Sometimes, the perfect venue could be closer to home than you might think. If an outdoor soiree seems more your style than a ballroom reception hall, then a garden wedding is just what you’ve been looking for. We’ve compiled a list of 13 gorgeous garden wedding ideas that will leave you feeling full of cute backyard celebration inspo.
1. Elegant Shade
No one likes sunburn. Protect your guests from the heat by giving them little paper or tape lace parasols.
2. Dancing in the Moonlight
Light up your backyard by wrapping string lights around the surrounding trees. The twinkling lights paired with a starry sky will set the mood for romance.
3. Shelter from the Storm
Weather can be unpredictable, so make sure your garden venue has a place where guests can escape from the harsh sun or surprise showers. A transparent tent with dangling chandeliers is one of the trendiest options for a backyard bash.
4. Sit with Nature
Patio and other wooden furniture work perfectly as makeshift wedding tables. You can even mix-match chair styles/colors for a more whimsical aesthetic.
5. Let The Wind Blow
Attach your wedding program to a handheld fan, and place it on the seat of each guest. These thoughtful favors will make the heat the least of their concerns on your special day.
6. Sitting in a Tree
An old oak tree makes the perfect ceremony marker to say “I do” under. For a lush finish, drape its branches with wreaths and greenery garlands.
7. Garden Groovin’
Get everyone ready for some backyard boogying with a dance floor installed right in the middle of the garden.
8. Chilled Refreshments
After all that dancing, your guests will need a way to cool off. Set up a chilled drinks station filled with water bottles or other refreshing beverages of your choice.
9. Bottoms Up!
Serve minty cocktails like mojitos or lemon drops. They’ll keep everyone refreshed and ready to party all night long.
Cash bar or all you can drink? Find out the pros and cons of both by reading our article on Whether You Should Have an Open Bar at your wedding.
10. Green Green Grass of Home
Heavy floral or dramatic backdrops are so 2017. Skip the drama and take advantage of grass walls in your garden for a cheap DIY photo booth.
11. Hit the Hay
If traditional chairs are not your thing, consider throwing knitted blankets over bales of hay for a more unique — and cozy — seating arrangement.
12. Fallen Leaves
Stephanie, from Off The Beaten Path Inc, sent us this cute place card idea. Scavenge for pretty leaves and write your guest’s names on them for a unique twist to generic name cards.
13. All Day Picnic
Provide enough appetizers and entrées for your guests to dive into. A picnic table with a variety of delectable cheeses and fine wines will keep everyone satisfied.
Do you have any other garden wedding ideas that we didn’t cover here? Let us know — we would love to hear from you! If you’re still in the process of wedding planning, why not check out our article on the 10 Most Common Wedding Planning Mistakes?