Tips for Garden Weddings
Planning a wedding can be fun, but is also known
to be a stressful undertaking. For this reason,
some may be reluctant to choose a theme like a
garden wedding, as it can demand extra work. However,
a garden wedding can be fun and elegant, and planning
one can help make your wedding unique and memorable
with little extra stress. If you are planning
a garden wedding, remember to keep it simple and
tasteful; there is no need to go overboard with
a garden theme, and one of the great aspects of
the theme is the simplicity of its design. The
following are some simple and easy tips for planning
an elegant garden wedding:
1. Serve popular garden drinks, such as
lemonade and iced tea, in pitchers. Homemade sangria
is an inexpensive and fun option that may also
2. Place a trellis so that it will frame
the ceremony, and cover it in green ivy leaves
to set a summery but sophisticated mood.
3. Release butterflies. This is not only
a symbolic act, but a beautiful and appropriate
addition to a garden wedding.
4. Set up a bird bath as a decoration.
Even if it does not attract birds, a bird bath
can look beautiful, and will perfectly fit the
garden wedding aesthetic.
5. Foreshadow your garden theme with festive
invitations; make your own wedding invitations
and press flowers onto them.
6. Use arrangements of fresh garden flowers
as table centerpieces
7. Give out tiny potted plants as wedding
8. Alternately, give out seed packets
and tiny terra cotta pots as wedding favors.
9. Hire a live band. Live bands are optimal
for garden weddings not only because they fit
the mood, but because the open air allows the
sound to carry.
10. Set up at least one bug-repelling
device, such as a mosquito zapper, to keep pesky
11. If the garden is outdoors, prepare
a backup location or rent a tent canopy in case
the weather takes a turn for the worse.
12. Place floating candles or tea lights
in any water gardens.
13. If you are planning an evening wedding,
use tiki torches to light garden pathways.
14. For evening or night weddings, string
white fairy lights in trees and shrubberies to
light the wedding and set a romantic mood.
15. Use scented citronella oil and candles
as a tasteful means of keeping mosquitoes at bay.
16. Plan to make yourself and your guests
comfortable in the expected weather. Make sunscreen
and paper fans available to your guests during
day weddings, and consider setting up larger electric
fans for particularly hot weather.
17. Use delicate fabrics such as lace
and other light fabrics in soft, theme-appropriate
colors as tablecloths.
18. Set tables with understated China
in a subdued color like ivory and that features
simple, elegant designs.
19. Serve light and simple appetizers
such as fruit, cheese, and bread.
20. Consider setting up a buffet-style
meal. Buffets are often a more affordable option
than their alternatives, and suit the more casual
atmosphere of a garden wedding.
Garden weddings are classy, elegant, and often
much less expensive than more formal alternatives.
If you are considering planning a garden wedding,
do not let the extra planning associated with
themed weddings frighten you: focus on simple
and tasteful elements of design such as the ones
we have suggested for a relatively low-stress
and beautiful wedding.
About the Author:
Maddison Hendrix is a long time gardner and shares
her knowledge in educational articles at Perennial
and Butterfly Gardens http://www.butterfly-gardens.com