Gardens are very special places to hold a wedding. There is nothing quite like the soft romance of a wedding in a garden. Whether your wedding will be in an actual garden, or if you just want to have a garden style wedding indoors, there are many ways to make your event beautiful.
You can hold your garden style wedding indoors or outdoors. Certainly, the theme will take less creativity if the event is held in a garden. But if you have chosen an inside venue, you can still make the garden theme come to life by bringing the outdoors in.
Flowers will be the highlight of a garden style wedding. For a soft and feminine look, choose a coordinated color palette for your flowers that you can carry through into the rest of the wedding. Ideas include pale pink with ivory and hints of celadon green, or shades of lavender, lilac, and purple. Some of the most romantic flowers include: lush garden roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and iris. Flowers for a garden style wedding should be loosely arranged in a beautiful vessel, such as footed urns. Avoid any centerpieces that are too modern or structured.
To enhance the theme of a garden, use flowers all through your venue. Go beyond the basic bouquets and centerpieces; think about accents like floral wreaths and garlands on doors. You can also tuck a single bloom into the napkin at each place setting. Flowers such as gardenias look wonderful floating in a shower dish of water, and would be a great way to freshen up the powder room.
The bride and her attendants will want to carry the romantic garden style into their attire. This is not the time to put your bridesmaids into sensible black column dresses. Instead, look for bridesmaid dresses that tie in with the colors of your flowers, such as soft pink, celadon green, or lavender. Those are also colors that are flattering to almost any complexion. Dresses in fabrics like organza or chiffon would be perfect.
For the bridal gown, look for equally romantic styles. A garden style wedding dress should be soft, feminine, and very pretty. A very trendy or modern gown would look out of place. Look for fabrics that float, such as the same organza or chiffon that your bridesmaids are wearing. Romantic floral details will make your gown stand out. Accents that refer to a garden would be especially nice, like embroidered vines or fabric flower elements. Finish the bride's ensemble with romantic pearl bridal jewelry. A nice piece of bridal jewelry would be drop pearl earrings that will swing when you move.
Serve food that enhances the garden style of the wedding. Dainty appetizers like cheese puffs and cucumber sandwiches served with lemonade or champagne punch would be a great place to start. For the main meal, use plenty of seasonal fresh vegetables paired with lighter proteins like chicken or lamb. Stay away from dishes that are heavy, such as those covered in rich sauces.
The favors can also tie in with a garden theme. You could give your guests tiny trees to plant or packs of seeds. Wildflowers and heirloom tomatoes would be good choices for seeds. Another option for favors would be jars of homemade jam or chutney. If you prefer to make a donation in lieu of favors, you could give it to the Arbor Day Foundation.
Having your wedding in a garden or creating the feel of a garden inside is a wonderful style for your wedding. There is nothing quite so beautiful being wed surrounded by the bounty of nature. Whether you are blessed with a green thumb or not, you may find that a garden style would be perfect for your wedding.