Planning a Summer Wedding
For outdoor weddings, have a backup plan: Summer weather in the south can be pretty unpredictable, so have a backup plan in place for your outdoor wedding. Your wedding planner can help establish a plan for inclement weather, so your event won’t get caught in the rain!
Think of 2-in-1 venues: As mentioned above, a backup plan is key. Make it easier by choosing a venue with both indoor and outdoor areas, so you and your guests can stay comfortable if it rains, or if it’s just too hot!
Embrace the outdoors: Summer does give the flexibility to hold weddings outdoors to enjoy the nice weather. Consider saying “I do” in the mountains, on the beach or even in your own backyard!
Gift your bridesmaids a summer wedding kit: Your bridesmaids have had your back throughout your whole wedding process. Show them you care by gifting them essentials to be as comfortable as possible on your day! Include items like flip-flops, mini fans, sunglasses, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and water.
Keep your wedding party cool: Make sure the people standing next to you aren’t sweltering in the heat! There are so many cool and flattering fabrics out there that will have your bridesmaids and groomsmen looking sharp while staying comfortable. Also, consider putting them in lighter colors, like blue or blush pink, for the big day.
Keep your guests cool, too: Especially if your wedding is outside, fans are a must. There are so many ways to make paper fans cute and coordinate with your wedding theme. Your stationer can create custom fans that include your wedding program, or a cute favor that includes your wedding date!
Bring summer vibes into your decor: Turn your wedding into an event filled with summer vibes. Green palm leaves can brighten up any space, and pops of bright colors such as pink, orange and yellow can turn any space into a summer oasis!
Embrace a lighter color palette: Light and airy shades can make anyone feel cooler. You can make a lighter color like cream or a pastel shade as your main color, then add pops of a brighter color in your decor.
Keep everyone in the shade: Tents are always a good idea for outdoor weddings. Party rental companies can provide you with many different styles and options. You can even add lights to the tents for a fun addition!
Bring on the summer cocktails: Summer is the perfect time to sip cocktails with different fruity flavors! You can create a custom drink menu that is special to you and your partner.
Summer popsicles add on the fun: Fruity popsicles are a treat anyone can enjoy! Have your guests cool off in a fun way, and you can even put them in Prosecco or champagne for a little kick.
Play around with appetizers: With a menu set in stone, you can really get creative with your appetizers. Your caterer can jazz up things like bite sized burgers or bbq sliders, grilled shrimp and mini tacos are great options!
Fresh-caught seafood: Summer is the perfect time to make seafood the star of your menu. There are many different options to choose from, but your caterer can ensure whatever you choose will be delicious!
Flip-flops for everyone: Place flip-flops at the entrance of your wedding reception for your guests to grab and be comfortable all night.
Fun and games: For a more casual outdoor reception, you can add fun yard games like corn hole and horseshoes so everyone can have a good time!
Sweet treats: Instead of a large cake that might melt in the summer heat, consider serving cake pops, cupcakes or even ice cream to your guests. These options are portable, and an ice cream truck would be a fun way to end the night!
Unforgettable sendoffs: In true summer fashion, a fireworks display sendoff will wow your guests and have them thinking about your wedding for years to come! Other options besides confetti and streamers are bubbles and handheld sparklers.
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