What to think of when planning a garden wedding

Everybody loves a wedding.

From picking the venue and sending out invites to the big day itself, everyone is excited to celebrate (especially now that weddings are back on the table!)

If you’re a bride-to-be, you know how much planning goes into preparing for your wedding day. You have a lot of choices to make from what to wear, what to eat, who to invite, and of course, where to celebrate your big day. 

Whether that’s a beach, hotel, indoor, and garden wedding, we know how you want your wedding to be unforgettable and unique.

This is especially true for garden weddings!

So if you are thinking about celebrating your wedding day outdoors – specifically, with a garden set-up – you’ll want the ceremony and reception to be relaxed, refreshed and fun, all at the same time.

There are a lot of ways to go about that – one that doesn’t get much attention is lollies

At first blush, it might sound like something that doesn’t fit at all – however, adding a bunch of lollies to your wedding bonbonniere or desserts table can go a long way towards upping the fun factor.

So make sure you check out our online lolly shop to see what delightful lolly treats you can add to your outdoor wedding!

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How do you organise a garden wedding?

Choose a date and month that fits the season you want

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you’re going to be at the mercy of the weather – while you can’t control it, you can control when your wedding happens, and schedule it to minimise the risk of bad weather ruining your big day.

Step one: choose your season carefully.

Specifically, be sure to check rainfall records for the specific area that you’re going to be holding your wedding – surprisingly, in some parts of Australia it’s winter that’s the driest season!

Prepare for any weather

The weather can be unpredictable – especially in Melbourne.

That’s why it is important to prepare necessary umbrellas, pop-up tents, heat lamps, shades and more to keep your guests comfortable if the weather decides to (literally) rain on your parade.

It’s important to make sure you always have a plan B – this goes for any venue, but it’s especially important when your venue is the great outdoors.

Speak with your venue to find out if they can provide a wet-weather plan, should the weather start to turn in the lead-up to the big day!

How do you decorate a garden for a wedding?

Ideally, you’ll have chosen a garden that already looks fantastic, and which doesn’t need any extra work.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do a little bit of your own work to make your garden extra presentable!

Getting creative with your wedding decor starts by understanding what type of theme or look you want to achieve.

It’s also important that you get a good feel for the area your outdoor wedding is going to be held. What types of plants does it have? How large is the space? How will the aisle and altar be laid out? Are there any features or decorations in the area? It is grassed?

All of these are essential if you want to get creative with your wedding decorations and choose decor that elevates your garden’s atmosphere!

What are the little things you need for a garden wedding?

Seats and podiums are pretty major – however, when it comes to putting together an aesthetic, it’s the little things that really make your set-up.

When it comes to weddings surrounded by nature, that means ensuring that all the little things look natural, and play into the outdoors theme:

  • Welcome signs
  • String lights, festoon lighting, or garden lamps
  • Garden arches and backdrops
  • Antique lawn ornaments
  • Lanterns and candle holders

Each of these little things need to fit with your garden theme and convey a sense of nature. 

That can mean choosing natural materials or decorating them with flowers – the choice is yours!

lolly shop in Melbourne

Set up a lolly buffet

Take our word for it: these two go surprisingly well together!

Fruity-flavoured lollies are a great fit for your wedding candy buffet or lolly table, bringing in the sweet, sweet taste of nature into your dessert menu.

Not to mention, it’s also extremely unique as well – if you want your wedding celebration to stand out from the crowd, lollies in Australia will need to be part of the game plan.

It isn’t just lolly buffets either – you can also use sweets to get creative with your wedding bomboniere or party flavours.

Be it named lolly bags, jars or colourful boxes that guests can take home and use themselves, even after the festivities have ended.

What is the best food to serve at a garden wedding?

You’ve got flowers, candles, colourful linens and jars – of course, this is all window dressing for the real star of the show (other than yourself, of course): the food.

Sumptuous food will always be a part of any celebration, especially your nuptials. Not only does it need to taste good, but it also needs to fit your wedding theme.

When it comes to garden weddings, that might mean choosing a “farm-to-table” menu, including lots of greens, and opting for share platters rather than set courses for that cosy, comfortable, familial feel.

A buffet is also a great way to get people up and minging by the food, but if you’d prefer shared platters or 3-course dining, consider a lolly buffet as a fun alternative to the standard dessert trays. 

Lollies in all your favourite colours makes it easy to incorporate a lolly buffet into your wedding – no matter the theme or colour palette.

What is the cheapest food to serve at a garden wedding?

If you’re getting married on a budget, you can choose to have heavier appetisers and snacks so come dinner time, food can remain lighter.

Some thrifty couples even opt to skip meat altogether and instead choose a completely vegetarian menu – if you’re the person who does all the grocery shopping, you’ll know that meat can become the costliest part of your weekly shop!

And if you’re thinking of cutting down cost, you can also do so by rethinking how the food is prepared:

  • BBQ-style casual dining menu
  • Make-your-own burger or taco stations 
  • Create your own salads

Add a lolly table of delightful sweets from MyLollies

Make your garden wedding unique and unforgettable with sweet treats from MyLollies.

Our lolly shop in Melbourne makes it easy to get lollies:

  • In bulk quantities
  • At wholesale prices
  • Without having to do a big shop

Our huge online shop means that you can get all the lollies you need at affordable prices, and all without having to make multiple trips to the local supermarket in the process.

MyLollies supply and deliver all kinds of lollies perfect for any occasion – and that includes your wedding.

Click here to start shopping – alternatively, give our friendly team a call on 1300 899 000 if you’d like to discuss something custom!

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