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We know you. You’re that romantic girl who loves period movies (Sense and Sensibility again? Yes!) and is secretly fascinated by the monarchy (it’s OK – so are we!). You love cottage roses and teatime and vintage fashion and chivalry. And that’s why you’re planning an English garden theme wedding!

An English garden wedding is more than wearing a pretty dress and saying, “I do!” in the park. It’s about romantic details and soft colors and décor so fresh, it’s practically in full bloom. The style story we’ve put together will inspire you with thoughts for an overall garden wedding look and details that will have guests speaking with British accents.

A wedding in the garden...doesn't that sound romantic? Invitations by Dawn helps you with advice and ideas for creating your English garden wedding theme.

Proper

If you’re going to have an English garden wedding, it must be introduced properly. Do it with a garden wedding invitation overflowing with romantic details like roses, flowers, greenery, polka dots or pastels. Use beautiful calligraphy to address your envelopes. And use traditional wording like: “We request the honour of your presence” to get guests into the spirit of the event.

Palette

Pastels should reign at your wedding. The palest pink, lightest blue, garden green and creamy white will combine in the ultimate English garden wedding look. Everything from the cake to the decorations should look fresh and dewy and naturally elegant.

Petals

What would you see if you walked into an English garden? Those are the flowers you want for your wedding! Frilly cottage roses blend so beautifully with other easy garden-grown favorites like herbs (lavender, myrtle, thyme, etc.), succulents, lavender and baby’s breath. Tell your florist to use lots of greenery as filler so the flowers really stand out.

Pretty

For your garden wedding dress, think easy, floaty and soft. This is no place for stiff satin or heavily beaded ball gowns. You’ll want to move around easily over stone paths and grassy areas. So that means sensible shoes! Choose pretty but comfy wedges or so-romantic ballerina flats. And by all means, wear a fabulous hat! Encourage guests to do the same for a real English garden party look.

Place

A public park, a historic home, a friend’s garden – choose the location for your wedding based on your theme. Be sure they’ll allow you to set up chairs for guests and any other equipment you’ll need. Add special touches to the place with tables covered in vintage fabric to showcase your cake, wicker planters holding lush ferns and old bicycles for guests to have fun with.