There are plenty of reasons to plan a summer wedding—after all, who wouldn’t want to celebrate their love on a warm day, surrounded by beautiful flowers in bloom, under a sunny, cloudless sky?
Summertime weddings are often perfect for couples who want to exchange vows outdoors. They offer many opportunities for making the most of the season. Of course, summer weddings also come with unique challenges, from the cost to the heat. Read on to learn about some factors to keep in mind as you plan the summer wedding of your dreams.
1. The cost of summer weddings
As you begin planning, remember that summer is one of the most popular wedding seasons. You’re likely to have competition for venues and vendors, which often means higher price tags.
To minimize costs, try to book locations and contact vendors as early as possible, starting at least a year before your wedding date. Establishing a budget and priorities early in the planning process equips you to tackle possible price hikes.
You may also consider supplementing your wedding savings with an installment loan. That way, you could borrow the exact amount you need to afford your summertime wedding without worrying about repaying it in full right away.
2. A versatile venue
While summer weddings are perfect for outdoor venues like beaches or gardens, they don’t always go according to plan. Even if you’re planning for a ceremony outside, consider venues with a beautiful indoor space that could act as a backup plan if storm clouds roll in. Tents and canopies could offer shade and heat relief or keep everyone dry in a rain shower. But more extreme weather may call for a sudden change in plans.
Sometimes, you may have to rent an additional spot for a few hours, like a banquet hall in a nearby hotel, which could mean an extra cost. However, the expense may be worthwhile if it means avoiding a rained-out ceremony. Ensure that any indoor venues have adequate air conditioning to keep you and your guests comfortable and windows to take advantage of natural light.
3. Seasonal catering
Summertime is perfect for refreshing fare. Depending on your location, many fruits and vegetables have their peak season in summer, from tomatoes to watermelons. Consider dishes that incorporate seasonal produce for a memorable, delicious meal.
If you plan a buffet, you might want to include lush, colorful salads and fresh sliced fruit. Catered meals have the potential to offer local seafood as an option. Your guests could also enjoy signature drinks—with or without alcohol—to stay cool as they celebrate you.
4. Weather-appropriate attire
While you and your partner may have a specific vision for your wedding looks, no one wants to overheat on their special day. Many options for suits and dresses allow you to stay cool without sacrificing elegance. Breathable materials like linen, tulle, chiffon, and lace could make for gorgeous attire, and they don’t weigh you down.
Couples with their hearts set on satin or velvet may want to consider incorporating an outfit change into their wedding plan. After you exchange “I dos,” you could switch into shorter, lighter, or more casual outfits to dance and mingle comfortably at the reception.
5. Bright décor
While you should prioritize your and your partners’ personal styles, a summertime wedding is a great opportunity to incorporate pops of bright colour into your centerpieces, favors, and other decorations.
Your palette could emphasize the most beautiful aspects of the season. As you choose flowers, for example, a local florist could help you identify the vibrant flowers blooming locally during the summer. That way, your guests will marvel at your special day’s thoughtful design.
Planning a summer wedding can be stressful, but with a careful approach, you, your partner, and your guests could enjoy an unforgettable day.
By keeping these five things in mind—budget, venue, catering, attire, and décor—you could have the wedding you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re saying “I do” beneath a canopy of trees or dancing the night away in front of the ocean, your summer wedding could be truly a magical experience.