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Ideas for a Garden Wedding
Planning a garden wedding can be lots of fun. A garden setting offers one of the most
romantic and sensual locations for celebrating your special day. Remember to keep it
simple and elegant. Below you will find suggestions on how to achieve the ultimate
garden wedding of your dreams.
Use varying shades of one color 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 favors.
Buffet-style catering with large clear glass jugs of lemonade, punch and sweet tea add
Keep the menu simple. Grilling favorites are an easy and affordable way to go.
Decorate tall trees with lights. Hand-write placecards, then tie them with a ribbon and
hang from the trees for the guests to 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. 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.
Using a favorite theme, give each table a name. EX: Butterfly, Dragonfly, Lightning
Bug, Lady Bug, 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 a band, not a disc jockey.
Hire a local dance group to perform the May Day dance during the reception.
Serve coffee in vintage teacups and saucers from local flea market finds. If they have
chips or imperfections...perfect! Even if the colors 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.
Use a rectangular table for the head table. Decorate it with tulle and mini white 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.
Cone shaped bags with potpourri make cute favors. Hang them from the arms of
chairs for a festive look.
Tara L. Lazar