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A Garden Party Wedding Day

November 5, 2014
country garden wedding

Planning to get married in summer?

A garden wedding theme is timeless and traditional – and yet you can give it a contemporary feel as well.

You could go along the route of having a marquee outside on the lawns of a country house hotel. Don’t feel you have to have individual tables – long, banquet style seating works well in this setting and if you want to be really rustic, then scatter haybales outside for guests to sit on and enjoy a summer evening.

bride and groom in countryside

The perfect country garden style wedding day. Image courtesy of The Owl & The Pussycat Photography.

That said, in the UK you’ll also have to plan for wet weather. Think about umbrellas or a covered walkway to your marquee to allow guests to move between areas without getting wet.

bride and groom with umbrella

Plan for the weather to be less than perfect. Image courtesy Mark Dolby wedding photography

You can set the mood for your garden wedding from the word go with your wedding stationery.

Flowers, pastels and motifs from nature will all set the scene.

country garden wedding invitation

Classic style for a country garden wedding day

green wedding invitation

An invitation we created for a bride who wanted to use soft greens on her wedding day

green wedding invitation

Another take on the green theme

Flowers are paramount at a country garden wedding. Think about decorating your tables with hand tied bouquets in jam jars. Maybe add a flower to the guest’s individual napkin.

bride at wedding table

Remember to organise your table decorations so they don’t obstruct the view across the tables

On the other hand, if you want to be more formal, think about tall arrangements in large candelabras or vases – remember to think about the guests’ views across the tables and ensure that flowers don’t block communication.

flower earrings

Flower earrings by Caroline Brook via Not On The High Street

Work the country garden theme into your wedding dress, too. Find accessories – maybe your earrings – with flowers and perhaps give each bridesmaid a wrist corsage. And for the bridegroom and his groomsmen, consider cornflowers and buttonholes with one or two blooms, rather than a single rose (although that also looks stunning).

cornflower blue buttonhole for bridegroom

A simple cornflower buttonhole. Image via Simon Fazackarley photography.

Large wafts of gypsophila in vases are an inexpensive way of decorating corners of the room and create a floral cloud.

gypsophila at wedding

Gypsophila is an inexpensive flower to use – image via HybridFlowers

If your wedding is moving into evening, create a welcoming atmosphere for your guests by lining the route to your venue with candles in lanterns for a soft glow.

And when it comes to food, the newest way to offer the wedding breakfast is at food stations offering different cuisine – maybe Thai, Indian, Italian, American – so guests can browse and suit their own tastes.

Don’t forget to offer a chill-out area to guests – particularly if you are clearing tables for dancing. Everyone always needs somewhere to sit and chat – and some people might like to move away from the hustle and bustle of the dancefloor.

Remember at Ananya we can create bespoke wedding stationery for your country garden style wedding or pick one of our existing floral designs. We’re always happy to chat your ideas through …

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