As quite possibly the world’s most celebrated and famous festival approaches, we look at how to organise and host the perfect Glastonbury inspired wedding – hopefully without all the mud of course!
Breezy and informal in nature, a festival-themed wedding is the perfect way to ensure your big day is packed full of quirky, unexpected and, above all, personalised touches.
Festival weddings scream out for venues that have lush green garden spaces for you and your guests to get lost in. A marquee venue is the perfect way to get that Glasto feeling on your big day too.
Slaugham Place in West Sussex is a breath-taking and magical venue where couples can say their vows amidst the ruins of an Elizabethan manor house. The setting provides that spiritual feeling just like Glastonbury does and guests can then party the night away in a customisable marquee. Perfect!
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Mapperton in the heart of Dorset is home to spectacular grounds and is a wonderful spot for your guests to enjoy the British summertime. Catering for up to 400 guests, the huge marquee sits in the middle of the lawns and is the perfect location for drinks, dancing, and maybe some live music.
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The festival wedding is an occasion that calls for the most ethereal of wedding dresses. Opt for light as a feather tulles, chiffons and voiles in natural colours such as nude, blush and ivory. Add interest and extra details with vintage lace, pearls or beading.
Hair really should be worn down in soft waves or swept back in a loose up do to capture the laidback Glastonbury look. Accessorise with floral garlands or pretty antique hair combs.
Keep make up natural and pretty, think lightly flushed cheeks, pale pink lips and golden and copper tones for the eyes.
When it comes to décor, go for either neutral or jewel-coloured tents housing different zones. Popular ideas include whisky and cider bars, shisha, chill out and dance areas and sweet shops and photo booths. Add to the atmosphere with bonfires and hand painted signposts, bunting, outdoor lighting and festival lanterns. Another clever trick is to tie vintage teacups and lampshades and family photos to tree branches with twine so that they sway gently in the breeze.
Food and drink
Taking a relaxed approach to food is key when it comes to a festival wedding. This need not mean skimping though, your guests will appreciate the vibrancy offered up by a variety of wood-fired pizza, ice cream and street food vans, such as those offered by our recommended caterers, Galloping Gourmet. Other popular options include barbecues and hog roasts served alongside salads and corn on the cob. Your feast should be eaten at long wooden trestle tables, flanked by benches. You could even go so far as to name the tables after different areas of Glastonbury festival, such as The Park, The Glade and Shangri-La.
Botanical cocktails perk up any festival wedding. Why not try a rosemary gin fizz or a refreshing apple, cucumber and elderflower juice?
When it comes to your blooms, opt for wild meadow flowers such as gerberas, sweet peas and poppies. They should be arranged in hand-tied bouquets and as floral garlands and wreaths. Pretty sprigs of lavender and rosemary in jars make the perfect table centre pieces.
Music and entertainment
It goes without saying that this type of wedding is ideal for music lovers. This is where you can go to town booking your favourite local bands. Once the live acts are finished, have a playlist to hand that includes famous Glastonbury headliners, such as Blur, The Smiths, The Kinks, Stevie Wonder and Elbow. Add drama with fire dancers and circus acts.
Forget about sugared almonds, the only way to delight your guests at your Glastonbury-themed wedding is to offer colourful wristbands on arrival and lanyards containing a map of the site, along with the order of the day.
The festival wedding dress code is informal. If the weather is damp, let your guests wear wellies, they will thank you for it as the day goes on! Ladies can get away with pretty, floaty dresses and flat sandals and men with smock shirts and waistcoats.
Where to stay
The simple answer to this is glamping and where better to start than with on-site yurts, teepees, caravans and camper vans so that you can keep the festivities going throughout the night (and into the next day) while keeping all your loved ones together in one place.