Thank you

We are pretty busy liaising with clients and building dream parties and sometimes we forget to pat our selves on our backs.


Over the last 5 Years we have met so many creative, delightful and fun clients.


So we decided to share some of the wonderful messages we have received from our clients. These  make our day and make the team here at Tipi Kata love our jobs…here are just a few!


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We love what we do!

Umm, yep. Been a bit quiet on the blog front. So here’s a whole lot in one go.

We always love a Tipi full of flowers.

We always love a Tipi full of flowers.


Last summer we were lucky enough to be involved in many, many exciting celebrations. Corporate parties, yoga festivals, 21st birthdays, and some sensational weddings. We had a horsy theme happening setting up for the first time in an indoor horse arena, and at a stunning horse stud in northern Victoria, as well as at Living Legends, where the Melbourne cup champions go to retire!


We set up all over the place. From Russell’s Bridge, Nhill, Rochester, Portsea, Clonbinane and the ever popular and charming Collingwood Children’s Farm! (Which doesn't actually farm children, but is very child friendly). We crossed the border to set up in the beautiful Albury Botanic gardens (they are magnificent if you haven’t been) and, because it was hotter than a stove, all cooled off in the mighty Murray after a long set up!


We did a couple of events at Phillip Island (sadly no penguins) and at lots of beautiful private properties across the state.

Beautiful Phillip Island! Great place to build a tipi or three.  

Beautiful Phillip Island! Great place to build a tipi or three.



We worked with some great people. We saw friends and families come together to create fabulous celebrations – and it always felt like a privilege to be a part of those events. Lots of inspired decorating was done. Bon fires were built for warmth in the cooler months, beautiful bunting and flowers...always lots of fabulous flowers and foliage. We love what flowers can add to an event, that final touch.


And we love a creative table.  

And we love a creative table.


Also, in the short gap between ‘seasons’ we got ourselves a fabulous new website thanks to the great guys at Inhaus. It went live in early August. Tell us what you think!


Suddenly its almost Spring and we are gearing up for a fabulously busy 16/17 season. The lovely rain across Victoria this winter means verdant green paddocks and gardens as back drops for our beautiful tipis and celebrations. We have been busy meeting clients and sharing their visions at various sites in some of the most fabulous spots across Victoria. New ones like the majestic Rusty Gate in Curlewis

with THE most wonderful views across the bay and the lights beyond.


The charm of the sites we get to and the excitement for our clients as the reality of a special day starts to dawn are highlights of what we do. We always love arriving on site, the final measure up for the perfect placement of the Giant Tipis and tweaking the details of furniture, lighting and everything else we need to get exactly right. We have a fantastic job!


Your interest in us, and the support we get from all our clients, is really the icing on the cake!


Roll on Tipi season!

Another fun season!

Wow what a wonderful ride!

For those who have been waiting since LAST AUGUST for an update to the seriously infrequent Tipikata blog, I apologise. I was going to say something about holding your breath waiting for an update – but realised that would be awkward. It isn’t good enough, but my actual and genuine excuse is that the whole TK team has been bloomin busy taking our travelling tipis all over Victoria. Also in my defence, while it mightn’t be a complete substitute, there have been a few Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest updates. Which, just quietly, we are really pleased to hear your comments about. If you haven’t looked and liked – feel free.

We have had a blast. Who knew tipis could be this much fun? We have travelled to some of the most beautiful spots in the state. From up on the Murray River to Phillip Island and every where in between. We are so lucky to share magic sites with our clients and tipis.

Phil, our extraordinary Chief of Staff and Master Tipi Wrangler (some call him ‘CosMaTiWran’, but not very many. And personally I don’t find it very catchy) has done another amazing job through the busy 14/15 summer season. Our fantastic clients have given us lots of feedback about how great Phil has been at steering the truck, the trailer, the tipis and the team the length and breadth of this wide brown land to bring tipi perfection to as many of you as we can. All our team members (lets see, Aiden, Alex, Brendan, Bam, Charlie, Dan, David, Dylan, Lisa, Owen, Tall Phil, Simone …phew) have done a great job of pitching (get it?) in.

As the season gets a little quieter now, it will give us some time to do new site visits for next seasons jobs and on the home front repair the hen house, pickle the 2015 olives, check if the children remember us – and cook up some extra pizzazz for the coming season. Oh, and keep the blog up to date.


Cam & Ange Tipi Wedding

From the first time we spoke with Ange & Cam we knew that they were going to have a pretty special tipi wedding. It started with a tipi viewing so they could both see the tents in the flesh. Wanting to make sure that this was the right decision for them, they  made a very special trip to see Maddie and Aaron’s wedding tipi, a day after their event at Brim Brim Gardens in Buninyong (near Ballarat). They both fell in love with the idea and the decision was made, they were going to have a tipi wedding!

Their tipi venue was at the Collingwood Children’s Farm and with the decision made on the tipis the next thing to do was to enlist the help of the talented Kate from Events by Kate who had previously assisted a few of our clients with organizing and decorating their weddings.

Kate helped to create the atmosphere and setting they wanted, with items such as this this cute Hay Bale lounge which was set up outside the tipis on the lawn.

Ange also opted for Brentwood chairs instead of our benches and with the help of Monica from Place Settings & Kate from Events by Kate, choose some funky colors for the bridal table.

Another Kate from Hudson’s Famous Food and Catering got involved in organising the wonderful food supplied, which as you can see was enjoyed by all!

As the sun was setting on a hot day the tipis, set the scene for a magical evening of celebration and fun. It had been a hot week and thankfully Ange & Cam only had 28 degrees to endure and not the high 30’s, which was originally forecast.  As the guests relaxed into the evening it wasn’t long  before they were  dancing in a tipi under a disco ball!

An important part of any wedding is choosing the right photographer, this was no different for Ange and Cam who chose Pierre Curry to take all these stunning photos and more!

It was a beautiful night and we were so thrilled that everything went perfectly for Ange and Cam. Another happy occasion was celebrated in our tipis and we were glad…

Some Hints on Planning An Awesome Outdoor Event!

This piece was written for Ballarat Bride's Wedding Mag in April 2014

Outdoor weddings have been rising in popularity over the last few years; mainly driven by couples’ desire to have a more relaxed weddings as well as trying to keep a lid on costs. Other drivers include the desire to create a truly unique occasion for their special days. This can be achieved by opting for something a little bit different such as a tipi, when looking at shelter options.

Outdoor events are generally a more relaxed affair and with a bit of foresight and planning they can also end up being a really rewarding experience with family and friends. The key is in the planning and preparation.

Here’s a short checklist of some important things to think about before you start planning your outdoor event;

1. Book your location, Caterer and Shelter – This should really be at the top of your list when you have decided that an outdoor event is right for you.

2. What’s your wedding event style? Whether or not you choose to go with an outdoor theme for your wedding will depend on what sort of person you are. Do you love the outdoors or does the thought of being outside for your wedding send you into conniptions. Both really important questions to ask before you start planning for the big day!

3. Who’s going to do the decorating? Planning the theme and style of your event can be time consuming and challenging  if decorating is not one of your strong points! Bringing in a wedding planner/decorator is a good option for some whilst others relish the thought of DIY and creating the wedding they want.

4. Inclement Weather – Make sure you plan for both best case and worse case scenarios when it comes to weather.

5. Too much to organise – You can opt for a wedding organiser or enlist help from family and friends, if you can!

6. Choosing the Right Suppliers – Having the right supplier can make all the difference to your day. Work with people you like and trust.

Depending on your personal style there are number of alternatives for outdoor shelters. Tipis are relatively new to the events industry and are fast becoming a popular option for outdoor weddings. A unique feature of the tipis is the ability to heat them with a special indoor fireplace, which had been made specifically for the tipis.This means that oudoor weddings are not just for the warmer months of the year but can also be for the cooler ones. People are often surprised how warm it actually gets inside the tipis with the fireplace. All pluses for winter wedding celebrations.

Rain or shine here are some hints to make sure that your guests are comfortable and that your day is a success.

  1. Blankets/Wraps in case the weather is cool.
  2. Appropriate footwear – not stilettos. Although as the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water…
  3. Parasols for hot weather – keep the sun off your guests.
  4. Wedding program on a fan – help for guests to stay cool and informed.
  5. Water for hydration – bottles of water in ice buckets for warm days and avoiding the extra excitement of people fainting during the ceremony.

Winter Warming Fireside Weddings

As the days grow shorter and cooler we tend to go into wedding hibernation and think that the best wedding day opportunities have passed, and that it’s best to wait until spring to get hitched. But if you do, then you are missing out on the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the magic of TipiKata’s tipis at their very best.

With our unique tipi design, you can enjoy the wonderful experience of gathering your guests around a crackling open fire place to enjoy an intimate and cosy wedding celebration. With the tipi sides down and the smoke cap open, the weather outside can be ignored as help yourself to some mulled wine warming over the flames or toast some marshmallows as you chat. Candle light and rich coloured flowers and decorations are the perfect accompaniment to create a sense of warmth and intimacy.

And best of all, TipiKata offer a 10% discount on our tipi hire packages for weddings in June, July and August, so you can you enjoy all the magic of a winter tipi wedding for less. Get in touch with us now to book in your winter tipi wedding and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Tipi Fiesta

One of the amazing things about TipiKata’s Nordic Tipis is that they always seem to perfectly reflect the personalities of the couples that choose to celebrate in them, no matter what their style may be. Each tipi celebration is so unique and individual and the one we are about to feature totally revealed the love and fun loving nature of the couple.

Courtney and Simon were trailblazers and the first couple to ever host and celebrate a tipi wedding in South Australia. The whole family were on board and it was all hands on deck to make the vision into a reality. The couple decided on a fiesta theme and transformed their whole garden, shed and home. Guests were welcomed by a towering ceremony tipi in the front garden where the couple tied the knot in a fun filled ceremony with SA celebrity celebrant, Dorinda Hafna.

After the official bits were over, the guests wandered into the back garden, where the party tipi was ready for action. An orange and fig tree draped in fairy lights featured in the space (yep, we can put  our tipis up around trees) and a cheeky mariachi band entertained the guests until the DJ took over keeping guests dancing till sunrise.

Colourful Mexican bunting, scattered rugs and cushions, cable reel coffee tables and a sparkling chandelier all contributed to the fun and eclectic feel.

Courtney and Simon had so much fun, that before they even had a chance to go on their honeymoon, they were hatching a plan in the wee hours of the morning to bring the fun and magic of tipi celebrations to other South Australian couples. Less than six months down the track and they are about to launch Kata and Co, South Australia’s first Nordic Kata Tipi hire company. We wish this beautiful couple all the very best for their life together and for their new business.

We know that they will spread the tipi love around!

Hitched and Pitched – Wedding Glamping

As a fan of camping since I was a ‘little un’ and having enjoyed many holidays under canvas with my kids since before they could crawl, it should come as no surprise that I love the whole idea of tents and camping as a way of enjoying time with family and friends. Funny that I became an owner of a tipi hire business hey? But here’s a unique wedding idea, one that absolutely compliments our kata tipis to a T for an experience that is a stand out for a destination wedding with a difference. So your guests can enjoy the celebration from start to finish without time constraints and travel worries, why not have a camping village pitched right next to your wedding reception marquee. We call it the Hitched and Pitched experience.

Beautiful bell tent village surrounding your tipi marquee reception.

Beautiful bell tent village surrounding your tipi marquee reception.

If you’ve got a paddock on your family’s property or have hired an area at your favourite camping ground, you could always rope off an area and get your guests to BYO camping gear. But if that seems too hard on the organisation front, then here comes the icing on the cake. Wedding glamping could be the way to go! With the help of Happy Glamper, your guests could be enjoying a night in the totally luxurious and glamorous surrounds of their gorgeous vintage caravans, cutely named Peggy Sue and Norma Jean. Or if it’s canvas you’re after, a beautiful bell tent will provide comfort and a touch of style. All the setting up is taken care of, and all you have to do is go from the tipi party to glamping heaven in a matter of steps.

One of the best bits about a Hitched and Pitched wedding celebration is that you are not confined to a set number of hours and can enjoy as much time together with your guests as you want. Dancing through the night, fireside chats till the wee hours and then a recovery breakfast the next day can be enjoyed as well. With all the action and fun happening in one location, you can also tick a few boxes if a sustainable wedding is something that is important to you.

There are always great ways to reflect your personality at your wedding celebrations and if you love nature and being outdoors and don’t want to be confined by four walls, then throw open the canvas doors and let the fun begin

TipiKata Spring Open Days

We are so thrilled with our first Open Days which were held on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November at The Old Cheese Factory in Berwick. It was wonderful to meet so many couples and their families and give them an insight into the stunning and unique wedding celebrations they can have in our gorgeous tipis. We were also joined on the day by some fabulous suppliers who showcased their complimentary services. A huge thank you to Vintage LanePeggy Rose Catering, Boutique Chair Co. and Fi Mims Photography! Check out some of Fi”s fabulous photos of the tipis in action.

Tipikata Wedding Tipis

I’m always excited when there is something completely brand new in Australia, something that can completely change the style of event you’re having because it is so drop dead awesome. Today’s find? Wedding tipis!

Tipikata is a brand new Australian company who has introduced tipis for hire! If you’re looking for something different to a standard wedding venue, and a standard square or rectangular marquee just isn’t quite right? Perhaps the soft caramel colour, circular shape and stunning wooden beams might be the space for you?

One tipi can hold 70 guests (or 100 for cocktail) but the tipis can be joined together for larger celebrations holding 120 guests in a double.

There’s endless options too- sides open (relaxed and warm on a Summer’s day) or shut (cosy and snug for winter), floor matting and even (my favourite part of all) a fireplace. How fun would it be to pile a few couches around the fireplace at a winter wedding? Allowing guests to be mesmerised by the crackling fire while they’re enjoying your reception? Tipikata  also provide tents for parties too (personally I hope Mr P reads this as I’m thinking a party in a tipi for my next birthday would be just dandy?)

Tipikata is based out of Melbourne and owned by long term friends Hayley & Lina who are both excited about the magic a tipi creates. When I emailed Hayley she said “Everything about creating TipiKata has been natural and exciting for us, a kind of “this is meant to be” experience. We really want to share our vision of creativity, togetherness and connection. We want hiring a TipiKata tipi to be a complete experience, where we assist our couples to create and enjoy a totally unique celebration. ”