In all seasons, a garden is one of the most life-affirming places on earth—so of course you want to get married there! Some choose a home landscape for their wedding site for this reason alone—others because it’s more personal or sentimental. Other brides decide on a garden wedding because of financial considerations. Those on Cape Cod often select a garden ceremony or rehearsal dinner because the outdoors are special here. Getting married where you can feel the sea breezes just seems appropriate for a Cape event.


A Garden Plan

There are several practical considerations, of course. From parking to Porta-Potties, from lighting to lawn-repair, a garden wedding takes as much planning as any large event. For this reason, many brides and their families hire a wedding planner to help with all the details. But although professional event organizers are very skilled at choreographing the nuptials, they may not know how to prepare the garden itself, especially when it comes to landscape problems.

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C.L. Fornari is a well-known gardening expert on the Cape and Islands. She is an author, a lecturer, and a radio host on numerous gardening subjects.

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