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Garden filled wedding day memories

In the summertime, there is no better setting for an outdoor wedding than a lush garden filled with a bounty of beautiful flowers. Brides may choose to have the reception for a garden style wedding inside or outside, and there are some tips and tricks that can help to make either venue look special.

For a more formal indoor reception, floral accents should be used to highlight the natural beauty of the outdoors. Place settings can reflect the beauty of wildflowers by using mini rose place card holders that can also double as party favors at the end of the night for guests. Brides can sprinkle silk cherry blossom petals around the top of each table to give a unique contrast between light linens and bright, colorful flower petals.

Keeping with the floral theme, centerpieces can be easily created by using an engraved glass vase that has the couple's name etched into it and is filled with a variety of different floral arrangements. In a small indoor space, it is important that couples decorate tastefully, as too many varieties of flowers or contrasting colors could make the event seem unorganized and mismatched. Daisy bubble favors will work well to dress up a kids table just make sure to send the kids outside before the bubble blowing fun begins.

Couples who plan on hosting a less formal, outdoor wedding reception are able to play around with the items they use a bit more to make for a fun and unique reception day theme. If you are a young couple whose wedding party will be very small, hosting a post-vow picnic can make your wedding day the talk of the town. Set up wooden tables with fancy accessories like love birds coasters and silhouette centerpiece trees. Of course, wedding day guests will likely be wearing their Sunday best, so long benches are not ideal and should be swapped out for individual chairs, which will be easier for guests of all ages to get in and out of. Whether your reception is indoors or outside, personalized jars of honey make for an excellent wedding day favor that will actually be loved and used by guests.