Garden Wedding Ideas


It’s winter here in Chicago and I’ve been thinking of nothing but warmth, green space, and outdoors.  In that spirit, here are a few ideas for the ever-popular garden or backyard wedding.

Decorate your ceremony chairs with gorgeous florals, or have your aisle strewn with petals prior to the arrival of your guests. It’s so natural!  And no outdoor ceremony is complete without a focal point at the end of the aisle, whether that’s an arch, a canopy, or a beautiful tree.

tree aisle
{In Style Weddings via Southern Weddings}

If it’s not in plain sight, I love the idea of having a sign point the way to your location!

Image courtesy of Stacey Kane via With This Ring

For your reception, construct a fabulous dance floor area and have lights galore:

outdoor dance floor
{John and Whitney’s wedding, photo by Josh McCullock}

outdoor dance floor
{Lyndsy and Elon’s wedding, photo by Natalie Moser}

Long tables under giant umbrellas work too!

{Nole’s wedding, photo by Punam Bean}

Let the pups come and play too!

portland wedding
{Ali and Evan’s wedding, photo by Our Labor of Love}

This tablescape just exudes “summer outdoor chic”:

{Created by In the Now, photo by Jonilyn Photography}

The details are so evident in this series by Artfool. That gorgeous arch is actually a photo booth (*swoon*). The chalkboard is a perfect decor item, and the leaves on the gate are escort cards. Absolutely perfect.


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25 comments on “Garden Wedding Ideas

  1. We were hoping to set up a game of croquet for our backyard reception. There might not be enough room because my mom keeps adding names to the quest list!

  2. I love that first picture with the tree, it just seems so romantic and blissful. And that collection of pictures from Artfool is perfectly described in “swoon.” I love garden weddings. Our ceremony will be on an outdoor lawn, but our reception is inside because my fiance was worried about getting too hot. I still just love outdoor receptions though, especially when I see pictures like this. We have a terrace though that our guests can go on, so maybe I can try some garden wedding details out there…

  3. FireFly writes...

    Outdoor weddings are the way to go, I love the idea of having trees with lanterns or decorative light/candles. Beautiful photos and ideas – thank you.

  4. I love the first picture of the tree! I am in Texas, so although nowhere near as cold, I still am longing for the heat and that tress is gorgeous! It looks like paradise (and it’s so simple)!

  5. I got married in an arboretum last year, (and I photograph weddings in arboretums often) …and I gotta say, it is a beautiful thing! Patches of sun and shade, or even a few faintly threatening clouds, it’s all beautiful. Green is just a happy, relaxing color… (and my favorite ;-) =Matt=
    .-= Matthew Saville’s most recent blog post: I Love In-Camera Black &amp White! =-.

  6. I love the idea for the oak tree being the backdrop for the ceremony. I was wandering what they used to decorate the tree. Is that ribbon or some other fabric hanging from it?

  7. Ami Elizabeth writes...

    hi michelle! you could use ribbon, or fabric strips made into garlands, or some kind of flower garland – anything that wouldn’t blow *too* much would be lovely!

  8. There are a lot of planning involved in marriage and one of the key factors that make this special day is a gift that you give the ‘groom and bride groomsmen. There are now different as a wedding present and then make the selection on the basis of budgets and preferences. A gift of your choice should remind them of the love and bring back fond memories of that special day.

  9. The very first pic is awesome the tree totally looks fabulous and i think lots of work is done on that particular tree.
    in total all pics and arrangement for the wedding is great….>>>

  10. jelain gabata writes...

    like po ang design at idea love ko kc ang garden wedding sana magkaroon pa ako ng idea para sa plan nmen like like more good luck to us hndi n ako makapaghintay sa kasal ko itong darating n 2015

  11. I love the first picture of the tree and i think lots of work is done on that particular tree.
    Nice post awesome pictures

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