Festival-style weddings, festival-themed weddings or just Wedfest. Whatever you want to call your wedding day, these are our absolute favourite alternatives to a traditional wedding. A festival feel outdoor wedding could create your dream wedding day.
You combine all the best bits of a music festival, the laid back vibes, the live music, the outdoor drinking, and the bohemian atmosphere, whilst avoiding the festival pitfalls like the mud, wellies and smelly toilets.
Here are some of the Origami team’s festival themed wedding ideas to create the feel of being at a festival on your big day. From boho bridesmaids to festival-feel dance floors.
The next stage after securing your festival site when planning a festival wedding is creating your dream marquee wedding venue or festival style wedding marquee. Origami can provide beautiful Sailcloth Marquees and stunning Tipi. You can create a wedding venue with the vibes of a big dance tent by combining a sailcloth marquee with lighting, lasers and the latest special effects. Alternatively, our rustic Tipis for a tipi wedding combine fairy lights, warm log fires and long feasting tables are perfect for a relaxed festival vibe.
Your wedding invitations are the first insight your guests get into your big day, and with the perfect invitation, you can get your guests excited about your festival wedding theme. Ticket-style invites are fantastic, or you could go all out and send them a wristband or lanyard to wear on your special day! Another great idea is to create invitations in the style of your favourite fest poster with the couple as the headliners. If you’re only sending a wristband or small ticket, there is probably lots of extra information to add to festival invites, so why not pair it with a free wedding website? The knot is our favourite free wedding website creator.
Our sister company Origami Bars, can also run a cash bar service for the wedding reception, which can be included free of charge with any marquee hire. Origami Bars will take care of all the licensing requirements, sourcing and serving, and the guests pay for their drinks with either cash or a card. Free drinks for a happy couple, of course! If you prefer, you could also attempt the DIY approach, bring drinks or ask guests to bring a bottle. We can provide bar hire such as large wooden bars, ice buckets, or wheelbarrows.
Another way to add to the authentic festival experience is to create your own glamping site with bell tents or yurts. This can also lower costs for you or your wedding guests, especially if they bring their own camping equipment. We can also arrange glamping tents complete with furniture and double beds; the couple can pay for these, or we can add a link to your wedding website to allow guests to book and pay for these glamping tents.
You can have as much or as little entertainment at your summer wedding with a festival theme. Ultimately it depends on your taste and budget. There are incredible possibilities your site is a blank canvas. This could be the fairly normal chill-out area or photo booth. Or include stilt walkers, fire breathers, dancers, magicians, or garden games. You could enjoy all the fair’s entertainment with bouncy castles, carousel rides, and circus performers. A beer pong competition or spaces for board games might be set up. A space for crafts like creating flower crowns is also successful. You might have a chill-out section with plush furniture and soothing music. You could toast marshmallows over campfires or in a fire pit. This can be arranged and hired from Origami Marquees with your Tipi or Sperry tent.
The music is what makes festivals and wedding festivals so great. All ages can relate to music; from young children to grandparents, a terrific song can unite the dancefloor. Why not choose a few local indie live bands in addition to a bigger, more expensive wedding band? This will lower your expenses whilst giving the impression of a festival line up with numerous performances. Booking a band that will perform a few sets during the evening and play a selection of songs as solo performers earlier in the day is an alternative. A silent disco is a perfect and trendy festival option if you have noise limits.
The way a festival-themed wedding is decorated is what makes it stand out from a traditional wedding. You can start by speaking to your florist about using natural wildflowers. Or for a boho wedding, some couples like to contact local farmers to hire or borrow haybales for ceremony seats perfect for your guests to sit on whilst you and your partner say ‘I do”. We can also provide strings of bunting or festoon lighting (large fairy lights) to complete the look. Your wedding photographer will be able to capture the festival wedding atmosphere. Please look at our Items for Hire section or contact us for some ideas.
A festival themed wedding can be achieved relatively easily. Creating a wedding your guests with remember and be talking about for years to come.