TRENDS 2014 | Festival Weddings

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Whether you’re looking to recreate your own mini Glastonbury or fancy hosting a dreamy Bohemian celebration, festival weddings are hot news this summer season.

The vital ingredients:

Outdoor space. Hopefully nestled in relative obscurity in a field, some tent coverage is pretty compulsory, especially for the cooler evenings. There are plenty of options to stylise your wedding exactly how you want; unusual marquee designs, teepees, Spiegel tents or Yurts are all perfect festival venues.
Isabel Smith FESTIVAL WEDDING Outdoor Space Design Inspiration

Great entertainment. With guests dotted all over your sprawling outdoor space, your selected entertainment is a priority. You need acts that will make a big impression and really enthral. Consider acts such as contact jugglers or acrobatic troupes to enhance the spectacle of your big top tent. Strolling acts work perfectly by day, entertaining guests on the move. If you’re making the most of outside space and considering incorporating a reference to this year’s World Cup, football freestyle is an inspiring option to feature as part of the planned daytime guest activities.

Isabel Smith Weddings Festival Weddings Entertainment Inspiration

Music is a must.  Live bands with a difference are guaranteed to draw in the crowds. Wedding guests love to embrace new entertainment experiences. A great 2014 wedding trend is the rise in Argentinian and Brazilian evening festivals. A genuine, live Latin band will enhance the evening’s enjoyment spectacularly; and even pre-recorded music, when combined with the right ambience, will encourage everyone to let their hair down in a way that only Latin music can. Move over disco dancing of old! Think a Tango for a first dance, followed by some professional dancers on site to show your guests how to skilfully strut their stuff!

Isabel Smith Weddings Festival Weddings Music Inspiration

Chill out zones. Think deck chairs, floor cushions, sofas you can sink into, low tables, rugs & floor lamps if you’re going for the ‘indoors, outside’ look. You can even go back to basics, with piled hay bales providing rustic seating charm. Lanterns and fairy lights can adorn your seating area, enabling guests to cosy up by the outdoor fire as evening beckons. Everyone needs a short pit-stop in preparation for dancing until dawn

Isabel Smith Weddings Festival Weddings Chill Out Zone InspirationDecorations. This year’s fashion trends have been vibrant, bold colours teamed with a kaleidoscope of clashing prints, the perfect style for a summertime wedding with a festival vibe! So adorn your celebration space with paper lanterns, bunting, paper garlands, an abundance of flowers and the fresh DIY trend: tassles. Anything goes, as long as it’s accompanied by a real colour pop!

Isabel Smith Weddings Festival Weddings Decorations Design Inspiration

Strong signage. You can tantalise your festival wedding guests with some pre-party memorabilia guaranteed to build anticipation! Think festival style tickets, lanyards or wristbands that your guests must wear to be granted entrance to the celebrations on your big day. On the wedding site itself it’s important to give clear visual signs to access the festival amenities and provide information on the order of events.

Isabel Smith Weddings Festival Weddings Signage Design Inspiration

Expect the unexpected if you’re attending a festival wedding. It’s a unique opportunity for a couple to host a really personal celebration of their love in a totally a distinctive, celebratory style. The golden rule? Don’t forget your wellies!

If you liked our picks from Pinterest featured in this post, see our board for a further delve into our festival design inspiration.

Isabel Smith Weddings Festival Wedding Board on Pinterest

Photo credits. Clockwise from left on each board: Teepee wedding from weddingchicks.com, English lakeside Yurt Wedding featured on 100layercake.com, photo by Victoria Phipps, festival wedding uploaded by Pinner on Pinterest.com, Acrobalance Act in SnowGlobe on contrabandevents.com, Latin Tropicalia Carnival Dancers on contrabandevents.com, Contact Juggler on contrabandevents.com via Pinterest, Brazilian Wedding musician, image uploaded via Pinner onto Pinterest, Low tables & cushion with seated wedding couple via thebridestree.com.au, Festival Wedding shoot featured on lovesussexwedddings.com, literary deckchairs via moreoutside.com, floor rugs & lanterns via festivalbrides.co.uk, hay bales photographed by Lisa Dawn Photography on rocknrollbride.com, Flower Arch via festivalbrides.co.uk, street festival reception in LA as featured on 100layercake.com, bunting in yurt via lovemydress.com, lights and photoframes via buzzfeed.com, lights adoring tree trunks and chair uploaded by Pinner via Pinterest.com, paper party pom poms via aliexpress.com, Glastombecci, a music festival wedding featured on rocknrollbride.com, festival wedding signage via onefabday.com, personalised signature drink chalkboard via etsy.com, weddingfest wristbands via notonthehighstreet.com, wedding invitations with ‘wedfest’ theme by martymccolgan.com, wedfestsignage via onefabday.com.

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