A DIY Sussex Festival Wedding ~ Freya & Chris

It may be just a month to go ‘till Christmas (and not to mention, FREEZING) but, we’ve been well and truly transported back to sunny August days, with Freya and Chris’ colourful festival wedding.

Not only did this creative couple do most things themselves (and completely think outside the box – just wait ‘till you hear what they did with their marquee!), but they also roped in their fab family and friends and even held their wedding reception at Freya’s family home, making it one of the most personal weddings we’ve seen yet. Aw!

Ready for a few minutes of summer sunshine? Grab a Pimms (OK, a hot chocolate) and enjoy!

The proposal                                                 

Chris proposed to me underwater whilst scuba diving in Honduras – he even brought the ring down with him!

Home is where the heart is

We chose to get married in Sussex because we wanted a festival feel for our wedding and my mum and dad’s garden was the perfect place for our reception. That, plus this being where I grew up, meant there really wasn’t anywhere else but Sussex to have our wedding.

We found suppliers by doing some browsing online but the rest was word of mouth from friends in the wedding catering business and friends in the wedding marquee industry. A family friend recommended our photographer Neil, who was brilliant.


We got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and from festivals, as well as ideas from family and friends.

We created this wedding ourselves…

We wanted to make it feel like a bright beautiful multi-coloured festival! We created this wedding ourselves, and so many fantastic family members and friends contributed. The only thing we hired were the glasses and the tables. We bought what wasn’t given or made, including the sound system, lights, etc. and we are now selling them on eBay! We imported our own marquees from India – we had to do this several months before and allow for shipping time but it only cost the same as the UK hire price, and we could sell them afterwards!

We made pretty much everything ourselves; the bar was made from old fence panels, the dancefloor was made from ply and paint, the seats were bales. I handmade the ties for Chris and the groomsmen.

Non-traditional touches

There was loads that was not traditional – we had a tug of war led by the bride and groom, our guests ate festival food rather than sitting down for a meal, we had fancy dress later in the evening with contributions from guests, and everyone including us camped on site. We had eco loos that were homemade!

My top tips for other Sussex brides to-be are…

Relax and enjoy it! Don’t stress about the little things.

What we enjoyed most about planning our wedding had to be…

Being able to think creatively!

Our least favourite part of wedding planning was…

Trying to keep to a budget!

Honeymoon hotspot: Tuscany for a week! We’ll be having a bigger/round the world adventure at another time!

Team Wedding:

Ceremony: St Giles Church | Photographer: Neil Walker Photography

Dress: Liz van Stone | Shoes: House of Fraser |Bridesmaids: Coast

Entertainment: Mowgli | Catering: Spade & Spoon

Anyone else got a fuzzy warm feeling?! We just loved this West Sussex wedding! With its cool, festival vibe, DIY additions and late night fancy dress party, it’s certainly a big day to remember!

Thank you to beautiful bride Freya for talking about her wonderful wedding day highlights with us and BIG LSW love to Sussex wedding photographer Neil Walker for letting us share these seriously swoon-worthy wedding photos!

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