There’s nothing more magical than a garden wedding, with birds twittering the connubial, trees whispering congratulations, and east wind wishing a happy honeymoon. And if the sun also showers it’s blessing upon you, the experience would become divine. Remember the wedding of Edward and Bella in the forest in Twilight? Wasn’t it the most whimsical nuptial ever? If you want to infuse the same magic into your wedding, here are some amazing ideas you can use. Pick the best and leave the rest!
Back to Nature
Make a large tree, the centrepiece of your wedding where you’ll exchange vows with your partner. It will not only add that woodland effect into your wedding but also give you a perfect backdrop. Instead of simply decorating it with strings of fairy lights, suspend glass bubbles with tea lights in them and also, pin portraits of the couple onto the tree. For a more whimsical effect, you can also hang mirrors from the tree like in the picture. If the tree is big enough, you can also attach a swing to it to work as a perfect photo prop.
London has no shortage of garden venues ready to host your enthralling ceremony. But some have really surpassed others when it comes to perfection. One such venue is The Conservatory and Garden complete with glass-fronted conservatory, wooden park benches, manicured plants, and of course huge trees. Inner Temple is also home to an award-winning garden and marquee with a life-size chess board and sculptures offering a unique backdrop. More interesting garden venues are listed on thecitycollection.org including Barbican Centre Conservatory and Skyline Suite and Roof Garden Terrace. The World Wide Web has certainly made things a matter of clicks.
Gardens weddings immediately remind of the rustic side of the world. Add some country charm to your wedding with amazing details like black mailbox for the guest list with “P. S. I love you” labelled on it. Doesn’t that sound pretty? Also, ask your Prince Charming to come and take you away on a white horse. Horses play an important role in the countryside and so should play in your wedding too. The gesture will surprise the guests and make things look grandiose. You can also use wooden banners across the garden to direct guests to different places like loo, reception, and more.
Leaves as Escort Cards
The idea is amazing but don’t use real leaves. You need to prepare these beforehand so cut paper in the shape of leaves and then attach these leaves to little apples with lapel pins. Put these apples in wooden baskets from where guests can pick their name. Write the name of the guests with golden ink.
Flower petals can be used in more than one ways for your wedding décor. One of the obvious ways is to decorate the aisle. It would look magical when you’ll walk to your groom. But that’s not all! You can hand out little wooden baskets filled with flower petals to the kids so they can shower them when you walk to your Prince Charming. You can also make cute table centrepieces. Fill water in glass bowls and let some rose petals float in it along with tea lights.
Birds do not seem to go out of trend in the coming years too. Hang strings of bird shaped lights or paper bird garlands from one end of the garden to the other. For centrepieces, create a fake bird nest with thin tea branches and then place two sparkly eggs or love birds’ sculptures in them. And when talking of bird themed wedding decorations, the obvious choice is the bird cage. It can be used for place card holders, centrepieces, candle and flower holders, suspended from the tree branches, and the list goes on... To heighten the effect, why not complement your wedding day look with a bird cage veil.
The Umbrella Idea
Chinese parasols perfectly complement a garden wedding. The unique floral patterns, fabrics, and vibrant colours enhance the overall quirky effect of the D Day. These parasols work as perfect photo props and also help guests take shelter if the sun is too hot. White lace parasols look quite elegant and add a vintage touch to the overall look. The flowery design of the fabric also evokes the theme of the wedding. Parasols can also be used as decorations. Hang them upside down from the branches of the trees and the whole scene will turn into something awe-inspiring.
The Butterfly Effect
It’s impossible to imagine a garden without butterflies. And you can incorporate butterflies in quite a few unique ways into your wedding décor. A lace wedding dress with floral and butterfly designs will look magical. Or how about a bow-style waist sash that gives that butterfly effect to your wedding dress. If you want to wear a simple dress, why not complete your look with a butterfly hair accessory or a butterfly bouquet instead of the usual floral ones. To set a charming backdrop for the “I Do” moment, hang butterfly chandeliers from the branches of the trees.
If you’ve already fallen for vintage wedding, why not bring that vintage effect right into your garden wedding. Think out of the box and you’ll find it easy to blend both the themes without overdoing things. Use vintage bon china with flower patterns that’d look vintage as well as gel well with the garden theme. Black telephone, antique books, pearl garlands, and old suitcase for place cards will all help you achieve that vintage garden effect.
A vintage Rolls Royce in aqua blue colour complete with floral decorations will complement your wedding theme quite well. Or if you’re an offbeat bride who’s not afraid to try something quirky, how about a vintage bicycle with a wooden flower basket? For a fairy-tale effect in your D Day, make a grand entry on a horse-driven carriage. And you know how easy it is to find carriages in London, as the royal city loves all things vintage.
Brides who choose to have garden weddings are blessed with endless possibilities when it comes to decoration and details. All you need to do is picture your wedding and follow your imagination. Although these ideas will surely aid your fancy in making your dream wedding come true.
Celina Martin (author) from London on December 12, 2013:
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