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Tips for Planning a Fantastic Summer Wedding Reception


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.

Our Favorite Summer Wedding Ideas


We’ve witnessed many beautiful summer weddings over the years at 1451 Renaissance Place.  Here’s a list of some of our favorite summer wedding ideas that you can use in your wedding planning—or as inspiration for your own unique summer wedding!

floral bouquet on table with sparkling back drop: outdoor touch for spring weddingFlowers

Make your guests feel like they are in the middle of a summer field, in a beautiful summer garden, or in a tropical summer setting.  There are a million different ways to incorporate flowers into your summer wedding, so feel free way to make centerpieces that are completely, and uniquely, you.

elegant lighted globe centerpiecesLights

We’ve had people tell us these lights look like dandelions at the end of summer, and it’s easy to see why—and why they’re one of our favorite summer wedding ideas.

Summer program fans

It’s beautiful and a really great way to keep your guests cool.  Have your program printed on paper that your guests can turn into a fan (with or without a hard stick!).

summer treats at weddingSummer treats

Lemonade, sundae bar, ice tea, corn on the cob…there are so many different options for summer wedding appetizers and dinners that are perfect for a fun seasonal wedding.

birch containers with elegant wedding centerpieceBringing the outdoors in

There’s a reason why we all look forward to summer: beautiful weather, warm sun, flowers… Even if you hold your wedding indoors (it’s safer than hedging your bets on the weather-and a lot more comfortable for your guests!), there’s no reason you can’t incorporate everything you love about summer into your beautiful wedding venue (we’ve given you ideas in our recent post).

cookies for wedding guestsFavors

The sky is the limit when it comes to wedding favors, so feel free to choose summer-themed favors like bubbles, summer drink mixes, and treats.

outside rennaissance place a beautiful wedding venue on a hot summer dayOutdoor photos

Choose a venue with a beautiful setting for outdoor photos that you can actually enjoy posing for (no shivering involved and a place with a cool reprieve after the outdoor heat).  For more summer wedding ideas, choose a wedding venue with an experienced staff that can give you more inspiration—and help you turn that inspiration into your own beautiful summer wedding.