6 Low-cost ideas for your garden wedding

Apr 5, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Love is in the air as wedding season arrives. These ideas will help make your reception special and beautiful when you're holding it in your own lovely garden. Take your cue from nature and design the event with pretty colors and a rustic touch.



Garden wedding decor

Every bride chooses her colors based on personal preferences, but decorating in a garden space means nature has already done half the work for you! In order to complement the surroundings rather than compete with them, choose a palette that's floral based and occurs naturally.

Soft peach, warm yellow and pale pink is a pretty combination that mimics flowers and stands out from the greenery.



Garden wedding decor

One of the best ways to add interest to an area is to give it layers. This works in home decor as well as party decor and can be thought of in terms of height or depth.

Layering the table with a base cloth and a runner lengthwise is nice, but make it even more interesting by adding shorter, more decorative runners across the table, too. This not only adds color, but it visually connects place settings that are across from one another.

Using a combination of rustic burlap with floral fabric creates balance that has both a feminine and masculine quality.


Table settings

Garden wedding decor

Continue the layering with place settings, too. Top dinner plates with a paper doily and small guest favors, and place menus on top of napkins.

Even the favors get a layered treatment. Fill a small tin with candies, wrap it with decorative washi tape and add a scrapbook embellishment that fits the theme on top.

Clusters of flower vases filled with simple arrangements are equally attractive from both sides of the table.


Table numbers

Garden wedding decor

There are many creative ideas for table numbers — this DIY project is both simple to do and works well for a garden theme.


  • Decorative frame
  • Moss sheets
  • Craft letters made from wood chips or cardboard
  • Paint
  • Adhesive glue dots or strips


Remove the glass from the frame and set it aside (you won't need it for this project). Cut the moss to fit inside the frame opening and attach the back of the frame to hold it in place. Meanwhile, paint the craft numbers to match your decor, and allow them to dry. Then attach the numbers to the moss using adhesive glue dots or strips.


Printed items

Garden wedding decor

Printed paper items help an event look pulled together. Using a coordinating collection throughout the event can help tie in several different areas within one larger space.

Printed items can include programs, menu cards, place cards, table signs and direction signs. These printed pieces should complement the design of the event, not compete with it.


Statement piece

Garden wedding decor

Everyone knows the wedding cake is the pièce de résistance at a reception, but the current trend is to also have an auxiliary table set with other sweets and goodies. A twist on this idea is to set up a late-night snack table with an assortment of treats that guests can nibble on after dancing or pack up and take home.

Brownie pops and donuts are a great choice and can easily be made ahead or purchased. Add a few candies for variety and to impart more color into the display.


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