You can make your dream of a garden wedding come to life through thoughtful event styling and your own personal creativity. A garden provides a wedding inspiration now as it has for centuries, in part because gardens have such a rich evocative symbolism in our civilization.
From the story of the Garden of Eden to elegant formal gardens to a nature fan’s beloved botanical gardens, you probably have ideas, memories and meanings in mind already. Your personal inspiration will make your wedding day magical… and your wedding day will inspire your guests in return!
First, Find Your Garden
While you could travel to some of the gorgeous and famed gardens of the world for a destination wedding, part of the joy of the wedding garden is that you can also find a beautiful site nearby — even your own garden or that of a friend or relative. Most of us, however, look for our perfect garden settings by checking local wedding venues. You can start by checking national sites such as Here Comes the Guide, but don’t neglect searching notable local gardens directly to ask if they have hosted weddings in the past. Look for historical homes as well as parks and grand hotel grounds.
Find out what will be in bloom at your wedding date
Will the pink plum blossoms dominate your scene? Are you all set up to show up when purple iris bursts forth? The gardener knows — and that means you can find out. When you choose a site, ask what will be in blossom. This will help you select one or multiple exciting theme colors, guiding everything from stationery to bridesmaid dresses and decor.
Alert and Invite Your People
Once you know your colors, you can turn your attention to save-the-date cards and invitations to match, contrast or compliment them. Wedding stationery can harmonize many steps of your wedding saga. If you want to get right to the point, convey the feeling of your garden celebration early with a floral design. Your wedding invitation package can set the tone for your vision of casual, formal or any of a multitude of contemporary wedding styles.
Once you choose a color and a font, it becomes easy to follow through with programs, place cards, menus, thank-you notes and any other signage or messaging you desire to tie the story of your wedding together.
Now Get Styling: Choose Decorations and Accessories to Go with your Garden Vision
Take an element of a garden experience and weave it through your events. Butterflies for example, can lend a theme to rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions and brunches as well. Other thematic garden ideas focus on a specific kind and color of flower, from a violet to a sunflower, that brings you joy. Don’t be afraid to mix and match across theme items when appropriate. It’s your wedding, your vision– have fun with it!
Remember the Practicalities
Any outdoor wedding requires a rainy day backup plan. Work out your indoor, tented or similar solution early on. Even perfect weather in a garden requires some outdoor planning, much like a beach wedding. Will your guests be able to wear heels, or will they walk over a damp lawn where their best new shoes sink precipitously into the soil?
Any choice you make is all right, but some be sure to alert your guests if they need to take conditions like soft ground into account. Providing sunscreen, hand fans and floral paper parasols are just a few examples of the ways you can show your regard for the comfort of people who will spend the day with you. Pull in your themes and colors and these items become so much more than practical comfort.