Festival Wedding Theme

A festival theme is perfect for a couple who are looking for the complete opposite of a traditional wedding day. This colourful and quirky theme allows you to bring out your inner bohemian and create a day that is relaxed, fun and has a definite party vibe to it.

By the nature of the concept, a festival themed wedding would in most cases take place outside. This would certainly be the theme to book a venue’s outside ceremony space for your vows and pitch giant tipi’s in the grounds, where the rest of your wedding day could then take place.

A good idea would be to create various outside seating areas where your guests can relax during the day and in-between the meal and entertainment. Think of draping fabric over hay bales for instant giant sofas, or in true festival style lay blankets and cushions on the grass and have your guests lounge on the ground. Other seating ideas include using reclaimed park benches or even everyday furniture such as armchairs, which will certainly add character and comfort to your seating arrangements.

As this is not a traditional theme, you may choose to avoid the 3 course wedding breakfast and instead have a bbq or hog roast. Alternatively why not hire food vans which can supply your guests with yummy favourites such as fish & chips or pizza. Giant one pan dishes such as paella will also work really well and allow you and your guests to help themselves and move around and mingle wherever you and they like.

If possible consider building mini bonfires that could be dotted around your festival, which can be used in the evening to toast marshmallows on. It is also a great way of keeping your guests warm once the sun sets and will encourage them to stay outside to make the most of the evening.

The more colour used in your decor the better when it comes to a festival theme. Instead of limiting the colour palette to 2 or 3 colours, instead think of using as many colours as possible. The effect of including a variety of colours in different shades, will really bring the venue to life and convey a bright, happy feel to your guests. Try mixing shapes and textures, such as paper pom poms, honeycomb lanterns with ribbon streamers to create your own installations that could then be hung from the trees surrounding your venue or alternatively used  to decorate the inside of your tent or tipi.

As this is your own very special festival, why not create your wedding stationery in the style of a festival poster or ticket. Change the festival name for one of your own choosing, such as ‘Wed Fest’ and use this idea to produce invitations, or even festival passes that can be given to your guests as they arrive to wear throughout the day.

As this theme is more unconventional, it makes sense that your decor follows this idea too, so why not use wellies or even your favourite beer or cider bottles as mini vases for your flower arrangements. Garlands of flowers work very well for this theme too, you can string them around the site and really add to that hippy vibe for the day.

It is fair to assume that if you are planning a festival themed wedding, that you have a love for music and plan to incorporate this into your day. Some unusual ideas for adding music beyond performance and into your decor, would be items that are associated with playing music, such as pieces of sheet music used to make paper lanterns or guitar picks printed with your own message that could be given to your guests as favours. Another great idea would be to use a guitar case to collect your cards and gifts.

The above are just a few of the many possibilities that there are for this theme. You really can add as many interesting touches as you want and being such a versatile theme allows you to really think outside of the box and create the wedding day of your dreams.

References

Papakata, One Fab Day, Stylist Magazine, Boho Weddings, Pretty Wedding Idea, Mister Phill, Adriana Klas, Style Me Pretty, Pure Wow, Pizza Dreams, The English Hog Roast Co, Darin Collison Photography, Capitol Romance, Wedding Chicks, Style Me Pretty, Italian Event Planners, Modern Wedding, The Making Spot, WedFest, Marty McColgan, Joules, Decozilla, The New York Times, Olden Designs, Instagram, CB Paperie

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