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How to have a festival style wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 9th, 2011 0 comments yet. Be the First

Festival season is soon upon us, Glastonbury opens its gates in 13 days – it’s where Lily Allen will spend her honeymoon according to reports – and people are packing their camping gear for a summer of music and fun.

So we thought: how can you have a festival style wedding?

First things first, find (well hire) a big field – or an actual festival – and make sure you can get married there. This will also double as your reception area so keep in mind to hire in marquees or tepees that guests can hide in should that dreaded summer rain make an appearance.

Photo: SLR Photography

On the subject of tepees. No festival is complete without a camping area or tepees scattered around to add to the atmosphere. Or why not hire a massive tepee to hold your reception in! Imagine the scene: a large field in the middle of nowhere, guests are met by a gigantic, beautifully decorated tepee that creates a magical setting for your special day – or night. PapaKåta is a great place to start looking as they specialise in hiring out Kåta tents – tepee style tents pioneered by the Sami people of Lapland. Build yourself a little campsite by having smaller tents around the ‘main stage’, so that your guests can stay overnight and the party can continue till sunrise. (

Photo: PapaKåta

Photo: PapaKåta

Next on the list should be to invest in some proper wellies. British summers are very unreliable and big fields often leading to muddy shoes. Ivory heels have no place at a festival wedding, so invest in wedding wellies. Perdita’s Wedding Shoes have just launched a range of pearl Wellington boots, which can be personalised with diamante words if you so desire. Prices start at £42.99 (

Photo: Perdita’s Wedding Shoes

Festival grub is all about easy-to-eat food that isn’t complicated or OTT. Forget about the fanciness and opt for some proper British dishes. Pieminster is a solution, as they create top-notch handmade pies that are served with mash and mushy peas. Works well for carnivores and vegetarians alike! (

Photo: Pieminster

And for drinks: nothing says festival to us more than cider. We love Friel’s Cider, which has no added colourings, sugar or sweeteners, just 100% pure apple cider! OK, we admit it we love it the most because of the label. Available from most supermarkets (

Photo: Friel’s Cider

Finally, the music. Unless you know the bands and artists that usually frequent festivals – like Kate Moss – a local DJ or band will do the trick. Just ensure that the music matches the festival feel you’re trying to create. In other words don’t go for the cheesy-been-played-at-millions-of-weddings-before music. Show your music knowledge.

There you have it, some ideas to get your festival wedding on its way. Please leave a comment below with your suggestions of what will make an amazing festival wedding.

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