How to style your garden wedding

07 May 2021

The team from Ginger Ray offer top tips to styling your garden wedding

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As restrictions lift, weddings and receptions can finally take place with up to 30 guests. They can also take place in a private garden - so it's no surprise that the DIY and garden wedding trend is officially booming - with over 700k posts on Instagram using the hashtag #gardenwedding. 

Pinterest also recently reported a 190% increase in searches for ‘small back garden wedding’ ideas, and the wedding decorations supplier, Ginger Ray, has seen a 1000% increase in searches for outdoor wedding decorations since the start of February this year.  

Having your wedding in your own garden comes with tonnes of perks - including the fact that you can go all out with decorations at just a fraction of the cost of decking out a whole venue. The boho theme is set to be a hot trend this summer at both weddings and hen parties, and it’s incredibly easy to recreate in your own garden. 

Florals

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Pampas Grass Decorations, £24.99 / Green Foliage Backdrop, from £12.99 / Hanging Chandelier Wedding Hoop, £14.99 

Jess Martin, wedding decoration expert at Ginger Ray, says: “Relaxed, boho vibes are a huge trend for wedding decorations this year.  Adding touches of pampas grass, around your garden and on tables, flower garlands and draping macrame over chairs are just some of the ways you can easily recreate the boho look and feel.

“Adding foliage and flowers (even if they are artificial) in as many places as possible is another easy way to achieve a relaxed setting. If you’re adding in the traditional archway for the bride and groom, try wrapping foliage around the frame, or buying a ready-made one if you’re not the crafty type.” 

 

Catering

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Acrylic Donut Stand, £29.99 / Love Is Sweet pick-n-mix Bags, £4.99 / Prosecco Drinks Holder, £17.99

Jess Martin says: "Having a wedding in your garden comes with the added perk of not having to put together a formal seating arrangement, and guests can help themselves to food and drink as they please. 

“Candy stations are a brilliant alternative to a more formal cake, and add yet another element of fun to your garden wedding - it’s no wonder this is a big Instagram trend. There’s tonnes of options out there, from donut walls and pretzel stands, to pick ‘n’ mix and ice-cream stations.” Jess adds. 

Anna Davison, CEO at the Tiny Wedding Company, says: “Creating DIY bars is a great way to encourage your guests to help themselves throughout the day. Buy beer barrels from local breweries who tend to offer the pump as a rental. Setting up ‘pimp your’ gin and prosecco tables is a lovely added extra too. Firepits with smores and toasted marshmallows in the evening is also great fun once the sun goes down.” 

 

Table setting

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Rustic Wooden Coasters, £3.99 / Hoop Card Holders, £4.99 / Acrylic Table Numbers Set, £24.99

Jess Martin says: “Tablescaping is a huge Instagram trend at the moment for outdoor events, especially weddings. It’s a simple, easy way to incorporate your theme and colour-scheme, and makes a beautiful centrepiece in the garden. Whether you have a more formal seating arrangement, or prefer to keep it relaxed - placing grazing boards across the table for guests to help themselves to, you can really go to town when it comes to decorating. 

“Start off by adding a few simple touches, firstly with a plain table runner in keeping with your colour-scheme. Then layer up by incorporating a mixture of tealights and larger candlesticks, foliage and flower garlands to really bring the colours together, and personalised place cards. Have a go at making these yourself if you’re going for the rustic look and feel, or, try using ready-made packs so all you have to do is write the name of your guests on the cards.” 

 

Lighting

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Glass Bottle LED Lights, £9.99 / Let Love Sparkle Sparklers, £2.99 / Hanging Jar Tealight Holders, £4.99

Lighting plays a big part in creating the stunning atmosphere at your garden wedding - and getting the day to night transition spot on is vital. 

“Dot tealights around your garden on as many surfaces as you can to really create that serene, warming feel - the more the better", says Jess Martin. "Try incorporating LED lights by weaving them into foliage you’ve used to decorate your garden too. Festoon lights are also bang on trend this summer, and are a great option if you’re going for a festival look and feel. 

“Buy some sparklers and add them to a party bag for each of your guests and light them when it gets dark, spelling out letters with them also makes a gorgeous photo opportunity.” 

 

Make it memorable

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Peg and String Frame Wedding Guest Book Alternative, £24.99 / Envelope Wedding Guest Book, £21.99 / Wooden Heart Stacking Guest Book, £24.99

“Even if you’ve had to rearrange your special day, cut down on guests, and change the location, it doesn’t mean it can't be just as memorable and unique", sexplains Jess. "It’s likely your wedding day will be one of the first events that many friends and family have been together in a long time, making it even more special. 

“Whilst handwritten messages in a guest book are a lovely way for newlywed couples to reminisce on their big day - why not make it a focal point in your garden? There are tonnes of options out there for alternative guest books these days - from cute wooden building blocks, to polaroid photo books, signing your favourite record, or even a blank canvas. You can create something that is really unique to you, and is a great talking point at your garden wedding."

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