11 Whimsical Ideas for an Elegant Garden Party

11 Whimsical Ideas for an Elegant Garden Party

Want to throw the best bash this spring? A lush, vibrant garden is the perfect venue! Use a few of these whimsical garden party ideas for the ultimate bridal shower, engagement party, tea party or wedding reception. Keep scrolling and start pinning!

1. A Garden-Inspired Invitation

Get guests excited for your big event with a watercolor floral invitation inspired by a garden’s beauty.

Floral Invitation Suite | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

2. A Peachy Table

This styled shoot incorporated a little southern charm with a fresh peach at each place setting.

Peach Garden Table Setting | Elegant Garden Party |  Shelly Taylor Photography
3. A Handpicked Flower Crown

Don’t just decorate with flowers. Wear them, too! A few handpicked flowers and greenery make a lovely flower crown for the bride-to-be.

Casual Braided Bridal Hairstyle | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

4. Cute Floral Arrangements in Teacups

Create fun flower arrangements! Place green ball dianthus, peach hypericum, Queen Anne’s lace, and peach stock in tiny teacups for charming centerpieces. Bonus points if you can spell out L-O-V-E or the couple’s names!

Tea Cup Floral Arrangements | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

5. A Shabby Chic Chalkboard Sign

Dress up a shabby chic chalkboard sign with a cascading rose garland.

Shabby Chic Chalkboard Sign | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

6. Creative Ways to Display Flowers

Decorate beyond the table tops. Hang garlands on the backs of chairs and place ivy and roses in birdcages for a whimsical feel.

Flower Garland on Chairs | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

Bird Cage Floral Arrangement and Peach Iced Tea | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography 7. Glamorous Bridal Shots

With so much beauty around, there are plenty of opportunities to take glamour shots. Set up a pair of vintage chairs for the bride and groom to take a few amazing photos.

Bride in Vintage Chair | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography
8. A Lush Dessert Table

Even though your event is al fresco, you can use more natural elements to create a dessert table that serves as a focal point of the party. An antique buffet topped with a doily table runner was the perfect piece for a dessert station. An open drawer filled with flowers and lace adds a little drama.

DIY Tip: Build a custom backdrop by gluing sheet moss onto plywood. Add a woodcut monogram and roses for final touches.

Chic Dessert Table | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

Dessert Table | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

Guests can indulge in treats and drinks at a gold bar cart stocked with cupcakes, vintage milk glasses, gold striped straws, and refreshing peach iced tea.

Cupcakes and Pink Rose Centerpieces | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography9. A Beautiful Cake

A cascade of light pink and peach roses create a pretty botanical cake.

Peach, White, and Pink Wedding Cake | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

10. Relaxed Bridal Style

For the bride, a garden theme means a relaxed yet polished style. A pale peach lace gown paired with a flower crown and dainty floral ring create an enchanting look.

Bride Wearing Floral Crown and Floral Ring | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

11. Boho Chic Hair

Loose curls and bohemian braids match the bride’s effortless style!

Effortless Bridal Hair | Elegant Garden Party | Shelly Taylor Photography

Vendors

Photographer: Shelly Taylor Photography | Equipment Rentals: Action Rental | Makeup Artist: Alex Nini | Hair Stylist: be.YOU.tiful salon | Reception Venue: Cathedral Oaks Event Center | Floral Designer: Christell’s Flowers A| Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Cake Designer: Lily’s Cakes | Event Designer: Posh Events Co | Dress Store: Second Summer Bride | Invitation Designer: Studio W Designs | Heirlooms and extras: Swoon

Are you thinking of having a garden party or a garden themed wedding event? Tell us all about it below!

Happy Planning!


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