5 Tips for a Summer Wedding

It’s officially the summer and as such, we have to talk about summer weddings.

Summer has always been the most popular time of the year to get married, just take Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson in Bride Wars with their endless fight over having a June wedding at the Plaza.  Ok, that might be a little dramatic, but you get the point.

Summer time is highly desired and it makes sense.  It’s warm, sunny and flowers are in full bloom.  It’s also when kids are out of school and families are more flexible to take trips for your destination wedding.

As you can imagine, venues and dates do book up quickly over the summer, so if you are currently engaged and thinking about having a summer wedding, jump on it!

Now for those of you having a summer wedding this year or next year or sometime in the future, I want to talk about celebrating the summer in your wedding.

As with any season, there are always pros and cons, but the key is to embrace it and make decisions wisely.  So, here are 5 tips to help create your summer wedding.

5 Tips For An Awesome Summer Wedding

1.  Keep it outdoors

One of the main reasons you picked the summer is so that you’d be guaranteed nice weather, so make sure your summer wedding is outdoors to take the full advantage of the warmth.

Pick a spot in a garden, vineyard, lake, forest, or beach, basically any spot outdoors.  You want to be able to enjoy being in nature and in the sun.  Summer = outdoors, so utilize that the best you can.

Outdoor destination wedding in Healdsburg by Jamie Chang destination wedding planner of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Deborah Laver Photographer)

2.  Bring on the shade

So, your summer wedding is outdoors (because you dutifully followed our first point), but while you and your guests want to take advantage of the warmth, you also need to be thinking about ways to keep them from overheating.

So, don’t forget about creating shade if nature doesn’t already have that taken care of for you.  Bring in market umbrellas for people to enjoy cocktails under, rent a tent to cover your guests while they eat, provide the ladies with parasols to block their heads from the sun, hand out program fans or sunglasses.

You could even go so far as to bring in fans or misters if it’s deathly hot.

Parasols at an outdoor summer wedding by Jamie Chang destination wedding planner of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Jennifer Lamba Photography)

3.  Pick light foods and drinks

When you feel hot, you want something light and cool, it’s just the nature of things.  So, pick your summer wedding meal and your drinks to help with that.

Cold soups, salad, and fish are all nice lighter options.  Pick non-cream base sauces for your entrees and accompaniments that won’t weigh your guests down.

Instead of heavier signature cocktails, pick something with cucumber or mint.  And when it comes to your cake, consider going with a lighter fruit flavor as opposed to a dense chocolate cake.

Summer salad served at a summer wedding by Jamie Chang destination wedding planner of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Deborah Laver Photographer)

4.  Make it light and bright

Summer is such a happy season, so enhance that feeling with light and/or bright colors.

Using colors that highlight the vibrancy of the season and the outdoors will help to keep that summer feeling thrumming through your wedding.

It also has the added benefit of feeling light too, so as to not add any unnecessary heaviness.

Summer wedding bouquet at a wedding by Jamie Chang destination wedding planner of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Day 7 Photography)

5. Schedule your wedding for later in the day

In the same vein of the previous points, you want to capitalize on the weather, but also not kill off your guests.  So, schedule your summer wedding for later in the day when it’s a little cooler.

You’ll be able to take advantage of the afternoon sun, the sunset and the warm evening.

Super bright light isn’t great for photos either, so later in the day is ideal to get the best shots and to save your guests some pain. And just imagine dancing outside at night, it’s so magical.

First dance at summer destination wedding in Hawaii. Event design by Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Rachel Robertson Photography)

Now you’re ready for your summer wedding!  Go forth and enjoy and if you need some help to create your awesome summer wedding, give us a call!

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