Red7 , June 4, 2014
Festival wedding… Glastonbury is close on the season horizon and Britain is digging out the tents and fold up chairs in preparation for a summer of dancing in muddy fields, drinking cider out of paper cups and watching the biggest acts rock stages all over the UK. There’s no doubting that us Brits know how to rock a festival, so much so, that some of us are even choosing to throw our own.
The latest craze to sweep our anorak and welly-loving nation is the festival wedding.
There are websites dedicated to organising a creative and hugely personal wedding experience for free-spirited couples who want to make sure they really are the headliners of their big day.
Imagine holding your wedding outdoors in an enchanting forest filled with fairy lights or a village of marquees in a lakeside meadow. The guests can be treated to performers, imaginative decorations, bonfires, barbecues and top it all of with camping under the stars.
These are a chance for newlyweds to recreate all of the magic and excitement of a free-spirited festival without the smelly portaloos and dodgy burger vans.
Here’s a few inspiring ideas to create a dream wedding.
1. Dress your bridesmaids in flower headdresses, boho hairstyles and loose-flowing dresses. Festival wedding bridalwear can be far more fairytale than traditional weddings.
2. Buy your festival wedding guests personalised wellies or provide a bucket of fun ones for them to grab at the door if the grass gets too muddy.
3. Set your festival wedding in a woodland a string the trees with hammocks for the guests to relax in.
4. Hire a gourmet street food van to cater for your wedding.
5. Organise games to keep your festival wedding guests entertained, such as a treasure hunt or lawn games.
6. Hold your festival wedding in the grounds of a hotel so guests who don’t like to camp can have a bed for the night – or hire some vintage-style caravans and campervans.
7. Book circus performers such as fire-breathers and acrobats to turn your festival wedding into a mystical spectacle as the day turns into night.
8. Hold your festival wedding next to a lake or river where the guests can refresh themselves the next morning wit some wild swimming and a hearty barbecue breakfast.
9. Make your own decorations to make the festival venue completely unique. Use bunting, lights, paint old furniture with bright colours or even create huge art installations. You could provide the guests with art materials and string up an enormous canvas and ask them to contribute to a commemorative art piece.
10. Erect festival-style wooden signs around the wedding venue, such as ‘photo booth, ‘festival line up’ (with the programme) or ‘glamping.’
11. Send the guests festival wedding or wristbands in advance. These could include a personalised wedding favour or free drink vouchers.
12. Decorate a tree with framed photographs of the bride and groom and the wedding photographs of their family members.
13. Hire out a tipi and decorate with hay bales, bean bags and pretty cushions.
14. Splash the cash on a posh portacabin with proper toilets and showers if you choose to hold your festival wedding in a remote location.
15. Turn your wedding into a carnival and hire palm readers and candy floss stalls or even go all out and hire some fairground rides. Imagine how good your wedding photographs will look on a vintage carousel?
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