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Garden Party: Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by 19th-century specimen illustrations, a botanical wedding theme shines a spotlight on lush, leafy and luxurious décor.

There’s an unexpected beauty to vintage botanical illustrations, so much so that they inspired this entire wedding theme. Wash a contemporary color palette over whimsical details and florals, like these canary- and emerald-colored boutonnieres from Studio Fleurette—perfect for a spring or summer wedding, to celebrate Minnesota’s all-too-fleeting warm weather.


Now this is a dessert display. Enjoy a slice of this sweetly simple two-tiered cake from Chowgirls Killer Catering, bedecked with a bamboo cake topper from Splendid Supply Co. and gumpaste blooms, atop a jadeite milk-glass stand. Other bite-sized treats are tucked into a display overgrown with greenery, moss, ferns and air plants.


Take a sip, won’t you? During your cocktail hour, treat guests to an apéritif topped with a flower stir stick. To up the elegance, serve your signature cocktails on bronze trays.


An updated take on traditional specimen drawings of days past, this invitation suite from Minted marries classic with contemporary. The modern sans-serif fonts perfectly complement the vintage floral design.


Satisfy your guests’ candy cravings with a decadent spread, filling cylinder vases of varying sizes with your favorite treats. (Just be sure to coordinate the candies with your wedding colors.)


Send your guests home with a party favor they can actually use: seed packets, like these disguised as escort cards and strung across a chalkboard with gold binder clips. With each watering of their new seedlings, your friends and family will think of your big day.


You’ve covered the cocktails, picked out your go-to brews and have course after course of savory dishes prepared for your guests. Before everyone sits down to feast though, consider passing hors d’oeuvres that complement your color scheme. Think a sample of a spinach smoothie or a shooters of cucumber gazpacho—both in shades of shamrock, naturally.


With dinner décor like this, your guests will rave about your style for years to come. Bamboo place cards from Splendid Supply Co. sit atop small plants (for guests to take home as favors!), while luscious terrariums, filled with fresh blooms, are placed along a table runner of moss and air plants for a look that wows.

Minnesota Bride Planning Checklist!

Brides, grooms, photographers: Get a wedding published in Minnesota Bride magazine! We are looking for fabulous, creative and beautiful weddings that took place in Minnesota. We want to feature couples who have a great story about their engagement, proposal and/or wedding.

UPCOMING DEADLINE: February 5, 2021 (Weddings occurring between August 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021)

Please include as many of the following elements as possible: the couple, flowers, tabletop decor, interesting or innovative signs, favors, seating assignment table, decorative elements, food close-ups, the cake, invitation suite, the church, a view of the entire reception or ceremony scene, bridesmaids or groomsmen with the bride or groom.

  • You must include the following information about each couple: their first and last names, phone number AND email address, date they were married, location of reception site/ceremony.
  • Do not send images that will run in your ad.
  • Do not send the same images you are also sending to other local bridal publications.
  • Do not send out-of-season images, old images or images that have already been published.
  • Do not send all of the photography from the wedding. Edit to your best shots (about 60 per wedding).


We are now only accepting submissions through our online submission site.
Online submission instructions:
  • Click here to find a registration form. Fill out the information and click "create new account."
  • An email will be sent to you allowing you to log into our submission site and set up a password.
  • You are now logged into the site. Whenever you're logged in, you'll see a small camera icon at the top right of the page. Click that icon at any time to go to your profile page, where you'll have the opportunity to submit photos and view any images you have previously submitted.
  • Site limitations: The size can only handle 30MB per upload. You can upload your submission in batches if needed. Batches of 10-15 images might be necessary for larger images. File size suggestion: 1440 pixels x 960 pixels at 300 dpi is about a 1 MB jpeg file.
  • Save: Please click save after you have completed each submission.
  • Proof: Please check that all your photos have uploaded.
  • To log-in again at any time, simply go to
By May 15 if we are publishing one of your weddings. Please email Janet McLaughlin ( if you have not heard from us and would like to submit your weddings to another publication.
We also accept submissions for our website. Email Minnesota Bride Digital Editor Laura Crosswith a link to images as well as basic information about the wedding—date, location, couple's names and bride's contact information.

By submitting these forms, we assume you have received proper releases from any individuals and locations features in the photos. Photos you submit may be featured in the print version of the magazine, on our web site or both and will be credited with the name of your photography business.
By submitting photography or artwork, Tiger Oak Media, Inc is guaranteed that:
a) The use of art in connection with the magazine title will not infringe or violate the rights of any other person or entity, including without limitation, any copyright, trademark or service markright, or violate any applicable law. b) The supplier of the art/photography hereby agrees he/she will obtained adequate and proper releases, permissions, licenses or other authorizations from all persons and entities who or which provide services, materials or rights with respect to the work at the time of submission of final artwork who would claim any interest or right, direct or indirect. Public figures or celebrities are exempt from signing a release.

Contact Minnesota Bride editor Megan White.

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