What should I pay attention to while planning a garden wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

MissKota1419:  I think with an outdoor wedding my top priorities would be:

Contingency plan (depending on where you live as obviously it won’t be necessary in some places) in case of bad weather

Shelter (from the sun as well as potential rain) 

Heating (if temperatures drop in the evening) 

Seating for everyone

Toilet facilities (can they use the toilets in the house? Or will you need to think about hiring portable ones? If the former, will you need to think about protective floor coverings? (eg to protect wood floors from heels marks/light coloured carpet from mud)) 

Access (grass can be tough to walk on, esp in heels; will you have walk ways between key areas (eg toilets/ceremony area/dining area)? Are you going to hire a proper dance floor or do you have a suitable decked/patio area that would work?) 

Noise (if there are other properties in the vicinity and you plan to party past a certain time; we always give neighbours advanced warning, and because we only have parties once a year they don’t mind; it’s something worth considering though depending on the rules and regs where you live) 

Hope that helps! 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Definitely have a rain plan. We got married on our anniversary in what is usually a dry part of the year, but this year has been cool and unusually rainy. I had the early time slot at my venue and we were fine, but it poured for the bride after me. You may just want a tent for the shade factor as well.

Also when picking a dress, go for something that won’t snag on the grass and isn’t too draggy. I cut my chapel train down to a sweep train and by the end of my wedding my dress was filthy from all of the mud. I didn’t care, but I know some brides do, so if that’s you, keep it in mind.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

 

MissKota1419:  We’re having a garden wedding too, in a villa in Spain. We are using a local chef to do our sit down meal, & he’s also organising our wedding cake, table and chair rental, waiters, & all crockery glasses etc, he could have arranged decorations/flowers if we’d wanted but the garden is beautiful as is so we chose not to add that expense on! The celebrant who is marrying us was able to provide arch hire, but as we would only get to keep this for the duration of the ceremony(30 mins)& it was costing hundreds we’re bringing our own arch over instead & decorating with chiffon & flowers! I would have a look for local catering companies in your area who specialise in weddings for info.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

 

MissKota1419:  We’re only having 20 guests all family except a couple friends because our destination wedding is only 2 hours flight away they were all happy to travel. Your garden sounds lovely, btw I’m having a ‘draggy’ dress(mori lee 5108)and also a cathedral length veil! I didn’t even think about it getting dirty because the grass is short & hopefully dry at this time of year, maybe take that into consideration when deciding which type of dress to wear.

Meant to add that our villa is a private property in countryside so we didn’t think we’d be able to get wedding catering but we actually found a few companies, you should still ask the chair/table/portable loo rental company if they can give you any contacts, but you could have a lovely bbq or picnic if you can’t arrange a sit down meal!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  weddinglimes.
Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

MissKota1419:  would you consider two dresses? Your dreamy dress for the ceremony and photos, and then something more practical for later? I had two and honestly, it was such a good decision (it was my mum’s idea though so I can’t take credit for it!). After being in my dress, which was all boned and really heavy, for 12 hours, I was exhausted and it was SUCH a relief to change into something lighter and more comfortable! But I still had the best of both worlds 🙂 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Bugs. I would worry about bugs. Anytime you’re in a garden setting, with food, you’re going to combat bugs. Especially around sunset, as they tend to come out more when it gets cooler.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m also having a garden wedding. You get the added worry of: rain plan, rentals (including tables chairs bathrooms? Tent? china and barware) but you get to (hopefully) get married in a garden which is lovely.

does your caterer need a tent? Or is the kitchen big enough for them?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I’m doing a backyard wedding and have a long train on my dress.  We built a raised platform out of 2×4’s and 2×6’s to make an aisle, so that I wouldn’t get any pine straw in my dress during the ceremony.  It looks similar to a wooden deck.  After the wedding, we’re going to disassemble them and use the wood to build a pergola in the backyard.

Also, look into disposable plates and glasses.  At first, I was really against disposable stuff because “weddings need to have china”.  But logistically, it is way easier for us to do disposables because we have nowhere to store the dirty rental dishes before they are picked up by the rental company.  You can find some really nice looking disposable tableware too.

Post # 12
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373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Commenting to follow, fellow garden wedding bee 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MrsBagel:  I had bugs get stuck in between the layers of my dress. Since the outer layer was organza you could see them running around in there. At one point it took 3 people to get one particularly recalcitrant moth out of my dress.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Eckle:  🙁 that would be one of my biggest fears. Especially with light (candles, lanterns) reflecting off of a beautiful white dress-total bug magnet!

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