by Brittany McComas

When it comes to throwing a lovely celebration, here at Wedding for $1000 we have a plethora of garden wedding ideas! I couldn’t narrow it down on which ones were the best so I wrote you out a boatload of sweet ideas to make your garden wedding the most perfect start to your married life together. Header image source

  • Metal chairs can get scorching hot in the sun, so opt for wooden chairs with cushions in your wedding color.
  • Arrange greenery on tables to keep the budget low and accent them with large single blooms instead of centerpieces.
  • Hanging mason jars from trees with candles make gorgeous garden lights when the sun goes down.
  • Make sure there’s a shaded area for elderly guests if you decide to have your ceremony in the heat of the day.
  • Keep your guests hydrated with a lemonade stand, DIY fruity cocktails or with fruit-infused water stands.
  • Big, bright globe string lights give a romantic glow to receptions when the sun goes down.
  • Go for a tea length or knee length gown to keep your dress garden wedding chic.
  • Sunglasses, cooling mist, and/or insect repellent make sweet favors on each guest’s seat.
  • Misting the flowers with water is a good idea for scorching hot days to keep them fresh for longer.
  • Keep your makeup flawlessly fresh with Urban Decay All Nighter Spray to prevent a mid-day meltdown.
  • Instead of chairs for the ceremony, use hay bales covered in your wedding color or themed blankets or sheets.
  • Make up a basket of blankets and wraps for your guests who might catch a chill after the sun goes down. (Maybe reuse the blankets from the hay bales?)
  • Depending on the location, a DIY Ice Cream or Sundae Bar is a sweet treat on warm days instead of a wedding cake.
  • Instead of a floor runner, use flowers or garden lights to create a stunning aisle/path for the bridal party.
  • Chalkboard menus for food and drink are super-cute, and they can do double duty as backdrops for photo booth fun!
  • A bathtub, garden flower box, or wash basin can serve as a vintage drink cooler, but make sure it’s convenient to set up and break down.
  • Wrap a tree with garden string lights and photographs on clothes pins to display family or happy couple memories.
  • Bonfires with roasted marshmallows can be a sweet touch for your reception.
  • Instead of tissues, provide a basket of vintage cloth handkerchiefs to dry tears or wipe your brow on a warm day.
  • It’s definitely a huge DIY project, but it might be fun to paint thrift store dressers with paint and  sandpaper to use as a DIY bar, dessert or guest book signing table.
  • Cupcake wrappers or paper coasters with a hole through the middle can keep bugs out of guest drinks.
  • Flowers in metal watering cans also make sweet centerpieces, and keep your blooms fresh all day long in the warm sun.
  • Wooden signs with cute sayings like “…and they lived happily ever after” or “this is how our story begins” add a sweet touch to any garden wedding.
  • Sparklers are a beautiful, budget-friendly send off in lieu of rice or bubbles.

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