How to create a garden party-feel wedding

Receptions // by QB

Love the garden party feel? Want to feel right at home at your reception? Okay, so it helps if your backyard looks like a movie set, but if you’re planning an intimate “I do” you should consider your own patch of turf.

This style is fabulous for a private and relaxed event with a high degree of customisation. Source a trusted team of boutique caterers and suppliers to get your digs wedding-ready or track down a venue that will feel like your own home sweet home. If you’re toying with the concept of a cocktail reception, this could be the ideal style for you.

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From the wedding of Chelsea + George

The venue…

If your own home isn’t up to the task, look for a private country estate or hinterland haven. A gorgeous golf club can work well for this relaxed style, too.



The details…

Kick off your Pinterest board with ‘greenery’ as a key colour and consider adding dove grey, pale peach or blush pink. If you’re hosting at home, hire a marquee that will serve as the dining area and dance floor, and welcome guests with custom neon or perspex signage and trays of your favourite cocktail. Bestow a little royal flavour with ‘bowl food’ – somewhere between a canapé and a main meal and quite the talking point at Meghan and Harry’s lunchtime reception – followed by sweet canapés.


Wedding of Barbara + Ana

Dine at cocktail-style round tables and comfy lounges or all together at a long table laden with share plates, fresh flowers and crystal glassware. A canopy of fairy lights and bucket loads of florals always create a fresh and festive feel, while a Champagne tower (yes, they’re back!), live band and vintage lawn games will keep the guests’ mood upbeat. Just delightful!



The honeymoon…

A luxe spa in country England.

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