“Give me a stage and I’ll be your rock and roll queen
Your 20th century cover of a magazine
Rolling stone here I come, watch out everyone I’m singing my song.

Give me a festival and I’ll be your Glastonbury star
The lights are shining everyone knows who you are”

Amy McDonald – ‘Let’s Start A Band’

The Festival Bride

Ah, Summer the perfect time for outdoor festivals, live music, impromptu picnics. And when the sun goes down, roasting marshmallows over a log fire underneath the stars. Of course, with the British summertime in full swing, wedding season is officially upon us! Are you are in the throes of planning your forthcoming wedding for 2017 or 2018?  If you are a lover of great music, fine entertainment and generally letting go, have you considered throwing an increasingly popular ‘Festival Wedding’? The perfect theme for today’s boho bride, here we consider some of the key elements needed to make this theme really go with a swing……

With vintage and shabby chic still very much en vogue, the Festival Bride can utilise these elements to the max in planning a festival themed wedding.  Remembering the small details will set the overall feel of the wedding and can make a big difference. For a festival wedding, think ‘unstructured’. This goes for even the tiniest of details. For example, for the bridal flowers and bridal party floral head pieces think wild flowers and natural foliage such as heathers.

Festival Wedding Stationery - from Eaton Cards

Festival Stationery – found on Eaton Cards

Wedding Stationery

For wedding stationery, consider creating your own handmade wedding invitations. The invitations can incorporate key elements of what represents you and your partner as a couple and can convey to your wedding guests what your wedding celebrations will entail. Beautiful vintage invitations on recycled card, twine and ribbon can add so much detail to your wedding and make it pop with style.

Hanging Paper Lanterns and Tipi Wedding

Hanging Paper Lanterns and Tipi – found on The Hanging Lantern Company

The Wedding Venue

Of course, when organising a festival wedding it is important to consider the now somewhat unpredictable British summertime weather! Be sure to arrange adequate options for shelter – perhaps as the base for your Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception. Options include traditional marquees or even better, there is a fantastic choice of stunning tepees now available to hire for weddings and special occasions. Some tepees on the market even have additional decor incorporated into the walls of the tepee itself.  This can be seen below in this fabulous ornate tepee; adorned with a stunning floral pattern.

YPO marquee lights in floral marquee

Words To Glow Letter Lights for Hire

Having the wedding in a beautiful tepee like this with a splash of vibrant colours in the use of overhead paper lanterns and pretty hanging flowers and streamers adds that touch of ‘boho’. After dark, the addition of wooden marquee letters can add a fantastic focal point for your party and dance floor. Let your imagination go when it comes to choosing the words you would like to spell. How about ‘ME & YOU’, ‘ALWAYS YOU’, ‘FOREVER’ or your new married surname. Still not found what you are looking for? Head on over to our lovely gallery for further inspo.

Quirky touches such as flowers in everyday outdoor objects such as wheelbarrows, chimney pots or even an old pair of wellies really bring the sense of the outdoors to your wedding. We personally love the idea of using old disused light bulbs and transforming them into unique flower holders. These would look just fabulous hung over your wedding breakfast tables or hung from low branches on trees!

Wedding Lighting

As the sun goes down and the stars come out, the party really comes to life. Enhance your outdoor space and embrace the natural elements around you by introducing romantic fairy lights or string funky Edison bulbs from tree to tree.

Trees with Romantic Fairy Lights

Trees adorned with romantic fairy lights – found on Festival Brides

Wedding Entertainment

If the night stays dry, your guests can warm themselves by a fire pit whilst toasting marshmallows and listening to campfire songs. Of course, your choice of music for your wedding reception should really encapsulate the overall feel of your day. There are a great choice of live musicians and bands available to hire for such occasions. Be sure to either go on personal recommendation or make sure you go along to one of your potential choice’s gigs prior to booking. The music can certainly make or break your celebrations; you want to make sure the choice you are making is the correct one.

[Fire Pit Sign found on Brit Co

Fire Pit Sign found on Brit Co

The Little Details

Leave some blankets near the fire pit for when the air gets chilly. Guests can cosy up together around the fire. If your budget stretches this far, a romantic fireworks display would be the definitive closure to an incredible day.

Grab a Blanket and Get Cosy - Something Turquoise

Grab a Blanket and Get Cosy – found on Something Turquoise

As the day draws to a close, add in some keepsakes and mementos of your special day. This could be in the form of a festival wrist band for your wedding guests with the date of your wedding or even homemade Polaroid selfies. For your own wedding day memory box, why not get your friends and family to sign old vinyl records as an different and cool alternative to the traditional wedding guest book.

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