Firms on the organization of celebrations call it a novelty in recent seasons, but in fact our ancestors tried to play a wedding in the fresh air and not indoors. The latter were small and could not accommodate all the guests. Now this tradition is revived, however. Marriage is desirable to carry out during the warm season, roughly from mid-May to late September. A whole garden filled with flowers and subtle flavors has a special charm. I am here to help you with some garden wedding ideas that will definitely create a special atmosphere.
First you need to choose the place where the celebration will be held. Recently, gardens are increasingly using various tents, lightly flavored with white chiffon and organza. They are very beautiful under the streaming breath of the warm breeze and create a sense of purity and freshness. This is a good addition to the decorative features to protect spouses from direct sunlight. Inside it is usually installed a temporary wooden flooring (if the surface is rough) or leave an open lawn. But for the bride and her girlfriends would not be very comfortable to walk on the grass with heels, so still need to consider a temporary floor.
If your garden has, then another special place to rest cannot hurt. Place a bench next to a pond or a gurgling fountain, where guests can relax and talk to each other. Also do not forget about the ‘warehouse’ for gifts – a table or stand, which is usually installed at the entrance to the tent.
Before you start, think how to decorate a garden. In the traditional, Oriental, Moroccan, South African or another style? Moroccan feast involves a riot of colors and smells. South, or, as it is called, Hawaiian, the ceremony involves an abundance of large flowers and for African parties require straw and bright colored ribbons.
Decorations must stand in the same style. When making a traditional wedding, only a few made use of contrasting colors together. For example, pink and blue, white and red, white and gold, red and gold. Moroccan celebrations are usually full of different color schemes – blue, yellow, red, orange and green. When decorating a Hawaiian wedding, you should pay particular attention to the subtle colors.
Balloons are the universal way of decorating the garden for any marriage, regardless of its style. They have a very impressive look, when any breeze causes them to dance in the fascinating, unique rhythm. These garden wedding ideas will probably set the entire atmosphere and will create that feeling of freshness and naturalness. Weddings in the garden provide a complete flight of fantasy and allow you to make the most unusual and colorful surprises.
Fancy weaving of ancient tradition and modernity, good behavior of young, which is not allowed to meet before the ceremony and the merriment of guests, fiery dances and colorful cuisine, all these are aspects are employed in a Spanish wedding. Elegant wedding receptions in a Spanish style will always charm your guests with naturalness, freshness and color.
Spaniards look forever young and blooming as evergreen orange tree, so in the traditional attire of the bride it is always present the orange color, usually in combination with black. Also orange flowers are woven in bride’s hair and bouquet. If you want to maintain the Spanish traditions, then after the ceremony the husband must offer his wife thirteen gold coins, a symbol of the future of family welfare and support.
At the banquet, the bride must dance with everyone who invites her but for this the man has to pay hard cash. For a wedding banquet in the Spanish style is best, of course, to rent a restaurant specializing in Spanish cuisine. In such an institution would be the easiest to recreate the atmosphere of a sultry Spanish and authentic dishes to please the guests. Decorating the Spanish wedding will be done with flowers and fruits as well as brightly colored ribbons, but only of natural fabrics. The Spaniards, like the Italians, appreciate the natural beauty. The musical program must be discussed in advance with the musicians and if you really think everything through, you can revive the great Spanish music. Spanish wedding feast is usually accompanied by all sorts of toasts and games.
Wonderful Spanish tradition is to bake a special cake for wedding. It differs in size and resembles a huge outline of a human figure (or decorated with small figures). Around this bread turns a lot of wedding customs. The purpose of the young and their parents is to distribute during the wedding, all the bread to the last crumb. Not one piece should remain at the end of the celebration, otherwise the young will not have good luck.
Of course, you do not have to regale your guests with only one pie. Spanish cuisine is in fact an abundance of seafood and meat, lots of olive oil, tomatoes, peppers and garlic, rice and spices. The excellent cuisine is very well complemented by the picture of Spanish wines and desserts: Catalan cream, milk cream, honey cookies, pestinos with anise and lemon, cooked in red wine, peaches, served with wine syrup, rum cakes and much more. These elegant wedding receptions will truly make you believe you are actually in Spain. Spanish wedding is a bright holiday, full of jokes and dancing. It is an excellent choice for those who are cheerful and full of energy!
Who has not read adventures about knights when little? Fine ladies in fabulous costumes, noble knights, always ready to come to their aid, wars and tournaments, feasts and castles, roving entertainers and minstrels… If you are dreaming of the age of chivalry, then resurrect the spirit at your wedding! Here are some romantic wedding ideas that will certainly be helpful to you.
To conduct a knight wedding you should opt for summer, preferably in a park near the restaurant where you are about to hold a banquet.
Of course, all the guests being dressed in medieval costumes is problematic, especially if they are numerous so ask them to come up with just an element. Every noble family had its medieval coat of arms, so make your own. The theme of coats of arms can be extended at the banquet, inviting guests to participate in the contest for the best combined arms for a young family. Anyone will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of heraldry and the painter's talent, offering its own version of the coat of arms. At the end of the banquet the bride and groom will choose the winner. These romantic wedding ideas will give the tone of the party.
What is the real knight's wedding feast? This is a huge room, long tables set out in a ‘T’ layout, thick candles in the candelabra, tapestries on the walls … and, of course, luxury kitchen! The Middle Ages was famous for its abundant feasts with twenty or more dishes. Our contemporaries are no longer able to absorb such idea. After all, it is not the quantity but quality and originality that counts! Unbelievable pies stuffed with a variety of venison, plums, apricots, figs, grapes, and spices, roasted wild boar, venison stew, plenty of different varieties of cheeses and, of course, desserts: almonds, custard, fruits. Wine is served in jugs.
No celebration took place in the era of chivalry without wandering poets and musicians who entertained with ballads and stories about what is happening in the world. An orchestra will entertain your guests’ ears with exquisite ballads of courtly love songs. However, no matter how fascinated you are by the old tunes, do not forget that many of the guests at your wedding may prefer a more traditional or modern music. You can find a compromise to include contemporary folk music, which is ideal for the style of the wedding and at the same time allow all to have fun.
What comes to mind first when it comes to the Knights? The glittering armor, impregnable castles, stately ladies and, of course, jousting tournaments. Your knight wedding, captured in photographs, will be long remembered as a wonderful trip back in time!
Hawaiian wedding should be done in the summer. For your celebration, choose the most picturesque place, with clean sand. A beautiful girl will meet each attendee arriving at the wedding with a glass of tropical cocktail and put on his neck a garland of bright flowers. From now on you will forget where you are in fact. Beach wedding receptions are fun, entertaining, charming and full of exotic flavors.
The best design for a wedding in Hawaiian style is the natural scenery – bright sun, blue sky, water, sand and greenery, but this, of course, is not limited. The decorations will help you for a few hours to travel back to the islands. At the water's edge a gazebo should be installed from light colors and bright flowy fabrics. Light tables and chairs, decorated with compositions of flowers and exotic fruits, will be installed directly on the sand or on a special low podium, which may be more convenient for your guests, and long poles with torches will light your event after sunset.
At the beginning of the holiday on the ‘island’ you could arrange to have a warlike ‘tribe’ to steal the bride. In order to rescue her, the groom will have to pass all the tests proposed by the tribe’s leader. Your choices to entertain guests are numerous: singing, live ethnic music, acrobatics and when it gets dark – to arrange for all present an enchanting fire show. Or, if you prefer something more classic, at the end of the night you and your guests will enjoy a wonderful fireworks display over the water!
Cooked before your eyes exotic seafood dishes, as if just caught and brought to the table, will satisfy all those present. Various types of grilled and baked with herbs fish, stew, a variety of exotic soups, lobsters and crabs, mussels and calamari, sautéed shrimp and oysters with lemon juice. Mountains of tropical fruits: oranges, mangoes, kiwi, pineapples and coconuts. And, of course, a sea of colorful cocktails with slices of fruit and chunks of ice, so wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day! Under the palm trees there could be built a little tropical bar, equipped with everything you need for your beach wedding receptions. An artful barman will mix secret recipes and ingredients. The guests can take part in the contest for the best cocktail and they could give a try to create something from the arsenal of available drinks. This is surely an original entertaining method, but it can be the element that marks your wedding as spectacular. All you have to do is being creative and unconventional.
The day after the wedding celebration every participant will feel as it rested on the exotic islands!
The thinnest silk and precious epaulets, refined gentlemen who know a good judge in dealings with the ladies and in battles, gentle and romantic ladies, endless waltzes and refined cuisine, all these ideas can be brought to life if you choose a cavalry themed wedding.
Dashing hussars unaware of fear on the battlefield are also the embodiment of refined nobility. At a wedding in the cavalry style the men quests should be in uniform, wearing gloves and spurs. Throughout the world, it was considered a good form to keep the arms and spurs behind the doors of the ballroom, but this rule can now be broken. The ladies should wear the lightest Empire-style dresses that made women of the Romantic era look like nymphs. The reception for a wedding in this style will make you plunge into the atmosphere of a romantic old ballroom.
Dance is a special act for any of the balls at that time. If you really want to enjoy diving in the romantic atmosphere of the cavalry, we recommend that you inform in advance about all the conditions of your guests. Their involvement in the wedding process in this case is a very important point! And the conditions are as follows.
The aristocratic society of the period did not perceived dance as frivolous but were envisaged as a theatrical performance. From the list of traditional dances should not miss mazurka, polonaise, waltz. In keeping with the traditions of Romantic balls, invite a pianist, a musician who will entertain the audience by playing the piano or harpsichord accompaniments. In between, the waiters can serve ice cream, sweets and soft drinks, inviting everyone to treat themselves.
For this type of themed reception for a wedding you should have a large hall or even two separate rooms. One of them will be registered as a hall for dancing, while the second will be organized with separate buffet tables and fine snacks and dishes that represent the pinnacle of culinary skill. Salmon, smoked pork, veal, quail eggs, red caviar, Camembert cheese, goat cheese, grapes, figs and honey, a variety of pancakes (with chicken, mushrooms, salmon and asparagus) will make your guests enjoy every bite. After the serving you can pay attention to numerous competitions! You can develop of entertainments to suit all tastes – from dashing to intellectual games events. Can you, gentlemen, write a love poem? Take the chance and reap the applause of the ladies! The wedding in the style of cavalry adventures will take you and your guests into the world of ceremonial uniforms and the finest silks, classical music and fine cuisine! The wedding will not be just a ceremony, but also a performance of style.