One of our favourite wedding trends for spring and summer weddings this year is garden party weddings. It brings together our love of classic English country gardens and understated boho weddings – dreamy!
Bring the outdoors inside and find out how to create the perfect garden party wedding. Think wildflower wedding bouquets, garden party favours, botanical cocktails and lots more.
Garden Party Wedding Venues
As the name suggests, garden party weddings are ideal for an outdoor venue. For something sophisticated, go for a stately home with beautiful walled gardens, or for something more relaxed hire a converted barn with a marquee in the grounds. As we’re in Britain, it’s a good idea to have a venue which has options for both indoor and outdoor weddings – if it’s a nice sunny day take advantage and have your wedding outside, but make sure you have an indoor backup plan just in case!
Garden Party Wedding Decor
Garden party weddings work best with a simple, understated colour scheme and decor theme. Stick to white and green colours (with perhaps a pop of pastel if you want to add some colour), natural textures (like hessian and wood) and of course plenty of plants and flowers.
Garden party weddings are the perfect opportunity to hang bunting, adorn the venue with festoon lights, and create cute garden-inspired favours. We love the idea of giving each guest a packet of seeds for them to sew, or even a mini cactus each in a hand-painted plant pot.
Garden Party Wedding Flowers
For the bouquets at a garden party wedding, we think simple is best. Make sure to have plenty of green foliage, and add a few different varieties of white flowers. This monochrome look is super chic and stylish, but still has a relaxed, boho vibe. Alternatively, you could go for a mix of dainty wildflowers in different colours – they’ll look like they’ve been picked straight from an English country garden!
When it comes to decorating your venue, forget the traditional big bouquets in the middle of the tables and go for something more on-trend instead. Use ivy as a table runner to trail along long tables, or create hanging wreathes to hang above circular tables. Use foliage to create arches above doorways, or use potted plants instead of bouquets throughout the venue to give things a quirky vibe.
Garden Party Wedding Food & Drink
Garden party weddings give you the chance to get creative with the menu. You could opt for an afternoon tea style affair with platters of sandwiches and cakes, accompanied by a more substantial main course. For the wedding cake, try a naked cake decorated with beautiful edible flowers, fresh herbs or foliage.
We think family-style sharing dishes are also great for garden party weddings – think a hog roast with all the trimmings, or a BBQ style feast with lots of delicious salads and side dishes to share. Make sure to include plenty of local, fresh ingredients and homegrown produce to make the most of the garden party theme.
As for the drinks, gin is the perfect garden party wedding tipple thanks to all the botanicals in it! Set up a G&T station with a couple of your favourite gins, and plenty of garnishes – think sliced lime, lemon, cucumber and grapefruit, springs of mint, basil and rosemary, and strawberries, raspberries and juniper berries. Add some mixers like tonic water, lemonade and elderflower cordial and hey presto! You could also hire a mixologist to create some botanical cocktails for your garden party wedding – try a classic Pimms or a raspberry and rose concoction for a delicious summer drink.
What do you think of the garden party weddings trend?