While winding staircases and swinging chandeliers and sparkling marble floors have a soft spot in our hearts, outdoor weddings have a special place in the heavens above! There is something magical about getting married amongst nature, with the towering trees, blooming flowers, the fluttering butterflies, and chirping birds! Nature has an instant soothing effect, so it makes perfect sense that you will want to host your special day surrounded by the best and the aesthetic gifts of nature. So when the weather starts getting warmer and the sweet spring rolls into the gorgeous summer, an outdoor wedding sounds enticing! While there are so many options for hosting an outdoor wedding, be it in the manicured fairways of a golf resort, or the woodsy whimsy of the forest, our favorite idea for an outdoor wedding has to be a garden wedding! What can be better than having the perfect wedding ceremony nestled amidst the beauty of riotous flowers and romantic vines? There is something eternally romantic about a garden wedding that will never get old. It allows one to slip into the yesteryear’s infamous garden parties, the ones we haven't been to, but have read about or seen in movies, the ones from the Victorian era of elaborate tea parties and leisurely walks of parasol-wearing ladies along with their betrothed, as they read out poems announcing their love for them! This is the kind of romance that makes one swoon and even smelling salts don’t help! Also- secret garden! Need we say more? If you have been toying with the idea of hosting the perfect garden wedding, here is all that you need to know about hosting the kind of garden wedding which will have one talking for years!
The location of the garden wedding does hold a lot of weight, and can really help you pull off the perfect feel if the location is chosen well! The good thing is that there is no dearth of gardens to choose from, and it never hurts to look into a few different options out there before you put your money down for one! You want to go for a garden that fits your vision perfectly, and will make the perfect setting for your special day! Don't worry, you will know instantly when you want in on the perfect garden for your magical garden wedding! If an outdoor wedding is not practical for the time of year and the season, but you still want a garden theme, go for an indoor location that is airy and invites a lot of lights and pretty views!
Make a statement in your garden wedding with your beautiful wedding gown! There are so many options when it comes to choosing the perfect floral-inspired dress for your special day! The vibe to go for is nature-inspired, ethereal, and floaty and materials like soft tulle and floaty organza and details like lace appliqués and 3D flower accents are what you should be looking into. You can also go for floral accents and subtle additions of colors that go beautifully with your garden wedding vibe! A gorgeous dress will set the right tone for a garden wedding that is truly memorable!
While we already spoke about bridal gowns, there is so much you can do with a wedding gown, as the color options are limited with a bridal gown (while we are all for colored wedding gowns too). So when it comes to bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmen suits, this is where you can have all the fun. Whether you want pastel shades or soft floral prints for your girls, or want to go full-on bold colors with vibrant floral hues, garden weddings provide tons of opportunities for creating the most beautiful outfits, thanks to the abundant flowers that gardens tend to home.
Wedding stationery can really provide a glimpse of what your wedding day is going to be like. If you are going for a wedding in the gardens, flowers will inevitably find their way into your wedding day stationery. Whether it is your wedding invitation, menu, program, or seat numbers, there is a lot of inspiration to be found in nature! Whether you go for a floral bloom feel or a greenery-inspired botanical feeling, whether you want to experiment with subtle watercolors or infuse real-life pressed flowers, the options are endless, like the flowers in the garden!
The memorable garden wedding is made by the ethereal look of the outdoor ceremony and the backdrop against which the couple says “I do.” The arch or the arbor under which the couple takes the oath has to have a little extra magic when it comes to garden weddings. The most favored option to go for while picking a decor theme for a garden wedding is a floral arch. However, there are many other options out there. Whether you want to go for a frail and wispy drapery, or a whimsical door, a foliage arch, you will never run out of ideas when it comes to creating the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony!
The wedding decor in a garden wedding mainly consists of beautiful flowers, but that is not all that there is to it. There are various things you can add to the wedding decor, be it beautiful lights, magical lanterns, beautiful drapes in dreamy pastels, and rustic signages! If you are going for a more glam take to the garden weddings, you can consider crystal chandeliers hanging from the trees or over the wedding reception tables. If you are going for a more rustic feel, commit to chalkboard signages, wooden accents, and crates! There is something iridescent and enchanting about using glass in an outdoor space too, and you can consider hanging glass floral installations and tealights, and it will make the perfect backdrop for some sweet wedding photography.
When getting ready for your garden wedding, it is the little things that matter. The accessories that you add to your bridal ensemble are something that ties the look together. When it comes to a garden wedding, there are tons of inspirations you can pull from nature and use in your ensemble. Think of beautiful accessories like floral-inspired hair accessories, a cascading floral veil, or a flower crown. You can also incorporate touches of floral inspiration in your wedding shoes, your silk handkerchief, or your jewelry. As for your groom, he can also add a bit of garden inspiration in his outfit as a boutonniere or as a floral pocket square.
Let's address what we are all thinking. Yes, you can definitely consider adding flowers to your hair for your garden wedding! Of course, there are many different ways to do that. Whether you want to add the freshest of rosebuds to your updo, or you want to add sprigs of baby’s breath for the airiest, ethereal, and whimsical look, whether you want cascading curls with flowers in a half updo, or you want an enchanting braided look, garden weddings offer tons of possibilities. If flowers in the hair are not your thing, you can go for more natural waves and jeweled floral hair accessories!
The bridal bouquets and the bouquets carried by the bridesmaids add to the ethereal feel of the garden wedding tremendously. Whether it is a simple bunch of clean and fresh foliage, a perfect and classy bouquet of roses, or a whimsical array of wildflowers, there is something about the bouquets which says a lot about the wedding theme. So choose the type of flowers wisely as it will speak of the wedding theme that you want to communicate! While all garden weddings are full of nature, it is the core vibe of the wedding which will dictate the choice of your wedding bouquet. You can go for pastel roses or peonies for a more English tea-party feel, or you can go for succulents and foliage or a more natural and green-wedding vibe!
Like in any good theme, the food and the drinks should reflect the garden wedding theme too! This means you can whip out the cute glass drink dispensers, edible flowers in the salads, and desserts that make the guests feel like they are at a tea party with the queen! You can go for dainty finger sandwiches, fruits and cheese boards, watercolor drinks, and food with a fresh and refreshing taste! When going for the perfect garden wedding menu, pay attention to the presentation as much as the choice of the menu!
While a broad idea for your garden wedding is a good start, it is the details that take the theme from an idea to an experience. So pay attention to little details like lace doilies, tea-party-inspired chinaware, the perfect music to give it an ethereal feel, and the little touches of whimsy added to the ambiance. When hosting a garden wedding, keep in mind the details like the signage, the birdcage candle holders, the butterfly printed menu, and the wooden swing adorned with flowers because these are little things that make it a memorable experience!
While garden weddings work beautifully as an outdoor wedding ceremony, it becomes all the more magical as the sun sets and the lights come out to play! Planning the lighting for your garden wedding is extremely important as it will not only serve a practical purpose but will also bring the theme alive with more prominence! You can choose from dreamy fairy lights, strategically placed candles, paper lanterns, vintage lanterns with colored glasses, and swinging chandeliers! And when the sun goes down and the lights sparkle onto life, you are set for a beautiful garden wedding reception with a dreamy and enchanting glow!
A garden party is a theme of a wedding party that is beautiful without being very constricted, so the wedding favors in a garden wedding can be just as diverse! You can give out burlap sachets of flowers or herbs, beautiful potted plants or succulents, decadent baked goods, or beautiful jars of raw honey! And this is just the start of it! The options are inexhaustible. You can also go for darling keepsakes like love birds salt-and-pepper shakers, a spoon with your wedding day engraved in it, or dainty little teabags!
There are several reasons why garden weddings are favored by so many couples. Not only do they mix well with almost all bridal styles, be it glam, vintage, or boho but a garden wedding also can be modified as per the couple’s unique taste. You can go for a more whimsical Alice-in-Wonderland feel, or go for a more contemporary glam look as per your preferred mood, and it will come out beautiful regardless. Also, a garden wedding, despite its name, can be hosted indoors, making it an easily customizable theme. A garden wedding is one of those wedding themes which is romantic, effortless, and universally appealing and falls in line with a love story without friction. It is also quite easy to put together compared to some of the more specific wedding themes out there. Also, it is easy to love too, and you won't meet many people who hate a garden wedding! But most important of all, a garden wedding makes the couple feel like they are in their own little fairytale, miles away from the city horns and neon lights, enveloped by nature. It feels like the sky is bluer than ever, the grass is growing greener and the flowers are blooming extra pretty just for your special day like they are all dressed up to grace your wedding day! Perfect for a couple who likes nature, and are a little outdoorsy, or just natural romantics, a garden wedding can be a perfect choice! And since you rely heavily on nature to make your wedding day special, there are no disappointments as nature puts on her best show, and makes it look easy and natural while at it!
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