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Fabulous ways to give your Bristol wedding a festival flavour

Pull on your wellies and don your flower garlands as SoBristolWeddings looks at some top ways to usher a festival theme into your summer wedding.

Whether you’re a Glastonbury fanatic, never miss Bestival or love a bit of Latitude, music loving summer brides are spoilt for choice when it comes to injecting a fun-filled festival theme into big day proceedings.

From boho-chic bridal accessories and glamping for guests, discover ways to give your Bristol wedding a summer festival flavour – with mud entirely optional.

Access all areas stationery

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Get guests on board with the festival theme from day one, with ‘early bird’ tickets for your bridal party instead of save the dates; ‘access all areas’ festival passes instead of invites; and even wristbands or hand stamps for the big day!

A set-list order of service; favourite band-emblazoned table names or menu complete with tasty ‘headliners’, can weave the festival theme further into the wedding stationery too.

Free-spirit dresses

Bohemian brides-to-be, if you’re looking for the free-spirited look on your special day, opt for flowing lace, low backs and delicate details for an elegant way to be at one with nature.

Or, if you want to flash Hunter wellies, toe rings or ankle bracelets, consider steering away from tradition and sporting a stunning short wedding dress, for a quirky and fun summer vibe.

Let your hair down

For a flawless festival feel, let your long locks hang loose or consider a messy, too-cool-to-care up-do.

Dainty flower garlands and bold floral crowns are perfect for the festival look, with plaits and braids also trending this season.

Boho bridesmaids

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Whether you opt for pretty pastels or go bright and bold, festival weddings are all about colour, with bridesmaids providing the perfect canvas to paint your colour scheme on.

Mismatched dresses, rustic flower bouquets and dainty accessories can set off the festival theme, with pretty flip-flops creating a real summer vibe, while ensuring no blisters too.

Plus, drape your maids in crochet shawls for the evening to create that ‘huddled round the campfire’ look.

Glasto-styled grooms

For the festival groom, think more stylish, folk-chic gent than the morph suit and glow stick alternative!

Lose the morning suit – even ditch the jacket – and embrace a tweed waistcoat, dickie bow and some braces. And don’t forget a floral pinhole, pocket watch or even flat cap for laidback attention to detail.

Glamp it up

Give your guests the option to glamp – with stylish tipis, shepherd huts or even trendy trailers available to hire or pitch up at venues across Bristol.

If you’ve got the space to set-up your own tents or tipis, create a chill-out area for grown-ups, or a child-friendly quiet zone or story-telling corner for little ones on your hectic wedding day.

Party pieces

From bunting, streamers and flags to festoon lights and huge carnival marquee letters, the fest-décor possibilities are endless and all add to the celebratory feel of the day.

Hand-painted signs directing guests to the ceremony, reception, bar and toilets are simple to do it yourself. And don’t forget the hay bale seating for a laidback (and cost-effective) vibe.

Cater for everyone

The Little Taqueria

If a three-course wedding breakfast isn’t your style, you can’t go wrong with some crowd-pleasing festival food, spanning fish and chips, pizza and curries. Or, if you’re opting for an outdoor do, a hog roast or barbecue is sure to go down a treat, while classic burger vans, ice-cream trucks and even hotdog vendors have become a stylish and fun addition to the wedding industry.

Check out SoBristolWeddings’ wedding food alternatives hot list for more tasty ideas.

Get naked

For an au naturel centrepiece you can’t beat a naked cake – perfect as a backdrop for mini bunting, fresh berries or wild flowers for an understated yet effective look.

Cool campers

Say goodbye to the formal Bentley and pick a VW Campervan or quirky vintage car, for a nostalgic and fun way to arrive in style. A campervan is perfect for transport the bride and bridesmaids, while a retro mini oozes with cool beatnik style.

Crowd-pleasing line-up

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What’s a festival without live music? Opt for a sweet and simple song on an acoustic guitar as you walk down the aisle. Or set up a stage and rock out to your favourite band till the small hours… you might want to skip the crowd-surfing though!

By Alice Lloyd

© SoBristolWeddings
Friday 26 February 2016

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