Planning a festival-themed wedding? Here's our guide for getting it right
Photos: Sophie Cass
You may be wondering what a festival wedding is. Typically, a festival-themed wedding will take place outside, incorporating live music, street food, glitter, flower crowns and a laid-back, boho atmosphere. Less formal than a traditional wedding, a lot of the time guests will camp out the night before or the night of the wedding. Sound good? Read on to learn how to create your own.
For the perfect festival wedding, you’ll need a large patch of land on which you can erect your stages, stalls and tipis or tents. There are many festival-ready venues available that provide basic utilities such as toilets, electricity, kitchen facilities and an indoor shelter/hall in case of adverse weather. Other options include camping or glamping sites, farms with lots of land, or even a family member or friend’s garden if it’s large enough.
Festival weddings are generally relaxed affairs, and the bride’s dress tends to follow suit. As they take place outdoors, a long and heavy dress with a large train isn’t recommended; instead, look for flowing, boho dresses that ripple in the breeze and are comfortable to wear. Alternatively, a tea-length or knee-length dress would be a good option if you want to spend the day dancing without feeling over-encumbered.
The hair and make-up
Type the words ‘festival style’ into Instagram or Pinterest and you’ll come across hundreds of photos of women with glittery faces, flower crowns and body paint. For your festival wedding, take inspiration from modern festival fashion – and make it bridal. Flower crowns are a stunning addition to any bride’s ensemble, particularly when combined with bold make-up and a little bit of glitter. If you don’t fancy being glittery and bright during your ceremony, consider setting up a glitter bar or body painter for later in the day.
If you’re having a flower crown, make sure your crown and bouquet/decorative flowers match. Wildflowers are a great option for those that want a just-picked, fresh-from-the-field look, while dried flowers are perfect for a more subtle, rustic vibe. Tie your bouquets together with bright ribbons or twine, and decorate your tables with flowers in old bottles and jam jars.
The perfect form of entertainment for a festival wedding is live music, whether you choose one band or go all-out and have a selection playing throughout the day. But festivals aren’t all about the music, so make sure to have entertainment that suits all of your guests. Photo walls or photobooths are a great way to get your guests mingling, as are garden games or carnival-style stalls. If there are children in attendance, consider hiring a bouncy castle or inflatable jungle gym.
Street food served out of food trucks, converted horseboxes and pop-up stalls are the go-to choice for festival weddings. From wood-fired pizza to messy burgers, the choices are endless; just be sure to cater to all of your guests, including those with allergies and dietary requirements. Most glamping sites and festival wedding venues won’t have a bar, so don’t forget to either hire one out or buy your alcohol and soft drinks ahead of time to create a DIY bar.