Board #554 | Garden Grow (Budget Friendly #26)

Mood: laid back garden party
Palette: poppy red, grass green, paper white

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Top row from left: vintage seed packet save-the-dates from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of Saja wedding dress by Jose Villa, potted geranium and butterfly escort cards both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: Post Office with flowers photo by Meg Baisden, cocktail photo by Simply Jessie via Elizabeth Anne Designs, sweet pea bouquet and red poppy dress both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: rubber stamped invitations by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper, geranium boutonniere by Chelsea Fuss for Once Wed, picnic lunch from Martha Stewart Weddings, strawberry buttercream cake via Whisk Kid


I’ve said it before, and it’s still true: in an alternate universe, my wedding would have been a picnic wedding. For this inspiration board, I imagined a picnic lunch for garden lovers – perfect for a spring or summer party.

The Idea:  Choose a lovely garden venue during warm-weather months, and invite guests to a relaxed picnic wedding.

The Paper:  Get creative with rubber stamps! There are some great tutorials over on Oh So Beautiful Paper of ways to use custom and pre-made stamps, and if you’re feeling really crafty, you can use them to create butterfly-silhouette place cards or save-the-dates. The other idea here that I love is to incorporate vintage seed packets into your stationery, or maybe as favors? They really set the tone for a retro-inspired garden party. A Google image search will turn up seed packet printables, or you can find the real thing on eBay or Etsy.

The Fashion:  This pretty chiffon dress by Saja is only $810, and would be especially lovely paired with a sun hat. Ruche also has a brand new bridal line full of beautiful budget-friendly dresses, and I think the Tiffany would be perfect for a picnic garden wedding.

The Decor:  Nothing makes an impact quite like a beautiful venue. Choose a local community garden, park, or perhaps the lovely backyard of a friend or family member, and let the surroundings do most of the work – if the venue is lovely on its own, you’ll save on decor. (Something else to keep in mind is that a daytime, outdoor wedding will result in photos with gorgeous natural light…)

The Flowers:  If you’re so inclined, potted flowers are an inexpensive way to decorate picnic tables – red geraniums are bright and cheery, but you can choose whatever is in season at your local nursery. Let them double as gifts and send them home with bridal attendants! You can also snip off a bloom and some leaves to create a simple boutonniere.

The Food:  Dress it up or down, a picnic reception is a unique idea that can save big. Whether you DIY or have it catered, a picnic lunch can be made ahead and doesn’t require an on-site kitchen. Set up a buffet of sandwiches, salads, and sodas, or pack individual lunch boxes or baskets with some of your favorite goodies. Here’s a great article that Jordan created for Project Wedding on how to DIY a picnic lunch. Ask friends and family to bring favorite desserts for an easy sweets buffet (this is also a great way to include people who want to help out).

Other Details:  Even if picnic tables are available, picnic blankets are nice to have around for guests who’d prefer to lounge on the grass. My mother used to paint roses on moving blankets for cheap (but attractive) picnic blankets, and Kathleen has a great tutorial on this exact idea right here, using a drop cloth from Home Depot to create a cute picnic blanket for under $7.

What do you think about a picnic wedding? Would you consider having this type of reception? For all of my previous budget-friendly inspiration boards, click HERE!


If you like this budget-friendly inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #279: Picnic in the Park
Board #277: Garden Party
Board #433: A Purple Picnic


  • Kristen says:

    Absolutely love this! So simple, stunning and relaxed-wish more real weddings felt this easy and pretty!

  • loving the geranium – maybe no closer to getting married but very much want them on my front porch asap xx

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