Festival Weddings are Still Trending!

by Carys - Stylist for The Prop Factory

Friday 30th August 2019 13:33:55


I've been speaking to lots of couples, including some close friends planning their big day, and the festival vibe is still a favourite. Think bright and colourful decor mixed with rustic and casual seating for a laid back look. There's no suprise this theme is still trending given the amount of new festivals you hear about every year in the UK alone!

Luckily, we have an amazing collection to offer when it comes to festival styling and, after many warehouse visits with some lovely Mr & Mrs-to-be's, we know exactly what the lovely wedding planners of 2019/20 are looking for. 

I would really recommend that you pay us a visit here at our warehouse in Exeter and feast your eyes on the aisles of inspiration. We'll talk through your ideas for the day and I can show you some pieces that you might not have considered. Our website is fabulous for ideas, but sometimes it helps to see things 'for real'.I also have a catalogue of photoshoots and real event inspo which can be really helpful when faced with choosing some props from the 750 different listings on our website.

Our Bright Festival styled shoot at GreenAcre last summer has been a constant go-to for inspo when showing customers how our props and furniture can be used to create colourful ceremonies, rainbow seating areas and selfie heaven backdrops. GreenAcre is a gorgeous rural farm which caters for relaxed festival weddings with camping facilities. The venue is a blank canvas and our props and furniture looked right at home set up in different areas. 

The sets were captured by the lovely Jennifer Jane Photography and show off a real wow factor that can be so easy to re-create. See how to put together those all important areas below with tips and tricks using our unique furniture and decor. 

First up, a ceremony area created using our colourful wooden folding chairs. We have 250 available so plenty for even the biggest of weddings. They come in a full spectrum of colours, so your guests can find their seats amongst the rainbow. These brighten up any spaces and, along with our festival ribbon bunting, make the festival theme very clear. The ribbon bunting can be used to define the wedding aisle - held aloft on our bunting poles - or just placed around the edges to add some colour. If you want a more rustic look, try our crocheted triangle bunting. All our bunting comes in five metre lengths that can be tied together to create the perfect display whatever your space.For this photoshoot we wanted our bride to be alternative and so we added pom-poms to a beautiful embroidered dress from Matalan and used a vibrant floral headpiece from The Lucky Sixpence. The model, Dion, had her hair plaited and styled by two stylists from Steven & Laurent.Dion's makeup and glitter art was done by our director Carmen who has a love for anything sparkly. We would have loved to have created a full on bespoke glitter bar if we could. You could convert one of our rustic bars into a glitter bar for your wedding and cover your guests in sparkle and gems - or watch this space for a new glittery bar prop especially for this purpose.

The seating area we created as top table inspo was my favourite area of the shoot.

I dressed this space by placing one of our long rustic tables on top of some medium turkish rugs with eight colourful festival pallet stools covered in our knitted blankets. The blankets are great to cushion the seats in an outdoor seating area and for the guests to use if it gets a little chilly.The table top dressing was created using handmade pom-poms in bright colours attached to straws in glass milk bottles. Then tiny craft pom-poms were sprinkled down the centre for a pop of colour against the wood.Sometimes the term 'less is more' is so very true. These tables are quite narrow so you wouldn't want much more decoration on them without losing space to eat and drink.

Hip Hip Hooray Invites created some bright Aztec-inspired place setting cards to bring the area to life. They are brilliant at taking a theme and making the perfect stationery to match.Wedding photographers are all for capturing the little details and the wooden top of our rustic table along with the bespoke stationery and tiny pom-poms made for a pretty picture.Think about these details when planning your wedding and you'll be super pleased that all your thoughts and plans have been documented.

One of the challenges of this shoot was the creation of new prop that we were excited to make - a backdrop completely covered in bright and colourful pom-poms. The Pom-pom Festival Backdrop took a whole week's worth of pom-pom making but it did look lovely when it was done and suited the theme beautifully. It is lovely as a setting for guest photos or even as a backdrop to showcase your cake. Hung from a tree or against a wall it looks fabulous in all styling scenarios. With such a wide open space to dress, it meant props like our carnival coloured LOVE letters could be used with a wild and lush green background. We photographed the model holding streamers and making whimsical shapes in the air. These letters look great propped up near some casual outdoor seating to make a chill out area. Our bright festival deckchairs and tropical deckchairs fit nicely into the theme and we have plenty of them to dot around for guests to kick back and enjoy the day.

Point the way around your venue with our festival arrows sign, use it multiple times throughout the day to keep your guests moving in the right direction.This bright and colourful sign is freestanding (it has an ingenious either-way-up A-frame so it can point in either direction) - you just need someone to move it around for you.

If you like our inspiration, we have gathered all the props used in this blog together here

However, this is just a small taster of the props you could use for your festival theme so check out our full festival fun range here.

Carys x


Venue - Green Acre Events

Photographer - Jennifer Jane Photography

Props & Styling - The Prop Factory

Model - Dion Chan 

Headpiece - The Lucky Sixpence

MUA & Glitter Artist - Carmen Grace

Hair - Cameron Hosken & Ellie Kirby in association with Steven and Laurent Hair Salon

Dress - Matalan (with a twist by The Prop Factory)

Cake - Claire's Sweet Temptations

Stationery - Hip Hip Hooray Invites

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