Morning Peeps!

Hope you all had a good weekend.

As promised, we have part 2 of Charlotte and Josh’s awesome festival inspired wedding which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face on this cold and grey Monday morning! If you missed Part 1 then no dramas – just click here!

Charlotte and Josh’s reception is full of colour and some fantastic ideas on how to incorporate festival elements into your wedding. Look out for the different festival line up’s that were used for table names, bright coloured ribbon, festival lanyards and a bright pair of yellow hunter wellies!

Over to Charlotte and Josh………

Tipi Love…

“We hired a tipi from Elite Tents to help capture the Glastonbury vibe as it’s the same style as the Rabbit hole tent. We then brightened it up with paper pom poms which I had a lot of help from friends to make and we hired the festival flags to brighten the outside. That was the one cost we doubted but in reflection we are so pleased to have invested in! We also planned to hang ribbons and pompoms around the grounds, however torrential rain the day before meant that we couldn’t so we improvised and decorated the house adjacent to the tent which would play a huge role in keeping our guests warm and dry.”

DIY Decor…

“We did most of the decoration ourselves – bottles and jars were decorated with lace and we put ribbons around the venue the day before. We bought the fancy dress items with the intention to sell them after the wedding but we have now decided to keep it for future parties – could be fun! I decided to draw a fingerprint tree as well as a guestbook which worked quite well until fingers were drunkenly smeared over it! Elite tents also supplied fairy lights, reindeer skins and the fire in the tipi which were fab.”

Local produce…

“We tried to keep costs low as possible and as a result many of our purchases were sale bargains or pleadings into lower prices! This helped us save a lot of money, but also a lot of things that we sourced locally were the nicest that we tried. The cupcakes are usually sold 3 for £1 and my Dad asked for them as wedding cupcakes, which is not something they usually, do but it saved us a fortune as it didn’t have ‘wedding’ in front of it! The picnic baskets were also great and lots of the food was sourced locally once again helping the local economy. I think the only thing I sourced from outside of my local area (even Elite tents were local to us in the Midlands) was Amy out photographer.She was brilliant and the photos she has taken are like a story book of our day and we love them! She even sent us a card!”

Family and Friends…

“I think more than anything support from friends and family were key to our wedding being such a success, especially my Dad who was a gem on the day. I didn’t see him until 11am as he was running around making sure the venue was perfect, running my bridesmaids around and being instrumental in most of the fab local hook ups I mentioned! Also, I have very talented friends like my bridesmaid Lynsey who helped decorate the cake after she had made our fabulous cake topper as a gift. The seating plan chalkboard and are invites were also designed by her.”

A picnic lunch…

“Our amazing picnic baskets were all done on site by Anne who runs the centre. We told her our ideas and she loved them! We ordered baskets for her to fill with a range of picnic foods so that the tables could all share. The candyfloss was the only thing we catered in and it was a local man my dad knew from hiring him for other events.”

Partners in Crime…

“Our music was provided by the fab Partners in Crime – a great cover band we had the fortune to stumble upon one night and loved them. Their singer has a ridiculous amount of energy and the music just makes you want to dance!”

Favourite moment of the day?

“Alone time in the camper van. It was so nice just to enjoy the time together and reflect but also enjoying the anticipation of the party that was yet to come!”

Advice for couples planning their wedding day?

“Do what you want and it will work. Your friends and family will all appreciate how much it reflects you and they’ll all remember it! I’ve since had people come up to me at friends parties saying… “Oh you’re the one with the really cool festival wedding………… and so couldn’t stop talking about it” and most our our friends and family just couldn’t imagine it any other way!”

Thank you so much to Charlotte and Josh for sharing your wedding with us today – absolutely loved your styling for the day and the table names rock! Such a good idea!

Also a massive shout out to Amy Lewin Photography for your amazing pictures.

We will be featuring Charlotte and Josh’s first dance for Independent Love Song this afternoon so don’t be a stranger!

Photography – Amy Lewin Photography
Reception Venue – Purley Chase Centre
Brides Dress – Benjamin Roberts ‘2101’ from Atherstone Wedding Centre
Brides Shoes – Hunter Wellies ‘Citrus’ gloss
Brides Headpiece/Veil – Yvonne Trivett & Atherstone Wedding Centre
Brides Jewellery – Sourced from a local vintage fair
Brides Hair – The Works Hair Design, Atherstone
Groom’s Outfit – The Kooples at Selfridges
Bridesmaid Dresses – Marks and Spencer
Bridesmaid Accesories – Shoes from Marks and Specener, necklaces from Dortohy Perkins
Cake – Marks and Spencer/customised
Stationery – DIY
Flowers – A friend 
Tipi – Elite Tents
Band – Partner in Crime
Flags – Festiflags

Big Love

Festival Brides xx

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