Do you love festivals? The excitement of applying for tickets, seeing which of your favourite bands are playing, choosing the friends you’ll go with, where you’ll camp, what you’ll wear?
Maybe you even met your other half at a festival? Or perhaps you’re a quirky sort of bride rather than a traditional type, and want to bring some elements of a festival into your big day.
A festival theme is a great look for a wedding – it’s relatively straightforward to put together (and certainly something our stylists could help with) and offers plenty of inspiration.
Thinking About Stationery
Instead of sending out traditional wedding invitations, why not use your festival theme from the word go and send out invitations that look like festival tickets. The wording could go something like “James and Sarah Invite You To Their Marriage Festival” . You could add a dress theme (festival of course), state which bands are playing, give details of the venue, the time etc.
For a bit of fun, you could also create festival wristbands to include with the wedding invitation featuring the date and your names.
There are many creative stationers out there to help you get the look right and Pinterest is a good place to start looking for wedding stationery inspiration.
What You’ll Wear
If you’re going for this option, we suggest that the bride rocks a bit of a boho look. Long wavy hair and maybe a garland of flowers for a headband. Your bridesmaids could be dressed along similar lines – and it’s worth considering dressing them up in different coloured frocks in floaty fabrics like chiffon.
Rather than a formal wedding dress, you might like to look for something vintage – a dress cut on the bias would work well or something 1920’s style with a dropped waistband. Your bridegroom can also get in on the look – this is perfect if he’s not the type to wear a formal morning coat – he can really indulge his festival tastes.
How Your Venue Should Look
For a festival, an outdoor marquee or even a yurt is an absolute must. Put festival flags up outside and give your guests haybales to sit on for that Glastonbury authenticity. Obviously you’ll have to allow for the English weather so you’ll need seating inside too.
As the sun goes down, place coloured lanterns along walkways and outside to give a relaxed atmosphere.
Inside the venue, ask your stylist to decorate the roof and ceiling with coloured paper lanterns (which can come in just about any shade you want) for that cool, funky vibe.
What To Eat
We’d say that this is a wedding where you should really opt for a buffet. Think about bowl food from different cultures – Thai, Indian, Chinese … exactly the kind of sustenance you’d expect at a festival. You could also have a hog roast and an ice cream van.
Maybe ask your local Thai restaurant to cater your wedding – they’ll set up their own equipment and supply cutlery and crockery to suit.
And one of our stylists could get the look absolutely right – for Thai style food we’d suggest decorating chairs in multi-coloured silk sashes and putting Eastern style lanterns on the tables.
We’d also suggest having a cocktail bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and maybe some beers from a local micro-brewery?
As the night goes on and your guests dance and socialise, they’re likely to get peckish again so set up a retro sweetie table for them to browse through and have a dessert table too.
This is key to giving your guests the real festival experience. Look out for one or even two live bands that can play sets throughout the night. Maybe a tribute band like ‘Bjorn Again’ or one that echoes your favourite music style. You can also have a DJ and if the weather allows, set up a dance floor under the stars – which will make yours a wedding to remember.
Where Everyone Should Stay
Rather than stay in a hotel, see if you can give your guests the real festival experience and allow them to camp outside. Glamp it up and opt for a venue that will provide decent toilets and hot showers for the morning after.
This kind of wedding theme is immensely do-able and just requires a little bit of imagination – which is something one of our stylists would love to help you with. They’ll have all the props you’re looking for to get your day looking the way you want it too, so contact us today and see how we could help you.