Planning a festival wedding- the ultimate guide
So I bloody love a good festival. Actually that’s a lie. I love the good bits. The MUSIC for one. The outdoor drinking. The planning cool outfits. The feeling when you’re dancing like a loon on cloud 9 and forgetting the real world. I can leave the mud, and the pitching tents, and the stinky toilets though, if I’m being honest, thanks muchly.
But that’s why planning a festival wedding is SO GREAT. You can plan it your way! So if you want a cool Indie covers band, followed by a Spice Girls tribute act and a silent disco, you go right ahead. If you want to rock out with your cock out, and set up the most awesome mosh pit ever, you go for it. The world is your lobster. You can wear what you like- a princess dress and wellies? A glittery jumpsuit? A bright pink suit and flowers in your beard? Hell. Jeans and a t-shirt if you like. It’s YOUR DAY.
Festival weddings are an awesome way to express YOU. It’s informal and relaxed, without any pomp and circumstance- you can basically throw that wedding rule-book right out! It can be all about you as a couple and the things you love. From live music to street food vans, flower crowns to bonfire cook-outs- there’s a bazillion options. What’s more, you can make the party last longer by turning the wedding into a weekend-long event with on-site camping and an after party chill-out. In short, there is literally no limit to how awesomely YOU a festival wedding can be.So (sorry, I’m waffling aren’t I? Can you tell festival weddings really get me excited?!!) here’s my best tips for making your festival wedding bloody AWESOME. P.S. The images in this blog are from Nova and Jack’s fabulous wedfest in Tamworth and Maddy & Mike’s beautiful outdoor wedding at Spring Cottage in Rivington. Click the links to read more about their days!
1)Finding a location for your festival weddingFinding a location for a when you’re planning a festival wedding can be a bit tricky. Although it’s becoming more popular, if you haven’t got a family farm to utilise, you might feel a bit stuck. The best advice I can offer is, don’t be afraid to ask! Local farmers will often rent a field for a small fee. Even sports clubs or village greens are worth an ask! Village halls are a great option too for a dry-hire, blank-canvas space. Remember, if you don’t ask, you don’t get! Just don’t forget to check out the legalities, such as music licences and when live music has to stop, as well as being able to serve alcohol. Hiring a bar can be a great option, and is often free if you can guarantee a certain number of guests. If you’re looking fot an AWESOME humanist celebrant, try Halde Pottinger,, Katie The Celebrant, or Lorraine- Liverpool Celebrant
2) Get your guests excited for Wedfest funYour invites are the first clue your guests get about your wedding. Get their juices flowing with an awesome festival themed invite. Ticket style invites are awesome, or go the whole hog and send them a wristband or lanyard to wear on the day! There’s usually tons of extra info to add to festival invites- can guests camp on site? Do you want them to bring a dessert for a Bake Off style contest? Do you want them to wear their best festival style get-up and leave the stilettos at home? Pack that invite with all the info and get them excited for the wedding of the year. There’s some fab ones on Etsy!
3) Plan a super-personal ceremony for your wedding festival
The best bit about planning a festival wedding, is that you don’t have to be limited by anyone else’s rules. Your ceremony can be really, ridiculously personal, with any songs, readings and ideas that you fancy. My favourite ceremonies, the ones that make my eyes leak, are the ones that a gorgeously individual, sharing tales of how you met, how you fell in love, and little sneaky peaks into your lives together. I’ve had couples dance and sing during their ceremonies, play each other songs, and read each other poems they have written. From hand-fasting, to jumping the broom, you can include any (or no) traditions into your day too. Plus, what’s even better, you can have them outdoors- what about in a fairy-lit forest glen with your guests seated on haybales, or get dramatic with it on a Pyramid stage of your own making? Just do the legal bit at another time (because, two outfits, right?) and make your wedding day perfect for you.
Alternatively, find a licenced venue with a festival feel. Some of my favourites include: Spring Cottage, Rivington, The Normans, Betty’s Tipis, Camp Katur, The Palm House, Hinterlands, Camp & Furnace, Hush, Fforest– in fact there’s loads- I’m sure I can help you find somewhere amazing!!