Top tips for styling a Tipi Wedding

I love a tipi, the freedom to run wild with the styling, the sheer number of hanging points, the cosy feeling inside and the ability for it to be completely open if the weather is nice. Every year I style a variety of tipis and every one takes on it’s own personality but being a complete blank canvas can be daunting so here are my top tips for what to think about when getting creative with a tipi.

Laid back styling

The exposed wood and canvas of a Tipi naturally lends them to a more relaxed style. So pick props and décor that fits. For example don’t try and make a sleek, elegant black tie work in a tipi, the 2 are polar opposites. That said a tipi doesn’t have to mean rustic, so don’t automatically head down the hessian and bunting route if that isn’t your style.

Picture : Becky Harley Silks: Love From Becky Styling and place name: The White Emporium


The one slightly annoying thing about tipis is that when the sun is shining the interior can take on a slightly yellowish tone. I always think bold colour pops help distract away from this. Deeper, moodier tones are also complimentary whereas pastel tones can end up looking washed out.

The Tipi Hats

Make the most of the height available in the tipi hats, fabric swags, floral installations, greenery hoops, coloured paper lanterns and macramé birds all help break up the space and add a wow factor.

Pic: Thyme Lane Photography Flowers: Wild Stems Styling:

Think about your tables

Depending on the number of hats you choose you might be a little restricted on space, most tipi companies suggest long tables as this these are most efficient. I do love a trestle table but they don’t give you much room to go over the top with styling. Think about the food you are having and plan your table design accordingly. Simple vessels and candles work really well in clusters if you are having sharing boards. If you are limited to what you can have on a table think more about how you style the place setting, can you include flowers, foliage or colour there?

Pic: Emily Little Photography . Flowers Flowers at 58 Styling The White Emporium


If your hoping to have your tipi sides open think about creating a focal welcome point for people to head to as they enter the tipi. I always like to think about the impact a setup has from the first look so to get the real effect make sure everyone is entering at the same point. Table plans and welcome displays full of creative signage lend themselves perfectly to this.

Pic: Sally Forder for Binky Nixon . Styling The White Emporium

The structure

You can’t really rest anything against a tipi, the canvas moves with the breeze and you can be height restricted on the sloping sides. So think about hanging items instead. Signage, menus, photoboards, cake displays and lanterns all work perfectly hung from one the unlimited number of hanging points. Or create a cosy chill out area full of Persian rugs and floor cushions for people to lounge on after dinner.

Styling and hire: The White Emporium Additional Hire- Nikkita Palmer Designs Pic: Thyme Lane Photography .

Get creative

Don’t be afraid to let your creativity run wild, the good thing about tipis is very often you get the day before your wedding to setup, this allows you to spend time really enjoying the creative process. However if getting your hands dirty or the risk of breaking a nail isn’t for you then get in touch with a stylist like myself, not only do we have years of experience working within tipis we also come equipped with an emergency styling box, full of everything you could possibly need. Or if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done or struggling to translate your vision into reality get in touch and I can help produce mood boards and bring your ideas to life.

Thank you to Gemma, from the White Emporium for this wonderful article.

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