The Rise of Festival Weddings

I recently shared a post on my Facebook page about a couple who met at Glastonbury who then had their wedding ceremony there this year.  What a brilliant idea and of course a celebrant-led ceremony could be held at any festival that you particularly love because no license is required.

This got me thinking about how truly blessed we are with the vast eclectic assortment of soul-shaking musicians, artists and creatives who attend festivals in this fine country of ours.   And the south west has its own fair share of them. Glastonbury needs no introduction but there are many many more.  Here are just a handful that are on my bucket list.

If you are a foodie and want to spice up your life  The Great Dorset Chilli Festival looks fun and the chilli eating competition sounds terrifying. Then there’s Chagstock which was on last weekend.  Note to self for next year!    In 2013 the legendary Boomtown Rats headlined.  Not bad for a festival on the edge of Dartmoor with a capacity of only 5000.   Allegedly they were booked because when Bob Geldof heard the word shagstock he knew it was the festival for the Boomtown Rats and only later after the contract was signed, did he realise that it was Chagstock.

Another cracker is Beautiful Days – the Levellers independent family music festival with a selection of food and craft stalls and of course music.  Not forgetting Sidmouth Folk Festival,  a week long festival celebrating music, dance and song.   Lastly and my personal favourite, the Port Elliot Festival, which I am thrilled to be saying I’m going to again this year. Described by The Standard as ‘beautifully bonkers, eclectic and soul warming’.  I couldn’t sum it up better myself.

So why all this festival chat.  Festival vibe weddings are all the rage.  They throw the rulebook away in terms of format and allow a couple to really express their personalities.  I would love to work with you and help create your very own Festival of Love because what is essential to set the tone for the rest of the weekend is a banging ceremony where there are no rules – we do it your way but uniting love, music, festivals and marriage. Head over to my Pinterest page for a new board of festival inspiration and wedding ideas.

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