One week to go until the big day….and I don’t mean of the wedding variety, unless you are getting hitched on Christmas Day of course! The countdown to mulled wine, presents and precious family moments is well and truly on with just 7 sleeps until the most wonderful time of the year. We at Festival Brides wish you all a beautifully Merry Christmas and send you peace, calmness and love this festive season. We hope the last minute dash for stocking fillers and turkey hasn’t left you too bedraggled, after one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year! From Christmas spirit to our super outdoor tipi wedding, sent in by Danny the Groom. Danny couldn’t wait to share his special day with us, as he proudly told us that his wife Cath used Festival Brides as her inspo wedding bible during the planning process – so glad we could help! This couple rocked their tipi wedding in style, taking authentic festival inspiration to the max, with bunting, DIY décor and wellies. What festival-themed wedding would be complete without a good old fashioned pair of wellingtons huh? Captured by the super cool James William Photography, here’s Groom Danny to tell us all about his Cheshire farmer’s field tipi wedding….
Do your own thing. Don’t worry about sticking to convention or what other people’s ideas of a traditional wedding should be. If it’s something you want to do or have, or it just feels right go for it.
Surprise Proposal with Friends
I’d been planning the engagement for about 4 months, making sure the ring was right, planning a cool day out with plenty of surprises. We lived close to Lyme Park at the time. Cath was a fan of Pride & Prejudice and Lyme Park was the site of Pemberley in the BBC version. I saw there was a scene with the house and the lake & it looked like a good enough place. On the day, I’d planned for us to go for a walk with some friends but Cath wasn’t up for it saying she’d meet us later. I told her she’s regret it if she didn’t come so she was persuaded. I think I was right! After the proposal, we went to a local pub where we’d gone on our first date. There I surprised her with her best friends holding champagne. The rest of the day was like this with surprises, drinks, meal & cocktails with friends and family turning up throughout the day.
Tipis in farmer’s field
We are both from around Manchester so wanted to keep it local. Once we’d decided on the idea of Tipis we needed to find a field to take them. We put the word out to a few local farmers and ended up finding the field in Mobberley, Cheshire. The field was lovely and the farmer, Ian was so helpful, it made the process easy. We decided it would be cool to have camping on site to continue with the festival theme, but didn’t fancy the idea of camping in pop up tents like a usual festival. It didn’t seem right to ask our guests to ‘slum it’ so we ordered some glamping style bell tents from Tinkers Bells. They were amazing and the honeymoon suite was as good as plenty of hotels! We ordered the Tipi from the fantastic guys at Tipi Unique. As soon as we saw the Tipi at a wedding fair we knew we had to get married in one. New love music and we love festivals together so it fitted our personalities perfectly. Instead of the standard traditional wedding, which neither of us were too enthusiastic about, we had so many ideas for a festival wedding.
Outdoor Haybale Ceremony
We took a huge gamble and decided to have the ceremony outdoors. We had hay bales for seats and my mum sewed cushions for everyone to sit on. Thankfully the sun was out so it worked really well. The arch/altar at the front was from a garden centre and Cath decorated it with ivy and paper cranes. As she walked down the aisle, we had a singer perform ‘It’s all about you’ by McFly. A bit cheesy but Cath loved it.
The ceremony was performed by one of my best friends, Dave. Cath prepared the words and he ad-libbed a bit too. It was so great for me to have one of my closest mates with me as I waited for Cath to arrive. It really helped settle the nerves! My dad read out a quote from astronomer, Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot, (I’m a huge geek!) and Cath’s friend Laura read lines from ‘Something Changed’ by Pulp. Afterwards we read vows we had both written which included ‘In sickness, health, or hangover’ and ‘till death or zombies do part you’… you know, just in case!
Carved Wooden Table Names and DIY Bunting
Cath found a new creative side and made the bra pong and darts games. She designed the place names from silly pictures of each guest. She carved the wooden table names from old wood, and she sewed the bunting for the tent. We tried to DIY as much as possible to create the authentic feel. I designed all the save the dates, the invites and the seating plan myself on photoshop.
We also had festival wristbands which we handed out to guests on arrival. I designed these and ordered them from idcband. I also made the ‘Cannyfest’ sign from some wood I picked up from a hardware store. All of these things really added to the festival theme. On the day before the wedding we had a huge storm which destroyed the sign and a few other things. Luckily my dad & groomsmen were on hand to save the day and helped re-erect everything the morning of the wedding. Not all heroes wear capes!
Knee Length Wedding Dress and Wellies
Cath bought her dress really cheaply online and had it altered so it fit perfectly. She looked gorgeous in it. I think she chose knee length so it wouldn’t drag on the floor & get muddy. She wore bright coloured wellies for some of the pictures which looked pretty cool.
Our photographer was James from James William Photography. James was amazing – he was there all day, from morning until midnight and captured all of the best moments. He also turned our album round in just over 2 weeks which was incredible. I can’t recommend him enough!
Lots of Personal Touches and an Acoustic Set
My mum did all the flowers including the bouquet, button holes, and all the funky table decorations. It gave it a real personal touch and they looked fantastic.
For a festival themed wedding, the music had to be good, but I think we nailed it. Before and after the ceremony we had an acoustic set by Zach Jones. Zach was awesome, such a talented musician and was really accommodating with what we were trying to do, including singing as Cath walked down the aisle, but he took it in his stride. After the ceremony, to the backdrop of Zach’s music, we organised some games which Cath had built, including darts and bra pong, with prizes for the winners. The latter really went down a treat!
Finally, we arranged a band called the Covertones to play in the evening. We’d seen them play in one of the pubs around Knutsford and they always got the crowd going. Their selection of rock & indie covers was exactly what we wanted and they didn’t disappoint. The dancefloor was full from start to finish. They even played an extra 45 minutes because everyone was having such a great time.
For the food, we went a bit left-field and decided on stone baked pizza from Pizza Principles because, well, who doesn’t like pizza? The guys were brilliant, making a variety of delicious flavours and serving them to the tables for people to pass around and share. Everyone loved it.
Our first dance was the ‘You & Me Song’ by The Wannadies. For us it was perfect because it has a slow bit at the beginning for a slow dance, and then a fast chorus to mosh too. Plus it’s a cool song!
Do your own thing. Don’t worry about sticking to convention or what other people’s ideas of a traditional wedding should be. If it’s something you want to do or have, or it just feels right go for it. The day itself will go so fast, so make sure you find some time with your partner to stand back and take it all in. You won’t be able to spend lots of time with everyone so don’t try. People will understand….and if something doesn’t go to plan, don’t worry. Enjoy what you have achieved and make sure you have fun.
It’s difficult to pick one because the whole day from start to finish was incredible. Waking up in the morning to see the sun shining was a great way to start a fantastic day!
The Line Up