Our Events Operations Executive, Amy has been looking at festival weddings. Expect mud, bell tents and hay bales as Amy introduces the festival wedding to you. Couples looking for a more relaxed occasion are using music as the heart of their day. Celebrities such as Kate Moss, Lilly Allen and Jade Jagger led the way back in 2011 with these festival styled weddings. So expect boho dresses, flower crowns and wellies. A festival wedding is so versatile you can be as traditional or alternative as you want.
When we think of festivals we think of muddy fields, music, colour and most importantly fun and believe it or not this can all be incorporated into your big day. Invites can be tickets for your very own WEDFEST. Guests could each have a wrist band as favours and use VIP passes as a table plan to give your guests a truly authentic experience and that is just the stationary.
We are seeing anything from bell tents in bright green fields to ceremonies in woodland areas and even indoor festival themed weddings. Some of these last a whole weekend too. If you are a couple that love festivals and you want something a bit different for your big day then the festival wedding may be the wedding for you.
While the ceremony is always the most important part of any wedding a relaxed ceremony in a wooded area or an outdoor ceremony with hay bales for your guests to sit on may be more appealing to you than a formal wedding ceremony. While we are talking formalities, this is the chance to change up traditions if you want to. A hand fastening incorporated into a ceremony is growing in popularity, women are walking themselves down the aisle, any tradition can be adapted or changed in this setting because the guests are having a new wedding experience.
The ultimate festival wedding accessory has to be a bell tent. Without a doubt the centre of your celebrations unless you are brave and trusting the British weather for your day. This iconic tent is the perfect backdrop for your wedding breakfast and we have so many options for the food. How about hiring some food trucks for your guests to pick from? You can always have a more formal affair with seating plans and food served to the table but a few different food trucks that guests can pick at their leisure on the day is a real festival experience.
If your wedding is an outdoor affair with no bar in sight you really have to think about how you are going to get drinks for your guests. Wine in ice buckets on tables is a good start but think about a mobile bar. Fresh pints and cocktails for you and your guests to enjoy once the wine has run out and to keep you hydrated throughout the festival.
So the real reason you have chosen a festival wedding is your love of music but why stop there with the entertainment? Yes, a decent line up, a killer headline and a cool DJ is going to be the main attraction of your day but what about a wedding bouncy castle or a photo booth? These little touches add to the fun element of your day, keep your guests entertained and don’t tell me you don’t want to jump on a bouncy castle in your wedding dress. Couples are incorporating lounge areas with bean bags, foot stools and cushions to encourage relaxing and chatting.
The boho wedding trend is huge now, think thick lace and flower crowns. These boho wedding dresses are cool and casual but you still stand out as the bride. Bridesmaids dresses can be floral not just plain and you can use so much colour in flowers and decorations. Grooms are dressed more casually for the festival wedding and wellies are essential footwear.
Christmas is a time to sparkle and a festive wedding can be a lovely additional celebration at such a happy time of year. Couples who love Christmas should really consider festive weddings as you can incorporate all the things you love about Christmas into your wedding day, from mistletoe to mulled wine.
Masks have now become mandatory in the UK since September for indoor public places and this includes wedding venues. Amy has looked at the best masks for your big day and even ways to incorporate them into your wedding.