Festival Style Wedding In Sussex -Planning Tips

4 tips for planning your ideal summer festival style wedding in Sussex

Spring is finally here! And with it comes all the teasing hints that summer is just around the corner. Longer days, hazy mornings, and fresh flowers (and just maybe some sunshine!) are well on their way to us. As, of course, is the festival season. So, for those music lovers amongst you, that means now is the perfect time to use the inspiration of the changing seasons to consider planning a festival style wedding. And what better backdrop than the stunning South Downs National Park?

Spanning 87 miles of Sussex countryside from Winchester to Eastbourne, South Downs National Park offers plenty of stunning nature and views out over England’s south coast. It is also home to some of the most desirable wedding venues in the country, and is at its best in summertime.

Feeling inspired yet? Here are a few things to take into consideration when planning your festival style wedding:


Festival Style Wedding - South Downs Manor

First thing’s first; deciding where you’re going to tie the knot is key. It’s one of the biggest and toughest decisions you’ll make as a couple when planning your wedding. It shapes your entire day. Luckily, Sussex offers plenty of ideal venues for the boho chic couple!

Consider going all-out outdoors with Plush Tents Glamping, which offers yurts, tipis, and tents, as well as a Mongolian yurt for your reception, and is perfect for those wanting an alternative venue. Nymans Gardens, which would lend itself perfectly for a marquee, is a more elegant option, and is absolutely idyllic.

Alternatively, the area is saturated with all-inclusive hotel venues where staff will see to every detail of your day. The grand houses that are now Southdowns Manor and South Lodge Hotel are two such venues. Both also have ample gardens and offer picturesque backdrops for nature lovers.

Wedding websites that list the best wedding venues Sussex has to offer are a great place to start when looking for venues, or try searching Google for ‘festival wedding venues’.

Bring in the food vans

Nothing says ‘festival vibe’ quite like a good choice of food vans, offering guests a spread of their favourite guilty pleasures.

For those fancying a classic favourite, a hog roast is always an all-round crowd pleaser and is a firm favourite at festivals. There are also plenty of great quality food, juice, and cocktail vans around that now offer their services to weddings.

For more ideas, check out the Brighton Foodies Festival (29th April – 1st May, 2017). It is ram-packed with food van vendors, many of whom hire themselves out for weddings! It’s the perfect place to get some ideas and do some planning for your festival style wedding.

The Main Event

No, we’re not talking about your ceremony here (important though that may be). We’re talking about the thing that makes any festival a real festival: music! Ensuring you have top quality entertainment is essential to any wedding. It could well be the making of a festival style wedding.

Considering a band? Maybe consider two, or even three! A great line-up is the hallmark of the best festivals. You’ll find that many local bands will be up for coming along and playing a shorter set for a festival style wedding, especially those that aren’t necessarily ‘wedding bands’ (Brighton has lots.) Try creating a line-up of your favourite genres, whether they be rock, country, folk, or even jazz.

It’s all in the details

Added extras are what will make your festival style wedding a day to remember, and there are plenty of on-theme services out there at your disposal.

Rustic stationery is bang on trend right now and will go perfectly with the festival vibe. Consider incorporating materials like hessian and recycled paper into your invitation suite for a look that will tie in with all your festivities.

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Carnival games are always great fun for guests – especially if you’re having small children at your wedding. Fancy having a bouncy castle or maybe some mini golf? Why not!

festival style wedding - bouncy castle

An ice cream van is another fun added option, and will bring your guests right back to the summer days of their childhoods. Or perhaps hire a dessert van that’ll offer your guests far more than just the standard wedding cake.

And, of course, it can’t be a real festival without some mud, and you certainly can’t cope with mud without wellies. Consider buying wellies wholesale as favours for your guests, so they can dance the night away without worrying about ruining their shoes (or having to go barefoot, for that matter).