PLANIT weddings guide to wedfest!
With Electric Picnic fast approaching, we take a look at how you can recreate a festival vibe for your own Wedfest!
Tents & Tipis: Tents, marquees & tipis are all great options an outdoor wedding & will perfectly fit in with the Festival theme. They are perfect for a couple who wants an outdoor wedding with our unpredictable Irish weather! Don’t want to brave an outside wedding? A barn is the perfect alternative!
Invites: What better invitations for a festival-themed wedding than festival tickets? Send out VIP pass lanyards or wristbands to your guests along with a festival line-up style programme to give them the full details.
Signage: Creative and fun signage lets your guests know where all the festivities are taking place & why not show off your wedding schedule as a acts line-up board. We also love the idea of displaying your seating plan like a festival poster. Each table can be called after an artist/band/song you & your partner love to make it personalised.
Festival Food: Hire food vans instead of the traditional sit down dinner as your catering for a proper festival food experience. Have long picnic tables for your guests to sit down and eat at as this will give a less formal vibe. Serve drinks in jars with retro straws & have bottles of beer, soft drinks etc. laid out in ice filled troughs or wheel barrows for your guests to help themselves. Fun snacks scattered around the venue such as ice pops, a pick n’ mix station etc. are a nice touch for guests to enjoy or better yet hire out an old-school ice van.
Floral Crowns: A floral crown is a must for any festival style bride! Not only are they fun to wear but they make for a perfect weekend DIY project too. Tie in the flowers in your bouquet & floral arrangements to keep the look matching.
Laid back lounge: A chilled out lounging area is perfect for a festival themed wedding to allow your guests to relax and socialise during the event. Deckchairs, rugs with plentiful cushions scattered and for the more daring hay bales with picnic blankets laid over them are the perfect seating options. Have lots blankets around the area displayed in baskets or even a wheelbarrow for when it gets a bit chillier in the evening.
Décor: There are so many fun ways to decorate and make the perfect festival venue. Some of our personal favourites are… Drape fairy lights & hanging lanterns around the tent (tipi, marquee) to light up the venue. Don’t be afraid to go overboard with the bunting it is the perfect décor for a festival theme and is super inexpensive. Flowers strung around the venue & hanging down from the ceiling is a gorgeous & very festival appropriate way to decorate. The best part is if you love all these ideas or have some more of your own they look great together and the mismatched look works perfectly!
Entertainment: Of course an amazing line up of entertainment is necessary considering it is a festival theme. Have a band to kick of the festivities followed by a Dj for you & your guests to dance all night. During the daytime we love the idea of giant lawn games outside. Games such as ring toss (wellie toss) bowling, connect four & Jenga are perfect. Tarot card readers, a retro photo booth & henna tattoo station are also a fun idea and will ensure your guests will never be bored!
Some Extra fun ideas:
· Scatter glow sticks on the dance floor to get the crowd raving, or hand out sparklers to give the bride and groom a glittering send-off. This will look amazing in photographs!
· One of our favourite elements of a festival wedding is definitely giant lettering, whether you’re getting your initials or simply the word ‘LOVE’, they’re the perfect addition
· Arrive in style to your venue in a restored old school VW camper van, decorated with colours streamers, ribbon & flowers.
· A super fun & unique wedding favour for your guests to take home is a personalised mix tape CD. Include your & your partners favourite songs, your first dance song & songs you & your guests love for the perfect favour. Finish them off in personalised wedding sleeves for the perfect final touch.
We hope you liked some of our favourite festival themed ideas & could take inspiration from them but the best part of a festival themed wedding is anything goes!
For any more assistance creating your dream festival wedding please do not hesitate to contact PLANIT weddings on 01-2011850