…Two come along at once!
In the past 14 days, I have hosted and played at a number of lovely wedding receptions, but for the first time in my whole career, two of them took place in a couple of magnificent tipis!
My first experience was an ‘all-nighter’ wedding party…alongside a classical trio, a pianist and a superb function band, my set didn’t actually get underway until 1am! The setting was nothing short of breathtaking though…a combination of three huge tipis in the grounds of a private country estate, each with their own central firepit, and a fabulous chill out bar area with fur throws on all the seats for those guests feeling the late night chill. One of the fire pits was later used (at 00.30am) to cook the midnight feast BBQ steaks and chicken!
My second tipi wedding a week later was a smaller, less lavish affair but equally as romantic and visually stunning as the first. This one was situated in the grounds of the Little Tey Barn, a very popular wedding venue in Essex. It has a beautiful barn in which it hosts many receptions throughout the year, but the happy couple on this occasion hired the surrounding grounds and chose the tipi option. And the added bonus for me on this event was the close proximity of the stage area from the back of my van! It was literally a three-metre load in!
If your wedding budget can stretch to a tipi wedding, I would wholeheartedly recommend it! I have played many venues around the UK, some famous old buildings and top London hotels, but I think this may be my new favourite!
…and look at the DJ access! No need for trolleys!
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