Flowers and Fairy Tales: The Garden Theme Wedding

For the setting of the sweetest day of your life, what could be more romantic than taking a walk down a grassy isle, surrounded by blue skies, butterflies, and the heady perfume of a garden in bloom?

The Faire Garden blog has pictures of the most beautiful garden wedding! I can catch the scent of those flowers all the way from here! And not just flowers… don’t you wish you could offer your guests treats like this… straight off the vine!

Even if you don’t have a gorgeous 5 acres of lush gardens at your disposal, the garden theme is transplantable.  Take a cue from this WedSmack collage, and you can make any venue bloom with backyard charm.


It’s a whiff of spring in your mailbox! Who wouldn’t want to join you in your garden celebration? Whether your invitation says English tea party or Palm Beach tropics, your guests will reply “YES!” with a flourish!

Colors & Accents

Your palette is as unlimited as the variety and shades of Mother Nature herself! Pastels work particularly well to create that garden theme. Try pairing a delicate green with pinks, yellows, or creams. To really make your wedding bloom, add garden accents like butterflies, baskets, terracotta and outdoor figurines… and of course lots & lots of flowers!

Tables & Centerpieces

Truly Wedding blog suggests using large round tables with light-colored umbrellas. For centerpieces, you can includes both flowers and fruits, nestled in something like a fruit basket or a straw hat.

Or you can grace your tables with this handsome prince, a bargain at only $6.95 each, from OurGreatDeals. (The froggie couple is unfortunately *out of stock* but I had to include them because they are just so adorable!  Wouldn’t they make a great wedding table centerpiece?)  Pretty birdhouses add a touch of whimsy ($24.99 for a set of 3 at Terry’s village) and butterfly yard stakes will add charm to your table decor ($14.97 for a set of 3).

Wedding Favors

For whimsicle, try little butterfly baskets with packets of wildflower seeds ($17.95 for a set of 12) or gerber daisy boxes filled with candy ($2.50 each).

For a more elegant look, try butterfly-decorated crystal candleholders ($1.95 each) or wine bottle stoppers ($2.50).

Bride and Bridesmaids

The garden bride does not have to pass up a brocaded gown with a trailing train, if that’s what she has her heart set on. But many bride who are getting married outdoors choose shorter dresses with a simpler dresses. This bride wore a formal dress for the ceremony and changed into something lighter for dancing:

The groom and his groomsmen can wear light colored suits in linen, beige, grey or green. The bridesmaids can wear shorter dresses in light airy fabrics.  I love these pink floral patterned dresses, they are so elegant yet girly! Apple green is also a great choice, pastoral and pretty.

Do yourselves a favor and skip the stilettos, which can easily sink into the ground. Instead wear ballet flats or chunky heels.


  1. I LOVE the garden theme wedding! I use this theme for my wedding, using a gazebo for the ceremony that was surrounded by flowers and cherry blossom trees. It was a perfect day as far as the weather went, and all of the cherry blossoms were blooming and blowing around and scattering the grass. So beautiful!

  2. beautiful post.