How to hold a festival themed wedding

17 Aug 2016

Rock out with a festival themed wedding; the perfect choice for couples who love to party in the great outdoors

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Themed weddings are a great idea. They streamline the planning process and add a ton of fun for the couple and their guests. Favourite films, vintage eras, or beautiful locations are all popular themes on which to base your wedding. Another growing trend is festival themed weddings. Anyone who loves music, food, the outdoors, and a relaxed vibe will love a festival theme.

The team at ID & C know a bit about festivals, providing wristbands, lanyards and passes to all manner of festivals for years, as well as customised options for smaller scale events, like weddings or birthday parties. Here are a few great ideas for a festival themed wedding to help you get started.


The dress

The right dress can set the whole tone for a festival themed wedding. Think '70s bohemian; imagine you’re attending Woodstock or Glastonbury back in the day. You want a look that is classy and elegant, but also unfussy and laid-back. For silhouettes, try a long slim-fit dress like a sheath or a trumpet style. Pick a flowing fabric like crepe or georgette with details like a backless design, Chantilly lace, or beading.

The favours

Music favours are a great complement to your festival theme. You could make a mix CD of your favourite songs as a couple, or create a customised Spotify playlist for everyone to enjoy after the wedding ends. Wristbands also fit well with the theme, as everyone associates them with summer festivals. You can choose your preferred material – fabric, vinyl, or silicone – and personalise them to match your colour scheme. In addition to the wedding date and the couple’s names, the wristband can also have the wedding hashtag, if you’re using one. You could even get two different sets of colours – one for guests of the bride and the other for guests of the groom.


The flowers

Fresh flowers are a must at a festival themed wedding.  Flowers like spray roses, lily of the valley, clematis, sweet peas, peonies, pincushion flowers, daffodils, and wildflowers are all good choices for the countryside festival theme. Hand-tied or cascading bouquets give more of a relaxed feel than the classic round posy.

Flowers can also be incorporated in the bride’s hair. Flower crowns have increased in popularity recently, and work well with bohemian hairstyles like messy braids and loose waves. You can incorporate leaves, twigs, and buds as well to make things look even more natural.

The décor

Excellent decorations make the wedding venue come alive. As sophisticated as fancy decorations might look, they won’t suit the festival theme. Instead, opt for handmade, DIY, or vintage elements. Mismatched crockery and furniture, embroidery, jam jars, picnic blankets, handwritten signs – these all go with the festival theme. Think of it as an opportunity to browse flea markets and vintage shops, or to support local craftspeople. You can also enlist your artistically-gifted friends and family to help out.

Incorporating common festival objects into the décor is another good idea. Lanyards are a ubiquitous feature at festivals, and they make great place cards. You can customise everything from the colour to the font to the length. They do double duty – set on the table to show guests where to sit during dinner, and worn around guests’ necks to encourage socialising once the dancing begins.


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