Image Courtesy of : Dorset Wedding Photographer Paul Underhill
When it comes to wedding planning, many couples are now opting to theme their big day around an aspect of their lives that has a significant meaning for them. We spoke in a previous blog post about music-themed wedding ideas Music Themed Wedding Ideas, but there are other music-related options that are chosen by huge numbers of couples. If you met at a festival – or if festivals are a major interest of both the bride and the groom – then a festival-themed wedding may be the perfect way to personalise your big day to suit you. It’s not just weddings either – the festival vibe is proving to be a popular choice of theme at parties to celebrate other occasions too.
Whether it’s Glastonbury or a more chilled festival environment that you’re looking to emulate for your celebration, there are plenty of companies out there offering products and services that will help you to get that festival feel.
A festival isn’t a festival without tents, so have a look at companies such as The Natural Tent Company, who offer natural tipis for hire. With their rustic look, their huge tipis provide a completely blank canvas that you can decorate in your own way: perfect for a sit-down meal and as a place in which to dance the night away.
Spoonangels make a great range of bunting that will help to add to the festival vibe, while colourful hand painted wooden signage can point your guests in the direction of the bar, the toilets, the dancefloor and other areas of importance. Hay bales make for great seating options, while tables can be decorated with greenery and old mismatched lanterns to continue the festival feel.
Nothing says “festival” more than street food, and you’ll find a whole range of street food vendors all over the country that will be more than willing to cater for your celebration. From pizzas and paella to tacos and toasted sandwiches, there’s plenty out there to choose from. Take a look at street food community KERB for some ideas.
If you really want to embrace the festival theme, you’ll need the transport to match: how about a VW campervan at your wedding for the bride as a way of arriving in style? Companies such as Pear Tree Weddings offer a number of different vans and classic cars in a range of colours, meaning that it’s easy to tie the colour of your transport in with your overall theme.
Hire this very cool ‘Chamapagne Edition’ 1978 VW Beetle
Here at Jack Entertainment, we work with a number of artists who are the perfect fit for festival-themed events.
The Bustlin’ Brothers are a bluegrass trio who cover both classic bluegrass tracks, and modern pop tracks “with a twang”. Songs such as Summer of 69, Sweet Home Alabama, Pharrell’s Happy and others are perfect on a hot summer’s day, with both the look and sound of the band perfect for the festival theme.
Bluegrass Trio – The Bustlin’Brothers
Alternatively, Giulio and Filippo – The Gypsy Jacks – cover a vast repertoire of gypsy, jazz and Italian music, in a style that screams happy summer days. Think Summertime, I Got Rhythm, Moondance and more – there’s no denying that these boys know how to entertain…
The Gypsy Jacks – London’s Best Gypsy Jazz Band
Sometimes, it’s the little touches that can help to make a big day really special, and the same is true of festival-themed weddings and other celebrations. The invitations themselves will give your guests a sneak peek at the theme before the day itself, so why not try someone like Wedfest who can create festival ticket-inspired invitations for your guests?
Images courtesy of: WEDFEST
If you’re feeling creative, you could also make your own invitations: one great idea is to buy a lanyard pouch for each invitee, and fill it with the invitation and any other details that you are sending. With festivals, the excitement really begins when the tickets arrive in the post – and the same will definitely be true of your festival-themed party.