Top Tips For Planning a Festival Wedding

Festivals are spectacular events that can transport you to another world with music, outdoor dining and good vibes. For a day filled with a beautiful mish-mash of food, music and fun, recreate the magic of your favourite field-party by having a festival wedding. Growing in popularity, festival themed weddings are a great way to use outdoor spaces and make the most of summer weather.

To help you plan your festival wedding, we’ve collected our top tips. Take a look!

Planning a Festival Wedding

couple posed by tree at festival wedding
When planning a festival wedding, you need to decide which aspects of a festival you want to recreate at your wedding, for example:

  • event tents
  • furnishings and decorations
  • live music
  • lighting, staging and sound production
  • food trucks
  • communal dining
  • costumes and make-up looks


Festival Wedding Venues

Festivals are often set in large fields or parks and sometimes in the grounds of stately homes. Something about the countryside sets free inhibitions and creates a childhood sense of freedom. There are lots of outdoor spaces you can use to create your festival themed wedding.

There are lots of places that you could transform into your festival wedding venue, such as:

  • houses with large gardens
  • stately homes
  • church, school or town halls
  • local parks
  • unused fields (owned by farmers or local councils)
  • warehouses
  • converted bridge archways


Outfitting A Venue For A Festival

When creating your festival wedding, you should be thinking like a festival event planner. It’s important to also consider practical aspects of your outdoor wedding, from where people will sleep to all the necessary facilities they’ll need.

For your festival wedding, consider:

  • accommodation – if people are staying over, are there hotels nearby or will you need to set up a campsite?
  • toilets – even if there are toilet facilities nearby, take a lesson from festivals and consider getting portaloos or similar. You might consider more luxury toilet options for a special occasion.
  • washing facilities – festivals get messy, that’s the fun of it! If your guests don’t have access to a bathroom, what washing facilities, showers, etc, will you provide?
  • travel and parking – will there be a designated area for people to park or will you arrange for a coach to ferry people from other transport links? Or a bit of both?
  • flooring – there are tons of flooring options to help you transform different areas of your festival wedding. Hardwearing dancefloors are great inside your main tent. You can also consider mats to cover muddy areas to avoid slipping, particularly around entranceways to your tent. Or use flooring to create walkways and paths between areas of your festival wedding.

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Use Stretch Tents To Create Festival Areas

flyer confetti drop under festival tent
You can use stretch tents to create covered areas for the ceremony, to stage music, for your wedding breakfast or to dance the night away.

Tents can also be used, alongside flooring, to create entrance ways and paths between parts of your festival wedding – such as from the main house to the party tent, or from a campsite to the parking area.

Heating, lighting and adjustable walls mean you can have a festival wedding any time of the year and ensure the comfort of all your guests.

Festival Wedding Decorations

Festivals often take decor and fashion inspiration from nature: flowers, feathers, wood, colourful patterns and natural textures. Decorate in line with your wedding theme, be that a specific style, like rustic chic, or your chosen colours.

Bunting is popular at festivals and weddings. String them along your tent, between trees, along paths, anywhere and everywhere! Festival flags are also a great way to accessorise your festival wedding. Festival weddings can use custom flags for the welcome area, mark dining spaces and facilities.

Bring out the festival energy with your choices of furnishings and lighting. For example, use hay bails and rugs for seating, and use fairy lights to lead from tent to tent. Lean into the music side of a festival with special touches, like using vinyl covers at place settings or gift mixtapes with your wedding soundtrack.

Festival Wedding Food

For a festival themed wedding, cater with food trucks and mobile bars, such as:

  • cocktail bars
  • ice-cream trucks
  • wine bar
  • tacos trucks
  • burgers and fries van
  • pizza truck


To offer a bit more flexibility for guests and simplify service, use buckets or bathtubs of ice packed with bottles or water, beer or wine, or even beer kegs. For an evening activity, consider having a fire pit with marshmallow-roasting.

For an overnight or weekend festival wedding, consider having a small stretch tent set up as a mini kitchen. Those camping for the wedding can enjoy some prepared food over a shared barbeque or fire pit – just make sure there is someone in attendance who can be fire-responsible. You’ll also need to make sure of health and safety on the grounds you are renting as your venue.

Don’t forget to consider seating and cutlery, which could be as simple as bench seating and utensil stations near the food trucks.

Festival Wedding Attire

bridesmaids wearing flower crowns at festival wedding

Festivals are about having fun, expressing yourself and looking fabulous. Guidance for what to wear to your festival is a must, both practically for your wedding’s location, and to help guests who might be unsure whether they need wellies or heels, or both!

Festival Wedding Attire For Guests

It’s important your guests know what to expect from your wedding so you don’t end up with a bunch of heels in the mud. How your guests look and feel will have a huge effect on the vibe. Whether it’s a strict dress code or completely freestyle, it needs to be clear.

Decorate your invitations to demonstrate the colours and the style. You could even put fashion inspiration images so people get a good idea of what is appropriate. How about helping your guests look the part when they arrive by providing a temporary tattoo station, body painter or glitter bar?

Festival Wedding Attire For The Bride, Groom and Marrying Party

Your wedding party is the guiding force of your wedding image and they are the only guests over whose outfits you have full control! Put them all in leather jackets or funky frocks, whatever speaks to your festival wedding theme.

As for the marrying couple, it’s totally up to you if you want to go traditional or add a funky twist. Brides can go for a coloured veil, a flower crown or big leather boots. Grooms could try a colourful tux or bow tie. Or escape tradition completely and wear whatever you feel – it’s your day and you’re at a festival so anything and everything goes!

Festival Wedding Music

Make sure the music you go for fits the vibe you want to create. You may love the sound of a good ballad but if you want people on their feet, try a folk band or something more pop. Make sure to also consider the age range of the festival. Cover bands are great at playing music the whole family enjoys. If you have any musical guests, you could even save some of the night for some open mic. There’s nothing better than making your own music together.

If, like a true music festival, you are going for a variety of bands, decide whether you have the funds and space for multiple stages or keep everyone together and change the lineup throughout the day. To create the correct ambience, your music timeline is everything. Jazz and acoustic are nice to ease people in at the beginning of the day. You can then save the electronic DJ for the night owls still going after hours.

Photographers & Videographers

Celebrate the spectacle and excitement of your event by finding amazing photographers or videographers to capture your festival wedding. Consider a quirky photographer who’ll capture action photos of the celebration, or a talented videographer who can create a showreel of highlights that you can send to guests after your wedding.

Not sure where to start?

Start by considering:

  • Live music – this could be folk bands and/or background musicians
  • Fashion and style – will you have a more relaxed dress code, for example with flower crowns instead of formal hats?
  • Camping – or glamping to elevate the specialness of the event, if overnight or a long day party


You’ll also need to consider practical aspects of your festival wedding, such as toilet facilities and transport to/from the venue for guests.

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