Gardens have long served as a source of romantic inspiration for lovers, writers, and artists alike, but these destinations aren’t simply for a traditional fête. Plenty of couples have found unique ways to work their green thumbs into every wedding detail, from the décor to the menu. Trade greenery for modern whimsy or put a desert-inspired spin on a garden party lounge. And who’s to say you can’t bring the outdoors in? Even if you're not tying the knot in a garden wedding venue, you can transform any space into the magical garden you've been dreaming of with a little creativity.
Read on for 23 garden wedding ideas to inspire your big day.
Wear Flowers in Your Hair
Accent your veil or locks with a floral crown, or, for an effortless feel, place flowers loosely in your strands (yes, this trend is still having a moment).
Dress the Part
Don’t let your venue get all the attention—curate a look that flourishes. Here, the bride glows in a beaded floral gown and cape. Your bridal party should don some petal pieces too.
Give a Sign
Let your guests know from the very moment they walk in that your wedding is a garden-themed affair. Your welcome sign is one of the first design elements people will see, so adorn it with the flowers of your choice.
Pick Your Place Cards
For a fresh way to display table assignments, use the bounty around you as inspiration. Tie seating arrangements on flowers (real or papier-mâché), tree leaves, or branches so guests can pick their place cards.
Plant an Indoor Garden—on the Ceiling
Turn your indoor venue into a natural habitat by hanging a lush installation. This 50-by-50-foot beauty drips with greenery and white florals.
Program a Breeze
Keep guests cool during your alfresco ceremony with handmade fans that double as a program. Our hearts blossom for this venue illustration, the citrus-and-emerald palette (for a natural summer aesthetic), and the tree-planting ceremony listed among the day-of delights.
Use a Natural Arch
Sometimes the best way to make the most of your setting is to let it show its true colors, like at this intimate ceremony. It’s surrounded by woods and cedars, so a simple arch wrapped in wild greenery adds to the bucolic ambiance. Finish it with a flowy drape for more ethereal romance.
Outfit the Aisle in Petals
Give your aisle a bit of charm with a runner of fresh petals in your wedding colors. To add to the appeal? Add cones of white rose petals for guests to throw in celebration of the newlyweds.
Transform a Concrete Jungle
Yes, an industrial venue can have garden vibes, particularly of the succulent variety. A copper arch with dusty blue and pink flowers lends itself to (but doesn’t take away from) this abundant wall of desert greenery that does double duty as a textural backdrop.
Make Use of Moss
Flowers are a no-brainer, but what about moss for statement decor? The organic altar at this Atlanta wedding is a work of art—and trick of the eye—that appears to grow naturally in its native habitat. Instead, it’s crafted with moss and vines that encircle the couple.
Picnic in a Greenhouse
Glass-walled greenhouses are ideal spots for a reception—particularly when your decor has a picnic aesthetic. This nursery has the added benefit of offering views of the veggie, herb, fruit, and floral gardens on one side.
Create Photo Moments
Don’t bring in a flower wall—use the backdrops your venue provides, like this arrangement of clay pots and succulents. It’s textural and funky, and the bride’s classic gown and groom’s sleek tux pop against the light tones and plants in various shapes and sizes.
Play Mood Music
Strum heartstrings with a purposefully positioned musical group. A reflecting pond in the middle is a focal point with vines and roses twisting up the arbor, chandeliers, and a trio of musicians who “float” on the water as they play.
“Leaf” It to Nature
Incorporate your venue’s flora into your decor. It’s environmentally friendly (less paper, more nature) and playful. Take this vintage tropical garden wedding for example, where a giant palm leaf is scrawled in metallic ink bearing the bar menu’s drink list and an installation in the same bright palms hangs above.
Serve Farm-Fresh Fare
Locavores will want to dine on seasonal cuisine that reflects the garden party palate. Opt for food that's fresh and celebrates the region—maybe even the plot of land on which you wed.
Hit the Roof
Achieve high drama from the top down with a rooftop venue. Take a cue from this decor and contrast classic architecture (the neo-Gothic style of St. Patrick’s Cathedral) with something glam, such as custom lavender mirrored tables and built-in art deco lanterns.
Go Bold With Blooms
Think beyond the bouquet and make blossoms an integral part of your celebration with an over-the-top style. Work with your florist to incorporate native flowers that play on your venue. These dreamy bougainvillea runners drape off the tables and match the candy-colored courtyard.
Dine at Winding Tables
Trade traditional round tables for long, weaving designs that flow with the garden—its trees twisting above and plants swaying below. This seating arrangement is artful and trending and fosters community among your guests.
Sweeten the Scene
A dainty pedestal table that mirrors the historic statues and fountains of gardens is the perfect way to display your wedding-day confection. The muted palette of blush tapers, a white table runner, and a strand of ivy complement the understated elegance of it all.
Design a Desert Lounge
Creating a chic seating area for your guests to relax post-ceremony is a must, whether you’re toasting your love in the lush countryside or amid desert beauty. Woven umbrellas and rugs, fabrics in earthy hues, and textural succulents accent the aesthetic.
Keep Your Guests Refreshed With Assorted Infused Water
Whether it's a breezy spring day or a warm summer afternoon, you can keep your guests hydrated with a bright table of infused waters. Taylor and Jen provided their guests with an assortment of beverages during their dreamy Chicago Botanic Garden wedding.
Set the Scene With Florals
Bring out the florals to highlight your wedding colors. Mira and Rohan had their Mandap decorated with pink and white peonies and greenery for their lakeside wedding.
Create a Picturesque Backdrop
Create a romantic backdrop using a circular arch featuring the florals of your choice. The living wall only adds to the overall aesthetic of this ceremony. Draw inspiration from this whimsical wedding in Long Island City.