Given we are at the start of festival season, we thought those of you planning your weddings would probably be feeling fairly inspired to have a festival wedding or ‘Wedstival’. Given we have held several Wedding Festivals at NightQuarter, we have put together some fun festival wedding essentials and inspiring ideas to help you plan the perfect festival style event! We are using our venue as an example to show you the variety of experiences you can have that will fill a lifetime of memories.
Just imagine a day of live music, gourmet food vans, flower crown workshops and bubbly. It is more like a fun outdoor festival event than a stuffy wedding venue. A Wedstival is a fun experience to celebrate that special day!
We even have a grass isle leading into the main function area!
Hens nights and Bucks nights can be a fun event leading up to that special day. You can host a gin high tea, a mock-tail and cocktail class, celebrate in The Backyard Grill for a blokes night or even host a workshop on how to make flavoured bourbon.
Festivals are about having fun so organise a fun activity on the day. It can be an art class, mock-tail workshop, photo booth or even set up an Instagram slideshow. If there are kids, organise a jumping castle or cooking class. It’s usually not a big cost, and rather than having a guest book, sign a guitar so it becomes a cool keepsake. Be creative!
Fabulous Floral Crowns
A floral crown is a must for any festival style bride! Not only are they fun to wear but they make for a perfect weekend DIY project too. There are specialists that can make ones for you out of imitation flowers or you can have a fresh one made up to match your bouquet. You can even add a veil to give it a more of a traditional look. The veil can be short or long depending on the style of the dress. Speak to your hairdresser about the best hairstyle to go with the design floral crown you are thinking. The experience of floral crowns can be extended with a workshop on how to make them on the day with your guests to join in the festivities.
All Access Pass
Give your guests an all access pass to your big day with festival style tickets, lanyards or wristbands. You can get ones designed exactly like you would find at any of the major festivals by us or use someone on Etsy.
Creative and fun signage lets your guests know where all the festivities are taking place as well as giving that authentic festival feel. Show off your lineup of events on a chalkboards, painted wooden signs or print onto a core flute.
A true festival wedding would not be complete without themed table settings. They can be formal, theatrical, romantic or reflect your interest in organic.
Whether it is a food marquee, food truck, grazing boxes or platters of canapes, food doesn’t have to be boring for your wedding. We can set up antipasto tables on arrival, dessert tables with cupcake towers and donut walls or even deconstrcuted taco tables.
Alternatively we can set up the NightQuarter Backyard Grill and make it a real Aussie experience.
Festivals are all about live music so make sure it is an awesome band. Venues like NightQuarter have over 1000 bands on their database so can book someone perfect for your day.
Chill Out Area
Festival style seating is a must for your guests for them to chill out on and relax in between all the festivities or your big day. We love the use of deckchairs, cushions scattered freely or even the use of hay bales, an inexpensive decor idea that is super practical too! Spruce them up with a little fabric or some blankets to make them a little more comfortable.
Let your imagination run wild with colourful, fun and interesting decor. Bunting, streamers, festoon lighting, tons of florals and rustic details look great as festival decor. Remember you can never have enough bunting! The beauty of this at NightQuarter is that it is already up and installed at no extra cost!
Light Up The Night
No serious festival style wedding would be complete without glowsticks or sparklers! Perfect to give to your guests for bopping the night away or for a fun exit! You can even book a fire twirler to perform roaming amongst your guests during the night.
Drinks can be served in jars. You can incorporate edible flowers and put together some specific cocktail menus that reflect a true festival experience.