For an informal and very private wedding a beautiful garden is the ideal place to exchange your vows. From Spring to Autumn this is a backdrop to remember.
How about at your own house? Romance is in the air, you love your garden, and there’s no place you can imagine where you’d rather say your vows than in your own back yard among the plants you’ve tended and nurtured. With a little advance planning, you can make it happen.
What’s on your wedding gift list?
Be different! Ask your guests to give you a garden! Imagine having plants and garden-related products as suggested wedding presents. If you have a garden already, why not have it transformed to mark your wedding. Your guests will be entranced by the thought of giving you a beautiful rose, a fragrant honeysuckle or a spectacular tree. You can then continue to enjoy these souvenirs of your wedding for years to come as they grow and blossom with your marriage.
Garden Wedding Ideas
Planning a wedding ceremony and reception in a garden can be lots of fun. A beautiful garden setting offers one of the most romantic and sensual locations for celebrating your special day and allows you to keep it simple and elegant. Here are some suggestions on how to enjoy the exquisite, romantic garden wedding of your dreams.
- Use varying shades of one colour accented with white or cream to create a very visual and striking combination.
- Use lots of delicate fabrics. Solid table linens with vintage overlays purchased at flea markets can make an unforgettable statement.
- Small painted terracotta pots with seedlings make great favours.
- Buffet-style catering with large clear glass jugs of lemonade, punch and sweet tea add whimsy.
- Keep the menu simple.
- Decorate tall trees with lights. Hand-write cards with sentimental thoughts, poems and even humour then tie them with a ribbon and hang from the trees for the guests to find and pick.
- A trellis decorated with ivy, Spanish moss and fresh flowers is the perfect focal point for your ceremony. If possible, use the trellis for the reception by placing the cake table underneath it.
- Use a floral topper for the wedding cake instead of a traditional cake topper.
- Monogrammed linens add a touch of elegance.
- Set up a birdbath or fountain. Have guests make special wishes for you and your spouse by throwing pennies or flower petals into the birdbath.
- String white lights around trees and across from one tree to the next.
- Use a quiet, reliable portable generator for power for entertainment or wedding ceremony music.
- Using a favourite garden theme, give each table a name, such as Butterfly, Dragonfly, Ladybird, Sparrow, Rosemary, Thyme, etc.
- Use chair covers and tie with a white sash. Before the sash is tied, place a single flower bud in each knot. Roses are a strong flower and work well for this.
- Hire high quality, mature entertainment to ensure that the theme can be adhered to. Quieter, rather than louder and elegant rather than flashy is the goal here.
- Serve coffee in vintage teacups and saucers from local markets or second-hand shops. If they have chips or imperfections… perfect! Even if the colours do not exactly match your theme, go for it!
- Keep your invitations simple. Choose hand-made paper with pressed flower petals and a velum overlay tied with a coordinating ribbon. It does a great job setting the tone of the wedding for guests.
- If your garden is near a railway line, check the timetable for freight trains. If you’re near an airport, check flight times. Few things are more off-putting than a huge noise in the middle of your vows.
- Use a rectangular table for the head table. Decorate it with tulle and mini white fairy lights. Use flowers on the corners and area where the tulle is bunched up.
- Large mason jars filled with sand and tea lights make great additions to tables or pathways. They can even be wrapped in heavy wire and hung from trees.
- Have fragrance-free spray on insect repellent available for guests, along with spray on sunblock. Dox Sun Blaster is a great sunblock option- it doesn’t need to be rubbed in.
- Cone shaped bags with potpourri make cute favours. Hang them from the arms of chairs for a festive look.