5 Tips for Planning a Garden Wedding

A garden wedding is one the most beautiful and romantic ways of celebrating the joining of two hearts. Moreover, there’s a lot of different ways you can customize your wedding based on you and your partner’s vision for your wedding.

But before you get carried away with all the planning and reservations, read on first for some tips about organizing your own garden wedding.

5 Tips for Planning a Garden Wedding


Choose your date wisely.

The season, the weather, and the time of the day of your wedding will have a major impact on the exact venue you will choose, the decoration and even the venue setup. Aside from their sentimental value, decide based on practicality too!

Decide to hold your wedding in the spring when it’s the height of the pollen season? If so, clearly state in your invitation that you will be having a garden wedding. This way, your allergy-prone guests can aptly prepare.

Holding a photoshoot right after an afternoon ceremony? Make sure your photographer comes equipped with the right lights to make-up for the limited amount of natural lighting. These are just some of the scenarios where the season, weather, and time of your wedding become critical.

Comfort is key.

One of the challenges in holding a garden wedding is making sure that you and your guests are all comfortable.

If it’s going to be a hot and sunny day, make sure to provide fans or wide-brimmed hats that will go well with your garden wedding theme. Make sure there’s free-flowing refreshments for everyone so your guests don’t get parched. It it’s going to be cold when the sun goes down; don’t forget to turn up the heater or provide free shawls/pashminas for the ladies.

Ensure that there are enough chairs for everyone. If in case the weather is too unforgiving, set up some big umbrellas around the venue that will act as shade from the intense sunlight, or in case of a moderate rainfall.

Windproof everything!

Windy conditions during a garden wedding are common. This will not only have an effect on your decorations but will also have an impact on your hairstyle, your dress, as well as your entourage dresses. It’s best to avoid light fabrics such as chiffon and china silks.

As for your hairstyle, it has to be secured enough for the wind, best to work closely with your hairstylist on this. Men in the wedding party are advised to use pomade or other hair styling products to keep their hair in place.

Furthermore, the decorations have to be secured tightly whether they be on the table or hanging on strings. You don’t want your centerpiece to be flying all around the venue.

Once more for the people in the back.

This is an important moment in your life, and you want everybody you have invited to connect and engage with you. This is difficult to do when not everybody can hear you from way in the back of the venue.

There are interferences all around (e.g. the sound of the wind and the commotion outside of the venue, from cars passing to local kids running around). Consider renting a sound system with lapels for the groom and bride as well as the officiant. This can also be arranged with your DJ or band.

Never forget to have a backup plan.

No matter how much you check the weather app, there’s still that chance that the weather will not cooperate. Ideally, your wedding location has an indoor location that’s waiting just in case.

Sometimes, a bride and groom will choose to do the ceremony in an outdoor venue and the reception in an indoor venue. Another route to take is to rent a tent. Make sure that the tent you will rent is heavy-duty and won’t flip over. However, this will only work for light to moderate showers. A heavy downpour is a different story.

Contact an experienced event planner.

A garden wedding is such an exciting, yet taxing event to plan. Make sure that you’re well prepared for any scenario that come your way with the help of an event planning expert. Get the much needed assistance right from day 1 of planning. Contact our team today.

Written by bleu events, one of the top event planners Columbia, MO has to offer.