Planning Your Yurt Wedding
Updated: Mar 19
Looking for a totally unique wedding venue that gives you the freedom to design your perfect day? Yurts are the perfect show stopper for your big day! They're a unique alternative to marquee's and tipi's. As with any DIY venue and outdoor wedding, there’s lots to think about so we’ve put together this guide to help you with your wedding planning.
Our yurts travel across Yorkshire and the neighbouring counties (Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire) so you can get married ‘anywhere’! The first thing to do is think about where you want to say your I do’s. Do you have a large garden? Is a farm more your style? Or do you want to go big and celebrate in the grounds of a country estate?
Our Site Finding Service does make this part simpler as we take the hassle away from you. We find out more about you and your event so we can recommend sites that suit your style, requirements and budget. It comes at an additional cost but it's worth saving your time and energy for the rest of the planning. If you want to go it alone, have a look at Borrow My Garden National Trust or Field Hire for a list of incredible venues. The land for your yurt needs to be fairly flat without too many big lumps and bumps and well drained.
If you’re choosing land yourself, make sure your guests can get there by driving or public transport and that there’s parking available. If you have guests staying over, you might want to think about what accommodation is nearby. If your site allows, why not get your guests to bring a tent and create your own campsite? It would be an incredible festival wedding!
As we all know, you can’t rely on the weather here in the UK. A yurt means that everyone will be kept dry and warm if it rains and is well ventilated if the sun does shine.
As a yurt is a temporary structure, this means you can’t get legally married in one but you can still have a ceremony to exchange vows. You can then make it ‘official’ before or after the big day.
Do you have a rough guest list in mind already? Our yurts can hold up to 95 people when podded together. If that’s not big enough for your full wedding day why not have a yurt set up for your reception drinks or a unique bar area alongside your venue?
With a DIY wedding, this is where you can really go wild and choose suppliers that suit you as a couple. Most suppliers are experienced in working at outdoor, DIY weddings and will have some incredible ideas on how to make your day special.
Firstly, think about your vibe. A mood board is a great way to showcase your inspiration and communicate your ideas with your suppliers. Pinterest is usually the number 1 choice for couples and is easy to share if you can’t meet your suppliers in person.
Your yurt will need some furniture such as tables and chairs if you’ll be dining in there. If you’re wanting a bar, you may want to hire a self serve bar or something a bit different such as a prosecco van. You don’t have to have bar staff if you don’t want to – guests love being able to have some fun making their own drinks!
Styling and floristy are the exciting part and is when your day really starts to come to life. Yurts are the perfect blank canvas and the sky is the limit! Decorations can be hung from the roof, trellis and doorways so your yurt can be truly personal. Your stylist will work with you to understand how you want your day to look and can be as hands on as you want them to be. Hiring your styling, props and décor also means you’re being kind to the environment so it’s a great way to be sustainable.
Think about the food you want to feed your guests. Food vans are a great informal and unique option that are easy to organise. If you want to feed your guests a full three course meal, this can also be done. Most caterers will bring their own ovens, equipment and catering tent to make all your food from. This can be hidden round the back of the yurt so it’s not seen by your guests but check that they will also take their waste away with them.
As a yurt is a temporary structure there are some other things you’ll need to consider such as toilets, heating and power. There are loads of portable toilet companies across Yorkshire who offer much more than your standard portaloo! The amount of heating and power you need will depend on the size of your event. Worth chatting through with your suppliers to make sure what you hire can cater for your wedding size.
Another way to ease your workload is hiring an on-the-day co-ordinator who will take care of everything for you. This means you can relax and really enjoy the day without having to worry about organising your suppliers and guests.
We love a yurt wedding so if there's any part of the planning you need help with, we're here for you!