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A Garden Wedding

Preparing your landscape for that special day.

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A young bride and groom sit amidst their fairytale wedding backdrop: nature. Photo by Stacey Hedman

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.

Freshen up your landscape When planning for an event that will take place in the yard, we quickly begin to see everything with new eyes. Those sheared shrubs that have thin green tops and bare stems suddenly look like oddly formed, living coffee tables instead of foundation plantings. The partly browned evergreen out by the street now appears more dead than alive, and the large shrub you’ve walked around for years is now visible for what it truly is: way overgrown.

How such eyesores are dealt with depends on when the wedding is scheduled. If there is sufficient time to remove them and plant something else in the same location, that’s probably the best solution. If the wedding is just around the corner and the last thing you need is a trip to the garden center to shop for shrubs, then consider a touchup job instead.

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