TIPI WEDDING : Jessie & Jurrat celebrate with a colourful garden tipi wedding and woodland ceremony.
Updated: Nov 2
Jessie & Jurrat
Sunshine and showers (and the odd thunderstorm thrown in for good measure) were the order of the day for Jessie and Jurrat's gorgeous garden tipi wedding. Luckily, both the thunder and showers disappeared, just in time for their magical outdoor woodland ceremony!
This wedding was a bright celebration of LOVE and COLOUR, from the welcoming wedding signage to the bright bridesmaids dresses and beautiful silk sari's, which traveled all the way from from Bangladesh, decorating the trees outside and tipi interiors.
Many guests had flown across the world to come to see Jessie and Jurrat celebrate their nuptials and with a tipi reception on the main garden lawn, a glamping village in the meadow behind the tipis and food platters to die for, this was a wedding definitely worth travelling to!
Alongside friends and family, Jessie and Jurrat also included their furry friends too, who made the most of the day, from the wedding ceremony, to the tipi reception and even later on the dance floor!
With a brass band to entertain everyone in the late afternoon, a taco van and shots on the dance-floor, guests retreated to the comfort of a garden glamping village in the early hours.
Congratulations Jessie and Jurrat, your wedding looked absolutely stunning! It was a pleasure working with you both on our fabulous wedding.
"We used Tribeca Tipis for our wedding and could not have made a better choice. Jim and Kathryn were fantastic from start to finish - patiently answering all my many questions and thinking creatively about how they could help style the tipis in the way I envisioned. You could tell they really cared about how everything would work out. We did the big package with 3 hats, all the lights, all the tables, chairs, flooring, furniture, bar etc etc. Everything looked incredible and it really was the wedding of our dreams thanks to their amazing attention to detail, quality products and incredibly careful set up. They were super friendly at all times. I am just trying to think of another event I can get them back for. We also hired sleeping bell tents for our guests from their sister company Brighton Bells. I would highly recommend both." Jessie & Jurrat
What made you decide on tipis for your wedding? I always wanted to get married in my grandparents garden - and it was even more special as it was also where Jurrat proposed. I much preferred the tipi look to the traditional marquee - as you can see it isn't exactly a white wedding - so they were right up our street!
Wedding planning - how did you plan and organise your garden wedding? Honestly - it was a lot. You've really got to love planning & organisation if you are doing a private garden wedding - you need to think of every single tiny thing from the napkins to the staff to the drink volumes to the timings. It was a year and a half of hundreds of emails, hours of research, developing schedules and many, many spreadsheets!
There were lots of personal touches such as beautiful hand painted signage and saris. Did you involve family and friends with these? All the signs were painted by an amazing charity called Protibha who are part of It's Humanity Foundation, for whom I am a UK advisor. The profit from the purchase goes to funding kids' education. It's also rickshaw art, which is very traditional in Bangladesh - and happened to perfectly match the colour scheme we were going for (i.e. all colours...!). The napkins are from Basha, also a social enterprise funding women's empowerment and education in Bangladesh. I actually sell these (and other things) in my small side business Shukhi Home, which means Happy home - owing to both the happy colours and ethical backbone! The saris came with my mother in law from her local market. Our celebrant even brought some Bangladeshi saffron barfi (similar to fudge) from the local sweet factory factory. So in short, yes, lots of family and friends involvement in a lot of the Bangladeshi elements in particular!
Where did you source suppliers? Mostly google - I don't think I ended up having many personal recommendations other than for make up.
As you opted for an outdoor wedding, did you weather watch prior to the big day?! Yes - it was one of my biggest worries from the start and we were both lucky and unlucky - unlucky in that we really did have a lot of rain on the day and it wasn't the beautiful sun and light I was envisioning - but lucky that it wrapped up (just) in time for the ceremony and only started again when we were safely under the tent. As most people said to me before the wedding, it didn't affect how much fun it was!
What advice would you give to anyone in the early stages of planning a tipi wedding?
If you're planning a tipi wedding you're probably planning a DIY or garden wedding, so you must love planning and organising otherwise you are going to go mad! I definitely could have tracked my budget better - it got away from me a bit and when it's DIY you have so, so many different costs to keep track of. Google a good structure and be militant about tracking everything. Spreadsheets were a lifesaver but I still didn't get it quite right - there is so much to think about.
Wedding suppliers :
Photographer - Anna Pumer https://annapumerphotography.com/
Tipis, furniture – Tribeca Tipis – https://www.tribecatipis.co.uk/
Bell tents -https://www.brightonbelltentcompany.co.uk
On the day coordinator – Events by Helen – https://www.eventsbyhelen.com/
Dress – Puyan Saheb Djavaher – https://puyansahebdjavaher.com/
Make up – Jenna West – https://www.instagram.com/jennawestmakeup/
Food – TunTun’s Bangladeshi Cafe – https://www.facebook.com/tuntuns.brighton/
Drinks reception duet – The Thumping Tommys – https://thethumpingtommys.com/
Evening brass band – Big Smoke Brass – https://www.bigsmokebrass.co.uk/
Evening food – Punk Tacos – https://www.punktacos.co.uk/
Toilets/shower – Perfect Portables – https://timeinlieu.co.uk/
PA system – Brighton Sound System – https://www.brightonsoundsystem.co.uk/
Generator, lights and chillers – Grizzly Bear Events – https://grizzlybearevents.co.uk/
Videographer – https://www.visualnshadowfilms/
Jessie and Jurrat - July 2023