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  • Writer's pictureTRIBECA TIPIS


Updated: Mar 12, 2023

One of the questions we get asked quite often is is how do I decorate a tipi?

You can use all different types of decor to create magical interiors from bunting to draping, paper lanterns and even origami, but there is one firm favorite in the Tribeca camp and that is.... the power of the flower!

Flowers add colour, texture and points of interest which can really set the mood for your wedding or event. A talented florist can really take tipis to the next level, depending on the type of display you wish to create.

Florals by Rococo Florist.

With tipis, the warm tan canvas and fairy lights wrapped around the poles already add the ambience which helps to create a magical atmosphere, so it's much easier to decorate a tipi than say, a giant white space.

Photo : Rachel Takes

Of course, flowers can be an expensive addition (especially dried), so you could choose to focus on just one or two areas within your tipis such as table settings, tipi entrance, tipi poles (garlands) or suspended clouds above the top table.

A good idea to keep down costs is to forage early for flowers, especially dried flowers at the end of summer, if you want to incorporate these into your design. If you have a garden, why not grow your own and plant seeds or bulbs the year before and the year of your wedding. You can also involve family and friends too.

Flower markets are great places to source what you require with or without your florist and there are plenty of cutting gardens in the South East, including Sussex Cutting Garden , Fletching Flowers and Flowers From The Farm.

In terms of colour, try to stick to a few colours that complement each other. If you are going for a boho feel, mix dried flowers with fresh, such as pampas, palms, roses and orchids. Fresh flowers will be mostly seasonal, so best to check with your florist, to see what is widely available for your wedding at that time of year.

For greenery, you could go for bright lush tropical greens with palm leaves and exotic flower or alternatively, the slightly muted, Mediterranean style faded greens, such as olive leaves and eucalyptus.

Dried hops can also create a rustic feel.

Photo from Hukins-Hops in Kent. Photo: Rebecca Goddard

Seasons can also influence your flowers too from spring to autumn, so think about what may be in bloom around the time of your wedding or event and use pinterest and instagram for inspiration.

Autumnal hues

Here are a some beautiful examples from our tipi weddings to give you inspiration for your wedding or event. We have credited the florists and photographers with links, so why not take a look at their websites too for more floral inspiration.


Beautiful tropical inspired boho florals with earthy tones adorn a tipi arch by Rococo Florist for Lucy & Ricky's lakeside tipi wedding at Duncton Mill.

Dried greenery including olive and eucalyptus leaves decorate Lucy and Ricky's tipi tables.

Dried eucalyptus garlands draped over this unique table plan created by Lucy.

Our circular poles are another option for floral displays, with leaves, dried hops or hanging flowers. Perfect for reception/dining areas and also the dancefloor tipi.

Bright, bold table flowers from Rust Bloom

Photography : Broxstar Productions

Flower clouds suspended above tables with our rattan lampshades from Rust Bloom

Table flowers in our glass milk bottles.

Garden florals decorate this rustic barrel outside with purple allium's and wildflowers.

GO tropical! Astro turf table runners with flower vases and paint your own gnomes for guests at Fiona And Sam's unique and fabulous tipi wedding!

Pampas plumes - This incredible table set up by Sara's Event Flowers is the ultimate boho statement with giant pampas plums and fairy lights.

White tablecloths, candles and linen complement the pampas.

Elegant whites from Flower and Fern studios at Georgina and James's tipi wedding

We love this gorgeous boho ceremony floral display from Flower and Fern studios

Simple elegance.

Homegrown flowers by family and friends at Kim and James's tipi wedding at The Party Field, which decorated the tipi tables. This is a fun idea for everyone to get involved by helping source flowers for your wedding. Photography : Jacques Lloyd Photography

Kim and James' September wedding included seasonal flowers, including home grown Dahlia posies in jam jars.

Palm leaf plates are also a popular option in our tipis and add texture to the table displays.

Pampas power with a stunning tipi entrance from Darling Blooms at Lauren and David's tipi wedding at Knepp Castle Estate. This wedding also included flower clouds within the tipis, suspended above tables. Photography : Ami Ford Weddings

Floating flower clouds add striking points of interest to your tipis, plus you can be as creative as you like, due to the high ceilings inside! This is a beautiful example from Darling Blooms

Our birch wedding arch decorated by Darling Blooms overlooking the lake at Knepp Castle Estate.

A touch of the exotic bohemian from Bud Florists and Maia's Flowers for Becca and Joe's tipi wedding. Photography : Beans On Toast For Two

This beautiful floral display was attached to the entrance pole of the tipis.

Faux florals by Farrer Fleurs for Chloe and Duncan's tipi wedding at Knepp Castle Estate.

Photography : The Unbridled

Muted florals complement the tan tipis with this mix of faux and dried flowers.

Outdoor botanical crate display from Chloe and Duncan's wedding.

Tipi entrance floral displays created for Lily and Dean's tipi wedding by Lily's mum.

Pink roses and eucalyptus baskets outside the tipi.

White pampas sprays adorn our rustic tables, giving this tipi a nordic boho feel.

Pops of summer colour from Bulb in Lewes for Amy and Luke's tipi wedding.

Flower jar table floral display.

Gorgeous whites from Cacti and Wildflower for that stunning nordic boho feel, as seen here on display outside our naked tipi photoshoot. Whites work really well with the tan backdrop of the tipis. A mix of white roses, pampas, eucalyptus and palm leaves. Photography : Olegs Samsanovs

Cacti and dried flower displays.

Another example of nordic style florals with dried displays by Butler and White from our tipi open day. Photo : Rachel Takes Pictures

Giant palm plant displays mixed with dried and fresh florals.

Colourful blooms for Sarah and James woodland tipi ceremony created by James's mum for the wedding arch and also flower displays within the tipis.

Blue and white gladioli's and hydrangea's at Zoe and James's rustic farm wedding at The Party Field in Lewes.

Colourful pink and blue picnic tables with terracotta plant pots, dress the outdoor area.

Rustic wooden crate and pallet displays outside Zoe and James's tipis.

How to make an entrance with a striking blue hydrangea arch from Riverside Flowers in Lewes.

This arch was over 2.5 metres wide - double sided with fresh flowers and foliage. A beautiful way to complete the tipi walkway for this summer garden wedding.

Beautiful colourful table jar flowers to match colourful candles at Sarah and Paddy's stunning garden tipi wedding.

Colourful glass jars add pockets of colour to this tipi table display .

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