I can't believe it's been a whole year since we got engaged (not to mention six weeks this weekend 'til our real-life actual wedding) and how else to celebrate than go back to where it all happened - yes, Glastonbury. And we weren't the only ones bringing a bit of romance to the fields of Somerset - Lily Allen was honeymooning there.... abeit staying in a £8,000 VIP yurt, rather than a two-man tent pitched in the dark.
Glastonbury, in a way, is much like a wedding: you hope and pray for weeks that it doesn't rain... and when it does, it might dampen the mood but it doesn't ruin the day. Well, it certainly wouldn't if you were holed up in the VIP area, with hot showers, proper loos like the newlywed Lils. But out with the masses in the mud, the rain clouds cleared just in time for our Saturday engage-versary and we managed to give our assembled romance-struck friends the 'lead up to the question' tour, toast a cocktail to the forthcoming nuptials and dance like loved-up idiots to the unofficial 'our' song - Elbow's One Day Like This - in the sunset.
It's not just Lily channelling the festival vibe when it comes to
wedding-time: long-time fest fan Kate Moss first hit the Isle of
Wight festival in style for her suitably raucous hen do, splashed
out on a three-day 'Moss-stock' (with different themed tents and
featuring music from Shirley Bassey, Snoop Dogg, Iggy Pop, Bryan
Ferry and Beth Ditto) at her Cotswolds' home to celebrate her
wedding to The Kills rocker Jamie Hince.
Want to inject a bit of festival style to your own big day? Marquee weddings in the countryside really lend themselves to the 'wed-stock' vibe (you've got the portaloos already after all), and especially if you offer camping in a nearby field to friends to easily stagger back to after the bands, ok probably just the one band, ends.
But you could go all out: wristband save the dates or invites designed like a festival poster (I've just discovered super-talented illustrator James Brown who designs vintage festival/carnival style posters - a great wedding present www.generalpattern.net/page3.htm); kegs of local beer or cider on tap and an evening hog roast (a quick Google throws up a huge selection of companies); a kids' tent where they can learn circus skills (check our www.circussensible.co.uk or www.bigtopmania.co.uk); a festi-first night in a luxe tepee and of course lots of flags, bunting and lanterns to channel the festival vibe.
Although don't forget to order your wedding white Hunter wellies (www.hunter-boot.com), just in case...