It may well be cold and miserable outside but in our line of work, we're already thinking a few seasons ahead to Summer weddings. And that means beautiful weather (fingers crossed), outdoor ceremonies, lawn games and most of all, marquees and tents. We love working in outdoor structures like these because it really is a blank canvas and you can let your imagination run wild around those poles.
Who better to talk to and get the low-down on wedding tents than one of our favourite suppliers, Papakata! Today, we're talking to the lovely Kate Wilson, Event Planner at Papakata.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PAPAKATA! HOW DID THE COMPANY COME ABOUT?
PapaKåta was founded in 2006, when looking for a unique venue for their own wedding, Directors Amanda and Richard Monaghan fell in love with the beautiful giant Scandinavian teepees. Fast forward to 2016, we’re now one of the most experienced providers of teepees and the exclusive provider of Sperry sailcloth tents in the UK. Over the past 10 years PapaKåta have delivered over 2,000 events - a portfolio of fabulous and memorable celebrations that we’re hugely proud of. More recently we’ve been working on extending our offering of premium products for the events industry.
WHAT MAKES THE PAPAKATA EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER MARQUEE SERVICES?
Here at PapaKata we take pride in delivering more than just a tent, we create celebrations and in turn help to make those happy memories that last a lifetime. We’re always on hand to help with the planning and happy to answer any questions and requests that our thrown our way, no matter how weird or wonderful!
TIPIS HAVE BEEN TRENDING FOR A GOOD FEW YEARS NOW. HOW DO YOU SEE THE TREND DEVELOPING AND EVOLVING OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS?
Formerly the choice for bohemian weddings and parties, the tipis seem to evolve with the times and the trends...you can do as little, or as much to the tents as you like! When it comes to our in-house styling and accessorising, we take our cues from fashion and interior design. Both feed into the event styling, over the years we’ve seen rustic-luxe, minimalist, old school glamour and more recently geometric and carnival inspired events, to name a few, the sky really is the limit!
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT TENTS AND MARQUEES IS THAT IT'S YOUR VERY OWN BLANK CANVAS SPACE, YOU CAN LITERALLY DO WHATEVER YOU WANT IN THERE. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN WHEN IT COMES TO KITTING OUT YOUR TENT?
We couldn’t agree more! The beauty of the teepees and the Sperry tents is that they can be transformed to create a party space that’s unique to those who are celebrating inside. Our current favourite design is Farmhouse luxe – the focus is on texture and warmth, something that our tents have in the bucket loads. Whatever the style inside, our aim is for magical and unforgettable, that way we’re always on trend!
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING, BOUNDARY-PUSHING, AMAZING BUILD YOU'VE WORKED ON TO DATE?
We’ve been so lucky in that we get to travel the country delivering our fabulous tents. We find ourselves in some fabulous locations and love the challenge that comes with it, you rarely hear of us turning down a job! This does however mean our imaginations are pushed to the limit to create ever more memorable events. Ones that stick out in my mind are roof top teepees and swimming pool spanning Sperry tents, to name a few!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE COUPLES LOOKING AT HOLDING AN OUTDOOR WEDDING, PLANNING TO USE A TENT OR MARQUEE?
Planning is key! Take a look at the bigger picture first rather than the details. Once you’ve found your perfect venue, we encourage site visits to check that it really is the venue for you, and the place where your wedding day dreams can be brought to life. The British weather has a lot to answer for, good and bad! It’s important not to fixate on that outdoor drinks reception, but rather to have a contingency plan for all occasions. Also, remember to embrace whatever the elements throw at you. Some of our most memorable events have been made all the more magical by the unexpected - be it rainbows, sunsets and even April snow!
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT ANY EXCITING NEW FEATURES OR IDEAS YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR 2017, WHAT'S IN THE WORKS?
We look forward to sharing our first bespoke scent in the form of a luxury candle. The idea being to embed precious memories through scent, and transport those who’ve partied with us back to their magical PapaKåta event.
We’re also always looking to complement our beautiful tents with a collection of furnishings that create the warmth and luxury that has become synonymous with PapaKåta. Watch this space for new and exciting products to accessorise your events in 2017!