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Here at Boho we LOVE a Tipi wedding, there is something about them that just makes for a fun, chilled out Boho style wedding. So today I am delighted to introduce you to a wonderful Tipi company based in Yorkshire covering the Yorkshire, Manchester, Derbyshire and Peak District area; Totally Tipi. Totally Tipi is a family run business bringing experience in events management, design and the all important Tipi management, which makes them the perfect team for your Tipi needs. So if you are looking to add a rustic boho feel to your wedding day why not try a Tipi from Totally Tipi.
About Totally Tipi
We at Totally Tipi are friendly Yorkshire folk, running a high quality, bespoke, down-to-earth, family company hiring out giant tipi tents – stunning structures that create a stunning atmosphere in any outdoor space.
What Made You Start Your Business
Laura and I fell in love with the teepees having been at an event in some. We were both looking for a new challenge professionally and at the time there was only one tipi company in the Yorkshire region so decided tipi weddings were to be our new future.
When Did You Start Your Business and where are you based?
2011 and based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire which is a great location because we’re close to the main M1, A1 & M62 corridors.
Which Areas Do You Cover
We will travel nationwide if someone really wants us to but logistics tend to get a bit complicated and hotels have to get factored in for our crew if going too far afield. Most of our work is around a 100 mile radius or a couple of hours’ drive – Harrogate, York, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and the Peak District are all within easy reach.
What Were Your Job Vocations Before You Started Totally Tipi
Jay worked in motorsport events for 10 years from event planning, infrastructure and dealing with the corporate brands such as Audi Sport and McLaren in the latter years. Laura’s background is in design having spent many years designing on behalf of clients such as Disney, M&S, Mattel and Tesco.
But it’s Alan and Danny who are our jewells in the crown. Both had key roles with a large tipi company from 2009 – 2013.
Describe Your Style
Personal, friendly, bespoke, expert, precise, neat, straight and tidy.
Biggest Achievement So Far
Getting the business started during a recession and doubling in size.
What Makes You Different From Your Competitors
We have some of the most experienced tipi crew certainly in the North of England. Maybe even in the country. Apart from our expertise, we deliver what we think is the best looking setup; we’re particularly meticulous with our kit care and use ‘non-standard’ techniques that are small but collectively make a huge difference to the presentation and practicalities of a tipi set up. Furthermore, we have our own unique-to-us bespoke furniture including solid, natural tables and nine-sided dance floor.
Nor do we do packages- they don’t work for our customers. We listen to an individual’s wants and needs and advise accordingly. We do tend not be the cheapest quote one might receive (particularly due to locality and delivery costs) but we do give extra value with our expertise, customer service and our attention to detail. Every event is different – and that’s one of the great things about the job!
What Do You Enjoy The Most About Your Job
There are several aspects… You’re dealing with people at the happiest time of their lives… you get to visit some wonderful places, which you would perhaps never have ventured… the look on a customer’s face when you have set up and they see inside for the first time… the stories they tell you after the event…
What Sort Of Couples Do You Think You Attract
Our tipi customers are very chilled out and relaxed – every single one of them has been lovely. Without exception. They’re often quite bohemian, creative and ‘hands-on’ – loving getting stuck in hanging bunting and arranging their own flowers. The teepees aren’t necessarily just a structure but an outlet to express their creativity side; getting up a ladder and having friends and family mucking in on the day before the event is all part of the experience for a lot of them.
What Would Be Your Ideal Wedding To Work On
Prince George’s future wedding in 20-odd years time.
What is Your Ideal Day to Spend a Day Off
Depending on what sort of week it’s been we either just like being at home pottering and tinkering or heading off out for an adventure with our daughter, Rosie and Lennon, our German Shepherd dog.
What Can You Never Leave The House Without
We’re never ‘off-duty’. Quite a few phone calls come in outside of office hours due to a lot of wedding thoughts being outside of those hours so our pocket notepad is our savior when we’re not in the office!
What Would You Do If You Won The Lottery
Buy up a plot of land to house the tipi company, build our Walter Segal home, permaculture garden and eco wedding venue ☺
If You Were Not Running Your Business What Would You Be Doing
We’d probably still be in our ‘old’ jobs; comfortable in taking home a good, regular salary but essentially working hard for someone else and still searching for a new challenge. (If that rings true with you too, dear reader, and you have a passion and idea but too scared to make the transition – just do it. If you work hard it will all come out fine).
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