, you can start to gather together your accessories and props to create the look.
“My biggest tip, would be to stay chilled, remember it’s just one big party and you should enjoy every bit of it. So don’t get too hung up on every little detail, if you seek the help of people you trust you can create an event that will be wonderful and everyone will love it!”
Sui-Shi Domes, Dorset
If you’re looking for something totally different, what about Sui-Shi Domes tulip shaped domes, so named after their elegant shape. Use them on their own or group them together with tunnels for an elaborate layout of clusters. You can also order bespoke lighting and furniture designed to fit with the domes for a complete, coordinated look.
“We are more than happy to help you in making your day as special as possible, with Sui-Shi Domes we love to find unique locations with you whether it be an enchanted forest, a sunset wedding on the beach or a stunning mountain vista. The Domes can be set up anywhere,” says Tracie, director of Sui-Shi Domes, who designed and built the domes from scratch.
Harry and Sabine created Tents4Elements when they couldn’t find an exciting wedding tent for their own big day. With their business being based in a rural area of Herefordshire they want to reflect the countryside, which they embrace so much.
From rustic wooden furniture to individually hand printed liners they and their small team have spent many hours making everything specifically tailored for their tents. They also offer a huge range of decorations like flags, bunting, torches, lanterns, chandeliers, stages and their latest creation: a round bar fitted around their tree centre poles.
Also throughout the years of experimenting they can now join even more of their round canvas tents together and arrange them in various different ways, accommodating up to 200 people seated. Due to their very flexible structure and unusual shape they fit snugly into almost any space.
Timber and Canvas, Greater Manchester
Timber and Canvas are a small but passionate family business that hires out tipis as well as unusual and unique decorative items. They are based in Manchester but travel across the UK with free delivery.
The team at Timber and Canvas recommended thinking creatively when it comes to your bar to make your tipi stand out: “Go for a larger-than-life bar - like a pub in a Horse Box, a bar in a rescued Citroen H Van called René, or even service from super-luxury mahogany shelving off the back of a not-so-luxury Land Rover Defender - are ALWAYS a hit with your guests and ensure a lot of laughs. Good job they aren't shy (and stuffed full of lovely cocktails)...”
Terrapin UK, Buckinghamshire
If you want a traditional marquee but with a quirky twist, Terrapin UK could be for you. Arif and his team provide brightly coloured marquees that are ideal for putting a twist on tradition. If you’re planning a festival style wedding, this brightly coloured tents could be the perfect choice.
Elite Tents, West Midlands
“Our tipis are not only a beautiful setting for your wedding celebration but they are also a blank canvas,” Explains Sophie H from Elite Tents, “Over the years we have seen all kind of decorations going into the tipis from simple ivy trailing up the poles to a complete Arabian Nights transformation.
“Tipis allow you to bring the outdoors indoors so why not have thick chunky tables with rustic solid wood benches. Add a metal milk jug full of woodland flowers and there you have your rustic setting…..oh and don’t forget the bunting! You decided not to hold your wedding reception in a manor house or hotel for a reason, so ditch the pressed linen and candelabras and think outside the box.”
Yorkshire Yurts, Yorkshire
Tom of Yorkshire Yurts discovered luxury camping and yurts whilst he was living in Kenya, and decided to bring the idea home to Yorkshire. His holiday yurts slowly expanded until he was using larger yurts for weddings and special occasions.
We love the video of a yurt in action – it’s great to watch if you’re currently undecided about whether it’d work for your wedding. Whether you want a decadent Arabian nights style celebration or a pretty English country garden feel, Tom and his team can help your vision come to life!
If the idea of being outdoors appeals to you, make sure you read up on our list of outdoor wedding venues – you could find the perfect one for your big day.