Wedding Article


Garden Wedding Items

So you are ready to walk down the garden aisle…but are you made up and dressed for the part? What about your cake? Souvenirs? Invitations? Read on and get some tips from the experts on your garden wedding items.

The Make up
by Piandre

For a daytime garden wedding, make up should use nude, light colors to keep the face looking fresh and simple. As daytime weddings are more informal than evening celebrations, hair can be tied to a soft, loose chignon or hair can be let down, with soft curls to make it look fuller.

For a nighttime celebration, light make up colors are still recommended. Make up can emphasize the lips to create a dramatic effect. Hair is usually upstyled to match the evening’s formal celebration.

The Gown
By Edwin Uy


Gowns by Edwin Uy

On the bride, course top with biased skirt. On the entourage, salmon colored gowns with sexy silhouette cuts. Gowns by Edwin Uy.


Soft fabrics (chiffon georgette or silk chiffon), fabrics that would flow very well, without the petticoat, would go nicely for a daytime garden wedding.

As for colors, white or off-white is recommended for a daytime bride, and pastel colors for her entourage. On the other hand, more solid colors match an evening occasion.

For the design or style, tube, spaghetti-strapped, or halter would not only look nice, but will also be comfortable for a daytime garden wedding. At night, soft flowing, A-line or semi-balloon gowns are some of the options. Sexy silhouettes would be ok too. Should the evening prove to be a little cooler, a matching shawl or bolero would be useful.

The Cake
by Judy Uson, Cake Artist

For a garden wedding, the cake designs to choose from are endless. Cakes covered in fondant, buttercream or chocolate are just some of the choices. But factors to consider are temperature or heat, lighting and colors.

Gown by Edwin Uy

Tube top with biased skirt, accentuated by a beaded tulle bolero.

Gown by Edwin Uy

Corset top with A-line skirt, beaded hips and hemline. Gown by Edwin Uy.


Temperature - If the cake will be placed in a warm area (especially outdoors, under sunlight), it will not hold up for a long period if it’s covered in buttercream or chocolate. A cake covered with fondant, on the other hand, will hold up for a longer time. For a daytime outdoor wedding, also consider placing the cake inside a tent or gazebo, or under the shade of a tree.

Lighting - For a nighttime garden wedding, enhance the beauty of the cake by putting dramatic lighting. Some garden areas may be poorly lit so consult your caterer or venue coordinator to add more lights where the cake will be placed.

Colors - For daytime cakes, light or pastel colors would be attractive versus at night where deep or darker shades would be more dramatic.

In terms of design, it is really dependent on what you want. Here are some options:

Cake by Judy Uson

4 layered carrot walnut cake covered with buttercream and creamy white chocolate curls, decorated with fresh and sugar flowers.
Cake by Judy Uson.

Cake by Judy Uson

Fondant covered cake with a cascade of spring colored sugar flowers.
Cake by Judy Uson.

Cake by Judy Uson

Handpainted leaves and stems on fondant, decorated with gumpaste sugar flowers and butterflies.
Cake by Judy Uson.

Cake by Judy Uson

Fondant covered cake with gumpaste picket fences and flowers.
Cake by Judy Uson.

Just remember, whatever type or design of cake you choose, it should be one that will make you smile…a cake you’ll be happy seeing in pictures 10, 20, or 50 years after your wedding.

The Invitations
by QP Designs

Handmade papers are the perfect invites for a garden wedding. From just the look and texture, handmade papers will already remind your guests of grass and earth.

To make your handmade invites more beautiful, consider the following options:

- Have the paper sketched, painted, or embossed with garden or flower designs. If you want a very simple design, you can opt to have the designs placed on the borders only.

- For a more natural design, have the paper strewn with bits and

Invitations by QP Designs

Handmade paper invite, designs on the border. By QP Designs.

Invitation by QP Designs

Handmade paper invite, with full blossoms.
By QP Designs.

pieces of dried grass and/or flowers. If that is too simple for you, you can opt to put dried flowers (with sinamay or abaca, spruces of baby’s breath) to create a colorful bouquet or garden design.


Put the invites in a handmade paper envelope or place scrolled invitations inside a bamboo or basket. For the finishing touch, add a garden or flower scent to make your invitations so irresistible to turn down.


The Souvenirs

By Basketcase and Acclaim

Give your guests the wedding baskets! Put in goodies like you usually bring to a picnic – wine, bread, chocolates. Or, put bed and bath items, the colors and scents of which can only remind your guests of 2 things – gardens and weddings.

Invitations by QP Designs

Elegant sinamay invite.
By QP Designs.
Left: Flower curtained invite. By QP Designs.

Souvenirs by Basketcase

Languorously Sweet. Includes hand towel, face towel, loofa, aromatherapy oil burner, aromatherapy and scented massage oil, natural soap, scented candle.
Souvenir by Basketcase.

Souvenirs by Basketcase

Flyaway Love. Includes Christian Tortu leaf plate, rose spray scent, natural soap.
Souvenir by Basketcase.

Souvenirs by Basketcase

Personal Spa. Includes beaded tea light lamp, hand towel, loofah, scented candle, natural soap, scented floating candles.
Souvenir by Basketcase.

Souvenirs by Basketcase

Beaded Bucket. Includes scented candle, natural soap.
Souvenir by Basketcase.

What is a garden without butterflies? Capture the beauty of a garden in a frame or in a candle. Personalize them with your favorite motif and flowers. Add that wonderful scent to make your souvenirs not only aesthetically pleasing but therapeutic as well.