Summer Wedding Planning Tips and Trends

Summer is a season filled with warmth, sunshine, and the promise of new beginnings, making it the perfect time for tying the knot. If you're planning a summer wedding, you're in for a treat! However, with the beauty of summer comes its own set of considerations and challenges. Though, there is no need to fear, we're here to help you navigate through your summer wedding planning with ease. From menu items to trendy decor and everything in between, let's dive into the world of summer weddings.

 

Weather Considerations

1. Location

Summer weather can vary greatly depending on your location. In some regions, temperatures can soar into the triple digits, while in others, humidity levels can make it feel even hotter. Researching typical weather patterns for your wedding date and location can help you better prepare for what to expect.

2. Keeping Cool

To combat the heat and humidity that often accompany summer weddings, it's essential to have strategies in place to keep you and your guests comfortable. Consider providing amenities such as handheld fans, parasols, or cooling stations with cold beverages. Choose lightweight and breathable attire, and schedule outdoor ceremonies or receptions during cooler times of the day, such as early morning or late afternoon.

 

Venue Selection

1. Outdoor vs. Indoor

One of the first decisions you'll need to make is whether you prefer an outdoor or indoor venue. Outdoor venues, such as gardens, beaches, or vineyards, offer natural beauty and picturesque backdrops that are perfect for summer weddings. Indoor venues, such as ballrooms or banquet halls, provide shelter from the elements and may offer amenities like air conditioning to keep guests comfortable. 

2. Backup Plans

While outdoor venues offer natural beauty, they also come with the risk of unpredictable weather. Make sure your chosen venue has a backup plan in case of rain or extreme heat. This could include indoor spaces or the option to rent tents or umbrellas to provide shelter for you and your guests.

 

Trendy Decor Ideas

1. Vibrant Color Palettes

Embrace the vibrant hues of summer by incorporating bold and lively color palettes into your decor scheme. Think sunny yellows, coral pinks, aqua blues, and lush greens. These vibrant colors can be incorporated into everything from floral arrangements and table linens to signage and stationery, adding a cheerful and festive atmosphere to your wedding day.

2. Natural Elements

Bring the beauty of the outdoors inside by incorporating natural elements into your decor. Consider using wooden accents, such as farmhouse tables, wooden crates, or tree stump pedestals, to add rustic charm to your decor. Additionally, incorporating elements like driftwood, seashells, and sand can evoke a beachy vibe perfect for a seaside summer wedding.

3. Seasonal Blooms

Take advantage of the abundance of seasonal blooms available during the summer months. Incorporate fresh and colorful flowers such as sunflowers, dahlias, zinnias, and hydrangeas into your floral arrangements, bouquets, and centerpieces. Consider mixing in lush greenery like eucalyptus, ferns, and palm leaves to add texture and depth to your decor. 

4. Boho-Chic Vibes

Channel laid-back and carefree vibes with a boho-chic decor theme. Incorporate elements like macrame hangings, dreamcatchers, rattan furniture, and vintage rugs to create a relaxed and eclectic atmosphere. Mix and match patterns, textures, and textiles for an effortlessly stylish look that reflects your unique personality and aesthetic.

 

Attire Choices

1. Lightweight Fabrics

Choose fabrics that are breathable and lightweight to combat the summer heat. Linen, chiffon, and organza are excellent choices for both bridal gowns and groomsmen's suits. These fabrics allow air to circulate, keeping you cool and comfortable even on the hottest summer days.

2. Versatile Styles

Consider versatile attire styles that can transition seamlessly from daytime ceremonies to evening receptions. For brides, flowy and airy silhouettes like A-line or sheath dresses are ideal for effortless movement and comfort. Grooms and groomsmen can opt for lightweight suits in neutral or pastel colors for a relaxed yet polished look. These groomsmen can also style their suits with EMBR's Groomswear that includes lightweight ties and pocket squares. 

3. Comfortable Footwear

Don't overlook the importance of comfortable footwear, especially if you'll be spending extended periods outdoors. For brides, consider wearing wedges or block heels instead of stilettos to prevent sinking into grass or sand. Grooms and groomsmen can opt for breathable dress shoes or even stylish loafers for a more relaxed feel.

 

Menu and Beverages

1. Main Course

For the main course, consider serving dishes that are both satisfying and summery. Think grilled meats and vegetables, accompanied by vibrant salads and flavorful side dishes. Consider offering a variety of options to accommodate different dietary preferences and restrictions, ensuring that all of your guests can enjoy a delicious meal.

2. Beverages

When it comes to beverages, the options are endless. Create a signature cocktail or mocktail that reflects your personal taste and style as a couple, and consider incorporating seasonal fruits and herbs for an extra touch of freshness. Offer a selection of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages to cater to all of your guests' preferences.

3. Desserts

Don't forget about dessert! Treat your guests to sweet delights such as fresh fruit tarts, decadent ice cream sundaes, or a stunning wedding cake adorned with seasonal blooms. Consider setting up a dessert bar or a make-your-own ice cream station for an interactive and memorable experience.

 

Entertainment Options

1. Lawn Games and Activities

Take advantage of the great outdoors with lawn games and activities that add a playful touch to your wedding day. Set up classics like cornhole, giant Jenga, or horseshoes for some friendly competition, or create a cozy lounge area with blankets and board games for guests to enjoy.

2. Photo Booth Fun

Capture memories that will last a lifetime with a photo booth for your guests to enjoy. Provide props and backdrops that match your wedding theme, and let guests strike a pose and take home a souvenir photo strip as a memento of your special day.

3. Poolside Party

If your summer wedding venue includes a pool or is located near one, why not take advantage of this unique feature? Transform the pool area into a vibrant poolside party where guests can cool off and unwind. Set up lounge chairs and umbrellas around the pool for relaxation and consider adding inflatable floats and beach balls for a playful touch.

 

A Magical Summer Celebration

In conclusion, planning a summer wedding is an exciting and rewarding experience. By considering weather factors, choosing the perfect venue, embracing trendy decor, selecting the right attire, crafting a delicious menu, and offering entertaining activities, you can create a memorable and magical day for you and your loved ones. EMBR hopes you’ll remember to enjoy the process and savor every moment of your special day! 

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