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The Allure of a Classic Garden Wedding: DIY Ideas to Inspire You!

Garden Wedding Invitation and Program Fan. Photo by Jose Villa blog

Capturing the charming ambiance of a classic garden wedding venue is a DIY bride’s dream! The decorative cues are all there: fragrant flowering plants, lush greenery, grassy patches, meandering paths, perhaps even a small pond or a fountain. The secret, then, is to take those elements and work them into the ceremony and reception decor, so that they blend into the beautiful surroundings. Here are 10 surprisingly doable ways to make that magic happen!

Elements for a Gorgeous Garden Ceremony

Inspiring ceremony ideas for a garden weddings

If you find a garden venue graced by towering trees (photo #2), a quaint archway or trellis, or a lovely little bridge, then you have a natural spot for your wedding ceremony! Just imagine what a romantic setting you could create! Simply decorate this with flowering garlands or leafy vines, hanging candles (photo #3), lanterns, or fairy lights.

Continue the garden look with wedding programs (photo #1) in the form of fans decorated in florals and pastel colors, and paper or lace parasols (photo #5) presented in baskets. Both such pretty ideas and oh-so-welcome to keep guests comfy on a sunny day! Complement these with a charming welcome table (#4) featuring petite flower arrangements and rustic, woodsy elements.

Decorations for a Charming Reception

Garden wedding-decorations from table settings to parasaols to centerpieces

As guests move on the reception area, wow them with table settings (photo #6) that celebrate the garden surroundings, without competing with them. Set out table linens in natural fabrics and neutral tones, matched with wooden chairs. Prepare centerpieces, table numbers (see #7), and framed menus (see #8) crafted with flowers, leaves, and organic materials.

Your wedding cake (example #9), of course, should be a vision of floral loveliness to suit the theme! While for fitting garden-themed favors, delight guests with gifts such as potted flowering plants (#10), cookies or cupcakes decorated with pretty blooms, or mini lanterns for holding tea lights.

Image credits:

1 – program fan and intro pic of post, via Jose Villa blog
2 – garden ceremony venue, from Derek Wong Photography
3 – tea light globes, via Weddbook
4 – dessert table via Wedding Chicks as inspired by the book Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas
5 – parasols, via Ruffled
6 – table setting, from Lisa Lefkowitz Fine Art Photography
7 – table number, via Jose Villa blog
8 – drinks sign, from Jose Villa via C Weddings Magazine
9 – pink peony cake, from Krista Lee Photography via The Natural Wedding Company
10 – potted plant favors, from First Comes Love via Style Me Pretty


  1. I will be getting married this summer in a rose garden wedding in Descanso Gardens. Gorgeous place!

  2. Hi Amanda,

    Your wedding venue sounds like it will be absolutely wonderful! If you’d like to send in photos afterwards, we would be honored to feature your wedding right here on our blog!

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