The quest to stage the perfect wedding is ongoing, but sometimes the best ideas are right in front of our eyes. It’s the summer festival season, and if ever there was a way to capture that carefree and happy vibe it’s out in the country, sun shining, vibrant colours, music playing and guests dancing.

Festivals come in all shapes and sizes, staged at a range of venues up and down the country. Hire a bespoke setting or, if you have the space, why not consider turning your garden into a unique, private festival wedding site?

It doesn’t have to be hippy chicks and space cowboys, but dressing up and getting into character is a wonderful form of escape and expression. So, ditch the stuffy suits and formal gowns and go with the flow, relax, and put friends and family at ease with an outdoor experience they’ll never forget.

Glamp, Don’t Camp!

Mention camping for a wedding and most would probably roll their eyes. Glamping however is another matter. Plenty of luxurious touches with the stars shining whilst safely under well-proportioned canvas.

And how about something completely different? A tipi wedding celebration is exciting, affordable and very quirky.

Bride and Groom Dancing in Tipi at Festival Wedding

Yes, stylish tents with all the trims and plenty of comfort. Sites exist up and down the country and offer all the facilities you and your guests will need. Crucially, your wedding will take place in stunning scenery, with birds singing, fresh country air and maybe the sound of water running.

Music to Match Your Mood

Festivals often follow themes, and your wedding music can do the same if you’d like to celebrate a certain era. Wedding cover bands can play any style and genre, they come in sizes to suit all budgets, and they deliver the kind of sound and performance you want for a festival wedding.

Go back to true sixties festival roots, hire a folk band to complement the country setting, get down with 70s rockers, or capture the Ibiza vibe with 90s DJs and an impromptu foam party!

Acoustic Wedding Band

Remember, with wide open space comes a lack of power. That’s not a problem, especially when so many fabulous acoustic acts are available. Under cover or roaming unplugged musicians are the perfect addition to any festival wedding.

Alfresco Dining

Most of the tipi wedding locations come with every facility you will need, also covering your accommodation and catering requirements. But the great outdoors demands street food, barbecues and open-air cooking. It will keep the mood informal, the variety is endless, and organisation is much easier. Added spice could be delivered with a look-alike chef to serve guests from one of the tents.

Wow Factor Entertainment

You are outdoors and you have plenty of space, so your festival wedding entertainment has no limits. From fireworks to fire eating, lighting up the night sky will be a spectacular finale to your day.

Fire Eaters

Before that, stilt walkers could weave through your guests, magicians could keep everyone spellbound, a circus act could draw a crowd, and giant bubble makers could give the children something unusual to chase.

Bubble Performer

As it’s a festival why not have some stalls and intimate booths located in some of the tipis? Think clairvoyants, tarot card readers, sweet sellers, and maybe involve a local charity or organisation who could showcase their work?

Carefree Dancing

Hire a dance group to get the party started early, and consider a professional DJ who will gauge the mood across the day. Party classics never go out of fashion, but a carnival theme will surely boast some Samba. Maybe a wandering belly dancer could raise the temperature and encourage people to join in and shed their inhibitions.

So, break from the norm, get back to nature, connect with your guests and consider a festival wedding housed in stylish tipis in the beautiful English countryside.

Guest post by Tracey Warren of Warble Entertainment

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