Would you love a festival wedding? If you are looking to create a laid back romantic day that challenges the more traditional wedding, we are here to help. Inspired by the uber cool festival weddings we had the pleasure of supplying glamping and bridal tents to, here are five quick tips along with links to useful sites to help you kick start planning your very own festival wedding.
How about an English Herb Farm? A stately home, vineyard or a loved one’s garden? All you need is a big outside space that you can transform. By introducing bell tents and marquees you can uniquely build a dream venue to host each element of your day.
Alongside marquees, there is lots of fun to be had surprising your guests with a less traditional approach to things like a bar! For example, a bus as the bar or a cocktail shack. As well as accommodation for your guests, you could use bell tents for chill out lounges, kids play areas or pamper zones to create unique spaces. And why not dress the natural areas of your venue with vintage seats placed under trees?
When the space is yours to play with, you can be as individual and daring as you like so the wedding reflects your personality.
Are you a total foodie? Or do you get annoyed with the formality of the wedding breakfast?
People worry that an outside wedding means the food won’t be up to much! Going to be bold and say that is a total myth. Caterers can set up fully functioning kitchens on site. We have worked on plenty of weddings where they have had wonderfully fully catered sit down meals and the menus have been truly bespoke to the wedding party. Look at our friends list for our recommended caterers.
Equally, if you want a laid back vibe how about picnic hampers on tables or even picnic rugs for the guests to share? Street style food inspired by your travels. Something local to where you live? Like your fave local pies! Or what about the idea of take away treats? Fish and chips. Travelling pizza ovens. Yummy hog roast and BBQs. People can pull up a hay bale or you can lay tables and places for people to eat within marquees.
3. The DIY Details
Is it all about the little details for you? If you shouted yes to this then planning a festival style wedding is perfect for you as you can add detail every step of the way;from stocking your own plates to making your own wedding stationery.
Ideas for unique favours such as a wedding playlist as your place setting and many more can be found on Rock My Weddings DIY tutorials. But be warned, once you look on this site you may be hooked and spend hours browsing all its clever ideas!
An outside space can mean hanging lanterns from trees. Deck chairs and hay bales as seating. Fire pits and festoon lighting add a stunning light to the evening. Use photos of family and friends to decorate areas. Flags of beautiful bright coloured material in lines to create walk ways. Hand written wooden signs to show people the way to areas around the venue. The list is endless, you can be as creative as you want. If you are worried you will need help along the way there are wedding planners and stylists who can do the styling with you and on the day for you.
Want your day to be ‘blooming’ lovely? Throughout your marquees and bell tents you could create floral arches, garlands and herb areas. Use the simplicity of wheelbarrows and watering cans to stage your area. Old wooden ladders can be placed with plants in clay pots. We stumbled across a blog article on creating the rustic look using herbs and greenery, check out the article on One Fab Day for more inspiration. Think seasonal too.
Seriously, you hear your granny cry, camping at a wedding? Ok, well it may not be for everyone but glamping (aka luxurious fully furnished beautiful bell tents) works at a wedding for many reasons. Not only are bell tents an affordable option for you and your guests, but having a glamping village at your wedding allows your guests to stay all together in one space, meaning the party can continue. The luxurious bell tent accommodation is a talking point for your guests, creating an added buzz of excitement. When they arrive to find their very own beautifully furnished spot of luxury they will be totally charmed. The glamping village adds such a focal point and closeness to the day it becomes more than just accommodation.
Our bridal suite provides a luxurious haven for a wedding night to remember. With finishing touches inside our bell tents such as a chandelier, wrought iron double bed, crisp white bed linen, fairy lights, bunting, flowers, blankets, chocolates and champagne you may never want to leave.
Although when you smell breakfast wafting through the air and hear your loved ones chatting around the camp fire about your glorious day, you may be tempted to join them!
We pride ourselves on going that extra mile to make your wedding one you’ll never forget. To add those memorable touches we offer bespoke options such as heart shaped chalk boards to ensure each guest knows which tent is theirs, colour theming tents including flowers and bunting, internal & external lighting plus festoon lighting around the bell village. We also offer extras such as champagne breakfasts and afternoon tea. The list is endless as we believe that each wedding should be as unique as the couple getting hitched!
Check out the story of our clients Hannah and Zac who featured on festival brides recently for more inspiration on building your very own DIY festival wedding.
We hope this post has enticed you into doing it your way. If you want to learn more please just give us a call. Whatever you need, just ask, we’ll be happy to help.
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