Tipis, Tents and the return of Boho

If you were thinking of having your wedding in a Tipi or a tent this year, this is definitely the blog for you. As the weather warms, the tent and tipi open days start becoming more frequent, along with the number of outdoor weddings. Lucky for us, Whitehouse has had the pleasure of providing crockery for a variety of Tipi, marquee and tent open days: PapaKata, Boutipi, All about me and Serentipi all used Whitehouse products to showcase their beautiful venues, with each having their own unique styling. We’ve seen tent weddings rising exponentially over the past few years, perhaps because of global warming and increasing temperatures, but hopefully because they allow for such a broad range of colour schemes and themes. This means that no matter the bride, they are guaranteed to provide a venue that fits into their concept of a perfect wedding. To celebrate these fantastic companies, we’ve provided a little overview of each of the open days, with an insight into the different styles that each company has.



Voted England’s No.1 Tipi provider last year, we thought the Boutipi Open Weekend would be a good place to start. The company was started when one of the founding members was looking for something different and unique for their special day. Inspired by Scandinavian tipis, they fell in love instantly took inspiration for both their own wedding and their company. Made in Moskosel, Northern Sweden, Boutipi’s website say that their tipis can ‘meet the British polar winters or warm summer days’, meaning that you don’t have to be able to predict weather in order to hire our these tents.



Boutipi chose to style our crockery in 3 different scenarios, making for some absolutely exquisite photos. The first two pictures showcase a very classic boho look: mixing the gold tones of our crockery with rustic wooden tables and lilac fabrics. When you think of a wedding in a tent, this is probably what comes to mind. The next two took a slightly more delicate approach, using our detailed charger plates to give the table an intriguing, fairytale-esque look with wildflowers dappled across the table. We can picture this look for both a wedding or a party, with the fun designs and minimal decor working perfectly within the tent. The final style showed the flexibility of the tents, creating a fresh, white look with beautiful hanging florals. The mixture of whites and silvers showcase the openness of hiring out a tipi and, though they state that they can be used in any weather, we’ll always love the look of sunlight streaming in.







At the bottom of the Serentipi website it says ‘Ordinary is not an option.’ We love this mantra, and believe that they fulfil this every time they hire out their tents and tipis. Their ‘Katas’ create the most intimate spaces, paired with beautiful lightings and raw wooden tables, Regional winners of the 2019 wedding industry awards, they, like Boutipi, have a great deal of experience and prestige under their belt. We love that on their ‘story’ they say ‘Our dedicated team will be there at every stage, from choosing your venue and suppliers, to adding those little personal touches to create magical memories for you and your guests,’ showing how invested they are in every event they are involved in.



Serentipi hit the boho mark much more on the head with their weekend, making sure that every detail, from their crochet table runners and chrome candle holders, would run in the same vein. Using our Eliza charger plates, they transformed these long benches into something ‘hippy chic’, topping off the ambience with fabulous climbing fairy lights. With a much darker feeling, Serentipi has definitely found their stride by using fabulous green foliage on the table and at the top of the tent, with bold, modernist stationary reminding us that these are photos from the present day, not the 70s. One thing they definitely have in common with Boutipi, apart from the obvious thing, is that they also love using our gold crockery. And hey, we’re not complaining.



All about Me


All about me have fabulous tipis and marquees to hire for a huge variety of occasions. We are also impressive with how deeply they care about the environmental impact of their tipis. On their website they state that ‘All About Me are dedicated to maintaining a natural, clean environment. That’s why we’ll make absolutely sure that the venue for your tipi looks as wonderful afterwards as it did when we found it.’ This is a fantastic thing to think about, since we often forget that pitching up a tipi can affect the environment negatively.



Bathed in light from the giant neon letters at the back of the tent, All about Me definitely went more for a rustic theme, using logs as candle holders and keeping the colour scheme to browns, greens and creams. Not many people have used our green charger plates, since they can be see as quite garish in lots of situations. Within this scene, however, they blend in perfectly, making it feel like everything is made from natural resources. We love how the venue feels both intimate and grand at the same time, which is one of the best parts of having your wedding in a tipi.





The first thing you see when you search for PapaKata is the fabulous statement that ‘ALL THE BEST PARTIES HAPPEN IN A PAPAKÅTA TENT’. Now, though we can neither confirm nor deny this is true, they certainly have a lot of evidence to back themselves up. As well as boasting beautiful tipis, Papakata have also moved into the wonderful world of sperry tents. As you can see in the photos below, they used the same products for both tents, however the end product feels so different for each due to the nature of the different venues. They both look incredible, which, we can imagine, make its incredible hard when you’re choosing between the two!



Gold once again featured heavily in the Papakata tipi and tent, which we certainly can’t blame them for [wood and gold just work too well together!] Mixing this with subtle pastels, feathery florals and string bulb lights, the whole tone of both venues is kapt very minimal and calm. Light and dark wood are dappled throughout, matching the beams that hold up the operations. Though it is slightly more subtle, it is definitely still as impressive. With a history as fantastic as PapaKata’s, there’s no way you could go wrong booking from them.



So there we are! What a magical time we had providing the crockery for all these incredible companies. We could honestly say that no matter who you choose, you will have a magical day, filled with laughter and happiness. We’ve included a link to each of the websites, making it easy for you to check out each one if you want to. Hopefully you’re totally convinced to have a tipi wedding, or at least that Whitehouse Crockery has everything you need to work with your theme. To get more inspiration for your wedding or event, just check out our social media pages below.




Tents/Tipis: Boutipi ➼ Photographer: Fossca/Aden Priest ➼ Stylist: Rustic Rose ➼ Stationary: Lonetree weddings ➼ Venue: Aldby Park ➼ Venue Host: Louisianna Weddings


Photographers: Jenny Appleton/ Jo Greefield/ Adam Hudson/ Lucy Mlt/ Leesha Williams/Nathan Dainty ➼ Venue: Serentipi ➼ Prop hire: Born Boho ➼ Florals: Campbell Flowers ➼ Stationary: Raspberry Toast ➼ Cakes: Storeybook Wedding Cakes ➼ Wood-fired Pizza: Mr & Mrs Pickwick’s Traditional Baked Entertainment: The Song Smith Catering: Complete Catering Service Photobooth: Viva La Booth

All about Me:

Styling: Kristin @ Mr x Mrs W ➼ Flowers: Living Colour Floral Design ➼ Tipi: All About Me ➼ Venue: Duddon Mill Farm ➼ Linen: The Linen Hire Manchester ➼ Photographers: Claire Penn/Mr x Mrs W


Teepees/sperry tents: Papakata ➼ Photography: Lucy Davenport ➼Venue: Escrick Park Estate ➼Bar: Mix and Twist ➼ Cake: Cherry Blossom Cakes ➼ Florist Sperry: Leafy Couture ➼ Florist Teepee: Aelisabet Flowers ➼ Stationary: Lonetree Weddings ➼ Photobooth: Booth Revolution ➼ DJ: DJ Batezen ➼ Linen: Just 4 Linen

Make Events – We do what it says on the Tin!

Make Events is an award winning full service Events Company based in Cheshire, staging spectacular events throughout the UK and Internationally.


A highly experienced and creative team, we design, plan and produce memorable and high quality Corporate Events, Private Parties and Weddings. We plan each event with enthusiasm and attention to detail, ensuring each one is a masterpiece. The company was set up by EVA award winning Business Woman Of The Year, Holly Moore in 2013 with over 20 years invaluable event industry experience under her belt. She has spearheaded Team Purple (the Make Events team) in producing hundreds of magnificent and unforgettable events ranging from Gala Dinners, Award Ceremonies, Corporate Christmas Parties, Private Parties and Weddings.

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We work extremely closely with all our suppliers especially Whitehouse Event Crockery to ensure that no detail is left by the wayside. Fine Tableware and beautiful linen as well as good lighting are key to a stunning event and we guide our clients to spend their budget wisely and not to underestimate the importance of these elements.


Each event is unique, created from scratch, as we know every client has a different set of objectives, a different budget and a different venue. We listen to the client so we fully understand the look they want to achieve or the atmosphere of the event they want to create. We will then produce a bespoke mood-board to demonstrate our ideas so it’s simple and easy for the client to visualise. The personal service you experience from Team Purple will make what can often be a stressful time, totally stress free and enjoyable. The client will then come away with a full event plan and the assurance of highly qualified Event Managers on the day/night of the event to guarantee the smooth running of your event.

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If you would like to discuss any upcoming events please contact heather@makeevents.co.uk on 0161 478 2500. We also offer a free national and international venue finding service.


Make Events, Suite J, Number 2, The Courtyard, Stanley Green Business Park, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 6GN.

Planning the Perfect Wedding!

I started Finesse Planning (www.finesseplanning.com) over 8 years ago to offer a design led planning service for couples wanting something personal and unique. Since then I have helped hundreds of couples achieve their perfect wedding whilst having fun during the planning process. I also had the honour of winning The 2013 Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Planner (Independent).


As a design led wedding planner, one of the most enjoyable elements of my work is preparing the ‘Design Book’. After an initial discussion with my couple, I go away and use their ideas, wants, dreams and desires to produce a complete design proposal for their wedding. This 13 page book is then presented for them to choose the elements of the wedding they wish to have such as stationery, floral arrangements, attire, furniture, lighting, not forgetting the tableware plus so much more.
From the beginning of the journey to the very end, I work very closely with my couples, building a relationship that exceeds that of a normal wedding planner/client so that I can gain a true understanding of the type of wedding they are looking to create. It is so important to me that the wedding truly represents the both of them and this is why I facilitate them with ideas, so they can make the final decisions on every element of the wedding.


When working on the design book, with all of my weddings I immediately go straight to Whitehouse Event Crockery’s website for inspiration and to choose items to propose to my clients. Without fail there is always something that works with any scheme. For a recent wedding, the original scheme was to include the gold beaded daisy plate, however, after a lovely visit from Marc with an array of new products, I knew instantly that the pink Sienna charger would work perfectly with the Alex glassware and would add something unique to the popular blush and silver scheme. It didn’t disappoint!


I always take amazing pride in my weddings and have a reputation for my attention to detail and by using the products from Whitehouse Event Crockery I know that I will achieve the high-end luxury look that my clients expect. Every item is meticulously measured at each place setting, ensuring they are presented in the best possible way giving me that exceptionally polished result.  Without fail, whenever I have presented the completed room with the full set up to the couple, they are always blown away by how beautiful it looks and I can honestly say that it would be so much harder to achieve the same reaction if I didn’t use the
fabulous service from Whitehouse Event Crockery Hire, here’s to lots more wonderful events together!

To find out more about how Ruth Hunter from Finesse Planning can help you create your perfect dream wedding visit her website
or contact her at
or 07580 075558

Kate Cullen – Creative Styling & Design

I’m an award-winning wedding stylist who works with you to develop a high quality, visually stunning and unique wedding design. I especially adore a wedding with an abundance of hand-crafted details, big florals, colour, sparkle and a lot of love!


I can assist your styling plans from day one with an initial mood board and colour palette onwards; or I can pick up your ideas further along the line, help you source your suppliers and bring everything to life. Hand-painted silk ribbons and linens are also my speciality and are available to hire or buy in my online shop.  I have an addiction to colour and an obsession over detail – in my opinion there is no element of your wedding too tiny to style beautifully or turn into a stunning work of art.


Kate Cullen – creative styling & design
07771 743879
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/katecullenstyling
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/KateCullenStyle
Instagram Link: https://instagram.com/katecullenstyle/
Blog link: http://www.katecullen.co.uk/blog/

Locations covered: Based in Gloucestershire, covering the Cotswolds and further afield where required:


Get in touch for an initial consultation, or visit my shop here


“Kate was brilliant from the word go – from initially hiring a few items from her, to
having her full styling package I couldn’t have done it without her. She worked so
hard, not just physically, but was an emotional support and so creative. She turned a
few random ideas I had into an amazing venue. Transforming a bare and boring hall
to a beautiful room that anyone would have been proud of to use! She worked
incredibly hard and had such brilliant vision!”

Heaton House Farm collaberates with Whitehouse

Cheshires leading wedding and event venue, Heaton House Farm, is a beautifully converted former dairy farm, offering couples a unique wedding nestled in the heart of the countryside. Heaton House Farm has successfully collaborated with Whitehouse Event Crockery for a range of events over the years. Both companys dedication to exceeding the expectations of their clients through an unrivalled level of customer service and the seamless, high class delivery of an event has seen their working relationship grow and strengthen.

Heaton House Farm is located between the rolling hills of the picturesque Staffordshire and Cheshire borders and has been in the hands of the same family for seven generations. It is a collection of charming sandstone barns that beautifully blends rustic charm with contemporary chic. Set behind an unassuming farming facade, this lovingly designedhidden gemoffers exclusive use for a range of celebrations, large or small. As you step into the barns you are welcomed by an abundance of delicate fairy lights and crystal chandeliers creating a breathtakingly romantic setting, which continues throughout.

There are three areas licensed for civil ceremonies/partnerships, including a majestic outdoor pagoda that overlooks the vast Cheshire Plains, a rustic barn of hand crafted oak beams and sandstone walls and finally an intimate night sky with hundreds of stars gently shining above.

There are 15 luxury accommodation rooms available for guests to stay over the night of a wedding and all have been decorated with their own style and flair. A light, spacious and glamorous preparation room is available for the bridal party to have their hair and makeup done prior to the wedding and it later becomes the honeymoon suite for the newlyweds.

Heaton House Farm is one of the few truly bespoke wedding venues around, as it encourages their couples to explore their creativity to achieve the ultimate wedding of their dreams.


Every year Whitehouse Event Crockery is invited to contribute to the farms inspirational dining tables at its renowned annual wedding fayre. The team of talented Event Coordinators are given a theme and tasked with designing a table set to blow couples away with the wonderful new ideas and suppliers to hit the industry.

This year they were givenSeasonsand Whitehouse Event Crockery provided something for every table! The crockery set a high standard and finished off the tables perfectly. There were some very excited couples when they saw the limitless options available to them.

In addition to the wedding fayre the venue will run several open days and evenings throughout the year. Couples are able to informally view the venue and meet with staff and suppliers in a relaxed environment. Like the wedding fayre, Whitehouse Event Crockery will often dress the tables with their latest beautiful designs, to help couples visualise the incredible potential available to them. The day and evening events are hugely popular and seen as a great opportunity for couples to see ceremony and dining set ups and to talk through their day with wedding industry professionals.

In March the venue hosted a pop-up dining experience at its new rustic barn The Old Stableyard, with Whitehouse Event Crockery supplying delicate Summerglass plates, Pennyblack 10x 5 oblong and round 10porcelain plates and Penny white 10 plates. The delicious seven course meal on the Saturday night, created by premier event caterers Vanilla in Allseasons, went down a treat and looked utter perfection on the beautiful crockery. There were raving comments left, such as:

Sam Hughes Really had no idea what to expect but had a fantastic evening with superb food and wine in a beautifully refurbished room which has lots of character. The wood burning stove created a great ambiance too……..cant wait for the next one!


If youd like to hear more about the exciting events and competitions being held at The Old Stableyard subscribe to their mailing list by clicking here.

The team at Heaton House Farm have enjoyed many a success story with Whitehouse Event Crockery and look forward to continuing to bring the best products and services to their couples together.  

Heaton House Farm won theBest Events Team in the North West 2015and theBest Wedding Venue in the North West 2014at The Wedding Industry Awards.

If youd like more information on the venue, please go to www.heatonhousefarm.co.uk, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Or to read more on the team head to www.heatonhouseevents.co.uk.

Liz Taylor tells us the ingredients for a successful event

Thoughtful, creative and innovative event design….is the vital ingredient to any successful event. The Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC) has been reciting that mantra for the last 20 years, and for its founder-owner, Liz Taylor, it is something she has lived by for all of her 30 year career in event management. This is why TLC is one of the country’s top event companies and a leading light on the north-west business scene.


TLC works with top corporate and celebrity names to stage spectacular business and private events across the UK and Europe. They are leading wedding and private party organisers to the stars, with clients ranging from Take That’s Gary Barlow and Howard Donald, to retail brand guru Mary Portas, television presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Manchester United FC & England football star Gary Neville, and a host of Coronation Street stars such as Antony Cotton, Jennie McAlpine, Cath Tyldsley, Simon Gregson & Alan Halsall.


The portfolio also includes leading blue chip companies, to sports and media businesses such as UEFA, Mercedes Benz, BGL, Guardian Media Group, Manchester United FC, Capital FM, Selfridges, Rothschild Bank, Manchester International Festival, Louis Vuitton Watch & Jewellery, House of Fraser, Minster Law, JD Williams and ITV Granada.


Liz Taylor was also appointed as the official organiser of the Coronation Street 50th anniversary celebrations, has planned two BBC Children In Need Gala Dinners and planned the spectacular Centrepoint Winter Whites Ball for HRH Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Liz also recently represented the UK at the Destination Wedding Planner’s Congress in Mauritius.

Image Credit: The photography within this post has been provided by Taylor Lynn Corporation.