Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
Quantity:
Subtotal
Taxes
Shipping
Total
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Margaret Sneddon, Harpist

Elegant Entertainment for Special Events!

Blog

Blog

Tips for a Great Garden Wedding

Posted by Margaret Sneddon on February 20, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Tips for a Great Garden Wedding

As wedding season approaches and the first signs of spring arrive, thoughts of a beautiful garden wedding can be very enticing. There is nothing more lovely if all goes well. After playing for many beautiful out-door wedding ceremonies and a few disasters, here are some tips to make your outdoor or garden wedding a success.



The Garden path at Highlands Country Club

1.  Choose an accessible location. You may have fond memories of getting engaged in a pine grove but your guests will not appreciate a tramp through the woods in high heels and fancy dress... not to mention your wedding vendors. I still have nightmares about dragging my harp over a quarter mile of rough ground!!

2 Choose a shaded location. Even on a cool, breezy day, it can be uncomfortable for guests to sit in the sun for any length of time. If you have the option, choose a shady location. I remeber one wedding where we were all broiling in the sun in full sight of a lovely shaded area just a few yards away.

The fully shaded Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park has lovely views of the Hudson


A tent protects from both sun and rain


3 If you can't choose a shady location, provide for the comfort of your guests:  If shade is not available, think about providing fans of even paper parasols for your guests. They will thank you!!!

Pretty Paper Parasols can protect guests from the sun


4 Make the Pre-Ceremony a pleasurable time.  The gathering time can be a lovely part of your wedding festivities. Consider serving sparkling water or other refreshment as guests are gathering . Music during this time can create a lovely ambiance.

Don't forget the music!
The harp creates a welcoming ambiance at the Bronx Botanical Garden


5 Don't forget the music!!  Not only does music set the stage for the ceremony, it creates a festive atmosphere as your guests assemble and find their seats. Be sure to think about the kind music that can be brought to your location and the selections you would like for processional, recessional, and incidental music. The harp is ideal because it plays both melody and accompaniment and can be transported to most locations. 

6 Amplify - Even if you and your officiant have very strong voices, you won't be heard beyond the first few rows. Your words and vows are important and your guests will want to hear them. Most officiants provide a sound system but don't just assume, Be sure to ask. If the officiant does not provide sound, perhaps your musicians, a DJ, or even the venue can help at a modest additional cost. 

7 HAVE A PLAN B!!!  Last but not least, in fact, this may be the most important tip of all, have a plan B for inclement weather and don't hesitate to use it. Much as you would love to have your ceremony in the garden, PLEASE don't risk a disaster for yourselves, your guests, and your wedding service providers. A sudden downpour that soaks everyone doesn't just ruin the ceremony, it will spoil the entire wedding. Don't take the chance. If there is even a remote chance of rain, you must be willing to make the decision in plenty of time for things to be relocated. It takes a while to pack up and move all the accoutrements. Allow at least half an hour.


It may be under a colonnade or pavillion, on a porch, or in a completely separate location but you MUST have an alternative location in case of rain.

With all these tips in mind, by all means plan for and enjoy a beautiful garden wedding.

Categories: Tips for a Great Garden Wedding

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In

1547 Comments

Reply GarlandbWeisa
6:54 AM on June 25, 2022 
http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/ccd/trsager.html


url=http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/ccd/trsager.html says...
url
Reply GarlandbWeisa
5:33 AM on June 25, 2022 
http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/ccd/zedager.html


url=http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/ccd/zedager.html says...
url
Reply GarlandbWeisa
3:28 AM on June 25, 2022 
http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/ccd/sterager.html


url=http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/ccd/sterager.html says...
url
Reply rf-frontier
8:32 PM on June 24, 2022 
ladies long denim dress apple phone case iphone 12 pro max adidas forum 84 green high mets baseball cap dr martens hanley high
rf-frontier http://www.rf-frontier.com/
Reply MichealDFFearm
5:46 PM on June 24, 2022 
http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/bo/zaxiny.html


url=http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/bo/zaxiny.html says...
url
Reply MichealDFFearm
5:22 PM on June 24, 2022 
http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/bo/ybolny.html


url=http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/bo/ybolny.html says...
url
Reply MichealDFFearm
3:39 PM on June 24, 2022 
http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/bo/zaxiny.html


url=http://notarus.pp.ua/pinera/bo/zaxiny.html says...
url
Reply dooverguy
12:41 PM on June 24, 2022 
pittsburgh pirates new hats xfinity nike free run 3.0 rosso nero twins enterprise boston red sox hat 45 future red bottoms new balance skate shoes wide miami heats 3 dwyane wade white with silvery fashion jersey
dooverguy http://www.dooverguy.com/
Reply adi
3:45 AM on June 24, 2022 
Thank you for nice information. Please visit our web:
https://uhamka.ac.id
Reply RichardEnger
12:28 AM on June 24, 2022 
url=http://buyallopurinol.store/ says...
allopurinol daily
url=http://buyfinasteride.store/ says...
finasteride 5mg price
url=http://buypillsonline.shop/ says...
minocycline for mrsa
url=http://clonidine.golf/ says...
clonidine 0.1mg tablets
url=http://trazodone.agency/ says...
cost trazodone
url=http://sertraline.shop/ says...
zoloft 50 mg price
url=http://trental.shop/ says...
where can i buy trental
url=http://buyglucophage.shop/ says...
where to buy metformin in canada
Reply dramony
2:18 PM on June 23, 2022 
personalised soccer shirts for cheap nashville predators bucket hat for cheap mens 2015 nike nfl san francisco 49ers t shirts 56 gwendoline christie emmy dress nike kobe venomenon 6 moncler acorus grey
dramony http://www.dramony.com/
Reply sabizbrief
1:21 PM on June 23, 2022 
campus backpack 23 in signature canvas with coach patch nike acg boots black friday sale for cheap nike tn plus 3 footlocker goalkeeper jersey sale discount red bottoms pink and red print dress
sabizbrief http://www.sabizbrief.net/
Reply friedads
4:28 AM on June 23, 2022 
baby pink summer dress nike air max 97 slime halloween the north face summit series puffer jacket lakers city edition jersey black mamba miami dolphins shoes reebok for cheap nike lunar gato green
friedads http://www.friedads.com/
Reply Curtistuh
2:24 AM on June 23, 2022 
url=https://trental.shop/ says...
trental medication
Reply vulpinoid
1:44 AM on June 23, 2022 
logo nike louis vuitton cool custom hats gray and purple jordan 1 marc jacobs the ripstop messenger bag red shox tl platform converse gold
vulpinoid http://www.vulpinoid.com/
Reply fayamatt
9:26 PM on June 22, 2022 
hardwood classic curry jersey wholesale chicago bears sock hat silver dress for kids wool knit watch cap womens 2012 new nfl jerseys new york giants 80 victor cruz black jerseys impact limited nike sb dunk high pro iso orange label
fayamatt http://www.fayamatt.com/
Reply antiochfc
12:28 PM on June 22, 2022 
plus size leopard print shirt dress the north face thermoball coats jackets with hood moncler suit jacket all white womens asics gel kayano 23 best adidas soccer jerseys jordan 1 new release 2021
antiochfc http://www.antiochfc.com/
Reply mj-des
11:41 AM on June 22, 2022 
atlanta falcons helmet 2020 umbro blue football shirt ultraboost 20 sale ralph lauren el cap fire iridium polarized lenses 77 mavericks jersey
mj-des http://www.mj-des.com/
Reply пÑ?огон каÑ?Ñ?Ñ? Ñ?айÑ?а
5:52 AM on June 22, 2022 
?????????? ????????? ??? ??????? ?? ?????? ???? ??? ??????? ?????? http://saw.css.free.fr/index.php?file=Members&op=detail&autor=err
aticmadness7 ?????? ?? ?????? ????????? http://inventa.ru/club/user/40090/ ?????????? ??????? ?????? https://metal-portal.biz/wr_board/tools.php?event=profile&pname=J
osephsloni

?????????? ?????? ????? https://berlin-eurologistik.de/forum/member.php?action=profile&ui
d=6991 ?????? ??? ????? ?? ??????? ???? ??? ?????????? ??????? http://shapel.ru/communication/forum/index.php?PAGE_NAME=profile_
view&UID=35606 ?????? ?? ???? ????????? ?????? ????????? https://razvitie-vospitanie.ru/forum/users/ClaudeObedy

????????? ???? ?? ?????????? google http://sir.in.ua/viewtopic.php?pid=7219#p7219 ?????? ?????? ????? https://www.scsibro.com/member.php?action=profile&uid=34 ?????????????? ????? robots txt http://spbss.ru/?topic=%d0%be%d0%b1%d1%80%d0%b0%d0%b7%d0%b5%d1%86
-%d1%80%d0%b5%d0%b7%d1%8e%d0%bc%d0%b5 ??? ????? ?????? ????? ?? ??????? http://www.immobiliaremassaro.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=it
emlist&task=user&id=561372

?????????? ??????? ???????? ?????? ????? ?????? ????????? ???? ?? ?????????? ??????????? ????? ????????

?????????? ?????????? ????? ? google ??????? ?? ????????? ?????? ?????? ????? ?? ????? ????????? ?????? http://druzhba5.dacha.me/user/KennyPag/ ??????? ????????? ??? ??????? ?????? http://www.mamalipetsk.ru/index.php?name=forums&op=showtopic&id=6
812

?????? ????? ?? ???????? ???? ??? ??????? ????? ?? ???????? http://www.westerneclassifieds.com/author/skorobosn/ ?????? ?? ????????? ?????? ????????? http://www.luotianyi.org/space-uid-741172.html ?????? ????? ?? ????????? ?? ????? http://xs.radio.free.fr/index.php?file=Members&op=detail&autor=la
borednotary75

?????? ??????? ????? ? robots ????????? ?????????? ????? http://pgs.compannero.ru/2016/04/doc.html ??????? ????? ?? ????????? ?????????????? http://www.vnl-migrant.ru/index.php?option=com_easybookreloaded ?????? ??????? ????? ?

????????? ??? ??????? ?? ?????? ????????? ?????? ?? ???? ?? ?????????? ???????????? ?????? ????? ????? ??????????? ????? ????????

?????? ?????????? ???????? http://www.webmentorlibrary.com/Files/external_link.asp?target=ht
tp://sanpai.org/userinfo.php?uid=22827# ?????????? ?????? ?? ???? ????????? ?????? http://maps.google.com.sv/url?q=http://harvey-rus.ru/forum/user/7
680/ ???? ??????? ?? ??????? http://sec.pn.to/jump.php?http://rod.minzdravrso.ru/about/forum/u
ser/244989/ seo ??????????? ?????? https://maps.google.as/url?q=http://nordgoldjobs.com/forum/messag
es/forum1/topic8189/message161168/?result=new#message161168

http://kousei.web5.jp/cgi-bin/link/link3.cgi?mode=cnt&no=1&hpurl=
http://rabotaonlinefree.ru/kopiya-iphone-x/
Reply profmaison
5:43 AM on June 22, 2022 
boston red sox cap malaysia review nike womens free og 14 br running shoe black dress shoes red bottom browns youth jersey sam mills carolina panthers jersey goorin bros fire breather
profmaison http://www.profmaison.com/