Well I think it is safe to say that 2012 has been one of the best year’s Great Britain has had for a long time what with the Olympics and the Queens Jubilee. When I was watching the new year build up on the BBC and then the incredible firework display, I felt so overwhelmed and proud of how much our country has achieved and believe me, I’m not usually that patriotic! It also made me think about how much Festival Brides has grown over the last year into something that both Kelly and I are extremely proud of. Balancing a full time job, planning my own wedding and my personal life with the blog has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to overcome in 2012 but I’ve done it and on reflection, I’ve loved every single second of it – even the times where I’ve felt like I’ve not coped. Sometimes it’s the bad/tough experiences that make us stronger and I for one have learnt how resilient I can be and that if I put my mind to it, I can always push that little bit harder. Starting Festival Brides was one of the best things I’ve ever done and when I look back over 2012’s posts, it makes me even more excited about where 2013 may lead and how many more amazing people I’m going to meet! Cool people like you who are planning festival style weddings!!

So, without further a do – here are my personal favourite posts from 2012!

Enjoy lovely people x

If you go down to the woods today – Woodland wedding inspiration for those of you who want to channel your inner Robin Hood and Maid Marion!

Image Credit – Stone Crandall Photography

Dressing Your Wedding Chairs – Quirky ideas on how to dress your wedding chairs and I promise there isn’t a bowed chair cover in sight!

Image Credit – Elizabeth Messina

Hannah and Tim’s WedFest – An amazing festival wedding packed full of cool ideas on how to incorporate festival elements into your wedding.

Image Credit – David Burke Photography

The Mix Match Bridesmaid Trend – This was one of our most popular posts of the year! You guys loved the idea of mix matching your bridesmaid dresses in different colours or shades of colour. This post is well worth a look if you want something a bit different than the norm for your bridesmaids.

Image Credit – Our Labour of love

Coloured Glass – An inspiration post on how to use coloured glass to brighten up your wedding decor.


Rhian and Toan’s DIY Festival Wedding – The most smiliest and infectious wedding we’ve featured in 2012! Rhian and Toan had so much fun on their big day and it was shot beautifully by Shell De Mar Photography.

Image Credit – Shell De Mar Photography

Meadowfest Look 2 – 2012 saw Kelly and I embarking on our first ever styled wedding shoot! We worked with some fabulous suppliers and the end result led to a feature in Perfect Wedding Magazine. Look 2 was my personal favourite – I so want a feather headdress for my wedding!

Image Credit – Kirsten Mavric

Festival Themed Wedding Tableplans by Marty McColgan – This man is very talented and designs some of the coolest wedding stationery we’ve seen to date.

Signs of Love – An inspiration post on how you can use quirky signs to create some cool wedding photos.

Image credit – Katie and Sarah Photography

The Braided hair trend – Oh I do love a plait or two and this post was full of them!


Autumn Wedding Inspiration – This was my favourite mood board from 2012. I love autumnal colours and some of the images and tones in this mood board are beautiful.

Alternative Buttonhole ideas – It’s no secret that Festival Brides is predominantly a blog focusing on brides so in October, I thought it was about time we put the grooms in the spotlight! This post was all about alternative ideas to traditional buttonholes and you guys loved it!

Image credit – A Bride Less Ordinary via Etsy.com

Charlotte and Josh’s Glastonbury Inspired Wedding – Another awesome wedding with lots of festival wedding inspiration and ideas. Charlotte also donned a pair of bright yellow Hunter wellies which I personally think rocked!

You’ve got to pick a posy of two – Part 1 and 2 – Last but not least a post all about the many different style of bouquets from hand picked posies in different colours to alternative bouquets – this post covers them all.

Image Credits 1. Belathee 2.Caught The Light 3. Kimberly Hurst 4. Loreta Blog 5. via Ruffled Blog

So there you have it, my favourite blog posts from 2012!

Kelly will be sharing hers tomorrow so we shall see you then!

Big Love

Festival Brides xx

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