Summer has always been a favorite time of year to host a wedding. The weather may be hot, but it's much more manageable (and reliable), and the sunny skies and beautiful blooms offer plenty of photo opportunities. Plus, people are more likely to be able to travel in summer, which means out-of-town friends and family can spare some time to celebrate.
If you're planning a summer wedding, we've gathered some sizzling ideas for you. From decor to attire to cooling cocktails, you're sure to find something to steal for your own summer wedding.
Summer Wedding Ideas
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Sometimes the thought of drinking another glass of plain ole water can make you feel like you're drowning. But it's important to stay hydrated, especially on summer days. And if your wedding guests will spend a majority of time outside, make sure they're reaching for the H2O. You can help them along by adding fresh flavors to the water. Set up a hydration station with a few options for guests to choose from.
Summer Welcome Bags
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Nothing says, "Thank you for coming to my wedding!" like a welcome gift bag full of goodies. Stuff it with seasonal items like sunblock, sunshades, water bottles, dried fruit snacks, lip balm, beach towel, etc. You could even include items you think pertain to your wedding theme and location.
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Serve up a signature cocktail that's light and refreshing. Think citrus, herbs, and fruit concoctions like gin and cucumber, peach mojitos, and sweet tea spritzers (find these recipes and more at Southern Living).
Whether you do it yourself or have your florist create one, you should definitely consider decorating your venue with flower garlands. Even if it's one used as a photo backdrop or a couple hung on the sweetheart chairs, they will bring so much summer beauty to your wedding.
Alfresco Picnic Spread
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Forget the fancy sit down dinner. A summer wedding calls for simple, light foods that will still fill guests' stomachs. Think picnic fare: cheese, crackers, sandwiches, seasonal vegetables, dips, and fruit.
Adorn yourself in summer style - something made of light fabric, flowing, and classic. Our vintage style lace chiffon wedding dress would look lovely paired with a flower crown or straw hat. Summer wedding style at its best!
Beat the Heat Relief Station
The summer season has its pitfalls - mosquitoes and sunburns to name a couple. But your wedding doesn't have to succumb to bug bites and blisters. Set up a relief station that's stocked with things your guests might need during the wedding like bug repellent, sunblock, sunshades, cooling mists, aloe vera gel, hand fans, etc.
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A summer wedding wouldn't be a party without a few lawn games for guests to enjoy. Not only do they keep people engaged and mingling, but it offers an activity during down-times (like when you're taking photos).
Air Plant Decor
Air plants have risen in popularity due to their beautiful simplicity and easy care. Why not add them to your wedding decor to create a zen vibe? You could even give small ones as favors. And after the wedding you can use your air plants to decorate your home.