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Tips and Ideas to Keep in Mind as You Plan Your Summer Wedding

Summer is a perfect time for a wedding.  Flowers are in bloom, the weather is warm and the days are long.  If you have picked summertime as the season to get married, this article should be helpful since I'll provide some tips and ideas to keep in mind as your big day approaches.  I'll go over summer decor ideas, summer themes, color choices, wedding dresses, and food ideas.

Summer Decor Ideas

The decor of your wedding will speak out summer more than many of the other aspects of your wedding.  While you can make summer looking cakes, pretty bridesmaid dresses, and have it at a unique summer venue, the decor will most likely be what catches everyone's attention.  I'll go over some summer decor ideas that will help you plan your summer wedding.

Balloons

Colorful balloons definitely make any event summer looking.  Decorating your wedding with colorful balloons is a good idea.  Some people like to hang the balloons above where the bride and bridegroom will be standing during the wedding.  Or, if you are having an indoor wedding, you could hang the balloons around where people will be entering.

Flowers

Place a jar of flowers on the food table, and around the cake.  Also, some people have hung flowers behind where the bride and bridegroom will be standing at the wedding.  This can make the wedding very creative, and it will make the photographs look nice.

String Lights

String lights can add a glow to your wedding, especially if the reception is at night.  You can buy string lights cheap right after Christmas.

Moss

There are many ways to add moss into your wedding decor.  Some people make a moss centerpiece, while others set the cake on a large platter of moss.  One thing is for sure, the moss will add a green look to your wedding, and make it look like summer.

Hay Bales

Instead of using chairs for seating, use hay or straw bales.   You may want to throw some blankets on the bales so that they are soft to sit on.

Summer Themes

A wedding decor can only be done if there is a wedding theme.  This will help you decide how you want to decorate for your wedding.  But when decorating for a summer wedding, it may seem confusing for how to choose the perfect theme. Fortunately, there are many wedding themes for summer.  In this section, I'll go over some wedding theme ideas for summer.

Rustic Wedding

There are so many rustic wedding ideas, the ideas are endless.  If you are wanting to be really rustic, you could have a barn wedding.  A lot of rustic weddings use vintage items as decorations.  For example, old pails are used to display flowers, and golden plates are used for guests to eat off of.  Usually rustic weddings also have cute wooden signs that tell guests where to sit.  Some signs read, "Sit wherever your heart desires", or "Come as you are, stay as long as you can, we're all family, so no seating plan".  Also, a naked cake is usually the type of cake rustic weddings serve.  I'll go over that below. 

Flower Theme

Summer is definitely a time when flowers are in bloom, so there is no question to why some summer weddings choose flowers as their theme.  To have a flower themed wedding, everything must be decorated with flowers.  The table should have flowers on it, the bridesmaids should wear floral dresses, and flowers (preferably roses) should be hung where the couple will be standing.  It is also recommended to dress the cake with flowers.

Beach Wedding Theme

Do you live near the beach, or have you always wanted to?  A beach wedding theme will be perfect for you.  There are so many ways to decorate for a beach wedding.  You could put seashells on the cake, pin a starfish to the bridegroom's suite (instead of a rose), or you could pin some seashells to the bride's hair.  Some weddings even have the bouquet be made of seashells. If you live near the beach, then great!  You can have your wedding be on the soft sand, with the ocean in the background.  Even if you don't live near the beach, a beach themed wedding can make your summer wedding unique.

Popular Color Choices

Now it is time to go over summer wedding color choices.  There are many summer wedding colors that can make your wedding look beautiful.  Here are some ideas:

Green and White

The colors green and white can look nice together, and can give your summer wedding a natural look.  Try laying a white tablecloth on the tables, and set green plants onto it.  Also, wearing a green necklace with your white wedding dress is a good idea.

Red and Blue

If you are looking for July wedding ideas, there is nothing better than brightening up your wedding with the colors red and blue.  Most people try to decorate the tables with red and blue, but if you are wanting to wear a dress with those colors, go ahead and wear it.  The point is to decorate most of your wedding with items that are red and blue.  Another creative way to add these two colors to your wedding is to add them to the wedding cake.  Some people have added strawberries and blueberries to their cake.

Orange

A popular summer wedding color is orange, especially during late summer.  If you are looking for August wedding ideas, decorating your wedding with orange is a great idea.  It is common for people to make an orange colored cake, use orange flowers, and make orange invitation cards for summer weddings.

Lavender

With lavender being in bloom, your summer wedding is the perfect time to use the color lavender.  Add some lavender to the cake, use a lavender bouquet, and make purple invitation cards.

Black and White

While it make seem boring, black and white can actually make your wedding stylish looking.  Make sure you make a black and white cake, use white flowers, hang black and white balloons, and, of course, wear black and white.  The traditional white wedding dress and black bridegroom suite will make a perfect outfit for a summer wedding.

Black, White, and Pink

Is black and white too plain for you?  Add a splash of color to your summer wedding by including the color pink.  Use pink flowers, add pink to your black and white wedding cake, and perhaps wear something that is pink, such as a pink hair tie.

Yellow and Navy Blue

Yellow and navy blue will make your summer wedding indeed look like summer.  Try using daisies and hydrangeas for your flower bouquet.  Some brides have worn yellow shoes, but you could wear something else less obvious if you wanted, such as a yellow bracelet or hair tie.

Rainbow

Do you know what the theme color rainbow means?  It means your wedding can be as colorful and bright as you want it to be.  Choose a colorful variety of flowers, a colorful cake, and perhaps colorful balloons.  If you want, you could wear colorful clothing as well.

Summer Wedding Dresses

It is traditional for the bride to wear a white dress and the bridegroom to wear black.  But for a summer wedding, sometimes a little splash of color can make the wedding so much better looking.  Here are some summer wedding dress ideas for you and your bridesmaids to wear.

Dress In Color!

With summer flowers in bloom and the grass growing ever so green, it would be an understatement to say the world is very colorful during this time of year.  So why not join in with the color by dressing up in a colorful wedding dress?  Some people choose to go all out and wear a bright color, such as red, while others decided to do a color that is similar to white, such as a light blue or gray.  This couple decided to dress in color by having the bride wear a pink wedding dress, and the bridegroom wear a blue suit.  As you can see, the bride also held colorful flowers. 

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Gingham Bridesmaid Dresses

The bridesmaids should not be left out when it comes to dressing for summer.  For this couple's wedding, the bridesmaids wore gingham dresses.  Along with it they held white flowers.

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Flower Crown

Complete the bride's wedding dress with a beautiful flower crown made from roses, peonies, and more.  At this wedding, the bride chose to wear colorful flowers.  However, you could use white or soft blue flowers if you feel more comfortable in that.

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Delicious Food Ideas

A summer wedding isn't the same without a delicious summer menu.  There are so many summer foods to make, as well as cakes, that will make your wedding spectacular.  Here are some food ideas.

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake will make a wonderful dessert.  Not only is it delicious, but it is also a healthier dessert because of the strawberries.  To make it extra creative, put them in mason jars.

Sandwiches

Summer is the perfect time to eat sandwiches.  From grilled cheese sandwiches to BLTs, sandwiches can make a great addition to your menu.  You may want to make different kinds of sandwiches so that guests can choose which type they like best.  Make sure you include vegetarian and vegan sandwiches as well.

Pizza

If you are wanting a tasty dinner for your wedding, look no further than pizza.  You can either make the pizza yourself (with the help of some friends), or buy some pizzas.  Whichever route you choose to go, pizza is definitely an easy meal to have on the menu.

Ice Cream

Ice cream is very popular for summer weddings these days.  A lot of people make their wedding more creative by having a cart go around handing out ice cream, or setting up an ice cream stand.  If you will be having a vintage wedding, try using vintage bowels and spoons.  You may also want to top the ice cream with some fruit such as strawberries and blueberries.

Naked Cake

A naked cake can always add a rustic look to your wedding.  It can also add a summer look to your wedding if you add flowers to the cake.  Some fresh fruit can make a nice addition to the cake as well.  Naked cake is very easy to make.

Conclusion

I hope that this has helped you to come up with some great ideas to incorporate into your summer wedding.  There really are so many fun things to plan for a wedding in the summertime. Maybe even some of these ideas can be a springboard for other ideas you may have.  Make your wedding unique. Congratulations!

Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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