All the ideas and details you need for an amazing summer celebration.
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Planning a summer wedding? We completely approve. Summer is the most popular time for weddings, and for good reason! The weather is warm, outdoor venues become an option, and there's just something about hearing a couple say "I do" on a warm, sunny afternoon that makes everyone happy. Plus, with all the floral options for summer, the long days (perfect for extended celebrations!), and the natural photo session-worthy beauty all around, this season is tough to beat. (Hey, that's why it's generally known as wedding season!) And from refreshing beverages to fresh ideas for décor, wedding fashion, and even food, wedding ideas inspired by the summer season are some of the prettiest around. Plus, your wedding guests will surely enjoy a celebration that can double as a mini vacation, or even a date night out in honor of the season.
There's no doubt you'll love having a summer wedding (and a summer wedding anniversary) to celebrate and remember for years to come. Trying to find the right inspiration to coordinate the ultimate summer wedding? Look no further: From ideas that will help you beat the heat to our favorite cool (literally) details, here are the best ways to embrace the season for an unforgettable summer wedding.
Create a Refreshing Signature Drink
There's nothing like a cool, summery beverage to really make your reception pop. And with a little customization, you can create a one of a kind drink just for your wedding day!
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Lounge areas are always a good idea, but they're especially wonderful for a warm summer wedding. Make yours ever better by setting it up in a shady spot where guests can get cool.
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There's no time better than summer to shake up your dessert ideas. Why not offer something a little more offbeat, like your favorite flavors of ice cream (sundae bar, anyone?), or a tasty selection of yummy popsicles.
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Start with a Summery Suite
It's certainly true your guests' first impression of the big day begins with the stationery suite. For a seriously amazing summer wedding, be sure to choose paper goods that match the season.
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Keep one very important variable in mind when it comes to your wedding cake: The temperature! If your dessert table will be outside, think about skipping buttercream (which doesn’t hold up as well in heat) in favor of fondant, or even a naked or semi-naked cake.
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Embrace Outdoor Alternatives
There's more than one way to have a stunning outdoor celebration. Renting a tent can help you plan a day that includes the best of both worlds: fresh air and a more controlled environment. This one's wonderful if rain showers are a concern.
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Make a Hydration Station
One summer essential you don't want to forget? A hydration station. By setting out fun beverages that are also hydrating—think: infused water—you'll help ensure you and your guests don't get dehydrated from all that celebrating or the heat.
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Schedule an Outdoor Ceremony
Possibly the prettiest benefit of a summer wedding is the ability to host your ceremony outside. Pick a setting you love, and don't be afraid to dress it up with a little décor of your own, too.
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Pick Multi-Purpose Paper Goods
If you're planning an outdoor summer ceremony, this is one easy way to help your guests beat the heat. Plus, programs-turned-fans are an easy paper good to make yourself, if you're so inclined.
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Whether it means picking lightweight fabrics, shorter gowns, or lighter, brighter colors, keep your wedding party's comfort in mind when you're making wedding style decisions.
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Keep Flowers Fresh
There are few ways to help your wedding flowers look their best this summer. First, choose blooms that will hold up well in the heat. Then, keep arrangements (especially your wedding bouquet) out of the sun for as long as possible before the event begins.
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Select a Summer-Ready Hairstyle
Summer tends to mean heat and humidity—two things that can really wreak havoc on that perfect hairstyle. If you know your locks will have a tough time in the heat, think about trying a soft updo or half-up hairstyle to keep the look tamed, and help you stay cool, too.
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There are a whole host of great summer wedding favors out there. Think local jam or honey, wrap up individual s'more making kits, or hand out travel (and beach) friendly totes.
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Add Mood Lighting
Café lights just adds a little something extra to an outdoor reception. These string bulbs look especially stunning for evening weddings, and are a fun detail to add to outdoor dance floors.
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Planning on coordinating a cocktail hour? Don't forget the yard games! Giant Jenga, corn hole, and croquet are all fun options that add extra entertainment to your summer wedding.
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Take the Bar Outside, Too
If an outdoor celebration is on your agenda, don't forget to include the bar! Just be sure the caterer or bartender has plenty of ice on hand to keep that signature cocktail cool.