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!

Garden Wedding Collage

The Decor

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!

The Food

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.

The Dessert

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.

The Fashion

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!

The Details

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!

The Invitations

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,

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a small commission. I may be compensated in exchange for featured placement of certain sponsored products and services. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will add value to my bride and groom readers.
postcards and pretties - June 10, 2010

beautiful…i absolutely love garden weddings!!

lydia {ever ours} - June 10, 2010

pretty pastels.

Ashley La Rue - June 10, 2010

I LOVE THIS. LOVE. - June 10, 2010

I always love your budget wedding inspiration boards and this is one is beautiful!

Emily Heizer Photography - June 10, 2010

Those lace envelopes are simply darling! Gosh darn it, they don’t have the supplier listed on that other site! Where did the come from?!

Shawn - June 10, 2010

We’re getting married in a setting like this…Our wedding favors are antique tea cups & saucers….Inspirational.

Bonnie Joy - June 10, 2010

perfect timing. This wedding is uncannily like the one we are planning…right down to the teacups and parasols! love it :) Ours will mix in a bit of a picnic vibe as well, and a Mexican food truck will show up for the main part of the meal, which is saving us as well.

Jodi Miller Photography - June 11, 2010

This is so beautiful!! I love the soft colors and the gorgeous china! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful inspiration board.

amazing wedding planning - July 1, 2010

excellent blog best informations

Mendel Potok - September 22, 2010

Ooh! I was shying away from a backyard wedding (I thought it couldn’t be very classy. I have been proven wrong!

Find antique preserve - October 11, 2010

beautiful…i absolutely love garden weddings!!

Inga Finch - November 28, 2010

hard to tell it’s a budget wedding? it’s so lovely!!!

San Francisco Weddings - November 30, 2010

Unbelievable! Well done on a budget. Just gorgeous.

Alyx - February 1, 2011

I just love that shoe :)

BeyFavors - March 8, 2011

I love the teacups. You could use them to make candles as favors. Check out my site to see how to do this. The wonderful thing about a garden wedding is that there are so many colors and textures so you can really mix it up. Nothing needs to match either due to all the colors already in the garden which will help you to save money as you are planning the event. Search thrift stores and gargage sales for teacups at low prices.

Felecia - Tampa Wedding Photographer - March 31, 2011

Excellent ideas for a budget wedding. The best thing with it all is that it really enables a bride and groom to personalize their wedding rather than buying an expensive generic product. And those cucumber sandwiches look delicious!

Aleah + Nick Valley - April 8, 2011

Whoa, this is stunning!

The Perfect Palette - October 28, 2011


Danisa Flowers - April 20, 2013

I love the bridesmaids dresses, so sexy yet classy at the same time. Yes I agree that letting them choose their own dress is a great budget-saving idea.

Keyla - June 11, 2013

Hello. ! My name is Keyla and I’m looking for a place where I can do my ceremony and reception in a garden to a nice , simple , elegant wedding outside .
It’s for 200 people
I really need help please I’m doing all the planning alone my fiancé is only having a wedding just to please me cuz he wouldn’t want something bug just simple.
My number is 818-284-2741
Please call me
My budget is $8000 but I can do a little more if I need to

– Keyla

Comments are closed