Summer Wedding Ideas

  • 01 of 09

    Summer Wedding Ideas

    Summer Outdoor Wedding
    Summer Wedding Ideas. Getty Images

    Summer has often been a popular season for weddings, and for many reasons. Most people's schedules are a bit more open during summer months making it easier for your guests to travel. Summertime is also a great time of year to get married because the weather is generally warm and comfortable. The summer season opens up so many wonderful options for weddings, and we've rounded up some great ideas and tips to help you plan the perfect summer wedding celebration! ​ 

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  • 02 of 09

    Where To Get Married in the Summer

    Destination Wedding on the Beach
    Destination Wedding on the Beach. Digital Vision / Getty Images

    May through August tend to be very popular months to get married since the weather is nice for outdoor weddings. The Summertime is wonderful for an outdoor wedding on a location such as a beach, a garden, or even in a beautiful backyard. If you are considering an outdoor wedding, you'll want to make sure you have adequate cover in case of inclement weather, and that you also are able to offer your guests different ways to beat the heat. The sun stays up later into the evening in the Summer, allowing you to have an afternoon wedding, or even exchange your vows beneath a glorious sunset. 

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  • 03 of 09

    How to Decorate Your Summer Wedding

    Man standing to toast bride and groom at dinner table, outdoors
    Lemons and Limes can make a lovely, colorful addition to your table as decor for a Summer Wedding. Maria Teijeiro/Photodisc/Getty Images

    Take advantage of the produce of the season by using fresh fruits and vegetables to decorate your wedding. Consider including clementines or lemons in your flower arrangements, or in a large vase. Enjoy your summer wedding well into the evening by incorporating tiki torches, twinkle lights or strings of lanterns to light your reception for a beautiful glow. For a fun and festive summer idea, consider using gingham tablecloths around your reception for a picnic-themed vibe, or place a few sunflowers in metal watering cans to use as summery centerpieces. 

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  • 04 of 09

    What to Wear for a Summer Wedding

    Backyard Wedding
    Backyard Wedding Reception in the Summer. Getty Images

    If you've begun shopping for a dress, you've probably noticed that the majority of dresses are sleeveless and/or strapless, which makes shopping for the dress for a summer wedding that much easier. If you're looking for advice on what to wear to a summer wedding, this should help steer you in the right direction. Summer brides should look for light fabrics such as linen, chiffon, crepe, georgette, and other lightweight silks. You want a fabric that breathes to keep you from getting too sweaty or overheated. 

    For a beach wedding, look for a dress that is lightweight and breathable. Consider an easy and elegant slip dress, as they are both versatile and comfortable.  Your bridal party can all go barefoot, and the men can each wear dress shirts with slacks or linen suits.

    For a garden wedding, look for a wedding dress that is easy to walk in on grass. Avoid dresses with a majorly long train as they can get very dirty or cause you to trip. You can consider floral cocktail dresses for your bridesmaids or perhaps some big straw hats. The men in the bridal party can go for the classic navy blazer with khaki slacks or beautiful matching suits.

    For a more formal affair, there's no reason not to choose traditional suits or tuxedos (depending on whether it's an evening or daytime wedding) but you can still give a nod to the season by replacing the black tuxedo jacket with a natty white dinner jacket. Choose a wedding gown that is classic and timeless like a chic strapless mermaid style dress. 


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  • 05 of 09

    Summer Wedding Beauty

    Maria Menounos
    Maria Menounos Braided Updo. E! News

    When it comes to summer weddings, one important thing to keep in mind is the weather. Heat, humidity, and moisture can really do a number on your hair, so it's important to keep your bridesmaids and groomsmen's do's in mind when planning a summer fete. If you want your style to survive the summer heat, you'll need to consult a professional.

    It's important to not try to fight your hair in the summer: straight hair will get straighter and limper, and wavy hair will get wavier and frizzier. If you want the best chance of your hair withstanding the weather during the summer, we suggest you get an updo done by a professional who can create a long-lasting style. If you want an even more ethereal and summer hairstyle, consider adding a crown of flowers or a single bloom tucked into your hair.

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  • 06 of 09

    Food for Your Summer Wedding

    Interactive food stations or unique menus can make for a memorable experience for your wedding guests.
    Interactive food stations or unique menus can make for a memorable experience for your wedding guests. Kelley DeBettencourt for Getty Images

    Celebrate the fruits of the season by filling your menu with fresh produce such as watermelon and berries, as well as fresh vegetables such as corn. If you want to really go for a Summer theme, consider incorporating seasonal staples like barbecue for dinner and ice cream for dessert.

    Perhaps you could serve dessert consisting of fruit flavored sorbets to cool down your guests or opt for traditional ice cream cones if you aren't into fruity flavors. An elegant summer wedding menu could include an assortment of fresh seafood, such as lobster and oysters. For a more casual affair, consider a backyard barbecue, a shrimp boil, or traditional picnic food including sandwiches and potato salad.

    Be sure to consider the weather when deciding on your menu, as warmer temps could have an effect on your food items. You'll also want to consider these wedding cake tips for summer weddings

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  • 07 of 09

    Summer Wedding Favors

    Coca-Cola Bottles Wedding Favor
    Coca-Cola Bottles Wedding Favors. Getty images

    Send your guests home with a taste of the season: in August, a fresh pear, or earlier in the summer, a ripe peach. For a beach wedding, you might consider giving out perfect sand dollars, seashells, or beach-themed candles. Summer weddings are also perfect for flower seeds or small potted plants as favors. If it will be warm or extra sunny, give out beautiful wooden fans or paper parasols to use during the ceremony and then take home. Ice cold bottles of Coca-Cola are always a popular Summer Wedding Favor idea as well. ​

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  • 08 of 09

    Summer Wedding Flowers

    Summer Wedding Reception Flowers
    Summer season flowers should be used for your wedding decor to keep costs in check. Getty Images

    You can't go wrong with an abundance of flowers at a summer wedding. There are so many types of flowers that are available during the summer season, you may actually have a tough time narrowing your choices down! Fill your reception with bright and cheerful flowers such as roses, sunflowers, red and yellow calla lilies, dahlias, daisies, mums, and zinnias. 

    An alternative idea is an airy summer look with mostly white and light colored flowers such as roses, stephanotis, white phlox, elegant white calla lilies, huge and fragrant Casa Blanca lilies, hydrangea, snowball mums, and daisies (also known as Shasta daisies).

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  • 09 of 09

    Summer Wedding Ideas

    Guests throwing rose petals on bride and groom
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    We hope these summer wedding ideas have gotten your wheels turning with inspiration for your own big day! Happy planning!

    Updated and Edited by Jessica Bishop