Romantic floral garden wedding at The Resort at Pelican Hill | PartySlate
photo courtesy of & planner: Everly Rose Events | venue: The Resort at Pelican Hill
The Best of | National | Weddings

16 Stunning Garden Wedding Ideas Rooted in Romance

Romantic floral garden wedding at The Resort at Pelican Hill | PartySlate

Garden weddings, much like gardens themselves, are romantic. For centuries, gardens have represented everything from new beginnings to renewal. Cultivated rose beds share their space with wild, untamed greenery — creating a space where give and take occur simultaneously — just like love.

While a garden wedding theme doesn’t require an actual garden, it should evoke the beauty of a greenery-infused space. Imagine lavish floral décor, shady gazebos, and luminous fireflies. For more inspiration, we reached out to two top wedding planners for insight into how to perfect a garden aesthetic. 

Christina Currie, Lead Event Producer and Owner at Christina Currie Events, Inc., tells us, “Be inspired by the time of the year when planning your event in a garden.” Gabrielle Stone, President and Owner of Stone Event Planning, adds, “I personally love the idea of playing against nature” for a bold and eye-catching vision.

We’ve searched through thousands of real weddings on PartySlate to find our favorite garden wedding ideas. Keep reading to discover everything from romantic wedding centerpieces to garden-fresh catering. It’s time to let your wedding vision take root.

1. Plant the Seed with Floral-Forward Invitations

Wedding invitations give guests their first glimpse of the celebration ahead. Capture your garden wedding theme from the start with a custom-made invitation suite. Work with an invitations and print company to incorporate your wedding colors and flowers into the design. We especially love how floral-forward invitations can vary in color and materials, proving the rich variety of a garden-style wedding.

Garden wedding invitation suite in pink calligraphy | PartySlate
photographer: Kiamarie Stone | Wedding Story Writer See More
Blush wedding invitations suite with forest and waterfall graphics | PartySlate
photographer: O’Malley Photographers | Valley & Company Events See More
Wedding invitation with bright and colorful flowers | PartySlate
photographer: Riverbend Studio | NSWE Events See More
Romantic garden wedding theme invitation suite | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: A Good Day See More

2. Select a Garden Wedding Venue

While a talented event designer can transform any venue into a garden dreamscape, a garden wedding venue boasts many distinct advantages. Garden venues come with their own stunning backdrops and abundant floral décor. Additionally, garden venues often feature built-in structures such as gazebos and arches that can be incorporated into your wedding ceremony. 

Use PartySlate’s curated venue directory to find an available garden wedding venue near you. Narrow your search by venue type, guest count, amenities, and more.

Couple walking down the aisle with florals and lining aisle and groom in wheelchair holding brides hand | PartySlate
photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography | Chicago Botanic Garden See More
Couple walks through hedge maze at garden wedding venue | PartySlate
photographer: Forever Photography | Celebrate Snug Harbor See More
Wedding ceremony in courtyard surrounded by gardens | PartySlate
photographer: Adam Houseman | Brindle + Oak See More
Garden wedding under gazebo | PartySlate
photographer: Montclair Studio | The Crystal Plaza See More
Elegant White Wedding at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection in Calistoga, CA
photographer: Henry Photography | Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection | Cole Drake Events See More

3. Exchange Vows Beneath a Gazebo

Gazebos are easily the focal point of any garden. Keep all eyes on your nuptials with an exchange of vows beneath a picturesque gazebo. Best of all, these stunning structures are beautiful with both minimalist floral décor and lavish drapery. Ask your wedding planner and florist on how to accentuate your gazebo so it matches your wedding style.

Romantic wedding ceremony beneath floral gazebo at the Resort at Pelican Inn | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Everly Rose Events See More
Bride wears red dress at ceremony under a garden gazebo | PartySlate
photographer: Samm Blake | Jove Meyer Events See More
Temecula Wine Country Wedding at Avensole Winery | PartySlate
photographer: Allie Lindsey Photography | Avensole Winery See More
Spring Outdoor Wedding at The Monte Bello Estate
photographer: Kent Drake Photography | Christina Currie Events, Inc. | Yanni Design Studio See More
Outdoor Wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, New Jersey
photographer: Nana Annan Photography | ILE Events See More

4. Bring on the Blooms

A garden wedding isn’t complete without — you guessed it — flowers. Use blooms to bring a pop of color to the surrounding greenery. Wedding flowers are an easy and elegant way to incorporate your wedding color palette into your celebration. Work with your florist to find in-season wedding flowers that heighten your wedding décor and ambiance.

Couple exchange vows under a canopy covered in peach and purple flowers and greenery | PartySlate
photographer: The Willinghams Photography | Celebrate Snug Harbor See More
Wedding with white floral mandap | PartySlate
photographer: Peter Nguyen Studio | Eventrics Indian Weddings See More
Garden wedding with pink and red floral wedding arch | PartySlate
photographer: The Happy Bloom | Tara Skinner Weddings & Events See More
Couple stand beneath wedding arch of lavish greenery and white flowers | PartySlate
photographer: Callaway Gable | Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events See More

5. Capture Garden Details With a Curated Seating Chart

Continue your garden wedding theme with beautiful escort cards and seating charts. Choose a boxwood backdrop or ornate iron gate to display your guests’ names. We also love seating charts that double as party favors. Consider attaching each escort card to a vase of blooms for a thoughtful take-home gift that guests will cherish.

Garden-style wedding seating chart with vase and blooms | PartySlate
photographer: The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism | SpecialTevents See More
White wedding escort cards on boxwood backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: Kelli Durham Photography | Katie & Co. See More
Fall Winery Wedding
photographer: Ashley Maxwell Photography | Amazae Events See More

6. Create a Gardenscape with Greenery

The editorial team at PartySlate is obsessed with floral décor. However, we also appreciate the beauty of pure greenery. Incorporate greenery into your wedding décor for a fresh garden aesthetic. We especially love how greenery creates the perfect contrast for delicate floral details as well as lavish floral arrangements.

Ballroom wedding ceremony with white flowers and boxwood backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: KT Merry Photography | Posh Parties See More
Wedding tent with suspended greenery from ceiling | PartySlate
photographer: Jennifer Lynn Photography | Bliss Events Chicago See More
Chic and Traditional Garden Wedding in Mount Prospect, Illinois
photographer: Ben Ramos Photography See More
Summer Outdoor Garden Wedding at San Ysirdo Ranch in Montecito, California
photographer: Stefani Welsh Studo | The Wedding Plan & Company See More

7. Set Your Tablescape With Wildflowers

Gardeners may favor one bulb over another, but nature always has the final say. Every cultivated garden is subject to the whimsy of wildflowers, and we couldn’t be happier. Capture the natural beauty of any garden space with wildflower centerpieces. Make sure to incorporate natural leaves and herbs like myrtle, mint, and sage for optimal effect..

Garden wedding theme with wildflower centerpieces | PartySlate
photographer: Justin DeMutiis | Table 6 Productions – Florida See More
Flower centerpieces at rustic garden wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Amanda Crean Photographers | Bustle Events See More
Wildflower wedding centerpieces and modern tableware | PartySlate
photographer: Jenn Emerling | Foxtail Catering & Events See More
Pink and red flower centerpieces with wild grasses | PartySlate
photographer: Delbarr Moradi Photography | A Savvy Event See More
Birthday Dinner Party
photographer: Interstellar Image | Nu Leaf Design | Soirée8 | Rentals and Design House See More

8. Decorate with Garden-Inspired Dinnerware

Elevate your wedding reception tables with garden-inspired dinnerware. Guests will easily spend a majority of the wedding celebration at their tables, so it’s important to create a beautiful space for them to wine and dine. Custom dinnerware, along with wedding centerpieces, turn an ordinary dining experience into an act of celebration. 

Summer garden wedding place setting with butterfly chinaware | PartySlate
photographer: Sara Donaldson Photography | Julian Leaver Events See More
Garden wedding reception table with floral chinaware | PartySlate
photographer: Riverbend Studio | NSWE Events See More
Fall garden wedding with floral chinaware | PartySlate
photographer: Two Pair Photography | Weddings by Lisa Yarbro See More
Close up of garden-inspired chinaware | PartySlate
photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography | Tara Skinner Weddings & Events See More

9. Pitch a Garden Wedding Tent

Create a weather-proof sanctuary, or stunning overhead canopy, with a garden wedding tent. We especially love how tented weddings can take décor to new heights with suspended lighting, foliage, and drapery. Head to our curated vendor directory to find top tent rental companies near you. You can even click into a company’s PartySlate profile to find real examples of their work.

Open garden tent with white drapery | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Kristin Banta Events See More
Modern Garden Wedding at Meadowood Napa Valley in Saint Helena, California
photo courtesy of: Alexis Raine Events See More
Lavish pole tent wedding with greenery and chandeliers | PartySlate
photographer: Fred Marcus Studio | Apotheosis Events See More
Bright Garden Wedding at The Historic Atalaya Castle in Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina
photographer: Magnolia Photography | Willow Event Designs See More

10. Mimic Fireflies With Twinkling Lights

There’s a reason why wedding lighting should top your to-do list. As the sun sets and fireflies light up the evening sky, gardens become a place of pure magic. Recreate the luminance of summer fireflies with creative lighting installations that range from tented string lights to sparkler send-offs. We especially recommend utilizing a wedding lighting company to perfect the look. 

Enchanted garden wedding with string light evening ceremony | PartySlate
photographer: Ulises Reyes Studio | A Thousand Oaks Events & Retreats See More
Couple dances beneath string light wedding tent | PartySlate
photography: Rodrigo Varela Photography | Plan Design Events See More
Garden Wedding at Glessner House in Chicago, Illinois
photographer: Allison Williams Photography | Sustainable Soirees See More
A Luxe Blush Garden Wedding and Reception at the Piedmont Gardens and Tent in Atlanta, GA
photographer: Elizabeth Austin Photography | Ciao Bella Weddings See More

11. Adorn Your Wedding Party With Flower Crowns

Become part of the beautiful garden surroundings with curated floral crowns. Floral crowns perfect fashion attire for everyone in the wedding party — including four-legged friends. Work with your wedding florist to create floral crowns that match your wedding colors and floral décor.

Two brides exit wedding aisle at colorful and whimsical wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Towards The Moon | Pejy Kash Events See More
Wedding couple cuddles two dogs with floral crowns | PartySlate
photographer: Finding Light Photography | Xquisite Events See More
Little boy closes his eyes while wearing white flower crown | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Nisa Lee Events See More

12. Garnish Cocktails With Petals and Sprigs

Keep your cocktails on theme with fresh flavors, bright floral hues, and delectable garnishes. Even serving trays can reflect your garden wedding theme with the addition of scattered petals and floral-patterned serving attire. Hire a bar service and beverage company for an Instagram-worthy cocktail hour. Make sure to include mocktail options for kids and those looking for an alcohol-free option.

Man in floral apron hold tray with pink cocktails and scattered pink petals | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Aliana Events See More
Pink cocktails with black seeds for garden wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Lissa Ryan | Bright Occasions See More
Fresh cocktails with herb and veggie garnishes | PartySlate
photographer: Larissa Cleveland Photo | Tonic Beverage Catering See More

13. Go With Garden Fresh Cuisine

Take inspiration for your menu straight from the garden. We recommend prioritizing catering within your wedding budget with delectable farm-to-table cuisine. Our favorite wedding caterers create dishes that emphasize all of the five senses — including sight. We appreciate how artistic plating and garden-fresh garnishes turn every meal into the perfect photo-op.

Organic wild mushroom risotto cake with garlic aioli | PartySlate
photographer: Jill Tiongco Photography | Chicago Botanic Garden See More
Fresh veggie catering cups with rice noodles | PartySlate
photographer: Merari | Le Basque See More
Watermelon savory bites and other fresh cuisine | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Truffleberry See More
Garden Inspired Wedding at Hakone Estate and Gardens in Saratoga, California
photographer: Matthew Ha | Weir Catering & Events See More
Enchanting Wedding at The Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley, Massachusetts
photographer: Lovely Valentine Photo + Film | Capers Catering See More

14. Please With Pressed Floral Desserts

Carryover the garden theme into dessert with pressed-floral pastries and wedding cakes. We’re not the only ones obsessed with pressed-floral desserts. See why this floral phenomenon made our list of top party and wedding trends for 2022. However, we’ll say it here first: We expect this trend to last long into the future. 

Enchanted Garden Birthday Party in Los Angeles, CA
photo courtesy of: Aliana Events See More
Floral-pressed wedding cake and cookies | PartySlate
photographer: Rebecca Theresa Photography | Detailed Touch Events See More
Jewel-Toned Wedding in Vibrant Merida, Mexico
photographer: Ria Georgia Photography | Amethyst Event Productions See More
Summer Wedding at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
photographer: Jill Person Photography | Stone Event Planning | Jenny’s Wedding Cakes See More

15. Turn Your Stage and Dance Floor into a Garden Oasis

Every moment of your wedding is an opportunity to highlight your garden aesthetic, including the entertainment hour. Whether it’s the dance floor of your reception or a cocktail hour with a string quartet, elevate your garden vibes with all-natural landscaping or beautiful lighting and additional greenery.

Classic Spring Wedding at 620 Loft & Garden in New York City
photographer: Jenny Fu | On The Move | Colin Cowie Lifestyle | 620 Loft & Garden See More
Sophisticated Glam Tented Wedding
photographer: Maya Myers Photography | Luxe Linen | Sterling Engagements | Shawna Yamamoto Event Design See More
Modern Outdoor Wedding in Wichita, Kansas
photographer: Parker Tatro | Great Family Reunion INC See More

16. Bring the Garden Wedding Home with Potted Party Favors

Show guests how much you appreciate their love and support over the years with thoughtful party favors that reflect your garden theme. Potted plants double as unique escort cards and will live on long after the celebration ends. Head to PartySlate’s curated venue directory to find a favors and gifts company near you.  

Potted succulent party favors in mini blue vases | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design See More
Summer In The City Wedding
photographer: Erika Mattingly Photography | Abby McKinney Events | The Newberry Library | Yazz Jazz Music & Productions See More

People Also Ask…

How can you use décor and color schemes to accentuate the beauty of a garden venue?

“I always recommend using a natural color palette with garden venues,” Currie of Christina Currie Events, Inc., shares. “After understanding your color vision, then you can move forward with making decisions with your linen and all other rental items.” 

Stone of Stone Event Planning continues, “If you lean into nature and florals outside, it’s always nice to use colors that will stand out against all the greens and whites (like hot pinks, oranges or yellows). Using rustic pieces of furniture always blend in nicely, as well.”

She also offers a unique twist when it comes to garden wedding designs. “I personally love the idea of playing against nature and adding luxe chandeliers for lighting, couches in different materials, velvet, satin, in dark pinks, purples or reds. Adding items that are really modern with clean lines are also fun at a garden venue because they are so unexpected. Any direction stylistically that you go, I recommend making sure you choose strong colors that will stand out against trees, bushes, and anything naturally flowering outside.” 

What should I wear to a garden wedding?

First, always look to the invitation suite or wedding website for guidance. Garden weddings range from intimate backyard celebrations to grand, black-tie soirées. When in doubt, you can reach out to the couple for further clarification. 

We also recommend taking weather and location into account. For outdoor garden weddings, we suggest bringing an additional layer (like a shawl or dressy cardigan) for when the sun sets and temperatures drop. Guests will also want to consider whether the celebration takes place in grassy or gravely terrains. Ask yourself questions such as, “Will I be comfortable wearing stiletto pumps all night?”

Where can I find more inspiration for my garden wedding?

PartySlate is the number one planning resource for weddings, milestones, and corporate events. Use PartySlate to find your wedding venue, talented team of vendors, and additional wedding inspiration. Click on the following for everything from classic ideas to the latest trends:

Meet the Panel

Christina Currie, Lead Event Producer and Owner at Christina Currie Events, Inc.

Christina Currie
Lead Event Producer & Owner
Christina Currie Events, Inc.

Gabrielle Stone, President and Owner of Stone Event Planning

Gabrielle Stone
President & Owner
Stone Event Planning