Prince William and Kate spent their first New Year’s Eve as husband and wife, celebrating at a party held in a teepee, organised by party planner sister, Pippa Middleton.

News of this confirms our suspicions (or slight obsession) that teepee weddings are going to be big in 2012. And quite frankly if they are good enough for the royals they are good enough for us!  Also known as Kata Tents and Giant Hats you don’t have to be a festival goer, a lover of the outdoors or a reindeer herder to fall in love with the idea of having your wedding reception in a teepee, you just have to be brave enough to do something that little bit different.


The teepee isn’t a brand new concept, its been growing at a steady pace over the last couple of years with prices for hiring them gradually coming down to a more affordable cost. There are lots of suppliers out there that are happy to do a site visit to check you’ve got the room, but if you can’t do it at home like the Middleton’s, then there are plenty of venues here in Kent that have grounds for hire.

Here at Wedding Dolls HQ we have been meeting land owners who are happy to rent their land out specifically for wedding receptions and are very excited about working with our couples to create completely different wedding venues.

The best thing about the teepee is that you don’t just have to use them in the summer. Some are made from animal hinds and are great for cold weather, even in snow, with an opening at the top to let out smoke from a log burner, it will keep your guests warm and snug. Teepees can also be joined together creating different zones for eating, relaxing and dancing the night away.

If you have used a teepee for your wedding reception and would like to share your experience with us or if you are thinking about creating your own teepee wedding and need some help then give us a call.

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