Imagine getting married in an enchanted garden. This inspirational piece is about an enchanted garden in the spring. The bride is wearing a floral wedding headpiece in one of the images and carrying a bouquet that matches the exquisite wedding cake.
Isn’t an enchanted garden wedding theme perfect for a wedding venue in York? A beautiful locale with lush estates and incredible manor gardens, this wedding theme will be easy to put in place!
See how we imagine your magical nuptials below!
Menswear for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
What should your groom wear for an enchanted garden theme wedding? While black tie formal is the most popular guideline for the groom and his wedding party, semi-formal is also acceptable. Some grooms simply go with the traditional black tuxedo.
However, grooms may wish to wear a suit or even choose something as unique as a tux made from velvet. Should your groom choose a suit, be sure to have matching vests. A nice accent is for the groom and his groomsmen to wear satin neckties that match the bridesmaids’ dresses. Grooms may also want to take a hint from hit television series such as Bridgerton and add a top hat to go along with the suit.
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Food for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
Some couples request wedding reception food based on their personal favourites. However, when using an enchanted garden wedding theme, the season during which the wedding is held may dictate the foods you serve. For spring and summer weddings, fresh fruits and veggies really follow the theme.
You can offer food stations, and a grazing table is a great way to elegantly display wedding food. Choose a vintage-style table and decorate it with greenery. Serve a variety of cheese, fruit, or even veggies and dips at grazing tables. Charcuterie boards are also a hit at an enchanted garden wedding. Cold meats and breads can be served in this manner as well as fruits and veggies.
Wedding Dresses & Accessories for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
A bridal gown adorned with lace and feminine touches makes a perfect enchanted garden wedding dress. Brides are no longer expected to wear lily-white lace; some choose ivory or even off-white lace. Then again, brides can choose a lace gown that has colourful accents.
Some brides choosing an enchanted garden theme will forgo the traditional white dress and choose a floral dress for the big day. However, there are many gowns that utilise floral accents but are still quite traditional.
Perhaps the most important accessory the bride can choose to incorporate an enchanted garden theme involves a long bridal veil or a long train on the dress. These items lend to a “regal” image, and besides, what are the chances a bride will ever get to wear these items again? Long veils and trains are simply romantic and regal at the same time.
What to Look for in a Venue for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
For brides, the venue can and should add to your enchanted garden theme. Holding the nuptials at a historic home, a museum, a private garden or villa, or even a botanical garden can only add to the enchantment of your big day.
Any wedding venue should offer plenty of room for guests, as well as accessibility. Consider parking for your guests as well. How easy will it be for guests to park and walk to the ceremony at the wedding venue? Be sure to speak with venue officials about anything they provide. Having access to tables and chairs as well as linens can stretch your budget since you won’t have to rent those things.
Colour Palette for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
There are a wealth of colour options for an enchanted garden wedding. Some brides adore opal and lavender. These colours are romantic and understated but still beautiful. Add a deep purple colour to accent floral arrangements, and you have the perfect colour palette!
Other brides will opt for jewel tones. These colours include reds, blush pink, white and off-white, and deep, rich purple colours. Some brides may add a splash of blue as well. Of course, pastels are always appropriate. This can include yellow, lavender, pink, and blue or a mix and match of any of the aforementioned colours.
Budget for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
When preparing a budget for your wedding, always prioritise certain items. Can’t live without a certain type of dress? Account for it in the budget, shop around, and allocate that money before considering other budget items. Do you have your heart set on a certain wedding reception venue? Once you learn the rental price, set aside that amount in the budget.
It’s always important to decide what a bride’s must-haves are so they get a higher priority on the budget list than, say, renting a limo for leaving the church if that’s not a big concern. You can always pick up smaller or cheaper-priced items on your list, and if you find these items on sale or are able to borrow them, then allocate those savings to more of the must-have items.
Bridesmaid Dresses for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
The bridesmaid dresses can take a couple of different design styles, depending upon your wants and desires for the big day. You may want to outfit the bridesmaids in ankle-length princess style gowns. Cap sleeves are perfect for outdoor weddings, and floral accents match the enchanted garden wedding theme.
At the same time, some brides are allowing their wedding party to choose their own bridesmaid dresses. Colours should work together, and bridesmaids may want to decide on the length of their dresses so that can be coordinated. Bridesmaids can wear pastel coloured dresses – particularly a blush pink or coral colour – floor length with spaghetti straps or even strapless.
Groom Style for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
Grooms also have some options regarding their outfit for the big day! Some grooms opt for a traditional suit in beige or in a blue-gray colour (this colour goes really well with lavender). Some grooms may go all out with a traditional suit and a matching vest and bow tie.
Your groom might wear a black tuxedo complete with vest and bow tie. A few grooms skip the suit jacket but wear the pants and a vest with a bow tie. The options are truly endless for the groom and his attire at an enchanted garden wedding.
Wedding Invitations for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
Wedding invitations for an enchanted garden theme wedding can be a really fun and interesting part of preparing for the big day. Of course, since your theme involves gardens, floral arrangements on the exterior of the invitation are a natural illustration. You’ll want to use the same colours as for your wedding bouquet, so keep that in mind.
Other options include using cards for the invitations; brides may have a design that appears to be an illustration of a forest path. Details of the wedding can be written in a “clearing” between the trees. Opt for a rustic forest background; many digital download products are editable, so you can make your own invitations using that template.
Reception Decor for an Enchanted Garden Wedding
Think Tinkerbell or perhaps the setting of Disney’s The Secret Garden – lush greenery, fresh floral arrangements, and dreamy displays. In fact, fresh flowers should be the focal point of an enchanted garden reception.
Pressed flowers at the guests’ tables are a unique way to invoke the enchanted garden theme. Place a plain white table cloth over the table, then add the pressed flowers, and cover with plexiglass. Consider using as many floral arrangements as possible, and the bigger, the better. Roses, hydrangeas, and greenery make beautiful arches for the reception.
A “living wall” will turn any space into an enchanted garden wedding. A living wall is one with vines, florals of your choice, and greenery. Use an old mantle that’s been repurposed or an arch. Bonus points if the arch is made from woven vines as well!
An Enchanted Garden Editorial
With three months of planning behind this exquisite editorial Jenny Sun Photography has created an absolute masterpiece. True to its name, this enchanted garden wedding inspiration shoot is just that – enchanting!
With a flower covered swing, orchard ladder, and key laden tree the styling elements in this shoot are impeccable and each scene helps to create a dreamy springtime wonderland.
During the two hours that this shoot took place this amazing team of vendors created so many wonderful, shabby-chic looks. Three different hairstyles, a multitude of gowns… it’s just magnificent what they were able to accomplish. Cellist Thoi, who provided all four couture wedding dresses, even flew to Australia for the shoot. This enchanting springtime vision really couldn’t be any more gorgeous!
Credits: Photography: Jenny Sun Photography // Wedding Dresses: Celest Thoi // Styling: The Bridal Collective // Floral Design: Chanele Rose Flowers // Cake: Yummy Cupcakes and Cakes // Paper Goods: Little Paper Pantry // Hair & Makeup: Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry // Mode: Monique Kathleen.