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Festival weddings in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and the South West

Perfect for loved-up lovers of festivals, music, performance and travel … festival weddings are enjoyed by all, and can create inspirational memories to last a life time – a true celebration of life and love itself. Here in the South West, we find that that Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset are great counties in which to hold a festival wedding, with lots of excellent venues and suppliers able to add to the theme. So, to help you, we thought we’d put together our guide to festival weddings, with lots of DIY tips – or  you could get in touch with us at Blue Fizz and we could plan, organise and style a fabulous festival wedding for you!

Find the perfect venue
A true festival wedding wouldn’t be complete without some kind of a tent structure. Our Blue Fizz tents and marqueess, yurts and teepees are all great fun and perfect for an outdoor wedding especially with our unpredictable British weather! Simply add haybales and a ‘free range’ celebrant for your perfect outdoor wedding ceremony.
But you also need somewhere beautiful to place your festival marquee or tent – and that could be an amazing beachside spot, rural meadow or the grounds of a country house hotel or farm. Contact us for a full list of great South West venues perfect for a festival wedding, or read one of our venue guides:

The essence of a festival style wedding is laid back, relaxed, effortless… are some beautiful images to inspire you, and read on for 10 top tips for putting your ideas into practice.

1. Dare to be colourful
Let your imagination run wild with colourful, fun and interesting decor. Bunting, streamers, festoon lighting, tons of florals and rustic details look great as festival decor. Colours and summer go hand-in-hand; why not turn it up a notch and use ultra brights to truly bring out the summer festival vibe?

  • Try punchy pink and orange (works gorgeously with an accent of turquoise or blue), radiant orchid rainbow (choose different purple tones for an ombre-licious look), or sunshine yellow and aqua sea blue (instantly feels beachy beautiful).

2. Everyone loves festival food
For a genuine Glastonbury experience, provide festival-style food for the reception and/or after-party. This can be anything from picnic hampers to enjoy outside, a pop up food truck dishing up the couple’s favourite street food, large platters for communal feasting, or even a classic British barbecue or hog roast!
Festival eating is a relaxed affair. Forgo formality – it is possible to balance festival frivolity with elegance. Seating guests at long banqueting tables looks striking and dramatic, and you can break with convention with quirky touches.  Food stalls – sweet stations, cheese tables, pudding displays – are less experimental, but a playful way to feed the masses.

  • Take it the whole way by arranging a big breakfast barbecue for the next morning. Keep it simple with bacon and egg rolls and mugs of tea – it doesn’t have to cost a lot but is a great way to extend the party.

3.Get the party started!
No festival makes sense without music: stage live performances or even a mad visual act to wow your guests.
Steer away from the usual classical music and go for something personal to both of you. Music is an extremely important part of any couples’ wedding, but if you really really want to bring Glasto to your reception you will, without a doubt, need a good live band playing… Rolling Stones tribute or not, this gets things moving….

  • No festival wedding is complete without a touch of Mardi Gras! We can arrange for an array of entertainers from illusionists to stilt walkers, fire eaters, dancers, performing artists, magicians to attend. Your guests will be dazzled with all the surprises that will come alive on your special day.
  • Give your guests something fun to do whilst darting between the bar and the dance floor. Some quirky ideas that we love are: henna tattoo station; retro photo-booth; or even a white guitar as a guestbook for all to sign.
  • A basket of props and fancy dress attire near the dance floor will encourage guests to get silly – inflatables are a winner, and fox tails and feather headdresses will get snapped up immediately.

4. Children: the more the merrier!
Running, giggling, screaming and playing; a festival wouldn’t be the same without the energy of families and their children. So don’t be afraid to encourage people to bring their little ones to the celebrations, and make sure there’s lots of fun crafty activities for them to really get stuck into. We suggest dream catcher creating, plasticine modelling and collaging with little bags of sparkles, glitter, coloured paper and plastic for all.

  • Prioritise little ones with goodie bags filled with treats and games such as juggling balls, puzzles, adventure maps, spinning tops, and disposable cameras.

5. Get the bohemian style
Festival-chic has been a massive trend in wedding gowns recently, and there are styles enough to suit every bride! From flow-ey floor length grecian goddess dresses, to feminine lacy numbers, there is no way a festival bride would look anything but stunning in her hippie-inspired dress this summer.

6. Light it up
Lighting is key. From romance to drama, any mood can be created with clever use of flambeaux, wax torches, candle bags, hurricane lamps, festoon and fairy lighting.

  • Hand out sparklers to give the bride and groom a glittering send-off. For the ultimate festival touch – it’s got to be fire pits. Toast marshmallows on the flames and chill out to an acoustic vibe until the early hours.
  • Buy some fire lanterns that guests can all release at the end of the night – it’ll look beautiful, and add a fun festival feel.

7. Chill-out
A must at any festival, guests will need a breather from throwing shapes so prepare a cosy chill-out corner. Beanbags, hay bales, throws and cushions will do the trick, along with masses of hanging tea lights. Festival style seating is a must so your guests can chill out  and relax in between all the festivities. We love the use of deckchairs, cushions scattered freely or even the use of hay bales – an inexpensive decor idea that’s super practical too! Spruce them up with a little fabric or some blankets to make them a little more comfortable.

  • Snuggle up with blankets& throws as the sun goes down

8. Flower power
Bring the outside in. We once hung an upside-down tree in place of a chandelier, and covered it in gold leaves and crystals. It looked sensational. Be creative with your flower arrangements; bunched, seasonal wild flowers in random jars always looks gorgeous, or suspend them from the top of the marquee.

  •  If you’re going full-throttle on the wed-fest look, you need the right hairdo. Crowns of wild flowers are a beautiful way to accessorise – for yourself and your guests.

9. Let it rain let it rain let it rain
Rain on your wedding day? Not the end of the world. Stock up on wellies for your guests so the ladies can change into more appropriate footwear once the formal part of the day is over. You’d be surprised how great wellies look in photos. Pre-empt the rain worry by hiring umbrellas. Sometimes buying bulk online can work out cheaper and it means your guests can take them home as a keepsake.

  • It’s worth having some cheap flip-flops on hand for guests too, in case their heels sink into the grass

10. DIY
We know that the best memories don’t cost the earth. So much can be achieved with a little imagination and organisation. Why not book Blue Fizz to deliver one our fabulous DIY workshops for the ultimate bespoke homemade and handmade touches – contact us for details.

  • Collect jam jars and decorate with hessian and lace to use as candle holders
  • Make bunting out of vintage finds
  • Hang paper pompoms from the tent canopy, paper lanterns too
  • Drape ribbons from trees and wrap around trunks
  • Suspend place cards on tree branches or on a washing line
  • Make signs indicating the loos, the dancefloor, and the bar – add your personality to the signage
  • Create a lanyard-style festival wedding programme so guests know what to expect – they can wear them around their necks!
  • Create a bespoke signature cocktail. Have a cosy night in with just the two of you, or make a girls night of trying lots of flavours and creating the cocktail for the wedding

Let us help you
We like to think we’re the experts in creating a festival wedding – and there are lots of ways we could help you create your dream big day, from doing the whole lot to contributing in a few areas. Contact us or follow these links to find out more:

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