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Top tips for planning your wedfest

If you dream of having a festival wedding, but are unsure where to start our helpful hints and tips will get your wedfest started on the right track:

  • Venue. There are plenty of venues out there catering for outdoor weddings so do you your research and then visit as many as you need to in order to find your dream spot. Some will be more restrictive than others, so discuss your plans with the venue early on. Remoteness is definitely a plus as you won’t have to worry about noise levels. If you’re struggling to find anywhere try getting in touch with a local farmer or landowner – ultimately all you need for a wedfest is a field! The bonus of this is they’re likely to be happy to let you do your own thing without interfering.

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  • Think big with your decorations. It’s all too easy to make/buy beautiful little decorations that look lovely in your home however get totally lost when transferred into a huge outdoor space. Go big and go bold! Flags are fab for getting everyone in the festival wedding spirit and are simple to make or hire.

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  • Don’t forget a generator. Not an exciting tip, but fairly crucial. If your wedfest location doesn’t have power you will need a generator for most things to work. (Not wanting to be sexist, but quite a good job to pass over to the grooms.)

 

  • Toilets. Even less exciting than the generator… However, especially if your guests are staying over, make sure you have enough toilets. An over-used portaloo is not pleasant. If people are staying onsite for a couple of nights you’ll probably want to consider hiring showers as well. There are lots of great companies offering luxury portaloos and showers meaning not even the fussiest of guests will find cause for complaint.

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  • Make sure you have enough room undercover. Unfortunately the weather has a mind of its own in this country which means ensuring your guests don’t get soaked in a sudden downpour is a must.

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  • Add personal touches. This is your day so make sure it reflects the pair of you. The most memorable weddings as those that incorporate hobbies and interests to make it truly unique. Think table plan, name settings, music choices, shoes…

 

  • If you’re going for a DIY approach to your festival wedding, a simple way to make it look more professional is to stick to a theme. When you create your Save the Dates think about the colours and fonts you’re using. Use the same font and colours for your Invitations and for stationery on the day such as your Order of Service and any signs at the reception. Signs are essential for a wedfest and super easy to create. Simply print out in your chosen font at the size you need, cut out the letters using a craft knife to create a stencil, spray paint onto wood and hey presto you have a lovely sign!
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Image: Freckle photography

  • Games. Outdoor wedding receptions have the benefit of space so don’t forget to make the most of it. Giant jenga, croquet, boules – there are loads of brilliant outdoor games that will get guests mingling and keep them entertained.
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Image: Freckle photography

  • Make the most of all the amazing wedding suppliers! Food stalls, face painting, ice cream vans, sweet carts, flower garlands – there are so many options of extras you can have at your wedding. Go crazy!

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  • Hire Bears & Butterflies bell tents for everyone to sleep in (sorry, but it had to be done…!). Have a look at out packages  here to find out more about what we can offer.

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