European Inspiration: The Canvas Tipi Marquee

Already popular in the UK, these inviting canvas shelters are making their way to the US.

All the rage in the United Kingdom and Australia, these tall canvas structures are becoming a static wedding trend overseas, especially after Pippa Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister) threw a lavish New Year's party under a “Canvas Palace” in 2013. Historically, these large pointed shelters were much smaller and used by native tribes all over the world including Scandinavia, Southern Australia and Western Europe. 

Multiple Canvas Tipi Wedding Photos
photos from World Inspired Tents

Their design creates a warm earthy feel, inspiring a wide variety of chic wooden décor. Use the tipi as a backdrop for a private ceremony and a cozy environment for the reception or after party. A matching gazebo or archway with an outdoor ceremony and a bonfire under the stars are a few popular accompaniments.

Papa Kata
photography by Papa Kata

James Darling Photography
photo from World Inspired Tents courtesy of James Darling Photography

Under Canvas Events
photo from Under Canvas Events

Overall, this worldly trend is an refreshing alternative to the white plastic tent. Although availability is limited in the United States, there are some options. Under Canvas Events with locations in Montana, Utah and Wyoming rent out large canvas tipi’s in sections based on the size of your event, accommodating between 45 and 200 guests, and they deliver anywhere in the US. While tipis are definitely the ultimate venue for brides seeking a down-to-earth style wedding, these statement-making huts aren't for those on a slim budget. According to Undercanvas a TipiMarqui™, can run you anywhere between $3,500 and $6,000. Tack on the luxury tipi bathroom, and you're looking at an additional $1,250-$2,000. Despite the price tag, with the growing popularity of the canvas marquee overseas, we won't be surprised as they start popping up more often in the States.

Vendors/venues interested in adding a tipi to your list of rental options? Tentipi Event Tents recently arrived in the US. Find more info here.