May 16, 2018 | News & Updates

The Risk and Reward of a Garden Wedding

Garden weddings have a reputation for being somewhat elusive. Many have tried and many have failed, but the few who have succeeded are rewarded by some of the most beautiful weddings we have ever seen. A true garden wedding requires careful planning, but with a healthy dose of sheer guts. Only the brave would risk bringing a hundred of their closest friends and family to a location with the promise of a bright sunny ceremony or moonlight reception as well as the risk of a downpour.

But they say that with great risk comes great reward – and oh, what a reward it is.

Garden weddings are dreamy. Aside from giving the space structure, you really don’t even need to decorate. In fact, too many decorations often take away from the wildness of the space and compete for attention. The natural colour palette looks great on everyone and the nice, even lighting makes a photographer’s job a lot easier.

If you are chasing a perfect, sunny, garden wedding, there are a few things to consider for your guests’ comfort. We’ve made a short list to help!

5 Quick Tips for a Flawless Garden Wedding (assuming the best weather)

  1. 1. Put sunscreen in the bathrooms (and lots of it) – No one likes to have their memories of your wedding day seared into their skin for the next week.
  2. 2. Have more water available than you think people could possibly consume – This is especially important for any elderly or children you have attending. Bonus points if it’s cold.
  3. 3. Make shade if it doesn’t already exist – We’re not typically into adding too much to a garden wedding, but shade is a different story. Be kind to your guests and include enough shade to fit almost all of your guests, even if it is spread around the entire garden.
  4. 4. Provide bug spray – We suggest having some bug spray options available to your guests, including at least a couple of natural ones for guests who tend to react to harsh products.
  5. 5. Use a sound system – It’s tempting to completely unplug for a garden wedding, but unless your guestlist is under 30 people, you need some amplification and some music. Rent a small and subtle system so that the people who traveled across the country to hear your vows will actually hear them.

Now, for a couple of examples of garden weddings that will have you believing that you could totally handle checking the forecast every day leading up to your wedding day if it meant you’d get a day like these:

If we can offer one final piece of advice for a garden wedding, it would be to truly embrace the garden and not worry about keeping your dress perfectly clean, especially the hem. Dirt happens and photos of you struggling to carry your dress across the grass so that it doesn’t drag are only cute if there are a couple of them. Let your trusted dry cleaners take care of cleaning your wedding dress so that you can enjoy your well-deserved garden wedding. At Parkers Custom Clothing Care, we are wedding gown cleaning and preservation specialists, so all you need to do is schedule for us to come and pick up your wedding dress after the big day and you’ll be all set!


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