Yurt Living: Weddings + Special Events

Selene and Alex Cole have a US-neighbor company, Little Foot Yurts, in Nova Scotia. Their style is based on traditional Mongolian and Kazakh yurt designs.

Most regions in the US have some style of yurt company these days, so what’s the big deal? The answer is rental and setup services.

Selene and Alex obviously know how to create an elegant wedding. Services include setup for ceremony, reception, and lodging. Seating plan options are perfected for all occasions.

I am impressed with how the seating counts are known for each layout, be it for a ceremony or dining. The Cole’s can tell you how many people can fit around entertainment, a bar, dance floor, etc.

The setup includes lighting and flooring. They provide 100% natural coconut husk herringbone weave flooring and say it’s best for uneven ground. It rolls out in sections and has an ambient feel. Terms detailed on the site reveal experienced perspectives.

Their popular rental has a seven-foot, hand-carved wooden entry door. The domed cathedral ceiling is a focal point and the Egyptian cotton canvas walls can be opened for ventilation and effect.

Perfect weather is not a worry and the shelter is secure. If you must call it a tent, it’s the Rolls Royce!

Other yurt occasions may be a festival, family celebration or for a community event. Pictured is a vendor exhibit scene. White canvas-walled yurts are ideal for media interviews and press conferences.

Workshops are popular and the Cole family conducts their own for yurt builder enthusiasts at any skill level. They also cater to educators for schools and youth programs.

Wouldn’t it be nice if every existing yurt company offer rentals and setup services? Evidently the Cole family encourages yurts for every occasion and proudly displays how it can be done.

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I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on www.ChicEco.com, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning “who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design.”

Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art — from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers.

From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases!

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I’m originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here.

Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that’s not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style.

In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai’i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It’s a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.

  • I would highly recommend Selene and Alex’s yurt building workshops, have heard only glowing reports from former participants.

    Their yurts are certainly beautiful! And I agree with you, Delia, it would be a great business for some aspiring entrepreneurs to rent yurts (and tipis) for weddings and special events. I’m getting more inquiries all the time from folks looking for yurts to rent in various parts of the country.

    Hats off to Little Foot Yurts for leading the way!

    becky kemery

  • I would highly recommend Selene and Alex’s yurt building workshops, have heard only glowing reports from former participants.

    Their yurts are certainly beautiful! And I agree with you, Delia, it would be a great business for some aspiring entrepreneurs to rent yurts (and tipis) for weddings and special events. I’m getting more inquiries all the time from folks looking for yurts to rent in various parts of the country.

    Hats off to Little Foot Yurts for leading the way!

    becky kemery

  • I love their version of the cupola, it is nearly a two story yurt design. Beautiful and very inspiring! I agree with Becky, this is a brilliant idea!

    Melissa Fletcher

  • I love their version of the cupola, it is nearly a two story yurt design. Beautiful and very inspiring! I agree with Becky, this is a brilliant idea!

    Melissa Fletcher