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The Do’s and Don’ts When Having a Wedding in the Garden

Hosting a wedding in the comfort of your own garden comes with many benefits, such as saving a lot of money on a venue, being able to have full reigns on your decorating and planning and so on. When it comes to hosting a wedding however, there are lots of do’s and don’ts that need to be considered to ensure the day goes to plan. Is this the first wedding you’ve planned? Or perhaps you’ve had your fair share of bad experiences and need some advice, if so, keep reading for some top tips on how to throw a fabulous garden wedding!

Planning the Layout

This may just be the most important part of the wedding planning stages. Having everything positioned in the right place is essential, as this will affect how everything else falls together and flows. There are lots of do’s and don’ts when it comes to the layout of your wedding, as getting this part wrong can have a huge effect.


  • Make sure you separate the areas off clearly. Choose a spot for the ceremony, slightly away from the area that you’re using the for reception. This will help you to switch things up a little and keep the two different elements sperate.
  • Utilise the space you have properly. Make sure you have enough room for people to walk around, keep walkways clear and use every bit of space you have to make sure nobody is cramped up or uncomfortable.
  • Ensure everything flows smoothly. Have items such as the portaloo’s positioned away from the food tents or reception area, as the last thing you’ll want is any bad smells or situations occurring throughout the day!
  • Mark walkways/paths with clear lighting like these to ensure people know where to go even when it gets dark.


  • Position the reception area near any dangerous parts of the garden, e.g. a pond, steep steps, walls and so on. This is especially important if there are going to be young children attending the wedding.
  • Choose an area of the garden that is difficult to get to or that will be difficult to work with.
  • Forget to clearly mark out the walkways and paths, as this is going to really help guests move around safely.

Prepare for the Weather

It doesn’t matter where the wedding is being held, the weather is always going to be something you need to prepare for. Having an outdoor garden is perfect when the sun is shining, and the skies are blue, giving you beautiful settings for photos, however, if the weather happened to take a turn, you need to know what to do. To make sure you’re ready for whatever the weather may throw at you, it’s always beneficial to have some umbrellas for guests to use, waterproof marquees and heaters within the marquees to keep your guests warm and happy!

Personal Touches

One of the great things about hosting your own garden wedding is that you can decorate as you wish with no restrictions. By creating lots of cute decorative touches for the wedding, you can put your own personal stamp on the theme and really make it work for you. Garden weddings are perfect for creating that magical feel with lots of beautiful flowers, delicate lighting and plenty of character. From the guest seating plan through to the dancefloor, you can decorate the space to work for the bride and groom and make it stand out from the crowd.

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