Wedding Types: Garden Party

This week at LHC, we'll be tackling a big subject – types (or themes) of weddings. I've been wanting to cover this topic for while becuse I feel that the theme of your wedding directly relates to the size of your budget. For example, if your dream is a big ass Cinderella shindig…you'll need a bigger budget to cover all the crystal and candlelight and tulle. However, if your dream wedding is a simple urban loft look – you'll spend less because you need less to achieve that clean, modern look. So, if you are planning your wedding and you're looking for a simple, budget-friendly theme/type then stay tuned all week. Each day I'll be sharing a different budget lovin' wedding type for your consideration.

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Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart

Today's type is…Garden Weddings. This is, hands down, my very favorite type of wedding. Personally, I grew up attending primarily outdoor weddings (in the woods, next to a waterfall, in backyards), so to me – they scream wedding. And from a budget standpoint, they are very friendly to the pocketbook. Consider the following reasons:

1. The decor is already taken care of, courtesy of Mother Nature. The decor for a garden (backyard/wooded/park) wedding is free. From the trees to the shrubs to the flowers, everything is done for you. Just add seating and maybe an alter.

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2. Double duty. In garden weddings, many of the components work well at both the ceremony and the reception, thus eliminating the extra cost of renting extra stuff and/or a second location. Plus, many times, outdoor locations are free (like your parent's backyard or a location in a national park). In a garden wedding, you can use the same spot for the ceremony and as the reception (no renting a church and a banquet room). The seating for the vows can be moved and used as seating at the dinner tables. Lovely buckets of flowers used to line the aisle can be transfered to tables and used as centerpieces. And so on…

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3. Simple colors and materials. At a garden wedding, the gorgeous colors and textures of nature will make such a visual impact that everything else (table settings, centerpieces, food) will look better the simpler and more neutral it is. And acquiring loads of glass and white is much cheaper than tracking down matching aquamarine glasses and vases. Plus, anything that doesn't fit into the neutral color scheme can be easily (and cheaply) spray painted to match. Hello, thrift store finds!

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Some Cons of a Garden Wedding:

1. Bugs – Know your area and be prepared. Figure out and provide for mosquito, fly, chigger, etc. issues well before your wedding. Find attractive citron candles for the mosquitos and infuse your centerpieces with live basil to help waylay fly invasions.

2. Rain. Have a tent, a rain date, or a nearby indoor alternative. But make sure that you have backup. It's Murphy's Law – if you don't then the rain will come.

3. Lighting. Eventually the darkness will come. plan for simple candle light or strings of outdoor lights but plan for something!

4. Bathrooms. These are a must or your wedding will quickly resemble the yard of a frat party (TP on a branch anyone?). For a small-ish wedding, under 100, you'll need about two bathrooms or Port-a-Potties. People will be in a good mood and won't mind waiting in line.

Interested in planning a garden wedding? Here are some inspirational images to get you started:

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Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart

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