How to plan a festival wedding

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Planning a festival wedding?

If you’re currently wedding planning across London or the East of England (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge or Essex) and are hoping to plan a festival wedding, today’s blog will tick all of the boxes for you! Perfect for couples who wish to embrace those laid-back festival vibes, this style of wedding is relaxed, informal and all about the fun – read on to this blog from our 2018 archives to find out how to plan the perfect festival-themed wedding!

Festival wedding planners 

As a Norfolk based wedding planner, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some fantastic wedding planning couples right across the UK this season and have 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, generally with tipi’s, relaxed vibes and a party that goes down in history as the one to remember! With festival and tipi weddings becoming so prominent, we thought we would share some ideas on how to plan an epic festival wedding!

Festival Wedding Ceremony

First of all, it’s important to understand that many festival wedding venues across the UK are not licensed spaces. This means that you’ll need to conduct your legal wedding ceremony separately at a registry office before hiring a wedding celebrant to lead your wedding ceremony at your festival wedding venue.

Festival wedding celebrant

The joy of hiring a wedding celebrant is that you can create a festival-themed wedding ceremony that’s entirely personal and unique – in fact, why not get the party started AT your wedding ceremony? Couples often choose to incorporate fun elements from sing-a-longs through to shot drinking, with a celebrant-led ceremony, the world is your oyster!

Festival wedding food

The purpose of planning a festival wedding is to create a genuinely relaxed and fun celebration, so forget the formalities when it comes to your wedding breakfast. Lots of couples who opt for a festival wedding are looking to escape the traditional elements that can feel restrictive. This often means that sit-down 3-course meals are replaced with food trucks, BBQ’s or even street food style markets with plenty of options from burgers through to hot doughnuts! We’re spoilt for choice in Norfolk & Suffolk with some incredible wedding caterers, most of whom will be happy to work to any specific menu requirements.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match food options either – fish and chip vans are super popular, and frankly, it isn’t a proper festival without hot crepes or an ice cream or two. Not only will your wedding guests love the choices on offer, but this relaxed way of eating also offers free-flowing food – great for keeping the energy levels up for dancing and partying the night away.

Festival wedding drinks

When it comes to festival wedding drinks, keep things simple, and you guessed it, relaxed! A signature cocktail or two served from Kilner jars alongside tubs with ice-cold beers and cider work wonders and help you create those Glasto vibes!

Festival wedding music

For most couples planning a festival wedding, music is top of the priority list! Investing in great musicians or a fantastic wedding DJ will ensure you have a packed dancefloor, and keep in mind that when it comes to entertainment, you do get what you pay for!

Festival wedding ideas

To enhance your festival atmosphere, why not hire a face painter or glitter bar (for kids AND adults!), fire juggler or stilt walker to add some wow-factor! Flower crown bars are also incredibly popular still, and temporary tattoo stations also give your guests something fun to play with. Remember, a festival wedding is all about the playful!

Festival wedding styling

When it comes to festival wedding décor, be bold! 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’!

Hire a festival wedding planner!

If you’re planning a festival wedding across London or the East of England (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge or Essex) and would like to chat through your plans, we’d love to hear from you!

You can reach us on 0800 772 0765 or [email protected] or book a free wedding consultation here.

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