Planning a Festival-Themed Wedding

Inspired, colourful, fabulous ideas and inspiration for when you say ‘I Will’

Picture the scene: As darkness falls on the most amazing wedding day, you look across at your new husband smiling back at you and you feel like the luckiest girl in the world.  The children celebrating with you have been put to bed safely in their family tents and the fire pit has been lit for the evening.  You pick up your glass of champagne and sit back, gazing up at the stars knowing that the day is simply perfect.  You never want it to end and the beauty of having a festival wedding is that is doesn’t have to…  As all the guests are staying with you for the night in their luxury glamping tents, the party can continue long into the early hours and the following day.


Holding a festival-themed wedding can bring you so much more than a more traditional wedding.  Festival weddings are vibrant, colourful, and often much more unique and memorable because you can effectively handpick every aspect of your event.

Glamping tents and marquees in a field are blank canvasses for you to choose your colours, themes, flowers and detail.  You are not tied down to venue finishing hours or wine choices.  You can choose when and where you hold it, what you dance to and what you eat.  Your guests are offered flexible and fun canvas accommodation onsite and you can extend the party into the following day too, giving you precious time with those that may have travelled a distance to see you.

Whether you choose a more formal more elegant affair for your outdoor wedding or select a more chilled casual festival vibe, we would love to help you plan and execute your perfect festival wedding and we are brimming with ideas and contacts for your vision to be brought to life. 

Here are a few ideas from Great British Glamping you might like to consider:

Before the big day

Choose invitations that match the look and feel of your big day – perhaps opt for ones that look like a festival ticket or a wrist band if you are really heading down the festival theme.  Remind your guests in advance to dress for an outdoor venue and bring a selection of clothes for the evening and next day, perhaps flip flops and wellies!  Other ideas that a festival wedding allows is a fancy-dress theme perhaps, asking people for their own music playlist suggestions, or even getting artistic friends to get involved with the flowers and decorations.


Get your guests in the festival spirit by hiring circus performers, dancers and magicians to kick off the wedding.  Choose a great band to get people onto the dance floor and consider having a photo booth in the grounds with fun props and costumes.  Furniture made of hay bales such as giant sofas, tables and even bars can create memorable backdrops.

Keep the fun going long into the evening, with everyone sat round a campfire, toasting marshmallows, blankets to keep warm and offer warm drinks such as hot chocolate and mulled cider, before the guests retire for the night in the cosy luxury of their glamping tents.

It’s all in the detail

Choose oversized pom-poms, helium balloons, ribbons or bunting to decorate the inside and outside your marquee.  Light candles and use flowers to create walk ways to the various areas.  Get creative when it comes to wedding favours with homemade  sweets, chutneys or jams.  Create handmade vintage-style signage to direct people to their seats and even to the wedding itself.  Use Pinterest to build ideas and don’t be afraid to be bold – after all a wedding is worth putting the effort into!

Little people

Many brides and grooms worry about their guests bringing children to their big day, how they’ll be entertained, and if mums and dads will be able to properly relax.    Some small elements and clever thinking can help make the day enjoyable for all.  Children’s entertainers can be a great addition to the wedding party and you may even want to set-up a specific area for children, with hay bales to climb on (and contain them!) and perhaps hire a babysitter or two to keep an eye on them once put to bed.

What’s cooking

The beauty of a festival themed wedding is you choose and the choice is almost infinite.  F
rom wood fire pizzas in horsebox trailers to gourmet BBQs there are abundant options for your to select from.  Mexican midnight munchies or even candy floss machines can all add some festival-inspired fun to your food options.  It’s not something that you usually get an enormous choice with when wedding planning, so take advantage and do something different.

Just in Case

As you’re no doubt aware, even the hottest summer days in Britain can lead into cool evenings, so why not offer pashminas to guests as night falls.  Ask people to bring wellies and flip flops, and have a few large umbrellas to hand (making sure the ushers know where these will be stored in case they’re needed…)

The boring but essential bits

At Great British Glamping we can advise on luxury loo hire, mobile showers and portable power.  Don’t forget lighting and do consider having marquee heating arranged to ensure a change in weather won’t dampen the part spirit.

We would be absolutely delighted to help you plan your perfect day.  If you would like to chat options with us then get in touch and say hello(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)