Planning your Festival Wedding

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Planning your Festival Wedding

We all love a festival wedding – wellies, flower crowns and food – so why not have a festival wedding? Perfect for the entertainment-focused, relaxed couple, the festival wedding is on the up. From live music and bohemian style to creative informal food and drink, this is the most expressive wedding style around. If you’re getting married in the summer, fill your venue with wildflowers and ice buckets full of drinks. If you’re a winter bride, start collecting furs, lanterns, fire pits and foliage.

Setting the Scene

Set the scene of your wedding festival with your stationary. Ticket or wrist-band style invites work perfectly and always go down well. For the full authentic experience include info on camping for your guests and make it a full wedding weekend!

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Style Points

As your guests will be dancing in a field, the usual stiletto-maxi dress combo may not suit. Help your guests by making a checklist to include in your invitations according to your venue. For the bride wedding wellies will be essential! What bride wouldn’t want an additional wardrobe change…

Another great thing about the festival wedding is that homemade decorations and flowers look right at home. Make your own bunting, gather flowers and foliage from local fields, and get onto Pinterest and YouTube for tutorials on making giant paper lanterns.

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Straw bales, lanterns and a giant hand-made light up heart for that add the festival feel

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Cool handmade swimming man to warn guests of the water

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Naked cakes. Tables of sweets in jars. Do we need to say more? Dreamy.

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Wild Flowers the bride hand picked the day before!

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A wild flower bouquet tied with straw to complete the look

Your Venue

You know we love a festival wedding here at Katy & Co. which can work brilliantly – the more rustic the better. But of course the other option are tipi tents, marquees, or (if you’re feeling brave) the open air. The great thing about hiring yurts, tents or tipis is that you are literally presented with a blank canvas, ready for all the hay bales, wildflower arrangements and strings of lights you can gather. Don’t forget though – the more traditional venue will include the hire of tables, chairs and cutlery etc in their costs – your empty tipi will not. I personally love banquet tables and benches complete with sheepskin or reindeer furs thrown over. Search for suppliers – there are a number of companies which cater brilliantly for the blank canvas wedding such as the Wedding Festival Company. There are some really beautiful sites around London like Petersham Nurseries or the Secret River Garden.

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Use your family or friend’s garden and build up from there

And most importantly… your photographer

Here at Katy & Co. we don’t want to blow our own trumpets, but our style is perfect for the bohemian, relaxed approach. The traditional portrait photography approach might not suit your festival wedding. Instead documentary photography with lots of focus on the details you’ve worked so hard to pull together and on the landscape you’ve chosen will do full justice to your personal Glastonbury.  Our favourite thing about wedding festivals is the huge amount of personality the bride and groom bring to them, and the unique wedding album that results.

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The giant hand made swing went down a treat!

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Personal touches from friends that hold great meaning

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Cocktail in hand, Lisa was so chilled. She even placed the butterflies there. Just brilliant.