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Five Theme Ideas for Your Queensland Garden Wedding Reception

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So you’ve decided to opt for a Queensland garden wedding? A lot of garden wedding and destination wedding online searches lead to the Villa Botanica website, an exquisite wedding venue in the Whitsunday region where jungle meets ocean. Once you’ve selected a venue, we recommend considering setting a theme for your special day, such as ‘rustic’ or ‘nautical’. So, why should you pick a theme for your wedding day, such as a ‘modern’ garden wedding? 

Choosing a wedding theme can transform your traditional nuptials from ordinary to extraordinary, adding focus to your planning. Use your personal preferences on wedding style to determine the best theme that fits your personality and include elements and highlights from that theme throughout the ceremony and reception.

Deciding upon a wedding theme will also make your wedding planning Qld much simpler, because you have a basic style to stick to for each aspect of planning. Once you have decided upon a theme for your Queensland garden wedding, you can write your wedding checklist with less effort and more focus on the vital elements you wish to incorporate into your wedding.  A set theme means no mismatching the dress with the decor or the flowers with the table-settings. Your garden wedding reception will flow and your guests will all be admiring your good taste!

Five Magical Themes for A Garden Wedding Reception

We’ve selected 5 of our favourite theme ideas to help your wedding flow and stand out. We’ve even gone ahead and included tips and tricks, table décor, venue features, colour schemes, dress, etc. You will find that Whitsunday wedding venues can adapt to a variety of garden wedding reception themes with just a few minor changes of décor:

1. Modern

newly wedded couple kissing under the roof of the Villa Botanica ceremony pavilion

Luke Middle Miss Photography

Looking to impress your guests without spending a fortune on decor? A modern wedding should be heavily curated and use sharp lines and geometric shapes in order to achieve a sophisticated feel. It is not a dull choice at all – you have the possibility to choose between multiple subthemes, such as formal contemporary, minimalist, art deco, postmodern industrial, preppy, or pop art. Here are a few landmarks ideas from the modern wedding theme:

Decor: Choose design from the 1920s and beyond. A cool structural backdrop can provide an instant modern look to your wedding. For a garden wedding, consider props and mobile structures – arbours for example, are increasingly popular in modern weddings.

Venue features: Exquisite wedding boutiques can easily adapt to modern wedding themes, but the most extravagant couples use museums or galleries as a backdrop for the ceremony.

Colour schemes: Any colours from the white and grey of the postmodern industrial theme to the vivid colours promoted by the feminine maximalist style.

Dress: Your wedding dress can either be in a simple, classical style, or be inspired by various historical periods, such as 80s nostalgia, jumpsuits in the 70s style, or minimalist 90s designs.

2. Nautical

newly wedded couple enjoyed Magical moments are made on the Villa Botanica Sea Deck - Garden Wedding Reception


The nautical theme is suitable for venues that mix garden with coastal i.e. Villa Botanica Whitsundays is the perfect setting for a nautical style wedding. So many of us are keen on water-based activities and coastal regions and islands have a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty. Opting for a coastal destination wedding venue is one of the most popular choices among Australian couples. A nautical wedding should boast sailing vibes or island feels and use creative elements such as miniature messages-in-a-bottle and yacht style.

Decor: Opt for maritime decor elements such as pieces of rope tied in a sailor’s knot, anchors, helms, oyster shell place cards, lighthouses, boats, etc.

Venue features: You can opt for a nautical theme in any venue through décor but choosing a coastal venue will really add to your wedding wow-factor. Villa Botanica, for instance, has 5 acres of beautiful gardens and provides stunning views of the turquoise Coral Sea through the venue’s sea deck. You can even take your first steps as a married couple on Villa Botanica’s secluded stretch of private beach and admire a spectacular sunset display of tropical pinks and purples reflected upon the Whitsunday waters.

Colour schemes: A combination of blue, grey, green, gold and white will give that wonderful maritime touch to your wedding and provide an instant seaside feel.

Dress: Sheer materials and a flowing dress style will enable you to keep things light and breezy, as well as setting up shoe drop-off zone where you offer flip-flops that can be worn on the beach.

3. Whimsical

garden wedding reception with a whimsical wedding theme of stunning structure of Villa Botanica Cactarium

Kayla Temple Photography

Many couples are bored of the tiresome traditional wedding styles, so they decide to pour their hobbies and passions into their event, embracing your inner child and letting personality shine through. 

Decor: A garden wedding can easily be adapted to a whimsical wedding theme because the outdoors provides a perfect canvas for quirky props, bold colour additions and non-traditional items. A whimsical wedding theme is about having fun, being playful with decorations

Venue features: This quirky variety of wedding theme can be organised anywhere, let your imagination run wild with what you bring to the existing venue. An outdoor destination wedding venue like Villa Botanica is particularly suitable because it’s a spacious venue with fantastic and supportive staff to make your imagination a reality. Villa Botanica even boasts its own funky cactarium, not to mention stunning architecture already brimming with personality. 

Colour schemes: Vibrant colour palettes are typical for a whimsical wedding, stepping away from pastels and neutral tones and embracing loud colours! With whimsical themes the idea is to opt for colours that enliven your event.

Dress: Skip the traditional white and wear any colour or style you like. The more your personality shines through the better!

4. Rustic

Villa Botanica garden wedding reception with rustic wedding theme

Keegan Cronin Photography

A popular choice for a Queensland garden wedding, the rustic wedding theme is full of natural, simplistic beauty. 

Decor: Make sure to incorporate natural elements like wood, wild flowers, fruits, etc. The rustic wedding decor will lower your and should make the event feel relaxed, natural, and romantic.

Venue features: Typical venues for rustic weddings are gardens, barns, farms, ranches, and mountain lodges. Venues which are rustic in design from architecture to landscaping think bare wood features and handmade elements. Vila Botanica boasts a rugged and natural design which lends itself perfectly to a rustic theme. A rustic wedding at Villa will reduce your garden wedding cost as the venue itself provides plenty of effortlessly romantic décor.

Colour scheme: The colour palette can be extremely diverse, as long as the colours are natural. Think of matt colour varieties, floral and grassy colours.

Dress: Off-white and lace with floral designs are the perfect ingredients for your rustic style wedding dress.

5. Traditional

newly wedded couple first dance as husband and wife in Villa Botanica exquisite marble ballroom

Nadine Kemp Photography

Traditional weddings will never go out of fashion; they will forever be a theme option for any destination wedding checklist Australia. This type of wedding theme transcends all trends, a theme of timeless beauty.

Decor: The decor should keep a classic vibe and make use of generous amounts of flowers, minimal draping, streamlined design, calligraphy detail, and classic wedding cars.

Venue features: Many various venues lend themselves to traditional weddings, for example, the marble ballroom at Villa Botanica provides a beautifully classic and traditional feel.

Colour scheme: The soft colour scheme associated with traditional weddings includes white, blush, and cream. 

Dress: A classic white dress, one which oozes sophistication and elegance, along with a classic bouquet and veil.

The Perfect Venue for Every Wedding Theme

Have you got a wedding theme in mind but haven’t yet found your dream location? Bring your wedding planning dreams to life at Villa Botanica – an elegant and breathtaking venue known for fabulous Queensland garden wedding receptions. Read up on our beautiful real weddings and discover why our Villa brides and grooms love us so much. Speak with our team of dedicated and experienced wedding planners and experience this boutique venue for yourself.

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Memorable Ideas & Tips for Your Garden Wedding Queensland

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A garden wedding is a wedding ceremony/reception taking place in a garden – they are generally preferred by couples who like being outdoors and want a more relaxed feel for their wedding. Garden wedding Queensland inquiries have multiplied in the last months as holding an event outdoors makes it easier to comply with recent social distancing requirements. 

Planning for a garden wedding reception does not mean you will have to get married in your backyard, of course, as there are many wedding ceremony venues offering this type of service all over Australia. 

If you like the idea of planning a garden wedding Queensland for your big day, here are some ideas on how to start your garden wedding planning Qld:

Villa Botanica Garden Wedding Queensland Venue

Luke Middle Miss Photography

Consider your venue setting

The backdrop of your wedding ceremony will be the canvas on which you plan everything else. From floral arrangements and gardens to coastal views and rustic buildings there are endless options for outdoor garden weddings. 

Pick a welcome sign

Most wedding ceremony venues will already have at least one type of welcome sign available and you should be able to personalise it with your names or a funny message like “pick a seat, not a side, as we’re all family once the knot is tied”. A garden wedding is the perfect excuse to add some creative flair with your welcome sign – floral and shabby chic are both styles to think about.

Add creative flair to your garden area

Make your garden wedding reception stand out from the crowd by using beautiful styling and decorations, such as flower bars, lights hanging from tree branches, flowers in vintage bottles, or wine barrels bursting with fresh flowers. Garden weddings suit rustic details and a simplistic approach to décor and styling.

newly wedded couple enjoying Villa Botanica - Garden Wedding Queensland Venue in front coastal views

Summer Rain Photography

Relax your approach to wedding food

Traditional and more formal catering options are still popular, but many couples are now opting for a more relaxed approach on wedding food, such as food trucks, gelato stations, wine and cheese stations, gourmet barbecues, and cocktail stations. A catering company that offers a food selection to compliment your venue is ideal. For example, with a coastal venue garden wedding venue consider fresh local produce, seafood, beautiful edible flowers and tasty minis for your guests.

How will the garden look at the time of your wedding?

Consider the seasons and the weather, and how they will affect your chosen venue. Wedding planning qld makes this a bit easier though, as the weather is nice all year round and many couples opt for a Whitsunday wedding venue when planning a winter wedding. At this time of the year, the heat of the tropical summer is gone and popular tourist spots are less crowded. Queensland also offers tropical flora that thrive in the heat, unusual plants such as cacti make for a great décor option.

newly wedded couple enjoying a garden wedding queensland while cutting cake - Villa Botanica Venue

Keegan Cronin Photography

Garden Wedding Styling

Garden wedding styling can range from boho chic, to a simple, pure and classic white wedding. Lace and vintage dress styles compliment garden wedding venues. Pure white gives a classic and traditional feel to any venue, the contrast between greenery and white detail makes for great wedding photos.

Choose an all-in-one ceremony and reception venue

Venue changes can be quite an inconvenience and cause disturbances such as downtime between ceremony and reception, having to provide instructions to guests on how to move from one location to another, having to arrange transportation, etc. A venue offering everything from ceremony to reception areas is highly recommended because it will allow you to save on time, stress and money. All-in-one garden wedding venues also create an atmosphere of calm as you and your guests organically move from one are to the next as the day progresses. 

Make sure you have a plan B you are happy with.

The Whitsundays are known for excellent weather throughout the entire year, but Mother Nature can be very unpredictable in Australia. When the weather is not really suited for a garden wedding, your destination wedding venue should provide the option of moving everything inside as your Plan B. Make sure you are also happy with your plan B if plan A doesn’t quite work out.

Consider off-peak times for your wedding date

Wedding vendors operate both during high and off-peak times throughout the year, so if you are working to a strict budget, you can look for wedding ceremony venues that are available during the off-peak season – winter weddings are very popular in Australia and it is even possible to have a garden wedding Queensland during what is technically the coldest time of the year, as the Queensland weather will still be enjoyable enough to celebrate outdoors.

If you are looking for a destination wedding venue that is the perfect setting for a garden wedding look no further than Villa Botanica. This stunning Whitsunday wedding venue is located right on the edge of the Coral Sea, a Balinese inspired estate has countless features that make it an ideal garden wedding qld venue. This unique and exclusive venue has a timber, hand-carved pavilion to host your wedding ceremony, features an impressive ballroom for your first dance or to retreat to in case of bad weather (don’t forget that plan B), and provides an idyllic background for a garden wedding Queensland due to its Cactarium and lush landscaped gardens spread throughout the incredible 5 acres of the estate. 

The story of how Villa Botanica was founded is a truly romantic one. Owner Ralph Hogan and his wife Janet left their ad agency Oddfellows in Sydney to build their dream family home here in 1996:

Villa Botanica owner Ralph Hogan with wife Janet Hogan and their children“It was about 18 years ago when we fell in love with this small, ramshackle coastal strip of Airlie Beach, sandwiched between brilliant aquamarine water on one side and deep green mountains on the other. We found this land by tinny as there was no road access, and when we stepped ashore we knew this is where we wanted to live.”

The estate gradually developed until its owners had the idea of sharing it with other couples by turning it into an unforgettable boutique wedding venue. Villa Botanica offers:

  • Exotic landscaping including Madagascan triangle palms line on the driveway, cactus gardens, and a cactarium featuring rare species grown over the past 50 years by local lady Anne Camilleri;
  • An in-house wedding planning Qld expert that will keep in touch permanently with you throughout the wedding planning process and create a custom reception according to your requirements;
  • A unique mixture between turquoise Coral Sea views and Balinese inspired antique backdrops that complement the lush palm forest and the majestic mountains;
  • A beautiful palm lines and mosaic tiled walkway serving as the perfect backdrop to make your entrance before taking your vows;
  • The sea deck offering a spectacular display of tropical pinks and purples reflected across the Whitsunday Bay;
  • Complete privacy – Villa Botanica was not built with commercial wedding planning in mind; actually it is a private, exclusive retreat that hosts only one event a day, with the entire estate being yours to have your perfect garden wedding Queensland there and enjoy it to the maximum!

Is Villa Botanica on your short list for garden wedding Queensland? Don’t hesitate to contact us today on our website or by phone at 0749483025! We have planned hundreds of weddings and we are here to help. At Villa Botanica we put our heart and soul into every wedding, and together we can make your garden wedding reception one of a kind!