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Tips for Planning a Fantastic Summer Wedding Reception

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floral bouquet on table with sparkling back drop: outdoor touch for summer weddingOctober may be the “new June” for weddings, but summer is still a top choice for engaged couples. In a climate where it’s cold nine months out of the year, summer is the only time in Wisconsin when you can practically guarantee that you won’t need a coat or shawl over your wedding dress or tux. Sometimes, that warm weather can also venture into hot and humid territory—which is why you should use these tips to make your summer wedding as fantastic as the weather (even on the hottest days!).

Make guest comfort a priority

elegant lighted globe centerpiecesThe same warm summer weather that makes summer an ideal time for a wedding is also the same weather that can make a wedding unbearable. Wisconsin summers can get hot and muggy, turning a joyous occasion into a pool of sweat. Plan accordingly; choose an indoor venue with air conditioning that can make your guests want to dance and mingle instead of gathering around a fan. For an outdoor wedding, rent fans that can improve circulation and keep your guests cool.

Dress accordingly

No matter what time of year you shop for dresses and tuxes, keep in mind that your summer wedding could be hot (very hot!). Choose breathable fabrics so your time outside (and your attendants’ time) isn’t unbearable.

Be creative with your wedding favors

Practical and fun wedding favors are almost a must at a summer wedding. At a hot summer wedding, provide misters, cool drinks, or hand fans so your guests can stay cool in the heat. Even if your guests just have to walk to their cars in the parking lot, they’ll appreciate the gesture.

Have a plan B in case of inclement weather

outside rennaissance place a beautiful wedding venueAn outdoor wedding ceremony can be a beautiful event; it can also be a very wet and soggy challenge if a summer storm moves in (or it rains for days before your wedding). Instead of scrambling at the last minute, search for a wedding venue that has ceremony and reception space just in case you need to move your ceremony because of the wet weather.

Schedule the day’s activities with the weather

Don’t suffer—and make your attendants and guests suffer—through the highest heat of the day. Instead, craft a wedding schedule that takes into account the hot summer temperatures. Schedule photos and other outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day so you can cool down inside during the hottest temperatures.

Cool your guests down with seasonal drinks

One of the most fun part of a summer wedding is the drinks. Cool your guests down with lemonade, tropical mixed drinks, and water served with fresh fruit. In addition to being stylish and delicious, summer drinks keep your guests hydrated so they can enjoy your summer wedding reception.

Bring the outdoors in

birch containers with elegant wedding centerpiece

If you want the (cool) comfort of an indoor reception but the feel of a beautiful summer day, bring the outdoors in. Use tree bark, potted plants, topiaries, fresh flowers, and seasonal treats to make your guests feel like an outdoor summer  wedding.

 

 

Make your last course a refreshing treat

Every detail plays a part in creating a wonderful summer wedding reception, including a late-night course that keeps your guests dancing. Choose a late-night course that complements your wedding atmosphere, complete with the summer drinks that keep your guests hydrated and having fun.

20 Super Cool Summer Wedding Themes

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elegant wedding centerpieces with simple rose arrangementIt seems like the only thing plentiful about the list of summer wedding themes is the lack thereof of summer wedding themes you can find online. That’s why we’ve gone to great lengths to list 20 ideas for a summer wedding that you can personalize into a magical summer event.

  1. Nautical
  2. English garden
  3. Vintage summer party
  4. Night under the stars
  5. Beach party
  6. Summer Sweets (i.e. cotton candy, ice cream, etc.)
  7. Day at the Vineyard
  8. Elegant country fair
  9. Singing in the Rain (or another classic summer movie)
  10. Summer parade
  11. Outdoor concert
  12. Summer camp
  13. Day at the races
  14. Circus
  15. Bold summer color
  16. Strawberry fields
  17. Rustic summer night
  18. Summer festival (whatever kind of festival you want!)
  19. An old-time summer dance
  20. Rose garden

Once you’ve chosen the right summer wedding theme, use this blog post to start your wedding planning (and don’t forget to use these ways to keep your guests cool). Set a date (or a season) and start contacting wedding venues that fit your criteria. The wedding planning has begun. Have fun!