All About Garden Weddings

March 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm 3 comments

Garden weddings offer the ultimate allure of fairytale romance in a natural outdoor setting resplendent with rays of sunshine, blooming flowers, singing birds, soft green grasses and fluttering butterflies or a glowing moon reflected in water with twinkling stars dancing in the twilight sky as the scent of evening blossoms fill the night air. If you are considering a garden wedding for your ceremony, read on for some great tips:

Choosing a Location

Choose the type of garden you prefer such as rose, lavender, sculptural, water lily, English garden, botanical landscape or backyard garden. Select a date and time of year when your chosen garden is in bloom. Pick a location for your garden wedding such as a public park, private estate or venue, museum, or backyard ceremony. When reserving your garden destination inquire if permits are required and if your chosen location can accommodate the number of guests you wish to invite. Determine if the garden is easily accessible, offers bathrooms, parking and security or has special rules and regulations.

Plan for Mother Nature

Expect the unexpected; always have a backup location planned in case Mother Nature rears her temperamental head in the form of rain, downpours, tornadoes, hurricanes, thunder storms, high winds, and hail, snow or extreme temperatures. If flying critters are a concern, inquire about spraying for insects before your nuptials or provide your guest with access to insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes or other bugs.

Guest Comforts

Provide essentials such as water and shade for your guests. Offer customized wedding labels on water bottles in decorated ice coolers or provide large clear coolers or water dispensers with slices of oranges, lemon or limes floating on top for guest to drink. For shade, reserve tents in advance and as soon as possible lest they sell out during the peak wedding months. Select wooden or canvas chairs for comfort as they do not get as hot as metal folding chairs. Print your wedding program on fans to hand out to guests. Consider the position of the sun at the time of your wedding so as not to place the guests with the sun in their eyes.

Food for Thought

Outdoor weddings present certain challenges in terms of food care; make sure your caterer has experience with open-air service and look for access to electrical outlets for warming or heating needs. Consider an all-cold buffet and offer your guests a delightful menu of fruit, veggies, nuts, pasta salads, tea sandwiches, breads and crackers. Keep food under covers or netting before serving. Choose icing and decorations for your wedding cake that endure outdoor climate changes such as fondant or marzipan. Butter cream icing, although delicious, melts easily.

Unite the Garden Theme

Let your guests know in advance about your garden wedding by mentioning it on your invites and build upon your garden theme by including pressed flowers or nature-inspired designs on your invitations and save-the-date cards. Select wedding colors that coordinate with your garden, bring your florist and wedding planner to assist with the overall look for your ceremony. Decorate the cake with flowers from the garden. Give wedding favors filled with the seeds of the flowers inspired by your garden or give small decorative potted plants such as miniature roses or lavender.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mrsburnes  |  March 7, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Fantastic info here. I went to a garden wedding in the middle of the summer here in Florida and it was so hot and humid we could hardly stand it through the ceremony. Definitely plan for extreme weather. 🙂

    • 2. greatbridalexpo  |  March 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Glad you enjoyed this Blog – sorry it wasn’t posted prior to your wedding!

      • 3. mrsburnes  |  March 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Ha! No worries. Live an learn!

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