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Garden Wedding

Each month I wait patiently for my wife’s Burke’s Backyard to arrive.  This month I was over the moon as they had a wedding article. Thanks Don, you and your staff are the best.

I have summarised the article for you so that it may help you in planning your Garden Wedding.

For a romantic idea why not try a Garden Wedding in your own home garden. Burks Backyard in their July 2011 issue have some tips to help you plan your own garden wedding so it runs smoothly.

Some pointers the author  of the Burke’s article Elizabeth Swane recommends:

1. Plan Ahead, Start early:

  • Improve the soil and also get the shrubs, lawns and hedges established.
  • Watch for where the sun is and plan for when the garden looks the best.
  • Think about practicalities such as access, power and of course:  Rain.

2. Enlist some helpers:

  • Great way to involve your family and friends and give your wedding a personal touch.
  • Your helpers can grow some plans for you, store them in their garden, lend pots or even provide bouquets for table arrangements.
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Bride walking down the aisle of hedges

3. Give your bouquet added meaning:

  • Catherine Middleton’s bouquet’s flowers all had special meaning.
  • You can select flowers that have special meaning such as lily of the valley, a sprig of rosemary for remembrance, a named rose, or flowers with and evocative name.

4. Create a focal point:

  • Select a point where you feel a romantic focal point can be established.

5. Use potted Colour:

  • Plant potted colour a few weeks out from the wedding.
  • Your local nursery can order the best available plants closer to the wedding day.

6. Hire what you need:

  • You can hire pots, plants, arches, arbours, pillars and plinths to dress up your existing garden or create an instant garden.
  • Companies such as Glorious gardens out of Maida Vale can  hire you plants such as Topiary’s, Hedges, Flower towers and much more.

7. Fake it:

  • If your roses are not blooming on the day then wire some cut flowers, silk flowers or ribbons onto plants.
  • You can do the same with Topiary trees.
  • Paper lanterns, tealight candles and outdoor candles can light up an outdoor scene.
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Rose Garden at Monument Hill in Fremantle

8. Add grandeur:

  • Create a sense of granduer with a variety of ideas such as an avenue of standard roses or topiary trees, arches, arbours for the bridal party to walk through.

9. Grow your own:

  • Use practical gardening tips to grow your own.
  • Plant seedlings at regular intervals.
  • It takes 6-8 weeks for seeldings to flower.
  • Liquid feed for a full display.
  • Prune and pick off faded, dead flowers.
  • Prune hedges a few weeks before the wedding.
  • Adjust mowing cycle to mow 3-4 days out from the wedding.

10. Plan for wet weather:

  • You may need to think about hiring flooring, fake grass, matting or even a marquee if the weather report does not look to good.

You can enjoy the full article in July’s issue of Burkes Backyard.

Brad Whitelock, Perth Wedding Celebrant. Ph:  0431 974 608

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