Whether you are having a backyard wedding at your own home or you decide to tie the knot outdoors at a bed and breakfast or public park, there are many ways that you can carry the garden theme throughout your wedding. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Stationery – When it comes to gardens, weddings with a floral theme are ideal. Use pressed flowers on your invitations and place cards. Or use a pretty vintage garden motif on your stationery.

Flowers/Centerpieces/Décor – Informal garden bouquets look lovely. Accent bouquets with herbs such as thyme, lavender, rosemary. Hurricane lamps for an evening wedding look lovely. Use potted plants to decorate, such as potted flowers on the table or potted herbs. Wear flowers in your hair and make flower halos for your flower girls.

Colors – Use bright, cheerful colors, such as coral, pink and lavender.

Food – Take advantage of the great local fruits and veggies that are in season. Have an afternoon wedding with a summer salad bar that includes gourmet greens and pasta salads. Have a lemonade stand for the kids. Or have an evening reception, complete with grilled seafood, steak and veggies.

Favors – Give guests handmade soap scented with essential oils or pressed flowers behind glass. Other favors could be bulbs for planting in the garden, or small plants. Summer preserves are also a lovely favor.