Recently, wedding days have given way to wedding weekends and for those perhaps on a bigger budget – wedding weeks! Couples are taking more responsibility for the financial aspects of their celebration, selecting fewer guests whilst enjoying lengthy festivities in a private country pile or tipi villages complete with fire pits…even eco forest celebrations. Here are a few tips on how you could create festival wedding style:
The nation as a whole has become much more eco-conscious and this ethos is being carried through even the smallest details of a wedding, with many brides and grooms not only opting to hold their big day at a venue that celebrates sustainability but choosing details that reflect this kind of wedding; locally sourced produce, home grown flowers, re-cycled stationery, up-cycled dresses and fewer guests are just some of the ethical decisions being made.
The great thing about a festival style wedding is there’s so much scope for creativity – and whilst the UK has in previous years been a pain for organising an outdoor wedding, these days it’s much easier with farms, country houses and private estates offering land up for hire with a backdrop that allows for couples to enjoy their wedding within a scenic setting. They also, for the most part offer a different kind of history than that of a church or hotel and with a relaxed atmosphere that can be more inclusive of all ages – a particular pull for those with lots of children involved. And with a plethora of tents and marquee styles available, from tipis to yurts and beyond you can create a truly bespoke look for your celebration.
Style wise, brides are being bolder – more self-assured in their choices which not only reflects the kind of wedding they’ve opted for but their personality. A big submerging trend is statement headpieces and layered jewellery.Edgy bohemian styles such as feathered headpieces or heavily embellished caps are becoming ever popular largely due to women being more confident about asserting their own day-to-day style into their wedding day style, taking their lead from current trends such as tribal, festival fashion – particularly if they’ve planned a relaxed celebration that allows for informality.
Grooms to can channel relaxed wedding style with lightweight suits, even shorts if the wedding hits the height of summer. The key is to dress in a style befitting of your celebration.
Pretty much anything goes when it come to decor at a festival wedding. Outdoor dance-floors, fire pits, an eclectic mix of indoor furniture gathered outside, hay bales…the sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity. Flowers are a popular way to make a statement – forget compact structured posy’s and matching buttonholes – these have been replaced with natural looking, seasonal, locally grown bouquets in a relaxed and wild looking style…the overarm cascading bouquet is quite the statement.
Can you image how obscenely wonderful the food might be? A sit down meal with seasonal delights for the formal part of the wedding not only ensures everyone’s had a hearty meal but provides much needed structure to the wedding day itself whilst ensuring die-hard traditionalists (ahem Grandma?) are catered for – then as the sun goes down…bring out the big guns – and by that I mean catering vans! Pizza, bagels, fish & chips, samosa’s…there’s no end to the choice of festival foodie delights.
Something I have noticed in the years I’ve been blogging wedding inspiration is how high-end a festival wedding can be. Rather like Glastonbury Festival itself – you can cheat as much as you like in terms of getting grubby or staying pristine – in fact that’s one of the most exciting elements of this style of wedding – kick the celebrations off in something very formal and end in a pair of cut-off shorts with a glow stick in your hand!
Are you planning a festival wedding? We’d love to hear all about it!
PS…Don’t forget your flower crown! x
//Credits: Feature image tipi: Sarah Tamagni Photography via Ruffled//Tipi Wedding: Photography: Our Labor of Love via Green Wedding Shoes//Wedding signs: Photographer: Images by Nica via One Fab Day//Statement bride: Photographer: Nicole Berrett Photography via Brides//Wildflower bouquet: Photographer: Phil Chester via Green Wedding Shoes