Morning sweet people!

So, August 13th and we are in full festival swing, so now seemed as good a time as ever to chat about some of the huge trends on the scene this summer!

So obviously, these trends are just straight up awesome, but we’ve specifically looked those that’ll take your wedding day to a whole new level of awesome! Whether it’s adorning yourself with beautiful bindis and sparkle (yes, that trend is stronger than ever and we’re STILL loving it!), sipping on bubble tea post ceremony or totally pimping your bridesmaid braids with bright chalks – you’ll find it here.

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Tapestries + Chalk

If you haven’t met them already, let me just change your life with this introduction: meet Bleach London and their hairy festival tipi. So, these guys are all kinds of hot in the hair world and their latest festival looks are just killer… Enter the hair tapestry. Yes, you heard! This’d make such an original, boho look for your maids or a great option for you guests to have done at your reception. Hair is pinned into an embroidery hoop, sectioned and woven with your choice of embroidery threads to produce these gorgeous little works of art!

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Now, hair chalks have been around a little while now, but the gals over at Bleach London are still totally acing this instant colour look and the life and fun they can bring to a twisted or braided style just scream ‘festival vibes!’ Create a temporary dip-dyed look (that blue is to die for), or enhance braids with a single coloured strand.

All sounding a bit too hippy for your ceremony? No worries, hair chalks can be so quickly applied that adding an extra dose of ‘festival’ to your evening look couldn’t be easier!

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Sparkle, Like Everywhere

That’s right, this trend is not going anywhere! You might remember we had a good chat about all things body art back in our ‘Dare to Sparkle’ post way back in December, well ladies it’s safe to say that with festival season at its peak, this trend is stronger than ever and the sparkle is spreading!

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Of course, not ones to leave you girls high and dry, our Festival Brides directory now features our favourite body-adorning babes: In Your Dreams. These gals totally know how to add that beaut festival sparkle, experimenting with placements and materials (think oversized sequins and gold leaf) and pushing the level of gorgeousness to a whole new place! The shimmering mermaid look below… I mean!

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…We are just head over heels for the placement of that bindi on her neck… Seriously, why didn’t we think of that?! Subtle and just straight up lush.

Show Your Straps

It’s taken me a little while to come around to this one, then Free People’s blog posted these pictures and I was all like, ‘SOLD!’ It might go against every grain in your pretty little body, but exposing your bra straps (albeit, your super cool geometrically arranged straps) is one of the biggest trends at festivals in the  US this year, so you can throw yet another traditionally faux pas outta the window!

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Whether you dare to incorporate this into your bridal look (we think it could be a totally rad addition to an otherwise minimal dress) or let your maids rock some seriously nonchalant black straps under a sweet little gypsy number, we love the truly effortlessly cool vibe it creates!

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The Only Welcome Drink of 2014

Yes indeedy; this is Bubble Tea. The latest addition to the foodie festival vans this year, Zhen Zhu Nai Cha which literally translates as ‘pearl milk tea’ originated in Taiwan and consists of a flavoured, usually milky drink with the addition of tapioca pearls which is then shaken to enhance its flavour, producing a bubbly foam. Don’t be mistaken in thinking the ‘bubble’ aspect of it’s name is in reference to the tapioca pearls, it merely refers to this foamy top!

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This little beverage is sure to be a seriously fun welcome drink for your guests and make a great talking point as they guzzle their flavoured (maybe even alcoholic!) bubble tea, getting a pearl sized tapioca surprise with every slurp! Seriously though, how fun?!

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So, that’s our top 5 festival trends of 2014 complete! We can’t wait to see y’all rocking your bra straps and hair chalk, while your guests get their hair tapestries and enjoy a bubble tea.

Don’t ever say we don’t keep your wedding inspo fresh here at Festival Brides! 😉

Peace + Love,

Clare X


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