Festival weddings have boomed in popularity during the last decade and it’s easy to understand why. Ideal for festival-loving couples who are leaning towards a more rustic style of wedding, you can take all the best elements of a festival; the outdoors, the music, good fun and good vibes, and include them in your wedding day.

These are our tried and tested festival wedding must-haves.


The starting point for setting up that festival feel.  The right marquee will be the epicentre for all your wedding action, whether that’s dancing, eating, or even the ceremony itself.

There are many styles to choose from, but we recommend our versatile traditional marquee, as their clean, sweeping lines offer the perfect setting for that country, vintage look. Stretch tents are also a great option.  South West Marquees can supply the furniture for inside, carpets, as well as lighting and dancefloor options.

Once you’ve chosen the style of wedding marquee, how to decorate it and make best use of the space is up to you – get creative.

Bell Tents

To really create that summer, festival atmosphere, you’ll want to include camping at the wedding site.

Canvas bell tents make a beautiful addition to rustic and festival style weddings and are perfect for capturing that laid back, festival feeling.  They’re surprisingly spacious – A 5 metre bell tent can sleep up to six adults, so make sure guests pack a sleeping bag!

Southern Bells offer an array of furnished options for bell tent accommodation, including and a luxury bridal tent for the bride and groom to sleep in.  The bell tents alone also make ideal changing rooms for the wedding party on the morning of the event.

Depending on location and how many guests opt for a bell tent, you might decide to invite other guests to bring their own tents to pitch up at your own mini festival.

Festival Flags

Of course, there are endless ways to decorate the setting for your wedding, but festival flags make a fantastic impact.  A familiar site to festival lovers, adding these are colourful addition to liven up your chosen location and really pop against the marquess and other tents in the vicinity. Not to mention they can be spotted from a distance.  Wedding this way!

We’ve seen them used along walkways to guide guests to selected areas, such as entrance ways, or the dancefloor, as well as amongst the tents within a bell tent village. South West Flags and Bunting provide a great festival flag hire service.


These are our must-haves for a great festival wedding, but the options are endless in terms of how to flavour the day. Music lover? Arrange a band or DJ. Foodie? Book that food truck.

Your tastes and personalities are ultimately what will bring the festival aesthetic and the whole day together.