How many guests can I have?
The Tipi seats a maximum of 136 guests. If you wish to invite additional evening guests, we recommend no more than 40.
Our Tipi Wedding Package is designed for 100 guests. Extra guests can be arranged at an additional charge.
When can I have access to decorate the tipi?
We try to be as flexible a possible, as we understand that decorating the venue is very important to you.
Ordinarily you will have access from 12-3pm the day before your event. However, it is important to remember that we will also be setting up, putting things in place and arranging furniture. Usually, your tables will not be fully laid the day before your event; you should advise our Wedding Coordinator on the finishing touches for the tables, who will be happy to lay out favours etc as per your instructions.
When can I bring my decorations and accessories?
You are welcome to drop off accessories in the days prior to your event, by arrangement with Wedding Coordinator.
All items should be delivered in stackable lidded plastic ‘storage boxes’, or similar, clearly marked with your names.
Items will be stored for you in locked external storage areas, at your own risk. As such we can not accept any liability for theft or damage. Following your event items will be returned to your boxes.
They can be collected by arrangement in the week following your event. It is your responsibility to ensure they are safely packed, ready for transportation before you leave for home with them.
Is there a bar?
Yes. We will operate a cash bar for your guests for the duration of the event.
If you wish to pre purchase a drink/s of your choice for guests, or to put a certain amount of ‘cash behind the bar’ this can be arranged with your Wedding Coordinator prior to the event.
Are fireworks allowed?
Are Chinese Lanterns allowed?
Is confetti allowed in the Tipi Event area?
If you have arranged to hold a blessing in The Barn Bistro, confetti is allowed inside the building, and on the terrace only.
Is there car parking?
There is grass car parking for around 15 cars next to the Event Area, plus additional car parking on our Camping Field.
Your wedding is a celebration, and guests will be enjoying a drink with you: We recommend that you advise guests to book taxis.
Can you store my gifts?
You are welcome to leave your gifts with us overnight, when they will be stored within The Barn Bistro. They must be collected by 10am the following day.
This service is provided at your own risk. As such we can not accept any liability for theft or damage.
What time can my guests arrive?
You will have arranged an arrival time and schedule for your day with our Wedding Coordinator. It is recommended that your Maid of Honour, Best Man or other appointed person calls us to advise our team when your guests are leaving the marriage ceremony. Please be aware that if guests arrive more than 30 minutes before the agreed arrival time, we may not be quite ready for them… we wouldn’t want to have your Welcome Drinks poured too far in advance!
What time will my day end?
Time at the bar is 11.30pm. This gives you plenty of time for Good Byes before your guests head off for home. All guests must have vacated the site by 12am.
Can I have live music or a band?
Yes, there is space for a band in both the tipi and the bar area. There is a dance floor in the tipi.
Do you allow corkage?
As a fully licensed venue, no, we do not allow corkage.
Can I use external caterers or food services?
We do not allow food or drink, other than that supplied by ourselves, on the premises (with the exception of wedding cake(s)).
Any third party service/ supplier requested by the client i.e ice-cream truck, food cart etc must be pre approved, and will be subject to an additional fee.
How do I book?
In the first instance you should contact us to check if your preferred date is available. Once a suitable date has been chosen, we will hold that date as a provisional booking for 14 days. To confirm your booking a non refundable deposit of £1000 is required. Until a deposit has been received, a booking will be classed as provisional.
Following your initial deposit, a second non refundable deposit will be required of 50% of the outstanding balance 14 months before your event. The remaining non refundable balance will be due in full 2 months before your event.
How should I pay for my wedding?
You may pay in person by appointment, or by BACS to:
Minnehaha Events Ltd Sort code 20-75-92 Account Number 03147886
Please use your name and wedding date as a reference.
Extras to consider…
Additional guests for the full day as part of our ‘Package’: £60 per head 2017, £65 per head 2018
Arrival canapés: From £5.50 per head for three
Additional bottles of wine: House wine £15.95 a bottle, please ask for a full wine list
Additional cocktails: £5 a glass
Exclusive use of The Barn Bistro for your ‘Ceremony’ £750