There is something effortlessly romantic about celebrating en plain air. Standing under blue skies, surrounded by luscious flowers and plants, naturally cooled by a soft breeze…the scenery comes courtesy of Mother Nature, but the reality is a lot can happen during an alfresco wedding. Read on to hear our best tips for planning an outdoor garden wedding.
Garden weddings are a huge trend in 2017. Simple and elegant, rustic or barn style, there are countless ways to work weave in personal style for your Big Day. When planning your wedding, it is important to consider a few things for any outdoor venue to ensure that you are prepared for anything.
Getting married under the open sky and the opportunities to celebrate in the sun! Today, couples can find countless venues that offer outdoor weddings in a garden setting, usually with added perks of having resources for hosting larger celebrations.
There are many details to consider when planning an outdoor experience and all of them have to do with handling the forces of nature, which are unpredictable at best. It is important to consider what you will do on the wedding day when faced with wind, rain, and muddy ground – it can be a good idea to splurge on a tent to keep you high and dry, or even to provide some much needed shade if your summer wedding turns out to be a scorcher. Marquee tents are an increasing trend for outdoor weddings, and provide a bit of solid ground to stand on when your guests heels are sinking into the grass.
When considering your flower selection, it may be helpful to avoid flowers that are particularly attractive to pests, like baby’s breath, scabiosa, and peonies. Some plants have natural pesticides to deter bugs, like sprigs of rosemary, lavender, mint, and thyme, all of which can be used as elegant accents on place settings or ceremony chairs. If the wedding is near standing water, it is a good idea to use something more powerful, like citronella torches or candles, to keep the mosquitos at bay.
When the sun goes down, there are countless options to keep the night – and light – alive. Fairy lights, glowing lanterns, and even giant LED letters can provide a unique backdrop to any outdoor soiree, and there is nothing like a garden aglow in candlelight. This year’s trend of tall candle vessels are perfect breeze-blockers to keep your romantic candlelight ambiance alight all night.
There are countless ways to create a beautiful setting for a wedding in a garden and we would love to hear your ideas and tips for garden weddings in the comments below!