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OnePlan is the tool for any individual or team planning an outdoor event, from festivals to international sports competitions, and from concerts to weddings. And as great as we think our tool is, we’re not going to stop there with the help. We also want to share insight from other industry experts which is why we’ve launched a new Guest Post series. First up is something for the wedding planners from Tobooka, which helps you book incredible experiences for your UK based events……


The top outdoor experiences for a festival-style wedding

Festival weddings are all about informal entertainment, flower crowns and generally enjoying the best of the British summertime. For wedding planners, these weddings are a chance to step out of the box and break the rules a little, allowing you to push traditional boundaries and giving you the freedom to prioritise fun. 

It’s a chance to suggest Alice & Wonderland style signage, brass bands, Mexican street food, and even a spot of duck herding around the tents… but we’ll come to that later…

Once you’ve organised the essentials from portaloos to pop up kitchens, it’s important to think about what guests will be doing when the bride is off doing the wedding photography or talking to all the distant relatives. Since many of the guests will be meeting for the first time, team building activities can be necessary to get the conversation flowing.


For some inspiration, here are our top 7 ice-breaking experiences for a festival-style wedding:


There’s no better way to break the ice than hurling axes at a log. It’s also perfect for settling family debates, proving yourself as leader of your friendship group and generally releasing any hidden anger.


Embody your inner Katniss Everdeen or Legolas and become a pro archer in this introduction to archery, led by expert and friendly instructors. This would work particularly well for a medieval or woodland themed wedding.


A classic festival activity that’s suitable for everyone, yoga and tai chi both help you to quiet the mind and unleash your inner Zen, washing the way the stress of the day.


Although not strictly an outdoor activity, nothing says ‘festival’ like eating on the grass. Switch up the traditional catering by serving up an afternoon tea picnic, cooked by a local private chef.


To get the party started, why not have a professional bartender show the guests how to make their favourite tipples at an outdoor bar? NB: He pours very generous measures!


Remember when sports weren’t so serious? Back when you’d run across a field with an egg on a spoon and jump about in a potato sack? Well we think this fun shouldn’t just be reserved for kids! Treat the guests to an hour or two of skipping, dashing and throwing in an activity that is all about silliness.


Speaking of silly activities, this one is our absolute favourite. Armed with a shepherd’s crook and some very enthusiastic sheep dogs, the guests can attempt to pilot the poultry into their designated pen. All you need is a 40m squared area of grass and you can leave the rest up to us.


So that’s the advice from the team at Tobooka, whose mission is to create unforgettable experiences like these for every group that books with them.

Do you have advice for event planners that you’d like to share with us? Contact us here to find out how you can get involved.

27th December 2019