So you have decided that you want a garden wedding, now all you have to do is plan it and put it together. Below are some fun elements that you can incorporate into your perfect garden wedding.
Your ideal wedding will be held outdoors and there are several options you can choose from. Botanical gardens, private estates and wineries offer a romantic location and most will already include complete reception settings. Wedding photographs at these venues also offer an amazing backdrop for the photos.
Large city owned gardens are popular for garden weddings as they already offer the natural surroundings of flowers and trees. This is a much cheaper alternative than a winery or a retreat, as couples simply have to pay a permit to use the gardens. Downside is that it is a public place and you may have unwanted public watching your wedding from afar.
Couples may opt to have their wedding at home, in your own backyard or that of a family or friend. It would have to be a big backyard and you will have to look at how many guests it could accommodate. Most homes do not have enough toilet facilities to handle a wedding so hiring of porta-loos will be needed.
The wedding invitation is a great way to introduce the garden wedding theme to your guests. They can dress appropriately for the occasion and you can showcase your creativity. If you have a wedding colour theme, incorporate it into the invitation. Common garden wedding invitation images are obviously floral designs but love birds, butterflies, trees and leaves can also be used. Beautiful calligraphy font or letterpress designs will complete this charming and elegant theme.
Decorations and Accessories
One good thing about garden weddings are that they have the advantage of already being naturally adorned so you can keep decorations simple. Suggestions for aisle decorations include flower petals scattered all the way down the aisle, and either mason jars or small wooden pails filled with flowers hung on the last chair of each aisle. Decorations suitable for a garden wedding include birdcages, fairy lights, bright and colourful tissue pompoms or lanterns hung on the trees and butterfly and dove props scattered around the venue. If you can get your hands on a garden swing that you can hang on a tree, it would be a perfect place for a photo booth.
A lovely wedding activity to have at a garden wedding is the dove or butterfly release. White doves release has been a long held custom where the new husband and wife release two doves at the same time.
A butterfly release is a popular new tradition and make for great photo opportunities and create excitement amongst guests.
Once the newly married couple are officially married, guests can throw flower petals or blow bubbles at them from small bubble vials.
If you plan to have your garden wedding in the warmer months and expect it to be hot, then you may want to provide your guests with parasols or fans. You can double up and save by having these as your wedding favours.
Other wedding favour ideas that fit the theme are personalized sachets with seeds ready for your guests to plant, miniature pales or watering cans filled with flowers, honey pot or jars, ceramic bird salt and pepper shakers or candles of any shapes that suit a garden theme.