Tried & True – Garden Theme
You don’t have to have an outdoor wedding and reception to pull off a garden theme. Just by bringing a few outdoor elements indoors, you can get the feeling of a simple, classic garden wedding.
We recently attended a wedding that did have an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, and they had some nice touches that would be perfect for a garden theme. They started by welcoming guests to the ceremony with a beverage station. Theirs had water and lemonade, and we think sweet tea would be a a nice touch, too. They also let their wedding programs do double duty by having them printed on fans. It’s such a simple idea, but the guests were very happy since it was a little warm outside.
For a garden theme, you can go with flowers, birds, dragonflies, herbs, topiaries, butterflies, leaves…but please just pick a few elements instead of trying to incorporate everything. There are tons of invitation options, and here are a couple of cute ones from Wedding Paper Divas.
You can decorate the ceremony and reception space with lots of white twinkle lights and paper lanterns. It’s an inexpensive way to make the space your own for the day. Centerpieces can be potted herbs, flowers or topiaries.
Wedding favors can be anything from seed packets to gardening tools. If you want to keep it traditional, these boxes make cute garden candy favors.
And, because we can’t talk about a theme wedding without a theme wedding cake, here are our garden wedding cake favorites.
Quirky – Peacock Theme
This is the cutest idea we’ve come across in awhile! We really wish an Oasis bride would use it soon…
When we say peacock theme, that doesn’t mean you have to have an actual picture of a peacock on your invitations. Please don’t do that. It’s really more about the colors, because jewel tones are still huge right now, and of course using a few feathers here and there. Plus, we’re guessing your bridesmaids will love you if they get to wear cute purple, blue or green dresses and shoes!
As always, start letting your guests in on the theme using the invitations. You can either stick with the colors only (maybe blue paper for the invite, purple paper for the RSVP card and green paper for the directions/hotel info), or get straight to the point with a feather. These handmade invites are fantastic.
During the ceremony, the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and the boutonnieres can have peacock feather accents. The florist should be able to take care of this for you, but if you’re doing your own flowers you can get inexpensive silk feathers at any craft store or online. Here’s the best example we have come across so far:
Okay, this next idea might be our favorite find so far…hand painted peacock feather champagne toasting glasses! Usually we don’t see much point in buying champagne glasses when you can use the venue’s for free, but in this case we will make an exception. These are gorgeous, and definitely something you can keep on display after the wedding.
Certainly the place you can have the most fun with this theme (or most themes) is with the wedding cake. You could have a topper made out of a spray of peacock feathers, or let your pastry chef have some fun. Love this cake!
If you have other great ideas for a garden or peacock themed wedding, please share them!
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