Soft, whimsical and romantic – that’s what I usually envision a garden wedding to be.
Garden weddings are super popular in spring and summer. Even in autumn where there is the prettiest fall foliage like in the Blue Mountains, around 50 to 90 minutes drive from Sydney.
After all, what’s not to like about being in the Aussie outdoors and celebrating your nuptials. And when you’re getting married in Sydney or anywhere along the coast of New South Wales, there is an added bonus of gorgeous water views especially if your wedding venue is on the waterfront.
This wedding theme is suitable for either a formal, or relaxed and intimate setting depending on your chosen venue.
Garden Wedding Venues
Potential garden wedding venues in and around Sydney include:
Auburn Botanic Gardens where stunning cherry bloom trees are in bloom from August to early September
Centennial Parklands – great option for couples who wish to include their dogs on their wedding day
Banjo Patterson Cottage Restaurant, Gladesville – this waterfront property, a quaint 1830s sandstone house, has a private jetty accessible by water taxis
Curraweena House, Kurrajong – the perfect canvas for an intimate garden wedding. The property has a barn recently renovated in a neutral palette where you can hold your reception of up to 40 guests seated. Plus it has on-site accommodation for up to 20 guests
Dennarque Estate, Mount Wilson – a heritage-listed cool climate garden suitable for intimate weddings that can cater up to 50 guests. Particularly stunning during spring and autumn
Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Killcare Heights – a 90 minute drive north of Sydney, the property also has a luxurious day spa on site for pampering before or after your big day. Luncheon wedding receptions are particularly popular at this venue.
Wedding Colour Themes
Soft, light colours such as white, cream, ivory, blush, pale pinks, peach are usually popular choices for the garden wedding theme, especially in spring and summer. The jewel tones colour palette including richly saturated hues like burgundy, amethyst purple, ruby red, citrine yellow, and emerald green is a gorgeous choice for autumn and winter weddings.
That being said nothing should stop you from injecting your own preferences and personality into your wedding day. So if you’re not after vanilla choices then introducing pops of colour into the various elements of your day such as the design of your wedding invitation, wedding décor, bridesmaids’ dresses, or even your wedding shoes could be perfect for the more eclectic couple.
Wedding Invites and Styling
Think nature-inspired touches like wildflowers on the design of your wedding invitations, handwritten notes, lace, maybe even a custom crest?
Wedding Flower Choices
For wedding flower bouquets or table centrepieces, popular flowers for a garden wedding theme include cottage garden-style flowers such as garden roses, David Austin roses, peonies, dianthus, hydrangeas, ranunculus, anemones and delphinium. Or even wildflowers if you like a more rustic vibe.
Consider mini flower gardens, tea lights, string lights, candles to create a pastoral vibe to your wedding day.
Alternatively as a modern touch to the garden wedding theme, I’ve also seen the addition of succulents to bouquets and table centrepieces.
If you’re a plant or nature lover, consider incorporating succulents or tiny potted plants to decorate your wedding guest tables at your reception. And these tiny potted plants can even make suitable wedding favours for your guests.
Then after the wedding any remaining succulents can be re-planted in your garden.
What Flower Arrangements Would You Need for Your Wedding?
Having your wedding outdoors means you can rely on the beautiful surroundings to provide a stunning backdrop to your ceremony.
Garden weddings are a great option for wedding couples who are looking to save some money as you could do away with elaborate floral decorations.
The best investment here would be a wedding arch which will make for great pictures as you exchange your vows as well as for photos with family and friends after the ceremony.
If you’re planning a formal setting for the reception, how about a Bridgerton-inspired tablescape of draping florals for the bridal table?
For guest table centrepieces, re-create the romantic garden vibe indoors by having garlands of flowers and greenery with candles and tealights along the centre of the long tables.
Alternatively for a more budget-friendly option, candle wedding centrepieces with long lengths of soft fabric woven down the guest tables are great for creating an intimate romantic ambience yet still remaining elegant.
If you love the garden wedding theme, I can offer advice on flower and design choices to work with your budget.
Additional details to consider when planning a garden wedding
1. Remember to plan alternatives for potential wet weather conditions for your outdoor wedding. Discuss with your wedding photographer about wet weather shoot ideas and locations as a precautionary idea.
2. If your ceremony or reception is taking place mid-day or while the sun’s still quite hot, check with the venue to ensure there are lots of shady areas for guests to rest. You could also offer sunscreen for your guests to use.
Be sure to also have plenty of cold water or iced tea stocked throughout the day to prevent dehydration or heat exhaustion especially in summer.
3. Remember also to ask the venue about any potential issues with bugs like mosquitoes and flies. You may want to have an array of repellents available for guests to use.
4. Walking on uncertain surfaces or sinking into grass with your heels can prove to be a challenge when your wedding is outdoors on a lawn.
Organise for some clear protectors for your heels or bridesmaids’ heels – google “high heel protectors”.