How to Have the Ultimate Outdoor Summer Wedding

Posted by HannahN on June 18th, 2014

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.

We love the idea of putting baskets of fans at the entrance of the ceremony venue, or even creating a fan out of your programs for guests to use while you say your I do's.

Padded ceremony seats keep guests comfortable and protected from overheated surfaces.

Have plenty of fresh non-alcoholic beverages that your guests can serve for themselves, so that they stay hydrated and cool. 

A stand that includes sunscreen and bugspray is a great way to remind guests to protect themselves so that they wont have painful reminders the day after your outdoor ceremony.

Including a basket of flip flops for ladies to swap out their heels allows for comfortable walking in the grass during the ceremony and provides the perfect dancing shoes during the reception.

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.

You can never go wrong with a fun photobooth! Create lasting memories with DIY unique props and backdrops.

Bring in an ice-cream truck or popsicle stand for a fun and delicious way to cool off your guests!

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.

4. Choose wedding favors that play into the summer theme and that guests will actually want to use.

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.

Homemade honey is another summery favor that your guests can enjoy long after they go home.

Sunglasses are both fun and practical as they can be worn to protect eyes from the sun during the ceremony or reception. 

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.

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