While all weddings are of course unique in their own way, there are a few themes here at Rock n Roll Bride that, behind the scenes, we’ve been calling nu-trad; you know, like nu-metal, but for weddings. The Limp Bizkit of matrimony, if you will. ‘Festival weddings’ being one of them. There’s a very good reason that things become popular – certain styles, like dusky foliage, painted leather jackets and dainty flower-crowns look beautiful together, so by all means there’s no harm rocking these things if you think they represent you.
However, after a while, when something that was once alternative gets repeated over and over, it can start to look a little same same but different. What was once super authentic to one couple gets diluted down to its own version of cookie cutter. So, if you’re considering a festival-style wedding but want something beyond the hay-bales and tipis, look no further than this styled shoot for some truly eye-catching inspo!
Tahmina and Tom’s wedding was a rock and metal festival by the sea, held at the East Quay Venue in Whitstable. As they’d met at uni and hit it off straight away by sitting the corridor talking about music and sharing a bottle of Jack Daniels, it was only right that music played a huge part in their big day.
Right from the off guests knew they were in for some festival-style fun, with Wedfest wedding invites that looked like festival tickets and lanyards made up for the wedding info and order of the day. Music was a central part of their ceremony too, with Tahmina walking down the aisle to Wicked Game by HIM and them both walking back up with TNT by AC/DC. “Our ceremony was the bit we were least looking forward to,” Tahmina explains. “Despite the tattoos, coloured hair and loud mouth persona, I’m actually quite shy and suffer from crippling anxiety when I’m in an uncomfortable situation. The thought of a room full of people watching me walk down the aisle and stand there brought me out in hives, so we chose the quickest option given by Kent County Council – it was over within 10 mins!”
Courtney and Jake had two weddings: The first at a music festival in Tennessee called Bonnaroo and the second home in a family member’s back garden for all their family and friends who hadn’t been able make it to the first. Their decor was fun and bright, definitely drawing upon the festival vibes, and Courtney made a lot of the decor herself.
“We fell in love with Bonnaroo a few years ago and HAD to get married there because of the vibe, music and people,” Courtney explains. “We wanted to bring a bit of the Bonnaroo Music Festival back home for our picnic-style wedding. We had a lot of decor that tied in with Bonnaroo’s saying ‘Radiate positivity’ . The combo of eclectic decor we had played a huge role in it being uniquely us.”