Summer Wedding Guide

Everything you need to plan for when hosting the ultimate summer wedding

Summer Wedding Guide

Summertime is a beautiful time of year to have a wedding. Spring blossoms have bloomed, foliage is green and lush, and there’s nothing like sporting a nice tan at such an outing. It’s also easier for guests to take time off work, and who doesn’t enjoy a day in the sun and a warm evening breeze?

Hosting an outstanding summer wedding doesn’t have to bust your budget. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at a few DIY projects, hand out multifunctional party favors, and play up a fun dessert menu. There are a few key items you won’t want to forget about when planning your summer wedding:

Designate a Shady Spot

Designate a Shady Spot

The last thing guests want to do is stand around in the sweltering sun in their dresses and suits. Makeup will melt, undershirts will dampen, and kids will be cranky… That’s not fun for anyone. It’s important to set up tents, fans, or book a venue that has indoor and outdoor space. This will come in handy if a summer storm rolls through, too!

Offer Functional Favors

Offer Functional Favors

Keepsakes for your wedding guests can definitely break a budget, but not if you offer a functional favor! Wedding programs that double as fans will keep guests informed and cool. (This is as simple as gluing a popsicle stick or tongue depressor to the back of the program card!) You can also distribute sunglasses and sunscreen, or make a DIY insect repellent that is pretty and sure to keep critters away. Here’s how!

Choose Refreshing Beverages

Choose Refreshing Beverages

It’s just as important to offer a refreshing drink menu as it is to have a light dinner. To really benefit your budget and please your guests, don’t stock your bar with every alcohol option. Cut out heavier spirits like red wines and dark liquors. Instead, present chilled white wines and refreshing summer signatures that will keep guests cool and content.

Select a Light and Bright Color Palette

Select a Light and Bright Color Palette

Summer is the ideal time to feature a lively, colorful wedding. Keep things simple with an all-white wedding and pastel accents, or go all-out with a vibrant, lavish scheme. Either way, your summer wedding is sure to create a cheerful setting that will wow your guests.

Select a Light Menu

Select a Light Menu

Instead of dishing out steak and potatoes, opt for a dinner menu that won’t leave guests feeling heavy. Grilled chicken or fish, salads, fresh fruit, and seasonal vegetables are great summer options. This is also a great opportunity to create a summery dessert table! Include fresh fruits and flowers on your cake, offer popsicles and shaved ice, or keep it extra light with individual sweets like cake pops or a fruit tart!

Keep it light with fresh fruit

Create Heat-Tolerant Flower Arrangements

Create Heat-Tolerant Flower Arrangements

It’s really important to make sure you’re not choosing flowers that will wilt in the heat. Talk to your florist about more resilient blossoms. Stay on-trend by adding fresh succulents to your arrangements, or keep it traditional with roses. Dahlias, orchids, and calla lilies are sure to stand tall throughout a hot day as well. To add some volume to your bouquets, baby’s breath is a tried and true contender for all seasons.

Style Summer Hair

Style Summer Hair

This one is for the ladies. There are unlimited options for summer hairstyles, so select a do that works for you and your wedding. Up-dos are a practical and popular choice and can be embellished with accessories like hair clips, flowers, and more. If you have your heart set on wearing your hair down, sport beachy waves instead of an elaborate head of curls that is likely to fall flat by the end of the day.

Dress Light and Airy

Dress Light and Airy

Attributes: Left photo via Weddingomania, Right photo via Style Me Pretty

Make sure the entire bridal party is cool and comfortable. Don’t deck out your groomsmen in heavy three-piece suits and don’t stick your bridesmaids in floor-length satin. Cotton and linen are breathable options for the gents and chiffon and rayon make excellent summer dresses for the ladies, whether short or long. Also consider dressing your bridal party in knee-length garments and lighter colors.

Written By: Kristin Dvorak

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