Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a “tent city”

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Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"
Photos by Chris Glenn

Offbeat partner: Rosie, Event Coordinator

Offbeat partner: Geoff, hospitality professional

Date and location of wedding: My husband's family home in Lake County, Florida — March 11, 2017

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

We used our love of music festivals as inspiration for our music festival backwoods wedding. We had food stalls instead of traditional catering, a couple of local bands, lots of tents, and an overall casual feel to the whole day.

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

IMG 2055 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Tell us about the ceremony:

I walked down the aisle to Umphrey's McGee song “Glory.” We had lots of rustic details including hay bales covered in thrifted blankets as seating and a macrame backdrop and runner. Our mutual best friend was our officiant.

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Tell us about your reception:

Our food was a combination of BBQ, Tex-Mex, and Southern comfort food like sliders, chicken and waffles, quesadillas, and grilled cheese. We also had festival-style food passed as hors d'oevres and at food stations. A folk band played for cocktail hour and dinner then a funk/soul band played for dancing into the late night.

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

IMG 1877 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

We hung hundreds of feet of string lights and accented the space with hand-painted signs and quirky little details like gnomes and mini VW buses. Guests were encouraged to camp out so there was a little tent city on the property.

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

IMG 1923 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

What was your most important lesson learned?

Relax and let the day go where it will. Being in the event industry, I worried my type-A personality would take over, but the day of I released the whole project to my coordinator and friends and just enjoyed being surrounded by my love ones.

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

IMG 2218 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Grab a plate of BBQ and check out this music festival backwoods wedding with a "tent city"

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Photography: Chris Glenn • Dress: Sarah Seven • Food: 4Rivers Smokehouse

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