Planting The Seeds For A Perfect Garden Wedding


Karen Bussen, Celebrity Wedding Planner and Author

If you’re celebrating your wedding in a beautiful outdoor garden, chances are you’ve imagined your guests mingling among flowering blossoms surrounded by lush greenery and softly shining sun.

But like any outdoor celebration, a garden wedding requires some extra care and planning to make sure it grows into the big day of your dreams. Here are a few of my favorite tips and ideas:

Blossoming Bridesmaids. Dress your bridesmaids in a sophisticated natural hue that will complement your surroundings. I am in love with this Clover green David’s Bridal frock. Green is everywhere in nature and works well with any color of bouquet flowers.

Flower Girl Power! Choose dresses and accessories with a chic floral motif for the little ladies in your bridal party. Consider this satin ball gown with laser-cut floral appliques or this glamorous budding basket.

Pick pretty floral details to accent the party. Serve a signature cocktail infused with lavender or verbena. Ask your caterer to sprinkle edible flowers atop a salad or on your wedding cake. Adorn your aisle with a personalized floral runner, like this one with a bright late-summer cosmo motif. I love the border of petals too!

Plan for weather, just in case. Of course it will be beautiful on your wedding day—but you still need to think about what happens if a quick shower passes through. The biggest concern is rain (which, by the way, is good luck on your wedding day!), so ask your venue representative what has worked best in terms of moving folks inside, and walk through the space with an eye to how you’d like buffets and décor to be repositioned if it must be moved. But beyond rain, think about sun and wind. If the sun will be hot during your ceremony or cocktail hour, perhaps you’ll want to provide some paper parasols for the ladies, or put out a great basket of funky sunglasses. For wind concerns, consider decorating with candle lanterns that are deep or have a door to protect flames from blowing out, or just opt for one of the new great LED pillar candles, which are powered by batteries and will last through the whole party.

Now that you have the tools you need to create the garden wedding of your dreams, here’s my most important piece of advice for making it all perfect. As the old saying goes, “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!” On your big day, take time to notice all the beautiful details and be mindful of the great love that has blossomed in your heart.

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