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11 Tips For Summer Weddings

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Having an event during the Summer is the ideal time for enjoying the weather, have lakeside picnics, go on beach vacations and let’s not forget… cocktails. If you are a bride-to-be who is planning on tying the knot in the summer, here a few tips to keep in mind. These tips will have you prepared and organized for your big day and your guests will really appreciate this, too.

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 Tips on How to Turn Your Summer Wedding INTO a Success 

1. Consider the WEATHER
If you plan on tying the knot in a park or a garden, you should consider the weather for that day. With summer heat comes sudden rainstorms and it can be hard to predict the weather for your outdoor event.  Our  Rule of thumb:  Always expect popup showers, short downpours to spritz during the summer months. Check out tent prices and have one for backup or speak with the venue about their options in cases like this. Tip: Consider the temperature on the day of your wedding. IF it’s considerably hot on that day, you might want to schedule your wedding for later in the day and vice versa.

2.  Consider LOCATION  (park/garden)

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One of the most difficult parts of hosting an outdoor event is factoring in the sun. This is difficult due to how tricky Summer tends to be - sunny one minute, a sudden downpour, spritzing the next, and so on. So, when looking at locations, consider how shady the area is and where you would want to set up your tent; this will help to keep the tent cool and circulation of the air blowing - AC/fan. 
Tip: During the ceremony, keep guests cool by providing a parasol for shade and handheld fans. You could even gift the parasol and make it your wedding favor. Tip: Monogram the handles with your wedding date, initials, and anything else you want to add.
Related: (previous post) What Questions to Ask?

3. Consider HYDRATION
Although Summer months are hot and sometimes humid, it is still the perfect season for outdoor events - weddings are generally in the months of June-August. So, if you plan on having your wedding, any part - ceremony/reception, or both outdoors, keep hydration in mind for both you and your guests. Here are a few suggestions - coconut water, decorative water dispensers, or fruit water stations.

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4. Consider Succulents  (perfect for this type of weather)
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Choose flowers that will be in season at the time of your wedding. Shop locally as these flowers can withstand warmer temperatures because they are already accustomed to the area’s weather - SUCCULENTS. You can also consider heat-resistant blooms that won't wilt in high temperatures. Speak with your florist about suggestions that fit within your budget.

5. Consider Your BAR  (SKIP The ALCOHOL)
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Candy and dessert stations are super popular at weddings. However, a selection of frozen desserts and/or ice-cream maybe even more refreshing in the summer season. The frozen dessert station could feature soft-serve ice-cream, Italian ice, popsicles, watermelon treats; all cooling foods for the occasion. In addition to these frozen treats, guests will consume a lot of ice (iced-water, sodas) during the length of the event. Make sure your caterer is on top of this. You want your guests to stay cool and hydrated.
Related: (previous post) Dessert Ideas | Popsicle Ideas

Who What to Wear - Summer Bridal Outfits

6. Consider Your DRESS
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 Dessert Ideas The weather is beautiful, but it’s also hot! Weddings are an all-day event and comfort is vital. Choosing lightweight and stretchy garments are the way to go for the bride, groom, and wedding party. Fabrics such as Chiffon, Tulle, Organza, Illusion, and Jersey are perfect for the summer; let's not forget those summer hats - great for protecting your face from the sun's rays... Also, encourage your guests to dress casually for your wedding. A relaxed guest is a happy guest... Brides look: Wedding two-piece dresses or a pantsuit are great options.
Related: (previous post) 25 Hat Ideas

What's on the Menu Ideas -Summer Wedding Food

7. Consider Your MENU (Relevant Food)
Think about how you will keep your food station at the correct temperature. If you plan on having an outdoor wedding under a tent (you might think where the tent is located, the shade is great, but maybe not), your caterer should know the correct temperature for each. Another idea: Incorporate ‘cooling foods’ in your menu, these foods won’t take as much to keep the food safe and at the right temp. The benefit of these foods. They will keep your guests hydrated, full, and happy during your wedding. Cooling foods have a cooling effect on your body and help you stay hydrated from the inside out.
      Ceremony Hour - While your guests wait for your arrival, have the waitstaff offer them light beverages - coconut water, iced-water, fruit popsicles; something that will keep them hydrated.
      Cocktail Hour - This time should focus on light finger foods and beverages - coconut water, iced-water, sodas, popsicles, melons, dips, signature drinks (does not have to include alcohol), any light figure food will do just great.
      Reception Hour - Dinner time! Have your guests enjoy (still cooling food, not anything too heavy) salads, fish, veggies, etc.

8. Consider Your DATE
Cross-reference your selected date to make sure you are not competing for that space or your guests' attendance. Check with the location manager to ascertain that your date is available and there are no conflicts. Also, make sure that your wedding is not on a popular date; your date might not be available or you may have to pay more for that space or location. Here are two popular wedding dates, based on Zola - June 1 and June 22.

9. Consider LIGHTING
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The right lighting can enhance your space/location and make your wedding unforgettable for you and your guests. Here’s what you need to know - (1) Figure out your wedding style (2) Assess the area with the manager to see where you should place the (3) Match your colors with the lights (4) Contact a professional for help (5) Visit the outdoor location at night to identify areas that may need illuminating.

10. Consider BUGS (keep those mosquitoes away)
For a bug-free wedding, consider having lanterns, repellent wipes available for your guests. Make sure you get the one that has picaridin. Try Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Towelettes ($16 for eight, avon.com ). You might also consider a bug-repellent gadget for the yard; for the most effective options, see The Best Insect Repellent Options .

While it’s important to find the perfect space for a wedding, the location should be equally significant. Is the ceremony in close walking distance to the reception area? How will your guests get to and from? Is there parking on the premises? If not, will your guests be shuttled to the ceremony, reception, and then back to their vehicles? Keep these questions in mind when looking at outdoor locations for your wedding.

11 Tips For Summer Weddings
Final thoughts
Every couple has their own unique story to tell, all of which lead to that pivotal moment of when she finally said “Yes.'' Make sure to capture that timeless moment which will tell another beautiful story that you, your family, and guests will remember forever.
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Posted: 5/2019 | Updated 3/11/2020


  1. Summer or late spring would be my chosen time for a wedding :) Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 10, open March 1 to 26. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

    1. Yes, Summer and Spring tend to be one of the best times to plan a wedding. Thanks for sharing.

  2. If you really want to do the outdoor wedding consider that the weather you visit the venue while checking out sites for your wedding will be different say in the heat of July. I was at a wedding a few summers ago where the venue was picked in the cool weather of the fall where air conditioning wasn't needed. The weather was perfect there if you married in the fall. In July it was brutally uncomfortable, hot, humid with no place for people to cool off. The temperature can be a huge issue for outdoor venues even if you have a backup for rain. If the backup isn't air conditioned or heated (depending on temp) your guests are going to be uncomfortable.

    1. Absolutely. Considering the month and time is crucial for an ideal event. So, it's best to hold your event during the evening when the sun it's not at its hottest and things tend to be cooler. Thanks for sharing.

  3. There really are so many details to work out to ensure that the event goes smoothly. I was at a wedding years ago in the middle of summer and the best man passed out from dehydration during the ceremony! It was really bad. So hydration is super important. Thanks for sharing and linking up.


    1. So sorry to hear that someone passed out from dehydration during the ceremony. This is why it is very important to have fluids, fans,So sorry to hear that someone passed out from dehydration during the ceremony. This is why it is very important to have a lot of fluids, fans, and have guests dress accordingly for an outdoor event. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ahh these are all lovely tips - makes me reminisce about my summer wedding in Italy :) #dreamteam


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