Garden Wedding Theme

What could be more romantic than a garden wedding. The atmosphere of a warm day surrounded by the beauty of flowers touched by the sun and nature captured on a soft breeze. Garden arbours bright colors and fluttering butterflies bring back the days of gentler more relaxed wedding atmosphere.

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Garden Wedding Attire

A garden wedding can be as formal or informal as you wish, but is generally semi-formal. Not as relaxed as a beach or seashide wedding and not as formal as a church wedding. The garden wedding reflects the atmosphere of home and the beauty of nature and the wedding attire should aspire to blend into the natural beauty of the surroundings.

The Bride

The wedding gown can range from a long semi formal dress with nice straight lines to a mid length dress with a floating skirt. Slight hints of color is common at a garden wedding, many brides picktheir gown in a soft ivory color .

An informal wedding dress looks classy and elegant for your garden wedding, without being overly formal . A beautiful overlay of flowered lace or lace with a leaf pattern would be perfect. Simple lace dresses in mid length is a great choice for a more informal dress for a second marriage.

The dress can be a halter dress, sleevless, full length or any length in between. Consider a straight line dress with a lace overlay as a beautiful option .A lovely sundress with a halter, strapless or thin strap bodice could be the perfect choice. Your sundress could be long or short.

Accessories

Since garden wedding gowns are semi formal in most cases, accessories should reflect the style of the dress. Short veils or no veils . A crown of woven garden flowers or a short veil trimmed with a flower, butterly or leaf motif would be a lovely choice. You may wish to consider a small hat with a short veil.

If you are wearing an informal wedding dress, you will want to pick informal footwear as well. Low heeled pumps or strappy sandals .

Wedding bouquets can be made with fresh garden flowers or a mixture of roses and garden flowers.

Garden Wedding Invitations

You can easily make your own Garden Wedding Invitation with a little imagination and few supplies. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, consider an invitation on handmade paper with pressed flowers, overlaid with vellum and tied with a silver ribbon. Using wedding-themed clipart of garden plants, flowers, or butterflies are also great ways to create your own lovely invitations.

A simple yet elegant garden invitation tutorial follows below. Keep in mind that your invitation should reflect who you are and the theme of the wedding. The invitation is the first indication to your guests what type of wedding you are having and is the first impression you will leave.

Below is a simple yet elegant tutorial for making a garden themed wedding invitiation yourself.

Garden Wedding Invitation Tutorial

Materials Needed:

Graphics Program Or Word Program

Card Stock color of your choice

Patterned Garden themed paper

Ribbon

Contrasting Light Weight Paper

Embellishment Skeleton Leaves, Flat Dried Flowers, Flat butterflies

Glue Stick

1. Select a color for the background paper. This should be heavy cardstock. In our example we picked a burnt peach . Cut this first layer 7 1/2" x 5 1/4". You may make your invitation any size you like, but this is a fairly standard size.

2. For the next layer, you want to pick a garden themed patterned paper in a light weight card stock . Your patterned paper can be any design that reflects your taste, butterflies, garden leaves. It could be bright or muted as ours is in the example. If you wish to print your own paper , choice a graphic that will lend itself to the size of your paper. Cut the second layer of paper 6 1/2" x 4 1/2".

3. The last and final layer for your card is the printed invitation. You want to center your writing on an 5 1/2" x 4" paper. This paper can be parchment paper, velum, or a nice quality paper. You don't want to use card stock here unless it is very light.

4. Assemble all your paper layers. Make sure you use a ruler and center and glue each layer on on top of the other.

5. Wrap the entire card in a contrasting ribbon and tie a knot in the front. Leave small tails on your ribbon and flatten the knot with your fingers.

6. You may want to slip a small flat embellishment under your ribbon. We used a skeleton leaf, but you can use dried flattened flowers, rose petals dried, butterflies or anything that is garden related that is flat and small.

There you have it! A personalized Garden Wedding Invitation.

Garden Wedding Favors

Keeping with the theme of the day, you want your wedding favors to inspire thoughts and memories of your garden wedding. Think of the gardens, the blooming flowers and the sun for your inspiration. Favors do not have to be expensive, you can create your own wedding favors simply with little expense.

Some ideas for Garden Wedding Favors that you can do yourself.

Garden Themed Wedding Favor Bag

You will need a the free gift bag template found here.

Put the template into a graphics program and design the front portion of the template with your own garden themed graphics and write your name and date of your special day on the front.

Print and cut out the template onto a light weight card stock. Fold on the dashed lines and cut on the heavy lines.

Assemble your favor bag and finish the bag by wrapping with a contrasting ribbon. Tie a small ribbon bow and glue to the front of the bag.

You can fill these little favor bags with a couple of chocolates, mints, wrapped candy, rose petals, lavender petals or any other garden related favor.

For this bag we used a pre-made bag template out of the Garden Themed Wedding Printables Package and then just added our name to the front before printing.

Bookmark and Cover Garden Favor

Download the free bookmark and bookmark template here and save to your computer.

Print the template on normal paper and cut around the outside dark lines on your good card stock.

Place your template on colored card stock and cut around the edges. You will have one bookmark and one bookmark cover. Fold the bookmark dover where indicated on the the fold lines and glue flap in place.

Next for the bookmark cover you will want to add a contrasting paper with your name and wedding date printed on it. The paper should be cut 4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide. You will need to use a word program to do add your text. Glue this paper to the front of your folded cover.

Punch one hole in the bookmark and thread with a ribbon. Tie the ribbon in a knot and insert the bookmark into the cover. Wrap the cover of the bookmark with a ribon and tie into a know leaving 1 inch tails.

For this bookmark graphic design we used a pre-made template out of the Garden Theme Wedding Printables Package.

Garden Themed Wedding Pillow Box Favor

You will need a the free gift bag template found here.

Put the template into a graphics program and design the front portion of the template with your own garden themed graphic and write your name and date of your special day on the front.

Print and cut out the template onto a light weight card stock. Fold on the dashed lines and cut on the heavy lines.

Assemble your pillow box. On your printed card stock you must score the curved lines first so that the ends of box wll fold in nicely after.

Glue the box together along the flap. Fold in the scored ends.

FInish the box by tying a ribbon around the entire favor box.

You can fill these little favor box with a couple of chocolates, mints, wrapped candy, rose petals or whatever you wish to give your guests.

For this box we used a pre-made box template out of the Garden Theme Wedding Printables Package and then just added our name to the front before printing.

Pretty Seed Package Wedding Favor

Download the free seed package template here and save to your computer.

Download the free template and create your own graphics in a graphic program and add to the template.

Print out the template and cut and fold where indicated.

Glue the seed package together and wrap with a ribbon and tie with a bow. You can add anything you like inside the little sachet. Dried rose petals, small seashells, a tea bag, a couple of small mints.

For this sachet we used a pre-made template out of the Garden Theme Wedding Printables Package and then just added our name to the front before printing. .

There are many online store that carry a wide array of garden wedding favors and here are a couple of our favorites from Amazon.com.

Garden Wedding Centerpieces

Decorate your tables with inspiration from nature and the garden. Garden flowers and greenery make wonderful accents for a garden wedding. Containers such as tea cups, glass jars, terra cotta flower pots, wicker baskets, bird houses and bird cages make an excellent starting point to begin to create your centerpieces.

These ideas below are very simple and with little time or money you can add a touch of elegance to your wedding tables.

This arrangement was simply made and very inexpensive. We used very inexpensive terra cotta pots. The larger pot we filled with cut flowers. The three smaller terra cotta pots fit a tea candle nicely and we arranged them around the the large pot. Then add bits of vines and greenery around your pots.

A simple wicker basket lends itself beautifully to this arrangement. Fill the wicker basket with cut flower embedded in florist sponge or even a small jar filled with water. Tie a bow around the handle and set 2 or three clear glass candle holders with small candle voitives for a stunning fresh garden look.

At a bit of whimsy to your wedding. Purchase inexpensive small hanging wire or metal bird cages. Put a medium size pillar candle inside the bird cage. Tie a glimmery bow or a bow in your wedding colors to front of the bird cage. Arange greenery and flowers around the bird cage in a pleasing display.

Garden Wedding Decorations

The following are just a few decorating ideas that would add an extra garden feel to your wedding.

A lovely arbour to get married under is quite inexpensive and if you have someone in your family handy with tools it would not take long to make. Hang the arbour with fresh flowers and ivy. After the ceramony you could set the arbour over the cake table or guest book registry.

The garden is usually decoration enough but large pots of flowers set around the yard area adds that extra special touch.

When planning an outdoor wedding it is also great to have an alternative plan in case in rains. consider renting a wedding tent and decorating it with small twinkle lights.

Garden Themed Wedding Favor Printables.

This downloadable package has a garden theme on a subtle butterfly and green leaf background. It has 4 pre-made templates: a wedding favor bag, a wedding bookmark and cover, a pillow box a a garden seed envelope favor. These come with no writing on the label. Each template has graphics and are ready for you to insert your name and wedding date either by using a graphic program or hand writing in calligraphy.

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No ceremony is complete without the kiss. In fact, there was a time when an engagement would be null and void without one. Dating back from early Roman times, the kiss represented a legal bond that sealed all contracts.

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Throwing Rice originated in the Orient where having rice means having a full pantry. So the newlywed couple was showered with rice, grains or nuts to wish them abundance and good luck in their new life together.

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