It’s no secret. Summer is the most popular time to get married. Not only is the weather fantastic and everything is bright and fresh, but it’s also easy for your guests to take time off. Bonus! But there are also a few downsides to outdoor summer weddings. It can be really hot, bugs can be a pain, and your celebration is often just one among many.
So, for your wedding to stand out, we have a few tips for you - starting with getting your Save-the-Dates out as soon as possible. Get creative with your outdoor wedding and, if you do it right, your guests will feel as though they are on vacation.
Ready to start planning a summer wedding? Take a look at our top tips on planning an outdoor summer wedding.
Not everyone loves the sun as much as you, so it’s very important to make sure you provide ways for your guests to escape the heat. If your ceremony isn’t hosted under the shade of trees, offer shade with umbrellas or a tent, air-conditioning (with portable systems) for your tent, or misting fans.
You can get creative here. Help to make the heat more bearable for your guests by handing out sunglasses, parasols, or fans as your guests arrive. This will keep everyone happy in the heat, and make them feel thought of.
The Bridal Party
Make sure you, and the entire bridal party, feels comfortable and confident by choosing material for their outfits that breathe well and offer comfort. Also, choose hairstyles that suit the summer heat. Get your hair off your neck if possible, to put a stop to stickiness. And, don't forget to apply sunblock - you don't want the blushing bride to turn into a sunburnt bride!
Pick the Right Flowers
Rather than having a particular flower in mind, go and chat with your florist. You will need to find flowers that hold up in the heat, you don't want your blooms wilting before you say, “I Do.” Succulents are ideal, and trendy right now, and they are great at making a big statement too.
Food and Wine
Pass on the red wine, and rather have fresh or frozen cocktails on offer for your guests - especially while you’re off getting your photos taken. Better yet, have a signature cocktail created for your big day. What a special touch! Your food, too, should be light and not heavy. Choose a fresh, light seasonal menu and get creative with dessert. Why not create a dessert station with chilly treats where guests can decorate their own ice cream, or perhaps shaved ice infused with alcohol?
Water. Water. Water
Make sure water is readily available throughout your celebration; on arrival, during the ceremony, even near the dance floor. A beautiful summer touch could be to serve big, glass water dispensers of flavored water, with added fruit slices.
Choose a Summer Color Scheme
You want your color palette to be light and fresh - darker tones just won’t do it. White weddings with a pop of pastel or bright summer colors are very popular right now and work well for the summer season. Also, remember to complement your venue’s style and colors with what you choose.
Offer Guests Protection
Don’t forget to offer your guests some protection from the sun and bugs. If you don't want to clutter the tables with sun protection wipes and bug spray, set them in a beautiful basket in the bathroom. And, for a personal touch, make personalized labels for the bottles.
Planning a summer wedding can be lots of fun, but the success of your event lies in the details. Hopefully, these tips have got you thinking!
Are you looking for outdoor wedding venues in Texas that offer rustic elegance or a simple country look? Hollow Hill provides the perfect setting for your big day with family and friends. Hollow Hill is one of the most unique wedding venues in Fort Worth, Texas, offering beauty and charm.
And if planning isn't your strong suit, the staff are ready to help the bride and groom plan their perfect event. Schedule a tour to see our Weatherford wedding venues in-person or virtually, and we can start planning a summer wedding for you. For more information go to www.hollowhilleventcenter.com.