We’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing wedding planning couples in the UK so far this season and have absolutely loved seeing the different ideas and wedding visions being brought to life. One of our most popular style of wedding this year is the festival wedding or ‘wed-fest’ – think the great outdoors, tipi’s, relaxed vibes and a party that goes down in history as the one to remember! With this style of wedding becoming so prominent, we thought we should share some ideas on how to throw a festival wedding in style…
First of all, it’s important to understand that for many outdoor spaces, you will need to consider separating the legalities from the main event. There are many restrictions on where and how you can get married so lots of our couples opt for getting the ‘paperwork’ element completed (quietly and often privately) at a registry office before choosing a celebrant to lead their ceremony in the chosen venue space.
The purpose of a festival wedding is to celebrate in a relaxed way, so forget the formality, this wedding style is all about having fun! Lots of couples who opt for a festival wedding are looking to escape the traditional, so no sit-down 3-course set menus here! Instead, a big open space, decorated with large tipi’s, glamping villages, deckchairs and hay bales is the order of the day.
When it comes to eating on your festival wedding day, food trucks rule. Create your very own festival street food market by mixing and matching styles – fish and chip vans are super popular and frankly, it isn’t a proper festival without hot doughnuts, crepes or an ice cream or two. Not only will your wedding guests love the choices on offer, this relaxed way of eating offers free flowing food – great for keeping the energy levels up for dancing and partying the night away. Don’t forget to whip up a signature cocktail or two, fill some tubs with beers and cider and her presto, the summer vibe is right here!
Next – music, it’s critical for any festival wedding! Grab some musical friends to jam together throughout the day and when it comes to the evening – no cheesy wedding tunes, this is all about live bands followed by authentic DJ’s who will keep you dancing in your chosen style of music throughout the night – think hands in the air, euphoric sounds that really get the party started. Why not add in a face painter or glitter bar (for kids AND adults!), fire juggler and stilt walker just to add that extra touch of festival fun.
When it comes to décor, set the right tone. Bright colours, neon signs, ribbon backdrops and of course lots of candles will help you create that perfect festival wedding vibe. The joy here is that your décor can be as relaxed as the rest of your day so have fun creating personalised signage, DIY photo booths, outdoor living rooms and any other touches that say ‘the party starts here’!
Fancy chatting through your festival wedding plans? Great! We’re all ears! Pop on over to our contact page: www.onecuriousdream.com/contact