Summer weddings allow for sunny ceremonies in the open air, bright florals, and nostalgic elements that will take you back to the simpler days in life. However, the hot months also means plentiful bugs and sweaty, uncomfortable guests, so you will need to prepare ahead of time to ensure that memories of your wedding do not focus on wet brows and mosquitos. We have compiled some ideas below for how to keep your guests comfortable and entertained, and about how to fully take advantage of the season in your decor and send-off, so that you can have the ultimate outdoor summer wedding.
1. First and Foremost, there are several step you can take to ensure the comfort of your guests.
Padded ceremony seats keep guests comfortable and protected from overheated surfaces.
2. Include fun activities that take you and your guests back to the long summer days of your childhood.
Lawn games are always a huge hit for both young and old. Incorporate fun facts about the bride and groom into the game for a more personal touch.
3. Decorate with the season in mind.
If you opt to hold your reception once the sun goes down to avoid the dog-day heat, hanging votives from trees is a beautiful option to add a romantic glow to your party. Candles are also great alternatives to using flower centerpieces that you have to worry about wilting from the sun.
Paper cranes are fun decorations that withstand the summer temperatures while also adding personality to your wedding.
Send your guests home with some special, summery homemade jam, and they will be sure to have sweet memories of your wedding.
Succulents are another great option, as they are very resilient in the sweltering sun.
5. Choose a unique wedding exit with perfect summer style.
Pedal off on a bicycle meant for two.
Or, if your reception is near the water, follow this fun couple's lead in floating down the river in matching inner tubes.
A great alternative to throwing rice or using sparklers is to have your guests release balloons as you leave. We think it would be sweet to write wishes for the couple on the balloons before sending them off.