If you visit Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, take time to walk through the village. You’ll see other gardens, not to mention delightful architecture. But other than a suggestion about where you might spend your honeymoon, what can be learned from a French country village? This one, for example: 

First we can see the importance of repetition. Notice how the same colors of flowers are in bloom, be they hollyhocks or roses. This is good information for those who are soon to be planting annuals in anticipation of the wedding. Maybe the smart thing to do is to repeat colors that are already in the garden instead of planting flowers in the same shade as the bridesmaids’ bouquets. 

Secondly, notice the aqua paint that’s been used on the furniture and balconies. Colorful paint on a few structures, buildings or outdoor furnishings can help create a spirited, interesting environment. Such color is especially important early in the season when fewer flowers may be in bloom. Where might your wedding venue benefit from a can of purple, blue or coral paint? 

Finally, this scene reminds us that perfection isn’t necessary. When you first saw this photo, did you think “Oh how could they possibly stand those grasses and weeds in with the roses and hollyhocks?” Of course you didn’t! Admit it: you didn’t even see them. Your eye was caught by the flowers, charming buildings, and the pleasing blend of colors. 

When you’re planning your garden wedding, take inspiration from this small town lane in France. Repeat similar shades of flowers, give some manmade objects a fresh coat of colorful paint, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

PS: Another lesson from another angle: Don’t be afraid of a touch of red! 

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