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Plan a Summer Wedding
Warm sunshine, vibrant colors, and outdoor setting opportunities abound during the summer months. Take advantage of the season with these tips for summer theme weddings.
Summer Theme Weddings - Things to Consider
Beat the Heat – Seriously consider renting fans or portable AC units for an outdoor wedding (even northern climates can hit 90 this time of year), and try to find a location with ample shade so guests can escape blazing sun and heat. Even if your wedding is inside, you’ll need to check the comfort level beforehand – some older venues lack good ventilation or aren’t air conditioned.
Brave the Elements – Outdoor settings are popular during the summer, but high temperatures aren’t the only discomfort you’ll have to contend with. Damaging UV rays, killer mosquitoes and pop-up showers are just some of the elements you may have to endure. Have bug spray, sunscreen and umbrellas on hand just in case.
Work Around Summer Travel - Remember that summer is prime time for family vacations, holiday weekends, oh yeah – and other weddings. Try to book your date and notify your guests as early as possible.
All in the Details – Summer Wedding Ideas
Invitations & Stationery
- Add a summer motif - such as a seashell, starfish, tropical flower or plant - to your stationery suite
- Go wild with color – now’s the time for paper or fonts in bolder tropical hues – such as fuschia or mango - or the colors of the sea – blues and greens
- Get outdoors – summer weddings just call for a beach, garden, rooftop or backyard setting
- Get on the water – marinas or even yacht cruises make for seasonably stylish venues
- Color palette –
- - bright and bold – hot pink and deep red or mango and fuschia - nautical – navy and white is a clean summer classic; accent with touches of yellow, red or gold. - seaside – combine aqua with beige, peach or white
- Go casual – summer weddings lend themselves to a casual décor scheme – fitting of a backyard barbeque. Think checked table clothes, benches and picnic tables.
- Go natural – incorporate natural décor elements like fruits, vegetables, even insects (like ladybugs or dragonflies, not necessarily roaches!)
- Get lit – light up an outdoor evening reception with lanterns or torches.
- Seasonal blooms – abundant flowers are always in style at a summer wedding. Use bright and cheerful blooms like sunflowers, peonies, hydrangea, mums, daisies, dahlias, zinnias, and roses. Or create a breezy, airy look with white on white – using roses, stephanotis, calla lilies, snowball mums and daisies – and incorporate a touch of blue – like blue hydrangea. Consult our complete list of summer wedding flowers
- Fruits – fruits like lemons and limes look whimsical and chic when filled in tall clear vases
- For a beach look – incorporate shells, sand, and sea glass in your arrangements
- Serve lighter fare – think fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables like berries, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, and corn, seafood and lean poultry like chicken. Between courses, serve a light sorbet.
- Spark up the grill - serve traditional picnic and grill fare like barbeque, burgers and potato salad
- Head to the tropics - feature tropical signature cocktails like margaritas, sangria, or mojitos.
- Light and Fluffy - serve something light, like angel food cake topped with whipped cream and berries
- Fresh adornments - top traditional wedding cake with fresh tropical flowers like hibiscus, or decorate with shells and starfish
- Spoon it out - serve light sorbet or gelato
- Add a cherry - have a do it yourself sundae bar (just make sure you have a way to keep the ice cream cool)
- Lighter fabrics – for the wedding dress – think organdy, linen, chiffon, crepe, georgette or any light-weight silk. Dress the girls in linen, eyelet, or seersucker, and dress the guys in traditional cape cod style – khakis, blue sport coats and colorful ties like those from Vineyard Vines, or morning suits for a more formal affair.
- Simple silhouettes – opt for a slip dress or sheath – as opposed to a voluminous ball gown. Keep your veil simple as well – look for airy, not poufy.
- Dare to go barefoot – a casual outdoor setting can be made more so with a barefoot bridal party
- Add color – summer is a time to incorporate some color into your ensemble.
- Keep ‘em cool - personalized paper fans are both decorative and functional
- Keep it fresh – give a taste of the season with fresh fruits such as pears or oranges.
- From the sea – give bags of shells, sand dollars, sea stones or sea glass – decorated with your monogram
- Flip out – with flip flops in your wedding colors
- Fill up – stuff mini canvas beach bags with candy and goodies
- Sail away – on a sail boat, yacht, catamaran or canoe (hint: you’ll need a body of water)
- Ride the waves – on skis or surfboards – same goes – you’ll need a body of water and a willingness to get wet
- Up and away – a hot air balloon makes a dramatic statement and affords some romantic alone time with your new spouse
- Fly away – try parasailing - again, if you’re at the beach and don’t mind getting wet