If you are considering having your wedding outdoors, there is not a more beautiful option than having it in a garden. Gardens offer all of the key features you desire for a wedding ceremony, not the least of which is the natural beauty and colour provided by the flowers. Additionally, there is usually a perfect place to say your vows built right into the design of a garden because they are setup for people to enjoy. Best of all, you probably have a beautiful garden right in your own backyard, or at least you know someone who does!
However, planning a perfect garden wedding takes more than just having a location; you need to think about many other factors as well. Before you get ahead of yourself and start sending out invitations, here are some important things to consider before you move forward with your garden wedding plans.
Time of Year
First off, you need to consider the time of year when planning a garden wedding. Even if you live in a warm region, there are certain times when flowers and plants are in full bloom and times when they are not. Usually late spring and early summer are the ideal times to choose, but the times that you want to avoid are late fall and early winter. Nothing will be in bloom during those seasons, so if you want your wedding during that timeframe you should opt for a different type of venue.
Seating is always a big concern with outdoor weddings, but it is even more critical with a garden wedding. Most gardens are very small and would only be able to accommodate a few dozen folding chairs, so if you have more guests than that coming you’ll need to get creative. One fun solution is to eliminate the chairs all together and have it a standing ceremony. You can get a lot more guests in your garden if they are standing rather than sitting, but you’ll want to make sure it’s a short ceremony so your guests don’t get sick of standing.
After a wedding ceremony has concluded, it is common for there to be some sort of activity between then and the reception. Usually it happens during the recessional and involves throwing confetti or birdseed. Since confetti will wreck a garden and most birdseed will sprout plants if left uneaten, they are not viable options to use for a garden wedding. Instead, consider using sparklers at your wedding in place of those traditional items to eliminate any mess and keep the garden looking beautiful for the rest of the year.
Lastly, you need to consider the allergy factor. If you’re lucky enough to not have allergies when you’re standing in a garden, you still need to be sympathetic to guests who do. Make sure you indicate that it will be a garden wedding on your invitations so your guests are informed and can make an adequate decision for themselves. Also, make sure your attendant has allergy pills on hand in the event of a sneezing fit so you can remedy the situation promptly. By planning ahead and taking care of these factors, planning a perfect garden wedding is an achievable goal that will undoubtedly turn out beautifully.