Garden Gorgeous

by | Bride, Ceremony, Wedding Inspiration


The sweetest groom to be emailed me a little while ago searching for a secret garden style venue. While we found a few possibilities he also asked for garden wedding decorating ideas. A garden doesn’t need much decoration- the greens of the plants and colourful blossoms are often enough But there are a few special touches you can add.

Here are a few of my favourites…

Paper lanterns hung from trees

Photo by Mel Barlow via Faye and Greer

An arch made of branches and surrounded by candles

Photo by Dana and Jeremy via Green Wedding Shoes

Lanterns hanging on Shepherd’s Hooks

Photo by Jose Villa

Strings of hand folded paper cranes hanging off of tree branches

Photo by Kirsten Ellis Beaux Arts Photographie via Once Wed

Floating candles in glass vases down a rose petal covered aisle

Photo by Rebecca Thuss

Floral wreaths and long ribbons hanging from trees

Photo by Ian Grant via Snippet & Ink

Colourful flower balls hanging from shepherd’s hooks and tree branches

Photo by Jasmine Star via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Candlelit lanterns hung from a designated “Kissing Tree”

Photo from Michelle Rago

You could also:

– Make tissue paper pom poms (a la Martha Stewart) in different shades of your wedding colours

– Use paper bag luminaries with candlelight to mark paths and light your reception

– Hang long strands of crystals from tree branches, the facets will glint in the sunlight

– Place mason jars on the ground or hung off shepherd’s hooks and dot them around the garden

  • claire says:
    May 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Hi!! I’m having a garden wedding next April, and because the buildings are heritage listed, I can’t attach anything anywhere to hang lamps or lanterns. I’m currently thinking that tall shepherds hooks in big pot plants could work? Anyway, do you know where I might be able to find shepherds hooks? Any help would be amazing!

  • Polkadot Bride says:
    May 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Claire- Firstly try garden centres, Spotlight, Lincraft and Bunnings. Also try the garden/outdoor section of Target, Kmart and Big W.

    If you have no luck there try these sites

    USA Ebay

    Hope that helps!

    Also try your florist 🙂

  • Charlotte Wedding Photographer says:
    May 20, 2009 at 12:43 am

    What amazing details! Love love love!!

  • Anita says:
    May 20, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Just gorgeous photos! I especially love the kissing tree. That would be a lovely spot to exchange vows for an evening ceremony.

  • The Perfect Palette says:
    May 20, 2009 at 6:37 am

    love the rustic elegance!

  • Farrah says:
    May 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Thanks! this has helped me as I have the same theme. I love those lanterns!

  • WestAussieWedding says:
    May 20, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I am so happy for this post, as I have been trying to work out the best way to decorate our outdoor ceremony area… I love the lanterns and am now trying to decide to go with the branches arch…

  • Wendy says:
    May 21, 2009 at 11:07 am

    How perfectly lovely! The arch made of branches is like heaven on earth.

  • Katee Grace says:
    May 22, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Oh my! The rose covered aisle is stunning!
    The arch made of branches surrounded by those simply elegant and simple candles is exquisite!
    What Beautiful Pieces to pull together!!

  • irene kim says:
    March 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    where can i find out how to make that branch arch?

  • Unforgettable Garden Wedding Decor says:
    September 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    […] If you think garden weddings are only for spring, think again! A garden wedding is perfect for any time of the year that the weather is pleasant. And given that many folks are still enjoying gorgeous summer weather (and/or soon will be enjoying gorgeous fall weather), you can bet that quite a few garden weddings are in the planning stages. If you’re searching for garden wedding decor that makes an impact, today’s post is for you. [from Faye & Greer via Polka Dot Bride] […]



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