For the team at Not Your Average I Do HQ, as soon as April comes around, we feel as though wedding season is really beginning. Our calendars are booking up and we’re making final preparations for our spring and summer weddings. We’re so excited for the year ahead.

Not Your Average Wedfest 2018. Photography by D&J Photography

This week we’re focussing on how to create your festival style wedding. There is so much to think about. A festival theme wedding will suit a couple that want to completely personalise their wedding day rather than hiring a venue where everything is done for you.

Not Your Average Wedfest 2018. Photography by D&J Photography

It does require a lot more effort and preparation though so be aware of that in the lead up to your day!

Wedding set up. Photography by D&J Photography

The key to a good festival is a focus on fun, good food and memorable music.

Setting the scene for guests

Festival themed wedding are laid-back, non-traditional affairs and you want your guests to understand the vibe of your big day straight away. Think about sending festival style personalised wrist bands for your ‘save the dates’. Follow with personalised invites, ensure you include lots of information for your guests such as camping options and footwear recommendations!

Wedding Stationery by Cat Creative Design

Pick the right venue

To create the right feel, you want to choose your site carefully. The Party Field is Lewes is the perfect spot for a festival themed wedding.

The Party Field, Lewes / Photography by SMP Wedding Photography

Amenities

If your guests are camping or glamping, ensure that you provide them with nice toilets and showers. You will need to hire a generator or two if using a blank canvas field or farm to ensure that there is enough electricity for all your suppliers on the day.

Camping or Glamping

Make sure your guests know how the day or weekend will run – if they’re camping, when can they come and set up their tents? There are some amazing glamping companies out there such as Beneath the Canopy and Brighton Bell Tents who will offer packages for your guests and that means they don’t need to worry about putting up a tent while donned in their finest!

Beneath The Canopy Glamping Tipis at Not Your Average Wedfest 2018 / Photography by D&J Photography

Why not treat yourselves to a night under the stars and book a stunning honeymoon suite tent.

Brighton Bell Tents, Honeymoon suite

Yurt, Tipi or Tents

In order to set the scene for the day, you will want to hire yurts, tipis or tents. Beautiful World Tents have a range of different sized Tipis to suit your day. They will also offer some protection from the elements if the weather is slightly less than perfect on the day.

Beautiful World Tents at Muntham House Open Day

Ceremony

You’ll want to ensure that your wedding ceremony matches your wedding theme so make sure its super relaxed and informal. Provide haybales for your guests to sit on during the ceremony (covered with blankets preferably as anyone who has sat on a haybale knows that they are tickly if you have bare legs)! Why not have live folk music and arrive together down the aisle?

Yoghurt Rooms / Styling by Not Your Average I Do

Music

To really set the festival scene, you will want to have lots of music. Preferably live bands to mimic the incredible atmosphere at a festival. And if budget allows – have lots of different bands performing during the day with different styles to suit all your guests. If budget is tight, why not ask some of your friends if they could do a little serenade. It’ll be meaningful, and if they’re not professionals its likely to be pretty funny too! Hire a stage from Reveries to really give that festival-feel. If you decide to have your bands situated outside, then think about hiring a stretch cover from TentStyle to protect your musicians from the elements! Come rain or shine that way they’ll be able to perform at their best.

Uptown Music at Not Your Average Wedfest 2018 / Stretch Tent by TentStyle / Photography by D&J Photography

Entertainment

Fun is the order of the day at a festival themed wedding so make sure you provide your guests with lots of entertainment throughout the day. We have a great games package that you can hire for your day which will impress both children and adults!

If you have lots of children attending the day, why not hire Poppy’s Parties to keep them entertained.

Poppy’s Parties at Not Your Average Wedfest 2018 / Styling by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by D&J Photography

Hire a bouncy castle from JD Family Entertainment. It will make some fantastic photos of both the younger and older generations!

JD Family Entertainment Bouncy Castle at Not Your Average Wedfest 2018 / Photography by D&J Photography

Borrow a friend’s campervan and turn it into a photobooth for the day or you can hire the professionals to do it for you.

Gecko Campers at Not Your Average Wedfest 2018 / Photography by D&J Photography

Our moon arch can be used as a backdrop for your outside ceremony and it can then be reused later as a quirky photobooth for your guests.

Moonarch and photoframe by Not Your Average I Do  / Florals by Katherine Bly Floral Design / Venue – Warborne Farm / Photography by Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Food

Outside caterers will be key for setting the scene – street food served out of food trucks and converted horseboxes such a pizza, crepes, paella, burgers and ice cream are the best way to mimic the food at the best festivals. Add carnival-esque extras such as candy floss and popcorn machines.

Fire-n-Crust at Not Your Average Wedfest 2018 / Photography by D&J Photography

Fizzy Rascal at Not Your Average Wedfest 2018 / Photography by D&J Photography

Styling

We love styling festival themed weddings and have plenty of props to bring your dreams to life.

Styling and props by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by Matilda Delves

Styling and props by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by Matilda Delves

Styling and props by Not Your Average I Do / Venue – Warborne Farm / Photography by D&J Photography

Props and Set Up by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by Sarah Bardsley Photography

Check out our website for more props: https://notyouraverageido.com/wedding/props-for-hire/

Create a DIY bar

Use our barrel bar or pallet bar to create a fab outside DIY bar area for your guests. We offer a bar styling package for you if you’d like us to bring your vision to life.

Styling and props by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by Matilda Delves

Styling and props by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by Sarah Bardsley Photography

On-the-day-management

With so much going on at a festival themed wedding, we would recommend hiring some help for the coordination of the day. Get in touch if this is something that you’d like the NYAID team to assist you with. Visit our web page for more information https://notyouraverageido.com/wedding-manager/

Photographer

The style of your day is fun, relaxed and informal so you will want a photographer that will reflect this. Reportage style photographers, such as Sophie at SMP Wedding Photography are likely to be the best at capturing all those candid shots.

Photography by SMP Wedding Photographer

The little extras

Invite Meadow Arts to set up a glitter bar at your wedding – adorning your guests faces in glorious glitter that will shimmer as they dance the night away with you.

Meadow Arts at Not Your Average Wedfest 2018 / Photography by D&J Photography

Flower crowns are a great way of giving that festival, boho-feel to the bridal parties’ outfits. Use bright, wild or dried flowers to nail the look.

Photography by Matilda Delves

If you’re going to spend most of your day traipsing around a field, then a full-length heavy wedding dress may not be suitable. Opt for a flowy, light, boho style dress that will flow in the breeze or choose a shorter dress that won’t hold you back when you’re dancing in your wellies to your favourite cover song. Rock the Frock Bridal have a great range of dresses that would be perfect for your festival wedding!

Dress by Rock the Frock Bridal

Not Your Average Festival Flowers

Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s blog which will give you advice from Lisa at Not Your Average Flowers on how best to choose flowers for your festival themed wedding!