Billy Idol may think it’s a “nice day for a white wedding”, but here at Sound Events we know that some of our couples wish to buck the trend and “start again”. As the 2015 wedding season approaches, we’ve formulated some top tips for our brides and grooms to use as a jumping-off point. Why not mix and match, or challenge our team with a completely novel idea?
The Festival Theme
The idea of a Wedding Festival seems to increase in popularity year on year. Clearly brides and grooms everywhere are swapping brogues for wellies as soon as they’ve said “I Do” – and who are we to argue? A wedding that feels like a music festival is easier to achieve than you may think, and shouldn’t cost the earth:
Firstly, pick a green field site in an out-of-town location. Not only is this key for your events overall aesthetic, but it should also mean your guests can camp in the vicinity. Be sure to check with your venue manager/owner whether this is acceptable.
Secondly, opt for a festival style structure such as a Traditional Pole Tent, or even a little big top! Be sure to fill your tent with bunting, fairy lights, and cider (or apple juice…).
Finally, match your furniture to your theme. Hay bales are an exciting alternative here, or why not track down some hammocks or bean bags?
The Rustic Banquet Theme
Another interesting option that brides and grooms all over Devon are opting for this year. Instead of the classy, but admittedly traditional, option of round tables and formal chairs why not go medieval with long rows of trestles and wooden furniture? Although this layout may be a little too reminiscent of boarding school for some, it’s a great way to tone down the formality of your special day once the ceremony is over. It works particularly well if you’re planning a buffet – as long as your guests don’t mind “passing the peas”!
The Rural Barnyard Theme
Barn Conversions are a great venue choice for those seeking to escape the towns and cities for their big day. Many farms across Exeter and the South West are placing a greater focus on inviting weddings into their properties, and offer either fields or barns to use as party spaces. Why not really push the boat out and opt for a Ceilidh band, or folk music act to complete the vibe – if you’re lucky, this might even put off your city slicker school friends from RSVP-ing!
One of the greatest reasons to pick a farm wedding is access to a great range of food. Farms can often offer meal packages that include ingredients produced in-house. It’s a perfect plan if you want a “Foodie Wedding”, and particularly appropriate for the climate conscious slow-food lovers among us.
When using a farmyard barn, don’t forget to arrange ambient lighting to complement the space, and remember to ask your venue manager if you need to hire furniture or catering equipment.