Summer is upon us, which means two things: wedding season is in full swing, and the UK has gone festival crazy!
Whether you’re a Glastonbury fanatic, never miss Cornbury or love a bit of Latitude, from boho-chic bridal accessories and glamping, give your Gloucestershire wedding a summer festival flavour – with mud entirely optional.
Get guests on board with the festival theme from day one, with ‘early bird’ tickets for your bridal party instead of save the dates; ‘access all areas’ festival passes instead of invites; and even wristbands or hand stamps for the big day!
A set-list order of service; favourite band-emblazoned table names or menu complete with tasty ‘headliners’, can weave the festival theme further into the wedding stationery too.
Bohemian brides-to-be, if you’re looking for the free-spirited look on your special day, opt for flowing lace, low backs and delicate details for an elegant way to be at one with nature.
Or, if you want to flash those Hunter wellies, toe-rings and ankle bracelets, consider steering away from tradition and sporting a stunning short wedding dress, for a quirky and fun summer vibe. See SoGlosWedding’s Short Summer Wedding Dresses Gallery for inspiration.
For a flawless festival feel, let your long locks hang loose or consider a messy, too-cool-to-care up-do. Dainty flower garlands and bold floral crowns are perfect for the festival look, with plaits and braids also ideal options for the carefree bride.
Whether you opt for pretty pastels or go bright and bold, festival weddings are all about colour, with bridesmaids providing the perfect canvas to paint your colour scheme on.
Mismatched dresses, rustic flower bouquets and dainty accessories can set off the festival theme, with pretty flip-flops creating a real summer vibe, while ensuring no blisters too. Plus, drape your maids in crochet shawls for the evening to create that ‘huddled round the campfire’ look.
For the festival groom, think more stylish, folk-chic gent than the morph suit and glow stick alternative!
Lose the morning suit – even ditch the jacket – and embrace a tweed waistcoat, dickie bow and some braces. And don’t forget a floral pinhole, pocket watch or even flat cap for laidback attention to detail.
Give your guests the option to glamp – with stylish tipis, shepherds huts or even trendy trailers available to hire or set up at venues in Gloucestershire, such as Elmore Court, for a night to remember.
If you’ve got the space to set-up your own tents or tipis, create a chill-out area for grown-ups, or a child-friendly quiet zone or story-telling corner for little ones on your hectic wedding day.
From bunting, streamers and flags to festoon lights and huge carnival marquee letters, the fest-décor possibilities are endless and all add to the celebratory feel of the day.
Hand-painted signs, directing guests to the ceremony, reception, bar and toilets are simple to do it yourself. And don’t forget the hay bale seating for a laidback (and cost-effective) vibe.
If a five-course wedding breakfast isn’t your style, you can’t go wrong with some crowd-pleasing festival food, spanning fish and chips from Simpsons Fish and Chips, wood-fired pizzas from Cotswold Pizza Company, or build-your-own buffets from Ross and Ross.
Or, if you’re opting for an outdoor do, a hog roast or barbeque is sure to go down a treat, while classic burger vans, ice-cream trucks and even hotdog vendors have become a stylish and fun addition to the wedding industry. Check out SoGlosWeddings’ wedding food alternatives hot list for more tasty ideas.
For an au naturale centrepiece you can’t beat a naked cake – perfect as a backdrop for mini bunting or fresh berries. See SoGlosWeddings’ Naked cakes gallery for some yummy inspiration.
Say goodbye to the formal Bentley and pick a VW Campervan or quirky vintage car, with Kushi Cars bursting with inspiration, promising the perfect transport to whisk you and your new husband off into the sunset.
What’s a festival without live music? Opt for a sweet and simple song on an acoustic guitar as you walk down the aisle. Or set up a stage and rock out to your favourite band till the small hours… you might want to skip the crowd-surfing though!
By Alice Lloyd
Wednesday 10 June 2015
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