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19 Summer Wedding Touches We Can not Get Enough Of

Pull off an effortlessly cool warm-weather wedding.


Ok so summer is round the corner well we think it is with all this rain at the moment it feels like the April showers will never stop. Trying to find summer wedding ideas to make your big day unforgettable? There are so many unique and elevated ways to enhance your warm-weather wedding, and I have curated a number of wedding touches from real weddings to inspire you. From seasonal florals and light, fresh reception bites to décor ideas that fit with the season, there is no shortage of ways to infuse the best of summer into your celebration.


When it comes to planning a summer wedding, keep your guests in mind and remember that you will be dealing with higher temperatures and UV rays. Creative signature cocktails—like popsicles in Prosecco, sangria stations, and Cosmos garnished with edible flowers—can help guests battle the heat and quench their thirst. You can also swap the traditional tiered wedding cake for ice cream to give guests a sweet, chilled treat at the reception. If you are the whimsical type, consider hiring an actual ice-cream truck to come to your wedding as a special surprise.


Once you have covered the food and drinks, it is time to move on to your summer wedding décor. Consider creating shaded areas for your guests with chic umbrellas above decorated outdoor lounges, or hang greenery and colourful blooms that will capture your guests' attention. Do not forget to consider using string lights to add a beautiful glow to your celebration.


Want more inspiration for your late June, July, August, or early September nuptials? Ahead, discover 19 summer wedding touches that will make for a truly amazing day.


1. Make Welcome Beach Bags

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If you are hosting your summer wedding in a remote location, it is important to think of all the things guests may need in a pinch but might not be able to find. Put together a welcome bag filled with essentials like bottled water, sweet and savoury snacks, Advil, Band-Aids, safety pins, sunscreen, and bug repellent.


2. Throw a Casual Pre-Party

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Summer is all about letting the good times roll, so instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner, host a pool or beach welcome party. A barefoot celebration on the sand is the perfect way to get the weekend started.


3. Embrace Al Fresco Dining

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One of the major benefits of hosting a summer wedding is the warm weather. If the temperatures are mild enough, host your reception outdoors. After all, there is nothing like open-air dining during the summer.


4. Create Custom Beach Towels

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Leave custom beach towels in your guests' hotel rooms so they can use them at the pool or beach all weekend long. We love how this couple created a map of their wedding festivities for their favour design.


5. Minimize Time in Direct Sun

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The last thing you want to do is ask guests to stand around in the sun for hours on end. While we suggest keeping the time between your ceremony and reception short at any time of year, it is especially essential when temperatures spike. You should also consider tenting your outdoor reception to keep out the harsh rays or a possible rain shower.

Time your wedding to take place during the cooler points of the day with a sunset ceremony and an evening reception.


6. Keep the Menu Light and Fresh

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There is a time and place for a heavy, decadent five-course meal, and your summer wedding is probably not it. Stick to lighter fare, like fish, chicken, a fresh salad, and seasonal vegetables.


7. Have Watermelon Snacks

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Everyone loves watermelon during the summertime. Have your caterer cut small pieces and attach them to sticks for easy eating. Make sure you have plenty of personalized cocktail napkins on hand so things don't get messy.


8. Sport Sunglasses

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Sunglasses are the perfect summer wedding favour. You and your guests can use them during the ceremony and even take them home after the wedding is over.


9. Customize Signature Cocktails

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When it comes to your signature cocktails, choose lighter spirits paired with refreshing flavours. We suggest focusing on cucumber, mint, or berries to create light, flavourful sips.


10. Provide Fans

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Want guests to stay comfortable during your ceremony? Provide fans along with your programs or place one at each dinner place setting. It can even double as an escort card.


11. Embrace a Flower Wall


One sure-fire way to make a visual impression? A flower wall. Use one as your altar or add one to the reception space to give guests a photo-worthy backdrop.


12. Get Creative With Appetizers

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Guests will thank you for these summer-inspired passed appetizers. Think of everything you enjoy munching on in your backyard when June, July, and August roll around: burgers, hot dogs, tacos, and other barbecue favourites. Then, leave it to your caterer to elevate the noshes for cocktail hour.


13. Decorate With Balloons


Balloons are not just for children's birthday parties. They are also fun and playful summer wedding décor items. White balloons keep the colour palette clean and sophisticated or go with your colour scheme.


14. Party Poolside

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If you are planning a wedding at a resort or private residence, see if you can host your nuptials poolside. Nothing says summer wedding like a glistening blue pool.


15. Play Games

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Give your guests fun activities to do besides dancing. Backyard summer weddings practically beg for a cornhole, croquet, or other lawn-game setups.


16. Make a Memorable Guest Book


Instead of a traditional guest book, have your family and friends sign something a little more unique and memorial.


17. Embrace Seasonal Blooms


Summer wedding flowers are not only drop-dead gorgeous, but they can also save you a bit of money. It is much easier for florists to source seasonal blooms, so your vendors and your wallet will thank you.


18. Keep the Cake Simple


All a summer wedding cake really needs is a few beautiful flowers to top it off. We love how these brightly coloured florals pop against a white semi-naked cake.


19. Send Everyone Off With Sparklers


As your celebration comes to a close, light up the night with sparklers. You can not deny that they create stunning wedding exit photos.


Hope you enjoyed this read of 19 Summer Wedding Touches We Can not Get Enough Of and you gain some ideas that you may like to put into your big day.


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