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Pulling off Festival Chic Weddings

You might be a huge music festival fan, love camping, or just really adore the idea of tying the knot in the countryside with nature on your doorstep. Whatever your reason for wanting a festival chic wedding, we're here to help.

Follow these tips and you'll have the boho nuptials of your dreams:

The dress

Choosing a dress for a relaxed, informal wedding can actually be a little tricky. Anything too glamorous, big or detailed would look out of place when you're dancing around hay barrels all night long.

Keep it simple by having a slim-line dress. By no means does it have to be boring though - lace gowns, vintage dresses, ones with beautiful beading or capped sleeves suit this theme down to a tee. Jenny Packham gowns are perfect for boho weddings, but still add a touch of glamour to the special day.

It's worth ditching a veil in favour of a pretty hairband, and keeping your jewellery simple - vintage pearls are ideal in place of diamonds and crystals.

The venue

Of course, to set the tone of a festival chic wedding, you have to have the right venue. Instead of a hotel or country house, think huge tipi in the middle of the countryside. Failing that, you can always hire a renovated barn.

These days, you'll find many beautifully refurnished barns that are ideal for weddings, while still having their old rustic charm, high ceilings and period features.

The transport

This depends on where you're holding your ceremony - if it's all in one location, you can get away without any transport, but it's worth hiring a vintage bicycle. You can have a romantic cycle around, or just decorate it for beautiful wedding photos. Fill its basket with wedding flowers for some great shots.

If you are having a two-venue wedding, you could get a ride on the back of a tractor to really embrace the festival feeling.

The cake

Nothing much about a festival chic wedding is traditional - and the same goes for the wedding cake. Do away with an old-fashioned three-tier fruit cake with white icing and marzipan, and replace it with this year's favourite wedding feature - a naked cake.

Tiers of classic Victoria sponge with all the layers exposed for guests to see will suit this theme down to the ground, or if you're a chocolate fan, you can swap it with chocolate sponge instead.

The decorations

To pull off a festival chic wedding, this is perhaps the most important thing to get right. You'll need a lot of decorations, so take note: bunting, lanterns, pom poms, log fires, tealights, vintage ice-cream vans, barrels filled with beer, blackboard table plans, and, of course, beautiful countryside surroundings are all suitable.

The flowers

Lastly, the flowers. Instead of a perfectly put together bouquet, you'll want your bunch to look like handpicked wild flowers. And when it comes to floral arrangements, you simply need jam jars filled with stems of pretty flowers. Buttonholes and corsages can be kept simple with sprigs of gypsophila tied together with twine.

For a rustic look, it's so easy to do it yourself, so why not have a go?

Are you planning on having a festival chic wedding - what advice can you give other b2bs and h2bs about organising one? Don't forget to leave your comments in our forum too!

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