He has brought sunshine to your life, and your love continues to blossom and
grow with each passing day. Invite your guests to celebrate this budding romance
with a garden theme wedding!
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The best season to pull off a stunning garden wedding would be spring or early
summer. The flowers are in bloom, and you have beautiful, lush green landscaping
just about everywhere. You can have the wedding right in your own backyard, or
look for a traditional English style garden, a horticultural center, or a
country estate home with exquisite gardens to host your event. While an outdoor
wedding is always beautiful, you might want to consider renting tents to use for
shelter in the event of a bit of liquid sunshine falling during your
The colors for a garden wedding are traditionally pink and green or lilac, but
don’t be afraid to show a little flair for bright, beautiful colors. You can use
yellow, bright orange, tiffany blue, or stick with tradition in an updated
version with lime green and fuchsia. White is the perfect background for any of
those colors, and it fits well with a garden theme.
The bride’s gown for a garden wedding can be a traditional gown, but look for
things with floral patterned beading or embroidery. Consider a tea length gown
for a less formal affair, maybe with accents in pink, green, or lilac at the
waist or in the embroidery. Bridesmaids’ gowns can pull in the colors you
choose, and a rich silk or organza fabric makes a very elegant look for your
attendants. A traditional tuxedo is always appropriate for the men in the party,
but if you are opting for a less formal look for the bride and her attendants,
consider an ivory or white suit for the groom and his ushers.
Flowers for the wedding party can really go from the simple and elegant to the
bold and extravagant in a garden type wedding. Because of the seasons most
popular for this type of wedding, virtually any flower will be available, so go
with what you know and love. If you have always dreamed of a bouquet filled with
the gifts of the garden, you can have a multi-hued cascading bouquet that
incorporates all of your floral favorites. To complement that look, choose one
flower variety and have your attendants’ bouquets made only of that one flower.
Or choose one color and have them carry a bouquet of only one color. Another
option is to give them smaller versions of your own bouquet. You could choose
your favorite flower in white, and have it wrapped with satin ribbon in green,
white, or the color of your attendants’ gowns.
Your decorations can be a floral fantasy, and you can wow your guests with fresh
flowers, silk ribbons and potted plants at every turn. Decorate tables in white
linens, using accents of pink and green or lilac, then have large white flower
pots full of hydrangeas, roses, or dahlias. Cover the chairs with white covers,
and tie sashes around them that tie at the back with a beautiful blossoming rose
or a cluster of calla lilies. Use old fashioned flower boxes filled with
brightly colored pansies or impatiens to decorate a buffet table or a cake
table. Use large English style pedestal vases to welcome guests as they walk in
or to accent doorways or walkways. You can incorporate watering cans or lacy
parasols into the scene wherever you have an empty corner.
Serve delicate food at a garden theme wedding. You will delight your guests with
flavored iced teas or raspberry lemonade in tall, cool glasses. And most people
will think along the lines of tea sandwiches and light salads for a garden
wedding. A nice touch is to have white gloved wait staff to go from table to
table with silver tea carts to offer your guests petit fours, English breakfast
tea, and other bite sized pastries or chocolate dipped fruit. Another option is
to have the guests remain at their tables and have silver trays of the tea
sandwiches and pastries at each table.
Give your guests favors that will remind them of your beautiful outdoor wedding
with personalized jars of honey or packages of Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle.
You could also give each guest a small pot of pansies or miniature roses to
provide a lasting memento from your special day. And for their entertainment, a
string quartet or a quietly playing harp will add a nice touch of elegance.
The garden theme wedding harkens back to a time of simple, elegant affairs when
ladies wore their Sunday best and gentlemen stood to help a lady with her chair.
Your wedding will bring that romantic sense and timeless beauty to life with a
garden theme event.