There's something so romantic about marrying your beloved in a picturesque garden, which is why so many couples desire a wedding with a motif reminiscent of The Secret Garden. Whether or not you obtain an actual garden site for your venue, there are plenty of ways and garden wedding ideas to get a similarly dreamy look for your big day.
From floral-print invitations, to stunning bridal gowns with elegant floral appliqués, to bouquets that appear freshly picked from the garden, brides and grooms can achieve the feel of a garden wedding regardless of season, location, or even the overall theme of the fête. For example, even if you're hoping to have a formal city-chic celebration, providing an intimate feel with bistro or twinkle lights and incorporating effortless floral arrangements will help the day feel more reflective of an upscale garden wedding. The options are truly endless – but we've gathered some initial ideas to help you get started during the planning process.
Take a look at 10 garden wedding ideas from these real weddings, below! Click on your favorite images to see more from these stunning soirées.
1. Floral-Print Wedding Invitations
Even if you won't be having your wedding in a garden, give guests the preview of a floral affair with chic invitations in a garden-themed flower print that fits the style of your celebration. This couple even carried the floral print over into their reception décor with a vinyl dance floor covering. Photo by Kevin Weinstein Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden; Planning & Design by Geller Events
2. Wedding Dress with Floral Appliqués
Another way to achieve a garden-inspired wedding – even without an outdoor venue – is to wear a stunning bridal gown featuring floral appliqués, whether subtle or bold! For brides who prefer a sleek look, choose a streamlined gown and don a veil or hair accessory with a floral element. Photo by Harwell Photography
3. Loose Bridal Bouquet
Many modern-day brides prefer loosely gathered bouquets that feature a design that appears freshly picked from the garden. Add light-colored blossoms, wildflowers, and ample foliage or eucalyptus sprays for a carefree outdoor wedding bouquet. Photo by Jodee Debes Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events
4. Wedding Portraits in Garden
Whether or not your venue has a beautiful garden on the grounds, consider taking wedding portraits at a stately garden to achieve the garden wedding look you desire. You'll have even more time to do this if you participate in a "first look" prior to the ceremony. Photo by Jessica Claire Photography
5. Dreamy Garden Ceremony
Of course one of the easiest ways to have a garden-inspired wedding is to marry in a beautiful outdoor garden wedding ceremony. Any alfresco wedding ceremony site can be given a garden feel with floral petals on the aisle, shepherd hooks suspending flower arrangements in moss-covered vessels, and fresh greenery along the aisle. Photo by Embrace Life Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden; Planning & Design by Linda Howard Events
6. Organic Centerpieces
Similar to loosely gathered bouquets, low centerpieces that appear freshly picked from the garden will add an effortless look to your wedding reception. Incorporate various floral types and hues in your color palette as well as verdure to your wedding table. For an added décor element, place a sprig of lavender or a bundle of herbs atop each place setting for a personal touch. Photo by Anya Kernes Photography
7. Clear Tent with Outdoor View
Regardless of where your celebration is taking place, consider a tented reception with clear sides to offer a view of the landscape to attendees. Pair wood tones, muted florals, and lush greenery for an indoor-outdoor garden-inspired feel. Photo by KLK Photography; Planning & Design by Bluebell Events; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers
8. Tree-Like Centerpieces
Even if you're having an indoor wedding reception, bring the garden indoors with lush high and low centerpieces, including tree-like arrangements with blossoms and verdant leaves. Consider overhead chandeliers or on-table candlelight to continue the romantic ambience with twinkling lights throughout the evening. Photo by Roey Yohai Studios
9. Floral-Print Linens
In addition to gorgeous floral centerpieces – and even floral chandeliers overhead – deck your wedding table with stylish floral-print linens to continue a garden theme throughout the celebration. Photo by Krista Mason Photography; Linens by Luxe Linen; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers; Venue: Vibiana
10. Outdoor Garden Setting
The ultimate way to have a garden wedding is with a stunning outdoor garden setting for the reception. Even if you're having a large celebration, give the space an intimate feel by placing tables on stone tiles between trees and bushes that elevate the décor even further. Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Guest Seating by Chameleon Chair Collection