One of the most popular seasons to get married is summer, and it’s no surprise why. The days are longer and the nights are warmer, which means couples have several options for where to celebrate wedding ceremonies and receptions without the fear of the cold or snow.
Maggie Lord, founder of Rustic Wedding Chic, has a few tips to ensure that your summer wedding is hip, trendy, and most importantly, fun for you and all of your guests.
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“The great thing about summer is the amazing color palettes and combinations,” Lord says. “A great color combo is green, navy and white. It works for a preppy-style wedding, but also lends itself to a rustic style.” If bold colors aren’t your thing, blush is always a classic. Lord says that “brides are using not just one shade of pink, but several mixed shades of pink. It creates a romantic and airy feel to the wedding day.”
Another fantastic reason to have a summer wedding is that the season’s overall feel can be more relaxed, casual and creative. For instance, ditching your high heels and wearing flip flops is a fun alternative -- and also a great thing to hand out to your guests. Lord also suggest summer drinks as a way to evoke the cool and comfortable feel of the season. “Most couple offer the typical bar and wine at a wedding, but it could be really fun to have a margarita station or have passed trays of mojitos.”
You don’t have to stop there, either. Lord says, “lawn games and picnic style cocktail hours are also great to incorporate into the day. And, nothing says summer more than ice cream --so why not surprise your guests by having an ice cream truck arrive at the reception? It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.”
Just be careful not to go too overboard with an excess of summery details. Lord suggests that couples work in small bits from the summertime theme and think of the elements they love most, and work that into decorations, color or mood. Remember that less is more, so be sure to weave in bits and pieces of the summer details and not have it take over the entirety of your day.
The temperature during those hot summer days can be welcoming when you’re lounging poolside, but not necessarily if you’re dressed to-the-nines in a gown or suit. Having a wedding in the middle of summer can sometimes cause guests to be uncomfortable, which is always something that should be avoided. The best way to beat the heat? “You always want to make sure your guests are taken care of,” says Lord. “If you are hosting an outdoor wedding ceremony, you might want to offer your guests water bottles or customized paper fans. You can also bring fun parasols, which can really work for an outdoor ceremony.” To be safe, make sure you research your venue to confirm that there will be air conditioning. If you’re outside, you might want to rent fans so both you and your guests can stay cool.
Summer is all about feeling happy and easy-going -- and if you follow these rules, your wedding will be full of summer lovin’!