25 Seasonal Ideas for Your Summer Wedding Reception
Summer is the unofficial season of fun, so a wedding reception in June, July, August, or September should be just that. Whether you're throwing a thematic event that's entirely centered around seasonal details or you just want to add a little touch of summertime to your party, there are plenty of ways to incorporate staples of the warmer months into this portion of your big day. Need proof? We've got you covered. Here are some of our favorite summer reception ideas.
You can infuse summer's splendor into anything, really, including your menu, your event design, and your entertainment. Try serving seasonal snacks, like s'mores, for example. Or, use in-season or heat-proof blooms in your centerpieces or other décor elements. Additionally or alternatively, you can include summertime activities for your guests (or you and your new husband or wife!) to enjoy. We love the idea of offering lawn games, or a grand reception entrance on a boat!
No matter what type of celebration you're throwing—from a beach or backyard affair to a formal indoor event—there's a summery idea that'll suit your needs. Play with summer flavors, flowers, and motifs to show guests exactly why you picked the wedding date you did. To fuel your imagination, we've offered up even more suggestions on the slides ahead, plus photo representations of the recommendations above. If you plan an event with one of these unique and exciting details, your reception's bound to be as hot as the summer sun. We'll raise a glass (or popsicle!) to that.
Farm Stand Design
A poolside celebration is always fun—especially when the space is decorated with pool floats!
Vacation-inspired Adirondack chairs are great for extra seating. They also make excellent props for a post-ceremony photo session.
Poppy Place Settings
Give celebrants the gift of delicious summer fun with BBQ sauce wedding favors. If you're in the mood for a DIY project, make your own, like this couple did!
Berry Wedding Cake
Popsicles (like these J-Pops snacks) will help everyone cool down after a night on the dance floor.
At this summer wedding, guests enjoyed plates of Crown Paella.
Embrace the extended hours of sunlight with outdoor activities, like a giant Connect Four-inspired game.
Reception Ice Cream
In-season fruits can serve as centerpieces and décor. You can't go wrong with pretty peaches.
Smart Table Numbers
These glass bottles marked reception tables while also helping to keep guests hydrated.