6 Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Garden Wedding

Our corporate division, Just Right! Destination Management, recently hosted an exciting event in Chicago at A New Leaf, and we were so inspired by the beautiful garden-like setting in the middle of a big city that we had to blog about it! Most people associate garden weddings with the spring, but summer can also be a wonderful time to host a garden wedding. If you’re considering this theme, here are some tips to help bring it to life:

1.The timing. As mentioned above, the best seasons for garden weddings are spring and summer when flowers and greenery are at their finest. You’ll also want to plan at least part of your wedding during the daylight hours so everyone can enjoy the beauty of your venue and theme. If your timing transitions into the evening, twinkle lights will transform the garden into a fairyland!

2.The venue. Hosting a garden wedding in a garden is something of a no-brainer; however, many gardens don’t have a rain backup. Especially in places like Orlando where the weather can be unpredictable, you should look for venues with indoor options that allow you a view of the garden in case your event gets pulled inside due to the weather. A New Leaf is a wonderful example of an unconventional and spectacular garden venue that isn’t a true garden.

3.The décor. Garden weddings have so much décor potential! With your venue already boasting incredible floral and greenery, you may decide to go in another direction for your table décor to offer some variety. We’ve had couples use antique china teapots, wooden crates, mix-and-match vases and vessels, lanterns, and many other focal points for their décor. Adding floral touches to these elements will really bring everything together.

4.The meal. The menu for your garden wedding should feature light, refreshing food and beverage options. For beverages, think of things like infused lemonade and water stations, invigorating teas, and fruity or citrusy signature drinks. For food, lean towards canapes, sandwiches, salads, and parfaits.

5.The attire. Garden weddings aren’t as formal as church weddings or black-tie events. Male guests should feel free to wear suits or dress shirts and slacks instead of tuxedos. Female guests can forgo floor-length gowns and opt for tea-length or knee-length dresses with or without sleeves. For brides, we love lace and pearls!

6.The details. Don’t overlook the details when planning your garden wedding. You can offer guests floral-print fans to stay cool, dried lavender to toss during the recessional, lawn games to keep guests entertained, pots with seed packets for wedding favors, and even a shoe station where guests can leave their nice shoes if they’d prefer to be barefoot in the grass. Embrace the natural feel of your special day!

6 Tips for Hosting an Unforgettable Garden Wedding


Thanks so much to David Turner Photography for these lovely images. Are you planning on hosting a garden wedding? Tell us about some of the elements you have in store for your guests!

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