This is the last of our budget wedding series! We’ve done a backyard wedding, a beach wedding, and an indoor wedding. Today, we are featuring our ideas for a beautiful, budget-savvy public garden wedding. Gardens can usually be reserved through your city’s parks department for a fraction of the cost of a real wedding venue, and with all the flowers in your vicinity, you won’t have to spend as much on decorations!
Gardens are so romantic; they are the perfect location for a wedding. Gardens also make decorating really easy and less expensive because they are already so beautiful with all their flowers and greenery. Add a simple arch to tie in the wedding atmosphere!
You’ll save money on food by hosting an afternoon tea party, rather than a full dinner meal. Serve cucumber sandwiches, quiches, fruit, and other classic tea party food. Fill pretty bowls with berries and set a bowl at every table.
Every good tea party has a plethora of pastries and sweet desserts. Petit fours, mini tarts, and french macaroons are great choices that not only taste good but look beautiful, not to mention a decadent cake, beautifully decorated and topped with a vintage crown.
To get your dream dress on a budget, shop at sites like Pre Owned Wedding Dresses or Once Wed, where you can find dresses that have been worn just once at incredible savings. A big white sunhat would fit in with a tea party theme perfectly–and would cost a lot less than a veil. The bride’s look would be complete with elegant lace gloves and shoes with rose details. For the bride’s bouquet, choose garden roses instead of peonies–they look very similar but cost so much less. The bridesmaids could carry parasols or lace fans instead of bouquets. Let your bridesmaids choose their own dress to save stress and money. Each girl will look and feel good in a dress that complements her own body (just make sure that the colors, lengths, and styles look cohesive). Skip the tux rentals and put the groom and groomsmen in white shirts, suspenders, and khakis. Let them wear ties they already own, and they’ll save money too!
For the centerpieces, use teapots as vases and fill them with flowers. Set the table with pretty mismatched china that you collect from thrift stores during your engagement. Using a gold pen, write the guest’s names on teacups that double as both place cards and personalized favors. On the guest table, decorate a gold birdcage with moss and flowers for a pretty card box. Use paper doilies to make envelopes for the invitations, petal cones, cupcake liners, and more–they’re so pretty and super inexpensive!
We designed a lace invitation suite to capture the personality of this garden wedding. It is available to download for free here.
Image Sources: Rose captured by Rachael Hope Photography, Bow captured by Jenny Hass, Cake captured by Sweet Peach Photography, Brides maids dresses captured by Sean Walker Photography , Bird cage captured by Aubrey Joy Photography, Shoes captured by Simply Rosie Photography, Tea pot captured by Photography by Betty Elaine, Macaroons captured by Danielle Capito Photography,