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Drinks in the Park
An adorable drink station was set up to help guests cool off before this ceremony in Silver Spring, Maryland. Large pitchers of pink lemonade match the palette and quenched everyone's thirst in the hot early summer.
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Flip-Flops for a Sandy Ceremony
Guests at Megan and Clayton's summer nuptials were encouraged to kick back in flip-flops for the beach wedding.
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Umbrellas for Guests
In keeping with the bright, bold palette, tangerine paper parasols were set out for guests to use during this sun-filled outdoor ceremony in Sonoma, California.
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Sure, the bride is supposed to be blushing, but no one wants her guests to start turning pink at an outdoor ceremony. The solution? Sunblock wipes. These cleverly packaged towelettes can be placed outside, and since they're not liquid, they won't cause a mess. Set them on the program table, or in a compote or candy dish tied with ribbon. To let people know they've got it made in the shade, write sunscreen on a scalloped card and prop it up amongst the packets. Calligraphy by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls.
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Seashell Wedding Bouquet
Walk down the aisle with this cluster of bivalve blooms and your wedding will go swimmingly. The breathtaking posy is easier to construct than you'd think -- it's simpler than making a flower out of silk. Noble pectin singles, Caribbean Imports.
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Keep Them Cool
The hostess with the mostest (that's you) always has her guests' comfort in mind. Help loved ones beat the heat before a sun-drenched ceremony. Set up a self-serve station in the shade, and stock it with refreshing amenities.
Dip towels in ice water, wring them out, and roll them up. For extra credit, scent them with a spritz of Lothantique Linen Water in lavender or grapefruit. Hydrate guests with water flavored with lemon, cucumber, or fruit slices. And so no one gets burned, set out paper parasols and sunscreen wipes like these shown, from La Fresh. Organize everything in simple square bamboo trays, and add a sign.
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Sunny Pocket Square
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Silk Petal Garlands
Transform inexpensive silk flowers into delicate garlands. Just dismantle the blooms to separate the layers of petals, removing any greenery. Overlap edges of petals slightly, and join them using dabs of hot glue. Then glue beads in centers to cover stem holes. String garlands along aisles, at the altar, or across chair backs.
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Aqua-trimmed wooden benches complemented this summer ceremony’s casual park setting.
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These bridesmaids in floral-print dresses carry parasols in lieu of flowers.
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Guests were given small bottles of bug spray to keep the insects away during this outdoor ceremony in Useppa, Florida.
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Tagged with the slogan for Vanessa and Mickey's summer wedding, "Romance in Rehoboth," these paper fans serve as both ceremony programs and table-assignment cards. The bride came up with "Romance in Rehoboth" to help anchor the program. It reminded her of old movies' opening-credit montages and added a touch of humor. Guests picked up their individual fans when they arrived at the ceremony.
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Writing in the Sand
For Sam and Ian's beachside wedding, the bride's stepfather surprises the couple the morning of the wedding by waking up early and spelling out their names with stones and shells in the sand on the beach in front of the house.
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When guests arrive at Kristen and Josh's wedding, they're treated to lavender lemonade, fresh strawberries, and boiled peanuts (a Southern favorite).
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A small starfish and bit of grass decorated the grooms lapel at a beach wedding in Islamorada, Florida.