Wedding Videography Hampshire - A Festival Wedding on a Rainy Summer's Day

A festival wedding on a rainy summer’s day doesn’t sound overly appealing to most. I love a festival wedding. I love how they can bring out the couples’s true personalities and how they can be completely unique and “DIY”. It’s no secret weddings require a lot of planning, but if you’re planning a festival themed wedding, the planning stretches that little bit further! Sourcing tables, chairs, booze and even toilets as well as all of the other things is certainly not for the faint hearted. 

But if there’s one thing you can’t plan for your wedding, it’s the weather. 

Festival weddings are mostly outdoors, so there is always the risk with the weather 

Being in the good old U.K this is not something we can ever rely on unfortunately! Lots of couples will find a separate place to hold the ceremony first, like their local church or registry office. Then it’s onto the marquee or tipi with all their planned festivities set up ready! Similar to Alexis and Dean’s wedding that I filmed back in August 2018, which was a lovely church ceremony that took place at All Saint’s, Upper Farringdon, then back to her parent’s beautiful property for a marquee reception. 

The marquee was kitted out with their very own bar named “Dexi” with an abundance of booze as well as lots of BYOB (that’s the beauty of a marquee wedding – supplying your own alcohol means no corkage woop woop!) Proudly displayed in the corner was their delicious naked cake made by the bride’s sister in law – Cakes by Joeldanna and they even had a bouncy castle plus clamping tents set up ready for their guests to experience a true festival themed wedding! 

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Festival weddings certainly revolve around the weather 

with the marquee laid out for dining and outdoor cosy seating areas and sometimes garden games. But when the weather has other ideas the marquee is the place your guests will run for shelter! Thankfully, for Alexis and Dean they had plenty of space inside for their guests to stay dry and sample the tasty canapés and prosecco. The rain luckily held off for a moment for myself and the photographer to get some good shots of the happy couple, as well as Alexis’s special guest – her beloved horse! Having a large marquee is definitely a good idea for weather purposes, because should the weather turn nasty, your guests have enough room to stay under shelter without being overcrowded. We were lucky to have a bit of a dry spell to get some group photos and couple portraits, but don’t be afraid to embrace the elements! If you’re brave enough to take on a festival wedding, you must be brave enough to dance in the rain on your wedding day!

Although the weather was disappointing, there’s no denying it was Alexis and Dean’s happiest day of their lives. It was the first festival themed wedding I filmed and certainly set the standards for me to continue to film more in the future. I find them incredibly relaxed fun and relaxed and there are no rules. I mean, they ordered Domino’s pizza for their evening buffet, come on – how many wedding venues will let you do that!

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If you are planning your own festival wedding, I’d love to hear your plans!

Cake: Cakes by Joeldanna

Church: All Saints, Upper Farringdon 

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