How to Plan a Garden Wedding

Learn how to plan a garden wedding from celebrity wedding planner Barbara Esses in this Howcast video.

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My name is Barbara Esses and I do events for a living. I'm Ruthie Hecht; I'm an event planner and I work with and for my mother. We're going to teach you the do's and don'ts for the perfect wedding.

When planning a garden wedding, the number one element is the weather, make sure that it's going to be beautiful; of course you can have a beautiful November day and a hideous May rain, but keep the season in mind.

There are many aspects of weather that you have to be aware of, it's not just the temperature, you have to know the humidity, and definitely check for pollen count. The worse thing that could happen is your guests running around sneezing the whole night.

If your wedding is more than a year off, you can definitely go the venue and check it beforehand, garden weddings can be just as formal as a hotel wedding, but you also have an opportunity to be casual chic. The open T's and paper lanterns hanging from the trees, and candle light everywhere, just be sure the candles are enclosed otherwise they could blow out with the small breeze, and there goes all your decor.

Don't think you that have to rent tables and use tablecloths, you can also use great outdoor furniture, you can buy outdoors furniture at CB2, have some cocktail tables with chairs, and even have sofas and ottomans, everybody loves bringing the inside out, and your guests will surely enjoy it.

To be sure that there's somewhere comfortable to dance, you might have to rent a dance floor and make sure that your venue is comfortable with you putting a dance floor over their grass. When planning a garden wedding, make sure you have a contingency plan, perhaps you can tent the garden itself, or there's a local house you can go to, otherwise your beautiful garden wedding can be hindered by your guests shivering or covered in rain, so those are some tips on a beautiful garden wedding.

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