Feb 12th, 2020

Five Wedding Trends That Will Inspire your Garden Wedding

Spring is on its way, and the wedding season is on our minds, so we’ve compiled a list of five wedding trends that will elevate the entire event. From immense hanging arrangements to sustainable decor, these emerging wedding trends will help inspire you to create the ultimate ceremony or reception for your big day.  At Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, we offer three stunning outdoor ceremony sites, each paired with a gorgeous reception venue. Take a look at some of the trendy options you can add to your wedding day at any of our beautiful venues!

A long dinner table covered with simple glassware, lanterns and a few flowers to add color.

This family table is decorated with fine glassware and dainty lanterns that will enhance any setting. From sweetheart tables, family tables, or head tables, your reception at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden can be customized any way you like it! Photo courtesy of Nikki Santerre.

1. Eco-Friendly Weddings

Sustainability is a topic on everyone’s mind these days. More and more couples are taking action to make sure their event won’t negatively affect the planet. Want to join in and do the same? We love it when our brides participate in ethical bridal fashion. Consider buying a vintage or second-hand dress that can be recycled after the big day. You can also ask your florist to use locally-grown, in-season flowers. Herbs and greenery are another great eco-friendly choice for your floral arrangements. One great option for sustainability is to rent glassware and vintage items for your decor that can then be donated when the event is over. There are many methods to go green and think reusable. Why not incorporate one for your wedding day? 

2. Enchanting Hanging Decor

Highlighting the ceiling of a venue with outstanding decor is another fashionable trend. There are endless hanging decor options including chandeliers, elegant lighting, effortless lanterns, and floral arrangements. We love seeing couples combine these unique elements into one magnificent piece that is sure to enchant the crowd. Your guests will be in awe at the overhead accessories cascading down from above.

the Bloemendaal House includes a tent perfect for a outdoor wedding

Bloemendaal House offers couples the chance to think outside the box with their decor! We love this hanging floral arrangement, which adds the perfect touch of botanical elegance. Photo courtesy of Nicole Adele Photography.

3. Photo Booth Fun

Adding a photo booth to your special event can make the night even more memorable. Guests get the opportunity to take home a souvenir of photos from your amazing wedding. Looking for a fun favor idea on your big day? Gift everyone with a frame to put their photos in as a reminder about how much fun they had! From adding a creative backdrop to providing guests with fun props, your guests are sure to enjoy the festive options at your photo station.

4. The Videographer is the New Photographer

Light pink vintage love seat with a bouquet of flowers sitting on top.

Brighten up the Garden with elegant furniture like this chic, pink chair that will enhance your big event. Photo courtesy of Virginia Ashley Photography.

Having someone there to capture every sweet kiss, loving touch, and joyous celebration of your day is one of the most important aspects of a wedding. While we consider a photographer a must-have vendor at your wedding, having a videographer may be just as important. Hiring a professional videographer will not only capture the best moments of your day but will also create an emotional memory for you to view for a lifetime. Highlight and full-length videos tell the story of your wedding in a way that’s as unique as your love story. Why not start a new tradition and watch them with your family every year, or with your beloved each anniversary? A professional video of your wedding day allows you to relive your favorite moments as many times as you want! 

5. Vintage Never Goes Out of Style 

The use of furniture in a garden setting has become a beautiful and timeless element for decorating a wedding. There are many ways to find curated, vintage pieces for your special event! From antique shops to event rental companies, you can customize your venue for the wedding of your dreams. Victorian loveseats, armchairs, and ornate rugs are just a few perfect pieces you can incorporate into your wedding style. Interesting furniture can create a lounge area or photo opportunity for your guests. At Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, we love when our couples use vintage furniture in the Garden creating a stunning atmosphere for their event! 

We believe your personality and style should shine through your decor elements at your wedding. Whether you’re considering incorporating sustainable and recyclable options, or adding some vintage furniture or a photo booth to your day, no matter what you choose, we always encourage you to make sure that it feels exciting and true to you!

Don’t miss Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s second annual wedding showcase, Celebrations Abloom on May 6, 2020. Come see our beautiful venues, connect with our talented, preferred vendors, and start planning your wedding day with us!

About Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. She is the Public Relations and Marketing intern at Lewis Ginter and has been a visitor of the garden ever since she was little.

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