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Hot topic: Big-day boho style

Create your own wedfest with the help of our experts

Setting the scene

Setting the scene

Q. I love the idea of a festival wedding and can't wait to get creative with the décor but I'm not sure where to start. Can you give me some ideas?

A. Ruby Adds says: A tipi is the ultimate venue for a festival-style reception, but you can also create a similar vibe using lighting, flowers and relaxed seating areas. Start with a gorgeous outdoor space where your guests can relax. String festoon lighting around giant shepherd hooks to light up the area, use hay bales and colourful rugs as seating options and have a collection of soft hand-knitted blankets for when the sun's gone down. Use flowers and foliage to define the space as well as bringing colour and a wild, carefree feel to your evening. A funky alternative to floral arrangements is using large pot plants such as aspidistra or palm, or suspend small trailing plants in macramé hanging pots.

If you have tables and seating for dinner, macramé table runners and wall hangings are a beautiful way to bring the '70s feel to the party. Add to that some vintage retro crockery – I love vibrant green, orange or yellow and perhaps some pampas grass for a truly authentic vibe.

Gorgeous gown

Gorgeous gown

Q. We're planning an outdoor wedding with a relaxed vibe. What sort of dress should I opt for that will give me the boho look?

A. Angela Robson says: A soft flowing skirt constructed from fine tulle or soft chiffon represents the freedom of the great outdoors so it's the perfect choice for a relaxed look. Consider pairing with an intricate bodice to add detail and interest, drawing inspiration from nature with delicate floral lace appliqués or bold leafy patterns. To give an edge opt for an illusion back, which will have your guests in awe. For brides seeking sleeves, think full lace or draped off the shoulder and consider bridal gowns that are unstructured to achieve that ultimate bohemian feel. If you want to add a pop of colour, draw on natural hues of muted mocha or soft pink, blush or moscato. Finish your look with loose soft curls and natural make-up.

Glamp it up

Glamp it up

Q. The ultimate must-have for a festival wedding is a tipi but we have lots of guests so would it be large enough?

A. Jodie Bidder says: Tipis help to create a celebration space that you can't help but party in! They interconnect to create one event space, so if you need a little extra room you can simply add on another tipi.

For the perfect wedfest, you might not want to join them together and instead have different spaces for different activities. For example, the 'boozy' tipi where your bar's located along with some relaxed seating and the main 'dance tipi' with live music.

If you want all your guests to be seated at the same time for your meal, then one large space would work better. However, if you're opting for a more relaxed street food option where guests can grab food when they choose, it gives a little more flexibility to how you want your tipi space to work for you.

Perfect bake

Perfect bake

Q. We've decided on a naked cake design to complement our rustic theme, but I'm worried it'll go dry once it's displayed. Help!

A. Dawn Wilson says: I'd recommend that you use a professional cake designer to make sure that your bake's dealt with properly and a good sponge is delivered.

Naked cakes shouldn't go dry if they're only out for the day. They can get a crust, but this wouldn't normally be served anyway, as edges are usually disposed of when your venue or caterer portion it for serving. I also brush mine with a sugar syrup solution to give the sponge added protection from drying.

If you're still concerned, maybe a slight design alteration would help. If you have a semi-naked cake the outer edges are smeared with buttercream or ganache creating a barrier and preserving the sponge.

Choose a supplier with experience of this style and check out their reviews. This way you'll know you won't encounter any mishaps or be disappointed on your special day.

Wild blooms

Wild blooms

Q. I love natural looking flowers. What options do I have for a springtime wedding?

A. Samantha Chubb says: Greenery is a wonderful addition to any floral design and helps to create a more natural and relaxed look. Foliage comes in different varieties so it's a great way of adding texture. The most popular springtime faux flowers with our brides are roses in a variety of colours, gerberas for being big and bold, and gypsophila for its natural look and softness. To create a wild and hand-picked appearance, bouquets can be made to look less symmetrical in shape and hand-tied with lace or twine. This finish can also be incorporated into other items, such as buttonholes and corsages.

To complete the look, flower crowns are perfect for brides, bridesmaids and flowergirls. Your venue can also be styled with matching blooms and vases or jars decorated with lace or twine and placed on wooden logs to make perfect centrepieces.

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