Nothing says whimsical romance like a wedding that takes place in a garden. There’s just something fairytale-esque about the outdoor wedding setting that evokes a ton of princess vibes, especially during the warmer months.
But your wedding ceremony doesn’t have to take place in an actual garden (nor do you need to have a green thumb) for it to be just as dreamy. All it takes is a little imagination and a bunch of floral motifs to bring your garden wedding ideas inside for your big day.
To help you get started, browse the following garden wedding decor ideas. From bold and beautiful bouquets to seed packet favors, these suggestions will encourage you and guests to allow love to bloom today and forever.
The first indication of your wedding theme usually comes by way of the invitation. So, if you want to give your guests a sneak peek (and plant the seed ahead of time), select a floral motif or greenery design of some kind to set the tone.
You don’t have to go all out with a flower crown or anything (though if that’s your style, go for it) but adorning your hair with flower petals (a la Solange Knowles on her wedding day in 2014) is a sweet addition. Place them loosely in your updo or pin them into a braid.
If the live version isn’t your thing, you can opt instead for pins or a tiara that include a floral design.
Think beyond your regular neutral bouquet and go bold. Whether that means brightly colored roses, peonies, and dahlias or a dramatic cascading bouquet as your centerpiece. Now is the perfect time to give the flowers a standout moment.
Instead of going with a solid color for your favorite ladies, mix things up with a floral print. You can select one design that everyone in the party will wear, select a color and have everyone find their own floral print dresses, or really let loose and go for mismatched bridesmaid dresses. (It’s not as chaotic as it sounds and will make for some truly unique and stunning pictures.)
Another more subtle alternative is having your groom and his best men wear matching ties covered in blooms.
A floral altar is an obvious choice for a garden-themed wedding, and sometimes obvious is good. Litter yours with roses, dahlias, and other romantic plants. Or, you can go green and surround yourself with palm fronds, eucalyptus, wood, lavender, and other natural elements. Once you and your partner have said your vows, your guests can use your ceremony backdrop for some truly stunning Instagram snaps.
It’s all in the details and a lovely way to direct your guests to their seats is via pressed flower place cards. You can even DIY these with friends for a little bonding moment (or have them professionally made). They can also double as party favors.
These don’t have to be as bold or in your face as your bouquets, but it would be nice to continue the theme of having live flowers as part of the reception centerpieces. Place a single bloom in a vase or arrange a handful of your favorite varieties (wildflowers make for a particularly delightful sight). If you do want to go over-the-top, we like the idea of having a large number of flowers drape off the tables in a dramatic manner.
Though you’ll miss out on the sweet smells, paper flowers have also become a popular and more eco-friendly alternative.
We get that all floral everything might be a bit much, but there’s a way to insert floral prints tastefully. Instead of an all-over tablecloth, opt for a simple floral runner. It will read classy rather than gaudy.
These can be placed as a cute garnish in drinks, can be infused into ice cubes, or can adorn your wedding cake (which can also be piped with florals).
Send guests home with a symbol of your love and a part of your theme with seed packets. They’re not only eco-conscious, but they can also be planted and enjoyed for years and years to come.
Whether you choose to incorporate one of these ideas or all 10, your wedding is sure to be as magical as any secret garden.