The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Summer Wedding

Most brides have been dreaming of their wedding day since they were little girls. What will the theme be? What song will be our first dance? The color palette? Cocktails? What makes a wedding is truly in the details, and of course, it should be everything the couple could hope for! 

One of the most significant decisions a couple has to make is finalizing a date. But, of course, this past year has made that a seemingly impossible decision. Many couples were forced to postpone their wedding due to the pandemic. Simple spring weddings became hot summer weddings, and for many couples, that was a hard transition to make. 

Although some couples prefer a spring wedding, a summer wedding doesn’t come with too many pitfalls. So, if you were one of the many who were forced to postpone, here are a couple of tricks to host the best summer wedding.

A bride smiles at the camera while her grandmothers head rests on her shoulder.
A bride laughs with her veil over her head
Three blue and white striped umbrellas on a beach in Cape Cod.
Baby's breath and ferns lining rows of chairs
A bride and her groom walking toward their reception with her veil trailing in the wind

Tips for Hosting a Summer Wedding

It’s no secret that summertime is the most popular time to tie the knot. The weather is usually gorgeous; flowers are in full bloom, and life is just brighter. Lucky for you, hosting an unforgettable mid-summer wedding is actually a lot easier than you might think. 

Part of making your special day perfect is by making sure your guests are happy. You can never go wrong with a cool and refreshing cocktail. Have some fun with it; bride and groom specials are always a hit! Having a light sangria or mojito is always a great option. And don’t forget to create a fun mocktail too!

If you’re getting married in the summer, chances are you’re taking full advantage of the weather, and the reception is outdoors! If that’s the case, ensure you have some shaded decor. All it takes is a tent with some florals and string lights, and your dinner reception will be beautiful. When hosting a summer wedding, I always recommend having fans and small bottles of water available at the ceremony as well. The last thing you need on your wedding day is someone getting heatstroke!

Lastly, and possibly one of the most important details of hosting a summer wedding; make sure you choose airy fabrics. Whether it’s the wedding dress, groom’s suit, or the bridal party’s ensembles, you will thank yourself for wearing flowy fabrics. There’s a fine line between a dewy glow and straight-up sweat! 

Although it’s not ideal to postpone a wedding, everything will work out in the end. So my advice to you is to stay open-minded and approach any hiccups with the ‘glass half full’ mentality. Remember, this day is all about you two and is meant to be one of the best experiences of your life.

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A bride and groom walk up wooden stairs from the beach in Cape Cod.
White chairs on a green lawn in the summer in Cape Cod.
A bride holds her train while walking on the lawn at her wedding reception.