As is the nature of the industry, wedding trends come and go. The set of must-haves du jour are constantly evolving, making way for new colours, new textures, new styles. However, there’s one trend that’s been at the forefront of weddings for a fair few years now, and it doesn’t seem to be going any time soon: the festival wedding.
It makes sense, really, that the festival wedding should be a timeless classic. Festivals are very similar to weddings in some respects: everyone is there to have a great time, surrounded by the people whose company they enjoy the most. There’s alcohol and something sparkly involved more often than not, you listen to handpicked music that suits specific tastes, and there’s a floaty white outfit a lot of the time too. At the end of the day, what else do you need if all your loved ones are in the same space as you, enjoying their time because you’re enjoying the time? If you’re celebrating and having a blast, you’re doing it right.
On another level, stylistically, festival weddings are amazing fun too. There’s so much scope for the exploration of crazy space installations with big, interactive elements and different colour schemes, like the use of bright florals to evoke the excitement that accompanies festivals (and maybe subtly an attempt at guilt tripping the sun to come out too? I couldn’t possibly say.) Gathered with oversized foliage, they look amazing as bouquets and centrepieces, full of effortless charm.
This leads us nicely to décor. How do you decorate a space for a festival wedding? I’d bet money we’re all thinking of the same thing: BUNTING. Festival weddings and bunting are two birds of the same feather, enjoying an illustrious career together and still going strong. When it originally exploded onto the wedding scene in it’s first incarnation, bunting was the traditional strung up triangles made of pastel coloured and patterned fabric. Since then, we’ve seen it in loads of wonderful forms: honeycomb paper balls, tassel garlands, hessian, pom poms – the world is your bunting oyster and you are its pearl!
At Extra Special Touch HQ we’ve put our extra special spin on festival weddings too. Not only do we create embroidered tableware and accessories, but we also make some gorgeous (if we do say so ourselves!) wedding décor that is just perfect for quirky, vintage festival weddings. Our bunting is made entirely from embroidery thread—which is first embroidered onto soluble fabric, then when the fabric dissolves, only the thread remains. It makes for some beautiful lace-like patterns featuring an inset Mr & Mrs design. The flags are then sewn onto ribbon for bunting that’s triangular but not tired—a refreshing change from the polkadot pinks we’ve all been loving for years now. We also make stunning “Cards” bunting for especially designated card and present areas with the same method, and a choice of 20 embroidery thread colours to suit every theme.
IF you want to extend your bunting beauties further, we make an über cute cake topper—embroidered, of course! It’s kind of what we do best…—featuring your personalised married name or message on individually embroidered silk flags. The flags are then strung onto beautiful bakers’ twine (Which always makes me think of paper-wrapped parcels from delicious smelling patisseries, which is an association I am definitely ok with), and then tied to two rods so that it can be attached firmly to your cake. The wonderful Mr & Mrs Barrett had personalised bunting on their wedding cake at their reception at Shottle Hall. Their cake topper was embroidered in a beautiful rose pink thread. Speaking of the wafting gorgeousness of master patisseries: their cake is worth a huge mention as well: an The Organic Wedding Cake Company beauty, made with layers upon layers of sumptuous sponge, jam, and buttercream, and finished with the most beautiful and crisp naked outer and loads of fresh succulent berries and blooms.
There’s so much scope with festival weddings that we think the trend will keep going from strength to strength, and we’re so happy to see it do so. If this festival feel is floating your bunting boat, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our shop for more photos of what we could do for you!
Thank you to Mr & Mrs Barrett for letting me share the photographs of their beautiful wedding at Shottle Hall. There naked wedding cake was made by The Organic Wedding Cake Company and their photography by CLB Imagery.