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SUPPLIER FOCUS: ATC puts the 'GLAM' into Glamping!
We know and love them as Arabian Tents (ATC for short) and we LOVE their idea of putting the GLAM back into Glamping, especially when it comes to offering your wedding guests some unique and luxury accommodation.
Katherine, founder of the Arabian Tent Company, came over recently to tell us all about it:
"Everyone loves the thought of long summer days and starry nights under canvas in the heart of the English countryside. The sound of birds singing, crickets chirping, the sizzle of a BBQ, the gentle glug, glug of wine being poured. For a relaxing weekend away with friends and family, nothing beats that unique combination of a home from home in the heart of nature.
But for some, the romance and the reality can be too far apart. Sagging guy ropes, dodgy weather and back-crippling interiors can take all the fun out of that ‘back to nature’ experience. And for others, even the thought of shaking a tent out of its bag and grappling with bendy poles, fly sheets and damp sleeping bags sends a shiver down the spine. There has to be another way.
SUPPLIER FOCUS: Special Event Tipis joins Green Union
Today we extend a hugely warm welcome to the lovely tent people Special Event Tipis. Having them join Green Union's wedding directory means we can now offer tents to all the lovely couples planning to tie the knot in the north of England and North of the border who have been asking us to recommend a supplier of these beautiful Sámi people’s Tipis (also known as Tepees, Katas or Big Hats).
With two bases - one in Newcastle and another in Cumbria, special Event Tipis can supply their tents all over the Lake District, North Yorkshire, Southern Scotland, Northumbria and Lancashire.
Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents
A family affair...
I was blown away when Amy at Hooe's Yurts sent me the story of her sister's chilled, intimate and very natural wedding. She told me the story so well that I thought it best to let her pass it on to you in her own words. Over to you Amy...
When my lovely younger sister and her fiance got engaged the whole family was totally delighted and instantly began planning the perfect setting for their wedding day.
Sister Polly is a Cornish vet mainly working with large animals like horses and cattle while Joel is a pro surfer, so it went without saying that they wanted a really relaxed day, close to home, which would reflect their chilled outlook on life. Lucky for them, then, that my husband Max and I own the yurt company Hooe's Yurts and our mum lives on the banks of the impossibly romantic Tamar River in Devon - the perfect backdrop for a magical woodland wedding.
They decided to have the ‘official’ wedding ceremony, to get the marriage license, in the Bathing Hut at Pentillie Castle, so after we’d all pitched in to set up the wedding venue in the woods, immediate family downed tools, jumped into a boat, still in our wellies and traveled up the river to witness them getting hitched. It turned out to be the perfect start to a weekend of revelry.
October sunshine, champagne and smoked salmon sandwiches made the morning fly by for us giggling girls as we readied ourselves for the wedding and Polly, looking like a woodland imp in her 20's style vintage wedding dress, headed off to meet her groom, with bridesmaids carrying the babies - Polly’s son Ozzie and my daughter Poppy - down the steps of the old lead and silver mine to a delighted Joel and a large crowd of happy friends and family.
Although we always knew that, if the October weather turned, the yurts were available with wood burners at the ready for a cosy and intimate ceremony, mother nature was kind to us and the outside ceremony was magical - the couple stood under the ruined arch of the old engine house and said their humanist vows with the excellent guidance of celebrant Alison Orchard. Celebrations followed with champagne and cocktails accompanied by delectable nibbles from Philip at The Dartmoor Inn.
Decorated with stunning vintage Indian wall hangings and lit with twinkling fairy lights, the beautiful yurts came into their own as evening drew in. There was a big yurt with a round wooden dance floor and bar, a huge dining yurt and an exotically decorated snug yurt for quiet moments. After listening to hilarious speeches we headed into the cathedral-like 44ft yurt for a sit down dinner with 130 guests. Dressed local crab and perfect fish and chips followed by wicked mini chocolate pots left us full and smiling.
We danced into the early hours, sat around fire-woks and nibbled on fairy cakes until we could keep our eyes open no longer. In true modern style the party continued the next day with a BBQ, donkey rides and so much laughter - what a joyful weekend!
Sister number two is next with more yurts and wedding joy to come! No pressure then...
Hooes Yurts is a recommended Green Union wedding supplier. Stunning, beautifully decorated yurts for wedding receptions, hen weekends and wedding nights. Our yurts range from a huge 44ft yurt to seat 120 people to cosy 14ft bedroom yurts. They can be used individually or linked together to create an amazing Yurt Palace for a reception with up to 250 guests. A brilliant alternative to a traditional marquee and perfect for adding that wow factor to your wedding day.
Visit Hooes Yurts for more details.
Great Gatsby glamour...
Dramatic peaks, whimisical flags, Gatsby glamour, stunning, unique and breathtaking. WOW!
Our fabulous friends at PapaKåta have scooped up the hottest tents from across the pond and will soon be planting them right here in the UK. New England has come to Britain and we adore these Sperry tents! Icons of the Hamptons wedding scene and lovingly hand-crafted in Massachusetts, the Sperry tent’s oyster sailcloth and iconic canopy oozes a timeless, graceful elegance much loved by the likes of Style me Pretty blog and Martha Stewart Weddings.
Whether you’re throwing a festival wedding, going down the glamour route or even thinking a big top theme, these tents will definitely bring the wow factor to your big day.
What more can we say? The images speak for themselves...
Celebrations for World Inspired Tents
The team at World Inspired Tents is celebrating, yet again, for scooping the Wedding Industry Award’s Best Wedding Marquee Provider in the UK. What a scoop! This comes after winning their regional (West Country) heat back in November.
I’m not one for taking much notice of awards in general but these awards are voted for by the service provider’s very own customers, so we think we can take a fair bit of notice when couples vote for their favourite vendors.
Ed Wright, the owner, said they were “over the moon” to have made it against such strong competition, and to win the national title for the second time, is such a boost for his fantastic team. He said the team was overwhelmed by the number of customer votes and comments, but we’re not at all surprised because we know how dedicated the whole team is to making every couple’s wedding day that extra special.
2013 proved a much kinder year weather wise for all our Marquee and Tent suppliers and we hope 2014 will be another sultry and dry summer of green weddings.
For more information on their Giant Hat Kata tents go to www.worldinspiredtents.co.uk
Plan your very own pop up WedFest...
With the trend in 2014/15 for festival inspired weddings, you may be contemplating throwing your very own pop up wedding festival, but can’t think where to start ...
Well you should take a peek at one of our favourite bespoke wedding and event tent hire companies, Wedding Tipi and equally luxuruious canvas accommodation supplier Cariad Canvas, who tell us the have joined forces to offer couples with their very pop up Wedding Festival. Gone are the days where you could spend precious hours surfing the internet to source all the individual elements that make up a Wedfest - now it couldn’t be easier.
This fabulous, carefree service offfers everything you need to build your very own Wedfest vision from towering festival flags, epic internal and external lighting, festival stages, canvas cafes, sumptuous chill out lounges, cinema tents, bar yurts, Bedouin dance tents, exquisite canvas Glamping accommodation with onsite staffed reception serving hot drinks and cakes plus the most stunning of main reception spaces in the form for giant Nordic Tipi’s.
What’s more, with the WedFest team's help, your pop up wedding festival can be set up at almost any location; a traditional wedding venue, a farmer’s field, deep in woodlands, popped in a private garden or a designated festival spot. The two companies have compiled some stunning packages to transform your very own chosen venue and set your big green day apart from the crowd.
Also, if you can’t find the perfect venue the WedFest team has a number of unique spaces up their sleeves in various locations across Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland, so get in touch with the team to find out more about how they can help you plan the green wedding of your dreams.
Second wedding tipi open weekend...
The folks at Event in a Tent are opening their tipis for inspection next weekend. Look at those lovely tents - don't miss it!
They say: "We welcome you to come and join us at our Open Day to view our amazing range of tipis available for hire from weddings to birthday parties, corporate events and even music festivals. We have invited along a handful of select suppliers who will be there to help you along the way with styling, catering and more to help plan your big event. If you would like more information or would like a chat about your plans then why not come along and visit us."
Event in a Tent Autumn Open Weekend
Two tipi open days...
Autumn is a busy time for everyone in the wedding business as they open their doors to next year's couples planning their big day.
We think that when you're planning your wedding, which is such an important day for you, then its a great idea to go a see as many wedding suppliers as you possibly can before making your big budget decisions. Suppliers' open days are a brilliant way to see venues, tents, and other elements you may be using for your wedding day, set up for the occasion. Often they have invited other suppliers who work with them on a regular basis so you get to meet everyone at one go and see how they work.
We've got two wedding tipi open days coming up...
The people at Wedding Tipi whose giant tipi's create the most amazing spaces for celebrations large and small, say "if you are planning a wedding and thinking about alternative structures for your event then be sure to drop by. We have a number of other Welsh wedding suppliers showcasing their talents from luxury guest accommodation, vintage sweet carts & scrumptious cakes to stunning floral displays. So do pop by for a cuppa and & chat with the team and spend some time in Wedding Tipi's spectacular kata's."
Wedding Tipi Winter Open Days
The second open event will be posted on Monday. Till then...
Save the date - World Inspired Tents winter open weekend and Special Offer!
Now the summer season is well and truly over, the World Inspired Tents team are looking ahead to nights drawing in and frosty mornings approaching - and the growing number of winter weddings in their diary!
A lot of people may think that Giant Hat tipis are only lovely in summer, but the Nordic inspired design also makes the tents ideal for winter celebrations. They provide the perfect blank canvas for all manner of wedding styling ideas, allowing couples to create a truly magical winter wonderland.
With a range of carefully chosen furnishings and accessories the tipis provide the perfect backdrop whatever the theme. Fire pits and space heaters add to the cosy atmosphere and ensure wedding guests are snug and warm. So, along with a comprehensive list of tried and tested wedding suppliers, World Inspired can to provide as much or as little support in the planning of of you own very special winter wedding day.
Some of their favourite suppliers will be in attendance at the World Inspired Tents Open Weekend at the fabulous Darts Farm, on 26th and 27th October this year. A seasonal theme will be showcased, with Devon Vintage China, Juicy Lucy Cupcakes, Sarah Lauren Photography, Jolly Good Wedding, Dartmoor Kitchen and 2 Green Monkeys providing all kinds of wintery loveliness. Take a peek at their Pinterest board for a flavour!
The super news is that, for those planning nuptials outside of the summer season or looking at ways to save on their big day budget, World Inspired Tents are currently offering a 10% discount for any bookings between October and March! For more information contact the team email@example.com, 01271 865306 or worldinspiredtents.co.uk
What? World Inspired Tents Winter Open Weekend
Wedding yurt hire company reduces its carbon footprint...
The lovely people at Cheltenham Yurt Hire have just told us about their latest endeavour to be as carbon free as is possible for a tent company.
They have set up the Local Yurt Hire website to help their corner of the industry cut down on it's carbon footprint (which can mount up, when you think of the number of trucks, people and tents that have to be transported to wedding venues across the UK).
Will at Cheltenham Yurt Hire said "We're trying our best to reduce our carbon footprint; we ask couples, when booking with us, if they have checked whether there's not a yurt hire company nearer their wedding venue".
They recently compiled a map of all the yurt hire companies that they know about throughout the United Kingdom and have invited them all to put a note on their own websites to let potential customers know of any company that might be nearer. This way they hope the mileage they all cover may be reduced and it will also help to promote each other's businesses through a collaborative approach.
We think this is a amazing achievement and they definitely deserve an award for their innovative approach to business and their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
For more information on this carbon cutting initiative for yurt hire companies please go to the map.
Or contact Cheltenham Yurt Hire for more information on their own operating area.
Their tents are pretty amazing too! Take a look.
Staycation honeymoon in a romantic yurt
Still wondering what to do on your first night? Or even for your staycation honeymoon? Maybe you're the 'get ahead' type and want it sorted for your green wedding in 2014. Well here's an idea...
Fabulous yurt company sshh..., those of the wonderful wedding yurts in East Sussex, have come up with this lovely concept of a honeymoon yurt. Their honeymoon yurts are carefully thought out with wedding night glamour in mind and provide the perfect get away following a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends.
Each yurt is furnished with a double bed fitted with 5* hotel quality linen, soft pillows, vintage chandelier, solid teak furniture, one off mirror, soft seating and handpicked luxury accessories.
A chilled bottle of bubbly and glasses will be waiting for the happy couple when they return to their yurt to toast their special day.
Honeymoon yurts can be set up indoors or outdoors, in a field, your very own back garden or alternatively the sshh... team can help you find the perfect venue.
A truly unique wedding night experience!
Alternatively, hire a complete yurt village for all your wedding guests - the quality and service is just as high and they can accommodate up to 60 wedding guests in 11 yurts.
Go to their website for much more information about this lovely idea.
Fabulous festival wedding tents in Wales
Wonderful Welsh tent people Cariad Canvas and Wedding Tipi recently held a joint open weekend in South Wales following the Easter break.
It seems like a brilliant idea to us. By keeping everything on one site with luxury sleeping accommodation for all your guests in bell tents and yurts, and the kata tipi tents being used for your wedding celebrations, means you can really make a weekend of it and your guests can party the weekend away.
Suppliers who took part in the event were Big Wave Flags, Fancy Vintage China, Made in Mumbles, Sylvie & Joan and Maria Farelly.
Images: James van Nguyen
Westcountry wedding award scoop
We were thrilled to hear, last week, that the World Inspired Tents team has, yet again, scooped the accolade of Best Marquee Hire Provider at the 2013 Westcountry Wedding Awards. The awards are voted for by customers, so this one can’t be a better endorsement for the company.
Let’s hope for their sake, for the sake of all our Marquee & Tent suppliers and, of course, all you lovely couples planning to get married outdoors this year, that the weather is a little kinder.
If you are throwing a green wedding out of doors this year don't forget to warn your guests to come prepared and bring wet weather gear!
Share the love with PapaKåta
PapaKåta , the folks who specialise in hiring out kåta tents, the giant teepees that create utterly unique and truly magical party spaces, would like to invite you to their Spring Open Weekend in April.
They say all the best parties happen in a PapaKåta tent so here's your opportunity to see for yourself if you're planning to throw your green wedding up in Yorkshire or the North of England.
They'll be there from 10am 'till 4pm and really look forward to showing you their teepees in all their glory!
WHAT: PapaKåta Spring Open Weekend
WHERE: Escrick park Estate, Escrick, YO19 6EA - just 5 mins from York
Small is beautiful - Igloo Structures
We'd like to warmly welcome Igloo Structures to our growing band of eco friendly wedding tent suppliers.
We're always looking for something a little different to make your wedding stand out from the crowd, and Igloo certainly provides a unique alternative to the traditional plastic marquee or gazebo.
Described as a Bedouin Boudoir with a vintage twist, these unique tents are made in the UK out of heavy, weatherproof cotton canvas and locally coppiced chestnut poles. Influenced by world nomadic tents, the Igloo, and its sister tent the Garden Shade, can be furnished with Igloo's unique handmade furnishings.
Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents
Experience the Arabian Tents at first hand
And the transformation is amazing. What was recently a run-down Sussex barn is now an exquisitely delightful space divided into separate ‘rooms’ adorned with each of The Arabian Tent Company’s uniquely themed marquee interiors, beautiful co-ordinating event furniture and interesting ornaments and party accessories.
Standing in a delicately Lilly-scented, William Morris inspired dining room with luxurious chaise lounges and sprays of peacock feathers creates a feeling of serenity and nostalgia then, stepping into the Moulin Rouge area, you are enveloped in decadent red velvet and suddenly whisked away to a secret club in deepest Morocco! Moving between spaces the change in atmosphere is instant and dramatic, it’s hard to believe you're still standing in the same room, and unthinkable that the room is actually a barn in East Sussex!
Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents
Fabulous wedding village offer from Cariad Canvas!
Today we’ve got a fabulous offer for all our lovely readers, courtesy of Cariad Canvas!
They’re offering nuptial couples their very own romantic suite for FREE when you pre book a bespoke canvas village of 12 luxury guest suites for your wedding, PLUS a children’s pay den if you book 20 guest suites.
To take advantage of this great offer just quote GREENUNIONVILLAGE when making your booking. (Standard event hire terms and conditions apply, available on request)
Offer is valid when booking between 23rd January and 23rd February 2013.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your wedding village.
Cariad Canvas specialise in providing bespoke luxury tented villages of individual canvas suites for you and your wedding guests from small intimate gatherings of 50 to larger parties exceeding 450 guests throughout the UK, bringing the accommodation to you rather than you taking your guests to the accommodation, allowing you to set the time the fun stops and even carry the celebrations through to the next day.
Open weekend @ Posh Frocks & Wellies
If you're planning to throw your wedding in Cheshire in 2013/2014 then you should go along to Posh Frock & Wellies open days this weekend.
See their lovely traditional, real canvas marquees decorated with pretty interiors and talk to the Posh Frocks team who will be happy to help you plan your big day. Dates for 2013 and even 2014 are going fast so this is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy.
They can help you create a festival feel or a rustic 'Country Chic' look, which is a huge theme for green weddings next year, with all the finishing little touches that will give your event that 'wow' factor They have set up their Rose Garden theme and their brand new Bohemian Dream theme plus a luxury bell tent to view.
You'll also be able to see various furniture styles for your wedding breakfast along with their table dressing, jugs of seasonal flowers and handmade place settings, for inspiration and ideas. Lashings of hot tea and coffee will be served with some delicious home made cake to help it all go down.
Their lovely florist, Joanne of Fletcher & Foley will be there and happy to talk through her bridal flower service. She is truly inspirational, I'm sure you will love her jugs (of flowers).
In addition to all this you will be able to see their lovely vintage china sweetie table on display. You'll even be able to hear about their vintage caravan restoration project, a perfect addition to any marquee or for an alternative 'Hen Do" party. They hope it will be available for hire by the Spring.
When: 19th & 20th January 2013 11am - 5pm both days
Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents
See sshh... 24 foot giant yurt for yourself
This must be the first wedding fair of the season! And it features a giant yurt supplied by GU partners sshh...
They tell us they're really excited about South Lodge Hotel's wedding fair on 27th January where their largest 24 ft yurt will provide a unique and elegant space for the fashion show with dresses on show from bridal boutique Mathilda Rose.
The sshh... wedding organisers will also be available on the day to discuss how Luxury Yurts could work for your wedding.
Where: South Lodge Hotel, Brighton Road, Nr Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PS.
When: Sunday 27th January 2013, 11am to 4 m.
Go to sshh...'s website to find out more.
World Inspired award
Congratulations to the lovely people at World Inspired Tents who have, yet again, won The Wedding Industry Awards', Regional Wedding Marquee Provider category for the South West region for 2013! They are still holders of the national title of Best Marquee Provider for 2012, an accolade of which they are hugely proud.
Ed Wright said: “We are incredibly proud to be the current holders of the national award title for Best Marquee Provider, and to be announced as the regional winner for the second time just goes to show that we are maintaining the high level of customer service that we strive for.”
World Inspired Tents is a long-standing Green Union partner and we’re proud that our partners continue to maintain such high customer service and the success of each and every event that they supply as well as going that extra mile to support local producers and conserve our Planet's precious resources (World Inspired Tents are dedicated to their Tree Campaign). These are qualities that we look for in all the wedding services and suppliers that are listed in our Wedding Directory.
Papa Christmas party
Fans of Papakata will be delighted to hear that PapaChristmas is returning for its third successive year, with 6 more party nights in their fabulous giant teepee village set in Harrogate, Yorkshire where you can eat, drink, be merry and experience the lovely event spaces, in party dress, for yourself.
Autumn wedding event in a tent ...
Our friends in Llangollen, Event-in-a-Tent, are throwing open their doors to prospective eco chic wedding couples planning their nuptials in that part of the UK.
They say you will certainly get your marriage started in style in one of their stunning tipis, dancing the night away, a perfect place to party with fairy lights and fabulous glowing fires. The ultimate venue for either a summer wedding or Christmas celebration, which no one will forget in a hurry.
If you fancy finding out more about these fabulous giant tipis and how they could transform your green wedding into a mini festival, then do go along to their open day in a couple of weeks time.
What: Event-in-a-Tent Autumn Open Day
Autumn teepee tent open weekend
Well, it's that time of the year again! Tent people all over the country will be opening their tipi tent flaps to the public over the coming autumn months.
Our friends at PapaKåta, the folks in the North of England who hire out Kata tents, the giant teepees that create utterly unique and truly magical wedding reception spaces, are the first to save the date.
For couples wondering what sort of tent space to choose for their weddings, this is a great opportunity to see these giant teepees in all their glory, talk to the people who work with them and get some ideas on how to decorate them.
What: PapaKåta Autumn Open Weekend
Win the Old Dairy for your wedding!
Our lovely friends in Carmarthenshire, award winning Welsh Green Weddings, are throwing a Green Wedding Fair and Open Day at the end of September.
They'll be showcasing eco-chic wedding suppliers and providing an opportunity for everyone to come and see what they offer. Whether you're a couple in the throes of wedding planning or you live locally and want to see what they are all about, go along and join them for a day of fun.
Entry is free and there's also a prize draw to win the Old Dairy as your wedding ceremony venue - a very good reason to go along!
Couples can book a slot with their wedding co-ordinator in advance - just email email@example.com or phone 01599 370517.
When: Sunday 23 September 11am to 5pm
Sshh… wedding yurts – fabulous spaces in beautiful places
A common theme coming from some of our visitor enquiries about the fabulous yurts that we advertise on Green Union seems to be: ‘they look amazing but what actually is a yurt and how can I use it for my wedding?’
So we asked new kids in the directory Sshh… who are based in Brighton, to elaborate and this is what they told us:
"A yurt is a traditional structure originating in the high mountain steppes of central Asia, designed to be portable enough to be carried by yak (or truck in our case) to pretty much anywhere. The concertinaed lattice design is quick to set up while the beautiful roof ribs and their positioning actually act to streamline the yurt and protect it in the event of heavy winds and snowfall. Once the frame is up, the yurt is covered with a breathable canvas to keep out the rest of the weather and insulate the structure, while giving it a nice warm glow inside.
Yurts are a great alternative to the traditional marquee for your wedding; a beautiful and atmospheric space in which to celebrate with family, friends and guests. Our bespoke event and wedding Yurts feature higher walls than a standard Yurt, providing a spacious and light space, whilst retaining the warmth which Yurts are renowned for. A simple yet classic cream-coloured canvas forms the outer layer, with a traditional wooden interior that permits you to decorate to your own taste and style, all manufactured here in the UK. The specially designed hard floor is also raised off the ground so you can celebrate for as long as you like, regardless of the weather. It also means you can have a dining area, bar and dance floor all under one roof. The intrinsic wheel-like design of the yurt crown floods the space with natural light and the breathable cream canvas cover allows soft light to suffuse the space, creating a warm yet fresh environment.
The yurts can be podded together; this is simply done by joining one yurt to another to create different room-like spaces. It also provides the possibility of a larger space, as well as offering a variety of design options to suit your specific requirements. ”
What we also love about Sshh…Yurts is that their tents are made by British craftsmen using sustainable British timber and real cotton canvas right here in the UK, and their commitment to keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum is extremely high.
Magical grand yurt palace launched
Amy at Hooes Yurts recently sent us this update, all about their amazingly huge new yurt and the day it was launched:
"Over the Easter weekend Hooe’s Yurts hosted an open day to celebrate the completion of our huge new 44ft yurt. It was a fantastic day supported by some excellent local wedding suppliers and enjoyed by a crowd of happy guests. Needless to say lots of cake was eaten and the yurt had the joyous christening it deserved!
The new 44ft yurt is a cathedral sized structure with the capacity for 120 guests to dine under its majestic high ceiling. This wonderful tent can be linked with other large yurts to create a yurt 'palace' ideal for big weddings. For the open day we attached a chill out snug with a wood burner to show how it is possible to create alcoves off the larger yurts which are great for entertaining children in a separate, but attached space, or for guests to relax in after some serious dancing!
Welsh wedding tipi & bell tent village festival fun
We thought couples planning to get wed in Wales would like to know that Cariad Canvas are holding a Kata Tipi and Wedding Bell Tent open day in Pembrokeshire, in Wales, running for 4 days from May 23rd till 26th 2012.
Their magnificent giant Kata’s will be set up and displayed in all their glory with full internal furnishing and lighting so clients can really get a feel for what the Kata Tipi’s are like before the 'big day'.
A luxury wedding night bell tent and guest accommodation bell tents will also be set up for you to view, actually sit inside, lounge around and get a feel for the full Cariad experience. The whole set up will have the feeling of a mini tent village and festival atmosphere - a huge trend for weddings.
The open day is invitation only so couples who register to attend will receive a handmade eco invitation in the post and once they have sent an RSVP they will receive the full address of the event venue.
Cariad Canvas are really excited about the event and looking forward to meeting you all there!
For more information and to register your interest contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 07578 626542
Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents
Spring Wedding Yurt Event
And not to be outdone by the tipi people, Hooe's Yurts is throwing their very own fabulous tea party over the Easter weekend in April to showcase the newest addition to their wonderful fleet of tents.
It's a HUGE, brand new 44 foot cathedral sized yurt which can seat up to 120 guests. This giant yurt really does create THE most magical space to host a wedding reception.
For its launch the yurt will be decorated with stunning textiles by Hooe's Yurts, table settings from The English Tea Party and Jolly Good Wedding, bunting from Big Beautiful Bunting, wedding signs from Muddy Creek Signs and much more...
The Open Day will take place at a very special location, an old lead and silver mine nestled in the woods with beautiful views over the river Tamar in South Devon. It's the perfect place for a walk before coming to join Hooe's Yurts for a cup of tea and a yummy slice of cake or two!
WHAT? Hooe's Yurts Giant Yurt launch and Spring wedding tea party
WHEN? Saturday 7th April from 3pm until 6pm
WHERE? South Hooe Mine, Bere Alston, Yelverton, Devon PL20 7BW
Papakata tipi spring open weekend
Here's another great event not to be missed if you're planning to throw a back yard wedding in the North of England:
The lovely people at PapaKåta, the folks who specialise in hiring out Kata tents, giant teepees that create utterly unique and truly magical party spaces, invite you to join them for a glass of bubbles. It's a great chance to see the teepees in all their glory and to personally chat through your event with them.
WHAT? PapaKåta Spring Open Weekend 2012
WHEN? 31st March & 1st April from 10am 'til 4pm both days
WHERE? Escrick Park Estate, York, YO19 6EA (just 5 mins drive from York)
For more information check out their website at www.papakata.co.uk. And if you’d like to chat to them about your plans beforehand, just give them a call on 0800 612 9692 or drop them an email at email@example.com.
World Inspired wedding venue
We've told you about tent tipi events in the North of England and in Wales - now it's time for folks in the South West of England to have a chance of checking out these stunning wedding tents.
Throughout the weekend they’ll be showcasing no less than three of their Giant Hat tipis, joined together with a smaller Cirrus 40 tipi (enough to host around 120 wedding guests and your wedding reception caterers). The tipis will be kitted out in true ‘World Inspired’ style, with pine wood tables and benches, round tables and chairs, chill out furnishings, open log fires and lots of other lovely things!
The weekend will give you the chance to see the tipis in all their glory, meet the dedicated tent team, and let you imagine what a ‘World Inspired’ wedding or special event could be like.
To give you heaps of ideas of what to do on the big day, there'll also be some really fabulous wedding suppliers and friends to give you loads of inspiration and bring you a really interesting and exciting weekend.
The dedicated World Inspired team will be on site for the whole weekend and they would love you to come along, talk tipis with you and answer any questions you may have about these stunning tents.
WHAT? World Inspired Tents' Spring Open Weekend 2012
WHEN? Saturday 24th March & Sunday 25th March from 9am 'til 4.30pm both days
WHERE? Darts Farm, near Exeter, Devon
For more information check out their website. And if you’d like to chat to them about your plans beforehand, or to book an appointment, just give them a call on 01271 865306 or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wedding tent open day in North Wales
With the wedding planning season well under way we are hearing about heaps of open days and wedding events taking place over the next few months. So now's the time to seize the opportunity of checking out some fabulous green wedding suppliers who may be just the ticket for your own eco chic wedding.
The lovely Welsh tent people at Event in a Tent are holding an open day at the end of March and are inviting everyone planning an outdoor wedding in that neck of the woods, which includes North Wales, Cheshire and the North West of England, to go along and join them. It's a great opportunity to pick up inspiration and see for yourselves how their stunning range of tipis, which are available for hire, can be decked out for your big day. They are fabulous for weddings and parties as well as corporate events.
They tell us that there'll also be a number of selected wedding suppliers on hand to inspire you, so there should be lots of ideas and information for you to store away for your own big day planning.
WHAT? Event in a Tent Open Day
WHERE? Chirk Castle, North Wales, LL14 5AF
WHEN? Friday 23rd March, 3pm - 7pm; Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March, 11am - 6pm
For more information visit their website or give them a call on 01978 853559
Pamper yourself the natural way
What a great idea!
The ‘Pamper Parlour’ is a fabulous new service created by the Arabian Tent Company, perfect for hen parties and weddings. Choose from beautiful selection of unique tents with eight exquisite interiors, relax, unwind and have fun being pampered with your wedding guests or your hens pre wedding day.
Arabian Tents has teamed up with make-up artist and holistic therapist Susie Mermaid to bring you the Pamper Parlour where her magic hands will deliver amazing restoring natural and organic treatments which will leave you emerging from the tent feeling balanced and peaceful on the inside and glowing and beautiful on the outside - bright eyed and beautiful ready for your big day!
Treatments include natural lift facial massage, mini facial with steam, Indian head massage, soothing foot massage, nail file and pretty polish, mermen nails filed and buffed, Korean hand & arm massage, heated lava shell back massage, express make up, eyebrow tidy.
For more information on this fabulous new idea get in touch with Arabian Tents.
Wonderful eco friendly wedding yurts
If you're planning an outdoor wedding next year (or even in 2013) and you're still undecided about what sort of tents to use, then you should check out these lovely yurts, those stunning round wooden tents based on a Mongolian nomadic design, created by our lovely Devon friends over at Hooe's Yurts.
The great thing is that Amy and Max, who own and run Hooe's Yurts, recently got married themselves so they understand the excitement and importance of "the big day". They hire out beautifully decorated yurts for couples who want to throw a wedding with real wow factor and they absolutely love helping to make other peoples' weddings individual, romantic, exotic and unforgettable.
Amy is passionate about textiles and travels the world collecting items to lovingly decorate and furnish the yurts adding a unique touch to the interiors and making them really special. All the yurts are designed with traditional wood burners inside so they can be well heated which not only makes a dull summer's evening warm and cosy, but also means that spring and autumn weddings can be a real possibility.
… and festival season is just around the corner. It's hard to believe with the rain pouring down outside and the short, dark days we're experiencing right now, but soon the shortest day will be behind us and we'll be looking forward to spring, summer and those wonderful festival filled green wedding days.
And we think that nothing could be more romantic than celebrating your unique eco friendly wedding in an aesthetically glamorous arts and crafts style William Morris inspired tent, serving your wedding guests with tea and cake or Pimms cocktails on a lawn scattered with Morris print deck chairs!
To celebrate the centenary of the founding of Morris & Co, The Arabian Tent Company has created this gorgeous William Morris tent that features iconic Islamic prints in its fabrics and furnishings, inspired by the man himself.
‘I launched the William Morris tent to coincide with his centenary this year as he’s someone I have huge admiration for,’ says Katherine Hudson, founder of The Arabian Tent Company. ‘Morris took a lot of his own designs from the Islamic patterns he saw in the V&A Museum, a place I absolutely love and which I too find a source of continuous inspiration. Morris believed that ‘art improves life’ and The Arabian Tent Company believes that art improves parties!’
This design certainly fits a the trend that shows no sign of fading and inspires couples to create their own mini glamping festival wedding weekends in secret gardens and countryside locations throughout Britain in the summer time. If William Morris isn't your style then you're bound to love the Cornish Cream tent (pictured below), perfect for treating your wedding guests to cream teas served on vintage china.
If you think the William Morris or Cornish Cream tents would be perfect for your own glamping inspired wedding and would like to know more, then visit Arabian Tents website, contact them by email email@example.com or phone Katherine Hudson on 0800 8815229.
World inspired wedding experience!
It’s that time of year, the summer is winding down and October is hot and sunny (!), which means World Inspired Tents is showing off their lovely Giant Hat tipis again.
We all know it’s tricky to visualise the teepees without ever being inside one, so seeing the tents in all their glorious canvas flesh is an absolute must! You will fall in love and won't be able contemplate any other type of tent or marquee for your wedding.
They’re planning to set up three Giant Hat tipis with the smaller Cirrus 40 tipi (often used as a service tent) and all the trimmings so you can really look at all the options.
At the open day you can meet their dedicated team, from office staff to crew members, so you will know exactly who you’re dealing with, but to make the most of your visit they suggest you contact the office to book an appointment on the day you plan to be there so that one of the team can make sure they’re available to talk tipis with you.
Make a date in your diary for World Inspired Tents open weekend at Darts Farm, Topsham, Nr Exeter on Saturday the 22nd of October and Sunday 23rd October.
World Inspired tree campaign
The fabulous tent company World Inspired Tents tells us that they have been working on a little idea for a while. It's an idea that Ed and Donna, founders of World Inspired have been determined to make happen since they started the company four years ago, but the seasons got busy, tents needed pitching and their little idea remained a seed for some time.
They've always told us that being green is very important to the company and they try as hard as they can to recycle all of their waste, to reduce fuel consumption, to use eco friendly materials where they can and last year they joined 1% for the planet.
Now the seed has grown into a sapling and, over a month ago, lots of little trees arrived at Ed and Donna’s home. They’ve planted them in the back garden and they're nurturing them carefully in preparation for giving them to everyone who books their tents this year.
The little saplings will arrive wrapped in hessian, with a string tie and a cool little personalised card hanging off them.
The season has started and they’ve already given out a handful of trees. They tell us that the response has been fantastic and just confirms why they’re doing this - to say thank you, to give a beautiful tree to celebrate a special day while also giving a little bit back to the environment.
So go ahead and book a tent, make a tree happy!
By the way if you're curious about the tents and how they are put up, then check out this video over on YouTube.
Papakata Open Weekend in Yorkshire
Still wondering what sort of tents to choose for your mini festival wedding weekend?
Well, PapaKåta, the folks in Yorkshire who specialise in hiring out Kåta tents, the giant teepees, are holding their Spring Open Weekend on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 2011 from 10 am to 4 pm.
They'll have the tents up in all their glory and will be around to tell you all about them. In fact PapaKåta are now in their sixth season of hiring our these magnificent giant tipis and with the rosy glow of over 400 successful events behind them, they think the experience of their team is second-to-none, and they're still as excited about each new event, as they were about the first.
Whether you're planning an intimate dinner, or the celebration of a lifetime, they make sure each and every one of their clients have the time of their lives. They know it's a one shot deal, so they promise to move the earth to make your event happen!
Giant wedding yurt unveiled in Scotland
When Nathan of Red Kite Yurts called to tell me about his giant wedding yurt I was so excited! We've been thinking for a while now that Scotland is at last finding its very own Green Wedding movement and here is solid proof.
Until now our Scottish brides and grooms have been frustrated at the temptation all those wonderful eco friendly wedding suppliers south of the border listed in our wedding directory, and not being able to use them for their own weddings in Scotland. But now all that is about to change and Red Kite Yurts is leading the way with their giant wedding tent.
It's very hard to imagine a yurt big enough to hold 200 wedding guests until you stand inside this beautiful structure that is lovingly hand crafted in Scotland. But now you can go see it for yourself next weekend as, along with other trusted wedding services, Red Kite Yurts are hosting an open day to showcase their beautiful tent fully decorated and furnished for a wedding. Definitely worth popping along if you are in the area or still trying to find a unique wedding venue for your big day in Scotland.
If you're not in Scotland and still looking for that special wedding marquee or tent for your green wedding, visit our wedding directory where we have the very best list of eco friendly and ethical wedding tent providers in the UK.
And don't forget PapaKåta's open days this weekend
PapaKåta's Autumn Open Weekend taks places this Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 October and they tell us they’re looking forward to a great turn out.
PapaKåta are the folks up in Yorkshire who specialise in hiring out Kåta tents. You know, the giant teepees that are made with beautiful cotton canvas and sustainable birch poles and create utterly unique and truly magical party spaces for weddings and events.
Find out more about this event by going to the blog entry.
Wondering what wedding tent to choose?
The Autumn wedding planning season is kicking off with a vengence now and there are loads of events coming up for you to keep track of and gather inspiration from.
First up is PapaKåta's Autumn Open Weekend taking place Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 October and they tell us they’re looking forward to a great turn out. PapaKåta are the folks up in Yorkshire who specialise in hiring out Kåta tents, you know the giant teepees that are made with beautiful cotton canvas and sustainable birch poles and create utterly unique and truly magical party spaces.
You’re all more than welcome to drop in at any point throughout the weekend to come say hello, have a glass of bubbles, toast marshmallows by the brazier and warm your cockles by the fire. But if you’d like an appointment with one of the Papa Peeps then just let them know your preferred time and they’ll pop it in the diary.
There will be demonstrations taking place on both days at 11.30am and 2.30pm by PapaKåta's operations manager Alan and the Papa crew, so even if you've already booked the Papa team for your wedding day and feel you may have all the details sorted, it may still be worth heading down to find out how to lift the sides, open the smoke flaps and have any of your logistical questions answered.
With flowers by the talented Kirsty at ‘Where Angels Play’ and local caterers ‘Saunts’ and ‘Kernalls’ there to tickle your taste buds with some warming winter fare, it promises to be a great weekend.
What: PapaKåta's Autumn Open Weekend
For more information or to book an appointment to chat with one of the Papa Peeps call 0800 6129692 or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Party themes and canvas tents
Conjure up an image of opulence and lavish living, flock fabrics in luscious rich colours, shabby-chic lamps and over the top chandeliers; meet in the summer scented garden by the two tall trees with your family and friends over a nice cup of English tea (in china cups of course); have your senses stimulated by warm orange and ochre amongst Moroccan lanterns and pretty fairy lights, sumptuous rugs and cushions; tread the grooves into the early hours within a cool minimalist interior and canvas washed with violet on a central dance floor, surrounded by seating and a handy bar – the party is bouncing at the first beat!
We're delighted to welcome Posh Frock & Wellies to our Wedding Directory. This brand new Cheshire based marquee and tent company specialises in providing beautiful and sumptuous surroundings for your wedding celebrations.
The company's whole purpose in life is to make your wedding forever memorable by creating an intimate, warm and enticing tent interior.
Their marquees are the traditional type of canvas pole tents made from natural fabrics and a lot of their equipment is recycled. For instance, they say that unlike many other marquee companies, they carefully preserve and reuse all their flooring and interiors which helps to limit the company's impact on the environment and provides a wholesome and natural space for partying.
Owner Sarah Powell-Barker designs the marquee themes employing her unique perspective on the use of textiles, furniture and lighting. The perspiration is provided by the other staff, many of them women too, which means they do seem to have a more sensitive approach to preserving your precious gardens and lawns!
Posh Frocks & Wellies is founded on a firm and historic base within the marquee industry - Sarah’s husband’s great grandfather founded Barker’s marquees in South London in 1888!
Giant tipi tents win popular vote
With festival fever in full swing, Glastonbury all but over and a sweltering summer to inspire, you'll be thinking about throwing your eco friendly wedding in a field next summer, so whatever else you do you will probably need to hire a tent (just in case it rains!).
Imagine having 200 wedding guests gathered in three Giant Hat Kåtas all joined together to create a single huge space. The sun is setting, the band is in full swing and people are grooving on the dance floor. Across the tent people are chatting at the bar whilst others linger by the open fire…yes… inside the tent! You can have a smaller Tipi tent for guests to chill out on bean bags and giant cushions. Then as the night draws to a close, your guests can retire to individual camping tents in a tipi village created for you across the field.
In the West Country the lovely people at World Inspired Tents hire these wonderful giant tipis, known as Kåtas, offering an exciting, visually stunning and practical alternative to the traditional marquee and they have an amazing selection of teepee style tents for weddings, festivals and other outdoor events. World Inspired Tents will work with you to create a venue that will amaze and wow your wedding guests, their tents allow your imagination to run wild.
What's more this eco-friendly marquee company has recently scooped the top prize at the West Country Wedding Awards. To win this coveted award they have to have gained a healthy vote from their existing customers. Proof, we think, that they are just the best tent company that we thought they were!
Fantastic marquee offer!
Now here's an offer you can't refuse ...
The people at Forever Green in Nottinghamshire are offering a marquee for a wedding on the weekend of 26 November for the fantastic price of £1500 reduced from £4000! The capacity of the tent, including a dance floor and bar area is for 200 people.
If you're planning a shotgun wedding or still haven't found a spot for your special day, and save wedding the budget, this could be the answer to your dreams.
For more information get in touch with James Cannon at Ransomwood Estates on 01623 675304 or email James.Cannon@Ransomwood.co.uk
Big wave, big welcome
Looking outside at the weather today (there's snow on Exmoor) it's hard to believe we will ever get some of those gorgeous summer days that we all lust after. But summer will come and we're predicting that festival flags are the next big thing for back yard wedding decor.
So when Cornish festival flag makers Big Wave Flags contacted us to find out whether our couples would be interested in their flags we nearly bit their hands off!
Having a cluster of Big Wave Flags to welcome your guests makes a real statement and they can transform your wedding venue to create a quite unique atmosphere. The flags stand 8 meters tall and are available in combinations of white, silver, ivory champagne, yellow, gold, red, purple, green, blue and more.
The fantastically tall, upright flags fly beautifully as en-masse installations but, if your budget will only run to a couple of flags, they also work equally well in the most compact locations. Each and every flag is different and they are all handmade in Big Wave's studio overlooking the North Cornish coastline.
Stunning arabian wedding tents
If you're planning an exotic theme for your wedding, one of these stunning tents will create an atmosphere out of the Arabian Nights.
Arabian Tents has a range of marquees with beautifully hand made interiors in a number of designs which include delicate printing to vibrant velvets and all the patterns on the tent linings are hand block printed in India using traditional techniques.
The company also stocks and wide range of accessories and lounge furniture like sofas, padded stools, low tables, chests, rugs and ornaments which you can use to decorate and accessorise the inside space with.
What we love about Arabian Tents is their commitment to the women's co-operative that does all the block printing. By supporting this co-operative they are giving women who find themselves in abusive relatoinships an opportunity to become financially independent. Also some of the soft furnishings you can hire are made by a Delhi company that employs Aids suffrers, helping them at every stage of their illness by providing them with appropriate work and taking into consideration their needs at every stage.
Now that's a wonderful way to spend your wedding budget, supporting a company that cares.
Amazing success story!
When World Inspired Tents wrote to us with an update on the company's second amazing year of trading, we couldn't help but feel proud to have been involved in their incredible success. Ed Wright, the MD told us:
"Having been in your wedding directory for two years, I can confirm that Green Union consistently provides the greatest volume of web traffic and the highest quality of leads to our business, over and above all other wedding directories".
Ed went on to tell me a little more about the business and where the teepees have taken him over the last year:
"We've had an amazing year and despite being only our second full year in business, World Inspired Tents has grown significantly. We've successfully completed jobs all over the South of England and Wales from Glastonbury to The Gower and from the western tip of Cornwall to East Grinstead (we did ask him if he was offsetting his travel!). Every one of our weddings has been a 100% successful and people just adore the tipis! Compared to traditional white marquees and tents, they are still very rare so we have the advantage of offering something that is all but unique. The letters of thanks we've had from our couples have been amazing.
Geodesic domes are changing the shape of wedding reception spaces in the South West. The modular design of individual domes means that up to five tents can be put together to create unique spaces of of up to three thousand square feet. The marquee footprint resembles flower petals or a multi-leafed clover. The unique modular system means that your space can be divided to allow space for your guests, your caterers, entertainers and even a lounge area if you like. All this can be achieved without sacrificing your main party space.
Mike Ford of Geodesum has reaped his reward and, with the luck of a four leaf clover, has scooped the Judges' Choice Prize at the recent West Country Wedding Awards.
This gem of a West Country Company has been experimenting with geodesic dome structures for well over ten years and makes the tents using natural canvas and sustainable wooden pole frames. The floors are made of hand crafted wood and natural coir matting.
These domed tents are a perfect choice for anyone throwing a green wedding reception.
Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents
Beautiful Tents for Hire
We're really excited to welcome Hooes Yurts to GreenUnion to swell our growing number of fantastic mobile eco wedding venues country wide.
The tents are based on the Mongolian Yurt (or Ger) and are constructed from timber and canvas. They look gorgeous form the outside and, once inside, they feel solid, sumptuous and welcoming, creating a perfect space for a green wedding. Yurts are wonderfully versatile with no central poles or guy ropes to trip up the unsuspecting wedding guest and they can be used individually or linked together for bigger events. Hooes offer 24ft, 18ft and 14ft yurts that can be connected together to create different shaped venues for up to 200 people like this eco chic wedding palace pictured above.
And it doesn't stop there either. Not only do they supply you with the yurts, but their offer is second to none with a choice of other services. Amy is passionate about decorating the yurts with beautiful textiles and furniture and she personally selects all her furnishings with care and love from around the world. Often the pieces are vintage and they have always been purchased fairly. Each yurt has its own individual design and colour theme but all have a uniting style with sumptuous interiors which are exotic and vibrant.
West Country wonder
The shortlist of the West Country Wedding awards has just been announced and we're not surprised to learn that Geodesum have been shortlisted in the Marquees category.
Based in North Cornwall, Geodesum is a relative newcomer to the marquee hire industry but they're already making inroads into that traditional area of the wedding industry. They specialise in creating unique spaces using geodesic domes and the cathedral like structure of the domes along with the quality canvas covers definitely offers an elegant solution for a green celebration in a field or garden.
They have been chosen on the basis of the individuality of their product and the quality of their service - their clients have voted for them.
Awards will be announced on 30th April and we wish Geodesum the lots of luck for the final judging.
Posted in Green Wedding Marquees & Tents
Just over a week ago I visited the Designer Wedding Show in Battersea Park, London, in the hopes of discovering some indie gems who have earth friendly leanings and I wasn't disappointed. Tucked among the usual businesses were three inspiring newcomers offering top quality design and skills to eco chic couples.
Lottie Girling says she doesn't give a fig for today's trends and prefers to follow her own rules. Her handbags and corsages are truly to die for, created and handmade by Lottie herself using antique trimmings, collected buttons and 'a touch of magic'.
Matt and Kate Keeling of Katkin-Rose have combined their graphic and fashion backgrounds to produce a gorgeously designed range of wedding stationary which can all be printed on eco friendly papers using vegetable inks.
Emma Embery makes luxury wedding accessories which combine vintage fabrics with hand crafted embellishments. Emma launched her business because she felt there was a need for unique and original hand-crafted one-off pieces.
Not new but a must too was LPM Bohemia, a tent company with a difference whose friendly feeling yurts are made from oiled English oak, chestnut and ash harvested from local forests and covered with waxed cotton. All the wood is sustainably sourced.
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