The Unconventional Wedding Festival is a new breed of wedding fair designed to cater for the latest trends in the wedding industry. Unconventional in every sense of the word, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is aimed at couples who don’t want their wedding to be the same as everyone else’s and would rather stand be a flamingo amongst a flock of pigeons.

Photo credit Roo Stain Photography courtesy of Peak Tipis

It’s a wedding weekend not a day!

Most festivals are over a weekend so why not have a wedding weekend instead of a wedding day! After all you’ll be paying for the set up so make the most of it. Most tipi’s or marquees get put up a couple of days before your wedding day so there is nothing to stop you using them before or after. Our top tips for your wedding weekend

  • Set up a glamping village for all your family and friends to stay over in (you don’t want them travelling back and forwards after all)
  • Add a hot tub to your glamping village for that extra wow factor!
  • Have a wedding pre-party and get your friends to help set up your Tipi at the same time.
  • Plan a family brunch or BBQ for the day after your wedding

Plan a relaxed wedding day

Every festival wedding needs a chilled and relaxed feel. So, don’t feel pressured to have something happening every 10 minutes – weddings rarely run to time anyway!

Share your plans with your guests in advance so they know what to expect. There’s nothing worse that wearing your best Jimmy Choo’s and not having heel stoppers to stop you sinking into the grass in a field. Or coming in your best summer dress and forgetting about the chill of English summer evenings. Provide flip flops for tired feet. Blankets for everyone to cosy up by the fire pit. Toiletry baskets are a fab idea to freshen up in the bathroom.

Photo credit Rachel Burt Photography

Have a celebrant led service

Going along with the relaxed feel get yourself a celebrant to do your service. Yes, you must tick off the formalities the day before, but they give you so much more flexibility. You can have your ceremony in a field, farm, woodland … pretty much anywhere. It’s always good to start the day how you mean to go on and set the theme for the rest of your weekend.

Photo credit James Mottram courtesy of Star Ceremonies

Get yourself a cool wedding festival set up

What does that mean? It means go mad with flags, lanyards, wrist bands, signs, live music and flower garlands.

It’s also good to use different tents for different things. Why not have a chill out tent complete with fire pit and comfy chairs. You can also have a raving disco tent for the wild at heart. Or a silent disco tent so you can continue partying into the wee hours beyond the noise curfew!

Ditch the formal 3 course meal and grab yourself some funky food trucks!

There is such a wide choice of food trucks nowadays you can pretty much get anything. How about milkshake shacks, waffles, mexican street food or churros stalls? Whatever your favourite foods you are bound to find a food truck to match! You won’t be stuck to a rigid food service and the day will flow far much better. And, if Auntie Annie doesn’t approve, do a formal afternoon meal (you can even go half way house with sharing platters) and go for food trucks in the evening. Perfect!

Photo credit Rachel Burt Photography

The Wedding Fair takes place at Stanford Hall, a stunning Grade 1 listed William & Mary House in the heart of the Midlands on 11 and 12 May 2019.

Tickets are now on sale at

Written by Linzi Barford on behalf of The Unconventional Wedding Festival