Excitingly, Fiona Kerr, our Deputy Supplements Editor here at Brides has just got engaged. Pete, her husband-to-be, popped the question at Glastonbury and I think that a festival-style wedding would suit them both perfectly. Here are some great ways tips for a festival-chic wedding day:
Hire a field and pitch a tepee-style tent for the reception. We love the tents at Papa Kata (www.papakata.co.uk), which can be used alone or joined together, with their sides raised or lowered to create just the right space. Ideal for both summer and winter weddings since you can request open wood-burning fires and heaters to keep you and your guests toasty warm. Surround with mini tents for all the guests so that they stay overnight and continue celebrating with you the day after the wedding.
Create a relaxed look with displays of wild country flowers arranged loosely in buckets and jam jars. Cluster together in the centre of reception tables and combine with tea lights for a romantic look. Mark the entrance to the tent with garlands of flowers and continue the theme through your bouquet by tying raffia around the stems. Hayford and Rhodes (www.hayfordandrhodes.co.uk) are great at country-style flower arrangements.
Get in touch with Pieminster (www.pieminster.co.uk) for festival-worthy food. They will supply top-notch handmade pies, served with mash and mushy peas. There are nine flavours to choose from, including Minty Lamb pie, Chicken of Aragon pie and more quirky options. Heidi pie including goats cheese, sweet potato, spinach red onion and roasted garlic would be a great vegetarian option. There are also seasonal specials so order a selection and let guests choose for themselves. Jules, the event manager at Pieminster will also help you select starters, desserts and drinks (we love the idea of cider) to make sure that your guests are well catered for.
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, cut into a tower of tiered artisan cheese from The Fine Cheese Company (www.finecheese.co.uk). They will decorate it with seasonal fruits for a rustic look, and after you've had the cake-cutting moment, leave on display with cheese biscuits so that guests can help themselves.
Direct guests to their tables with handwritten escort cards. Write the name of the guests and their table numbers on individual handmade paper cards from Cox and Cox (www.coxandcox.co.uk). Create a series of string washing lines by tying lengths of string between tree trunks and peg the cards onto the string in alphabetical order. Paperchase sells a selection of miniature pegs (www.paperchase.co.uk). For festival-esque save-the-dates and invitations, take a peek at the new Carnival design by Artcadia available from www.notonthehighstreet.com. Charming and chic all at once!