How to create a Festival Style Wedding in 5 steps – Updated for 2019

Tips for creating your perfect festival styled wedding in 2019

When we initially wrote this article, we believed we had you covered with 5 tops tips for creating your dream Festival Wedding.

However, the more time we spend in “The Wedding Industry” the more business we have met that we feel would compliment such and occasion.

Skip to the bottom of the article to see the updated list of venues we highly recommend to make you Festival Wedding a reality ! 

Picture of a festival themed wedding in Essex

Image from MyTipiEvent

1. Find a space

So you want a festival style Wedding, but where to start?…. Well, number 1 on this list has to be finding a suitable space.

Now if you are lucky and have a friend with a football pitched sized garden who doesn’t mind 100-200 guests partying the night away whilst they settle down for their evening cuppa, then you are very much in luck and you can skip this part.

Things to consider

But for the rest of us mere mortals, the job starts with finding a suitable space that ticks a fair few boxes.

Is there enough space, can your guests access it easily, can the Tipi company get the necessary large vehicles through to get set up.

Furthermore, will there be any residents nearby to consider (we are thinking noise limits and cut off times here…. Not going for an after party).

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there is a pretty extensive checklist to go through, but more often than not, you chosen Tipi supplier should have a few recommendations in the local area.

The above tips should take a lot of the stress and guesswork out of the situation.

2. Hire a Tipi

Tips aren’t the new kids on the block anymore when it comes to hiring a solid and stylish outdoor structure for your Wedding.

Dating back over 4000 years, the Tipi was historically made from Buffalo hide, although nowadays, this is replaced with high-quality canvas stitched together to create a warm and waterproof covering for your big day.

A cool setting

The whole vibe of a Tipi just oozes “cool”, and although you would think open sides may leave guests to wander elsewhere, they won’t want to be anywhere else but at the center of these fantastic spaces.

Furthermore, some Tipi companies now offer fire pits for when the sun goes down, enticing guests to gather and enjoy the festivities until the early hours without feeling that midnight chill.

We can highly recommend 2 of our favourite Tipi companies to make this day happen ….. My Tipi Event (Kents leading Tipi company) and Events Under Canavs (East Anglias No.1 Tipi Company)

Festival Style Wedding in Essex

Image from Events Under Canvas

3. Get creative

You have space. The tipi deposit is paid. But right now you just have an awesome looking tipi in a big field. Now is the time to start getting creative about how you want your big day to look.

If budget was no issue, then we would always recommend bringing in the professionals to help you bring your dream to reality.

Stylists are worth their weight in gold and we have seen them turn relatively plain spaces into eye-watering masterpieces, using out of this world props, dressing the venue from head to toe and totally transforming it in the process.


Of course, if the budget is a little on the lighter side then you can definitely go down the DIY route and tackle the job head-on.

However, be prepared for the eBay account to take a bit if a battering though…. “now… Where to store these 50 lanterns!!!”

We can highly recommend Rock The Day Styling (Essex) & Hire Love (Kent) for all your styling needs.

4.Eat drink and be merry

No celebration is complete without copious amounts of food and drink.

What better way to keep your guests fuelled for the dancefloor than to hire in some mobile catering and pop up drinks bars.

Thankfully in 2018, the popularity of these services has skyrocketed with more and more people opting for outdoor summer weddings.

Furthermore, we have a little inside scoop for you with 3 amazing companies who definitely fit the bill for such occasions !

Feast your eyes (not literally) at some of the mouthwatering options over at gather and feast events and wash that sumptuous food down with some exceedingly good cocktails from the boys over at The Craft Drinks Co. or the delightful ale from our man at Gather Bars….. Or better yet. Hire both!!!

Pop up bar for a festival wedding

Image from Gather Bars

5.Let there be music

The final icing on the cake has to be music. Who wants to party without some absolutely banging tunes filling the air.

Chances are, if you want a festival style Wedding, then you have probably attended dedicated a festival (or 10) over the past few years.

With this in mind, you are probably going to want a DJ who can mix a decent house set (check), knows his Mumford and Sons from his Arcade Fire (ch-ch-check) and has a top-drawer sound system to fill the beautiful Tipi air.

(you guessed it…. We know a couple of guys).

Failing that, we love a band as much as the next Wedding DJ so feel free to invite us along to your shindig and we will happily soak up the atmosphere, tuck into to some amazing food and drink, party the night away.

The only band we currently recommend on our site….. The one (well three)… The only…Tres Milla Colina!!!!!!

Three Mile Hill Wedding Band

Image from Three Mile Hill

Sorry, with all the Latino music in the charts nowadays we went all Spanish…… What we meant to say was “Three Mile Hill” 🙂


Updates for 2019

Well, as you may well be aware, are definitely styled more towards the Festival Wedding end of the wedding market, over your traditional white wedding country club type affair.

As such, we have been lucky enough be booked to DJ at some of the best Festival Styled Wedding venues across the UK.

In particular, we have single out 4 venues, that we believe have the perfect canvas to allow you to build on your dream wedding. So let’s get started !

The Browning Bros – Chalkney Water Meadows – Colchester

The first venue on our list is a no brainer for us. Nestled in the heart of Colchester and boasting acres of open land. The Browning Bros have pretty much got the blueprint for you festival themed wedding.

The venue has 3 Tipi’s premanently erected, giving you a relatively blank canvas to step in a make your mark.

And with a whole host of recommended suppliers, from Hog roasts to cocktail bars, you will have the pick of some of the best business in Essex and surrounding counties for your big day.

Best of all, the centre Tipi has a built in overhead sound system that has to be heard to be believed, meaning your guests will gravitate towards the dance floor in order to get the full effect of the awesome speaker system.

The venue has a music license until 11pm. And at this point, the silent discos take over and guests are left to part the night away until midnight.

The fun doesn’t stop there though. With open fires and onsite luxury glamping. You and your guests are able to party into the early hours and finish off by retiring to one of the luxury bell tents on offer.

If you are an Essex couple hunting down the perfect outdoor wedding venue. Then this amazing place should be on the top of your list.

Upthorpe Wood – Suffolk

Upthorpe Wood is a family run woodland wedding venue in the beautiful surroundings of Suffolk. A relatively new venue, opening officially in 2017, it blew us away when we first visited to take a look around.

The owners, Sarah & Allen Steel, had a vision that they have tirelessly worked towards in order to make this magical woodland venue and reality, and they have gone beyond anyones expectations.

As a result, this venue is a stunning crafted maze of woodland paths, leading into outdoor dining areas, a woodland ceremony area and a professionally crafted rustic bar.

The main building where guests party the night away, now has a permanent awning attached to it, measuring about 8 x 6m.

Consequently, whatever the weather, guests are free to enjoy the surroundings without fear of the odd (and typical) UK shower.

Suffolk Brides – This one is definitely for you if you are dreaming of a woodland festival wedding for you special day.

The Dreys – Kent

The Dreys was always going to make the list. And with good reason.

The venue oozes individuality and style. And is virtually the perfect design to host a festival inspired wedding or event.

Based in Sittingbourne, this venue is also close enough to the Dartford Bridge, that is appeals to Essex couples, as well as Kent natives.

Similarly, this is another venue with a permanent Tipi in place for the main part of the day.

However, for the evening shindig, the open sided bar and dance floor area, about 10 meters away, is something that a private viewing in order to appreciate.

Words and pictures just don’t do it justice. 

Moreover, with a built in QSC sound system and fully working & staffed bar, this area is one of our favourite places ti DJ in the UK.

It’s rustic and stylish charm creates the perfect open air area for guests to party away a summers evening.

With onsite accommodation for up to 50 guests, and with a late license until 2am. You can be sure that your guests will be staying until the final song of the night.

Wilderness Weddings – Kent

The name of this venue tells you all you need to know. A true outdoor wedding venue in an idyllic location.

Notably, the venue is actually on the land of a very well known and  brilliant wedding venue in it’s own right – Preston Court (Canterbury).

In addition, tt has a multitude of locations where you are able to tie the knot.

The “Woodsman Cabin” which overlooks a stunning Lake. Under the quirky “Boat-Zebo” which, believe it or not, is an overturned and stylishly decorated boat !

Additionally, you can even have a humanist ceremony absolutely anywhere within the grounds of the woods.

The main reception area hosts a familiar sight in this list – Yep you guessed it – Three giant Kata Tipi’s !

Able to host up to 120 guests who can enjoy the wedding breakfast in virtually untouched and natural surroundings.

Finally, with the onsite “Champagne Shack Bar” just a short walk away, what more could your wedding guests hope for.

Until next time

To sum up, we hope you have enjoyed reading our updated 2019 guide on how to create the perfect Festival Inspired Wedding for your big day.

The above list is certainly not an exhaustive one, but we are proud to recommend these fabulous places to our future Brides & Grooms.

What are you waiting for … Get planning 🙂 !