By Yours Truly
The sunshine and warmth afforded by a summer wedding are unparalleled in the versatility they provide for your perfect summer wedding setting. Long days are perfect for a late afternoon wedding ceremony that culminates with the sun setting gloriously behind you on your wedding party. May through August is the number one most popular time of the year to marry and you should take full advantage of the season and all it has to offer when planning your summer wedding.
Summer weddings are perfect for outdoor settings such as a beach, garden or beautiful yard. To add some light to an evening outdoor summer wedding, light some torches and place strings of lanterns hanging from trees. As far as wedding attire goes, the summer bride will find that more than 75% of all available wedding gowns are sleeveless and/or strapless, making them perfect for the summer season. Look for lighter fabrics such as organdy, linen, crepe, georgette and lightweight silk.
For all the men in a summer wedding bridal party, a classic navy blazer with khaki slacks are perfect. For a more formal affair, perhaps consider morning suits or tuxedos depending on whether the affair will take place during the day or evening. A white dinner jacket is fabulous too and perhaps even a bit more comfortable than a tuxedo. Almost anything goes when it comes to proper summer wedding attire.
Summer wedding decorations should reflect the joy and bounty of the season. Use fresh fruits and vegetables to decorate your reception area. Consider clementines and cumquats in flower arrangements and fill the room with bright and cheery blooms like roses, sunflowers, red and yellow calla lilies, dahlias, mums and zinnias (just to name a few). You can also create an airy summer look with mostly white and light colored flowers such as roses, stephanotis, white phlox, hydrangea, white calla lilies, snowball mums and Shasta daisies.
For summer wedding tables, consider pairing your favorite flowers with seasonal fruits. Place lemons and limes in tall, clear topiaries and top with a loose floral arrangement. You can also create a lush garden look by planting bright pink hydrangeas in antique urns to flank your outside aisle. (You can plant them afterwards in your own garden.) Select bouquets for the bridesmaids that when placed all together, resemble the horizon at sunset.
Fill your summer wedding menu with the bounty of the season by serving fresh fruits such as watermelon and berries. Granitas and sorbets are refreshing desserts after a summer wedding fare of fresh seafood or even traditional barbecue for a more casual affair.
Summer wedding favors might include fruits of the season, such as pears or peaches. Small pots of flowers and seeds as well as beautiful wooden fans or crystal oysters with a pearl make the perfect wedding favors.
Make your summer wedding a joyous celebration under the sun, wherever it may shine for you and your spouse-to-be on this your most special day of days.
Holiday Wedding Favors - If you have selected a wedding date around the holidays, you will have two reasons to celebrate on your wedding day! When planning a holiday wedding, you want to incorporate a holiday theme into your wedding without making it be a major focus of the attention. After all, your wedding should be all about you!
Valentine's Day Wedding Favors - If you are getting married in February, you have a terrific assortment of wedding favors to choose from, including pink and red favors, as well as many favors surrounding the theme of love.
Cross Culture Weddings - More and more couples from different cultures are getting married in recent years. When planning a wedding between two different cultures, embrace both cultures by incorporating ideas and traditions from each. Including aspects from different heritages will create a very unique affair.