Apparently the UK is undergoing a rapid explosion in the number of festivals. We now have everything from the traditional music festival to food festivals, to vintage festivals to ukulele festivals. We are obviously a very festive nation!
For the past few years, this festival theme has inevitably spilled over into the domain of weddings. So we are seeing an increase in the number of festival elements appearing at weddings: tee-pees, stages, bands, food vans (crepes are present at every festival in the country, so if you are holding a festival wedding, you need a crepe stand if you want to be authentic), tents, wellies and of course rain.
With all those elements taken care of when you are planning your festival wedding, you might want to consider some of the finer details. One great idea we have seen is having laminated cards (made in the style of backstage passes) with lanyards attached. Printed on the cards can be any message you like, such as : ‘this pass entitles the bearer to all areas and unlimited free drinks’. And on the front, there is usually a running order of events (ceremony, canapes, wedding breakfast, speeches, dj, crepes, the band and so forth). It’s a fun idea and offers guests a unique keepsake to remind them of the day.
Another similar idea is the use of wristbands which are also cheap to have made. Again, the access all areas theme, name of the festival (because it’s absolutley essential that you think of a pun-based name for your festival wedding) and free drinks messages can all be added to the wristband.
One other benefit is you can politely “pressure” all guests into wearing the lanyards or wristbands (free drinks only on production of backstage pass is a great incentive!). This a good way of breaking down a bit of resistance to guests who find it a little more dificult to relax and get into the spirit of things.
As I’ve written before, one of the larger decisions you need to make when planning your wedding is the degree of formality you intend to have during the day. Festival weddings are by their nature at the more informal (and therefore fun) end of the spectrum, so it is important to try to get everyone into the intended spirit. Little features like these can go a long way in that respect.
One final word on the catering options: I was serious about having crepes at your festival wedding. A festival wouldn’t be complete without a crepe cart, so if you are having a festival wedding, you really do need crepes on the menu. But as it’s a wedding, you aren’t obliged to opt for something a bit run-down and grubby like you would see at your local festival. We know of a wedding-appropriate mobile creperie which is available for hire…