May 30, 2018

How to Style a Festival Wedding

How to Style a Festival Wedding

Festival season is just around the corner and we are SO ready for it! 

Many of our music-loving couples are keen to incorporate some festival fun into their day with uplifting music, sparkles, delicious street food and colourful vibes. If you’re looking to inject some Glasto glam into your Big Day, we're here to help with our top tips on styling a festival wedding…

Smoke and Bunting by MANDORLA

1) Embrace the outdoors

An outdoor wedding ceremony is a natural choice for a festival style wedding. In the UK we don't have the luxury of weddings on the beach, as the law states you cannot be legally married outside- This is where our wonderful Porch comes in very handy! You can hold a legally binding wedding ceremony here under cover, with enough room for you and your beau and a celebrant of your choice.

We loved this gorgeous outdoor ceremony set up with wooden archway and bench seating for guests. The backdrop of the house is picture perfect, and it just oozes festival chic. 

Outdoor Ceremony by Nick Pumphrey

2) Put up a tent

When you think of festivals, the first thing that comes to mind is tents, and they’re not just for sleeping in…

Chillout tents make great hangout spots.. perfect shelter for if the weather changes, and great fun as play tents for the little ones to use as a den, play hide and seek or pile high with cosy things to make a quiet area for later on...

But of course Glamping overnight is also an option, a row of beautiful Tipis or Bell Tents look stunning at the back of the Gillyflower meadow. Just chat to the team if you wish to have some guests glamping at Elmore.

Glamping by MANDORLA

If you’re coming to our Garden Party on the 10th June you'll get to see some lovely tents by The Tipi Hire Company and a Moroccan Shisha Tent by Smoky Tentacles... we know you’re going to love them!

Shisha Tent Fun

3) Food Tastes Better Outside

Street food stalls and food vans always help create a festival atmosphere. We love fish and chips, Thai food boxes and wood-fired pizzas. But you don’t have to go for savoury options, why not try hiring a waffle or crepe van for your event too? 

Pizza by Eve Dunlop

Elmore’s personalised pies are always a hit, whether you choose them for a seated meal or as 'grab and go' evening grub.

Personalised Pies by Rob Tarren

4) Music is Key

When Beth and Sam surprised all their guests with a brass band to play them out of their ceremony, the atmosphere was just electric, it totally got the party started. Live music with an element of suprise is the best choice to kick your festival party off with a bang.

Photo by Through The Wood We Ran

Good music to get everyone up on their feet in the evening is key to a great party. Book your favourite band or DJ to provide the music and we’ll sort the lights with our amazing LED lighting system and glitter ball in The Gillyflower.

Gillyflower Dance Floor by Calum Lasham

5) A Riot of Colour

Festivals are all about vibrant colours, there are so many great ways to do this so below are just a few ideas we’ve taken from you stylish lot.

Welcome guests to your wedding festival by lining the driveway with festival flags.

Festival Flags by Michelle Waspe

Set off a few smoke bombs for some fabulous photos...

Bunting and Smoke Bombs by MANDORLA

Add colours to the food you serve, we loved this gorgeous crate of flavoured meringue kisses, and so did all the guests!

Bring nature's colour palette into your food by using seasonal flowers and fruit as decorations for puddings and cakes

Fresh Petal Cake by Voyteck Photography

6) This Must be a Sign

Get creative and make your own signs to help guests find their way, (or just to give them a little giggle as they stumble about looking for the loos) they’ll add to the festival feel and might just put a smile on some faces too. They also often double up as photo props later in the evening!

Signage by Simon Biffen

7) All that Glitters

We've been glitter fans way before this trend started to boom, and we can't get enough of it! Make sure you opt for biodegradable glitter (there are lots of eco-friendly types available now) and go for gold (or silver, pink, blue, bronze...) Glitter bars, stick on jewels, sequin attire, disco balls in the trees… We love it all. Bring on the sparkle.

Disco Balls by Lex Fleming Photography
Glitter Bar by Lex Fleming Photography
Guests in sequins by MANDORLA
Sequin Bridesmaids by Through The Woods We Ran

8) Campervan Cool

Another brilliant multi-purpose feature, you could rock up in a camper for a super cool bridal entrance, then it makes and a great hangout area for the kids, and you could even speed off into the sunset on your honeymoon afterwards!

Campervan by Nick Pumphrey

9) Festival Decor

Decorating the outdoors with candles, ribbons in trees and hanging decorations creates a real festival vibe. We loved watching these beautiful dream-catchers dancing in the breeze...

Dream Catchers by Nick Pumphrey

These bright blooms hung against the mud walls of the Gillyflower looked stunning!

Colourful Blooms by Abigail Steed Photography

10) Catch it on Camera

Nothing says festival than a ridiculous (ly good) outfit. Give your guests a fun dress code or provide a dressing up box, and don't forget to strategically position disposable cameras to catch the silliness, or make your pwn photobooth

Photobooth fun by Fleming Photography

Or go all out and hire in this beautiful Airstream Trailer Booth for fun in the Gillyflower meadow!

Silver Trailer Photobooth by Rob Tarren

We hope we’ve inspired you to inject a little festival feel into your big day, we can’t wait to see what you come up with this summer.  

For more inspiration don’t forget to pop along and say hi at our Garden Party on Sunday 10th June.


Lots of love from Team E


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