Festival Theme Wedding Ideas

Not only is it wedding season, but it's festival season as well. Outdoor music festivals have filled people's summer calendars for decades, but over the past couple of years the festival 'style' has shimmied into couples' wedding themes. It's such a relevant summer trend that it easily translates to the wedding world, and today, we're here to show you just how to do that.

If you're all about the laid-back bohemian vibe with a twist of festival fun, here are some ways you can incorporate the festival theme into your wedding day. 

Pop A Squat

Festival Wedding Seating

 Photo by Anna Hardy via Rock My Wedding

A festival-themed wedding calls for a unique seating arrangement. Invite your guests to watch the ceremony while sitting on hay stacks covered with colorful quilts and blankets. If you want to get really casual, place rugs, blankets, and floor pillows on the ground and have guests kick off their shoes before lounging picnic style. Traditional chairs and benches can get a festival boost by wrapping them in colorful ribbon.

Festival Tents 

Festival Wedding Tents

Photo by Joe Burford Photography via Wedfest

Every great festival wedding must have some kind of tent. Whether it's a traditional 'Big Top' type tent or a small teepee, the tent is an essential part of wedfest. Use it as a lounge area complete with hay stack seating and a cocktail bar, as your reception venue, or as a ceremony entrance. 

Bohemian Bouquet 

Wildflower Bouquet

Photo by Heline Bekker Photography via Vintage Floral Design

If a festival were a flower, I think it would be a wildflower. Wild, free, and colorful. A bouquet of unkempt wildflowers is perfect for a festival-themed wedding. The bouquet above includes daisies, eryngium, sweet pea, lavender, and greenery.  

A Love For Lace 

Simple Lace Wedding Dress with Open Back


When shopping for a festival-appropriate wedding dress, think simple, sleek, and lacy. Vintage works well too. Our Dorothy lace wedding dress features an open back (perfect for summer weddings) and is designed with embroidered lace and clear sequins. You'll shine like a dawn star on a clear festival morning when you wear a dress like this. 

Mobile Food Fun 

Mobile Ice Cream Truck

Photo by Albert Palmer Photography

Food trucks abound at summer festivals, so why not incorporate one into your wedding fest? Check your area for available food trucks to use as your reception meal choices or pull in an ice cream truck so guests can beat the heat with a sweet summer treat. 

VIP Pass 

Wedfest VIP Passes

Photo by Wedfest

A lanyard with a 'VIP Wedding Pass' attached is a fun way to get guests in the festival mood. Hand them out before the ceremony or present them at the reception as an escort card. You could also create a custom wristband that guests can wear during the celebration.

As a bonus to you and your guests, consider hiring a live band to complete your festival wedding day. The music will infuse your big day with festival vibes and have people rocking out just as much as they would at a real summer festival. A festival-themed wedding is an experience you and your guests will truly cherish and remember for years to come.

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