Bright, bold colours, warm weather and romantic, golden sunsets. It’s no wonder that the sunniest season is the most popular time of year to say ‘I do’. If you’re seeking summer wedding ideas, here are a few of our favourites to get you started.
1. Celebrate the Sunshine
Choosing a summer wedding means raising the chances of glorious sunshine on the day. It’s irresistible to think of your guests enjoying a glass of Prosecco under the clear blue sky, soaking in some vitamin D and toasting the two of you. If you love the sunshine, why not make it a feature of your wedding stationery? Our Sunburst Collection glows, with each ray sparkling in hot foil.
2. Ice Cream
With the lovely hot weather, it’s hard to resist a nice cooling ice cream. Hire a retro ice cream van for your reception party, or create your own ice lollies to offer guests while they enjoy the sun. You could make them match your colour scheme, and it’s easy to add an extra twist too. Peach Bellini popsicle anyone?
Nothing says celebration more than a chilled glass of champagne. But, summer weddings enjoy opportunities for even more bubbles throughout the day – like exchanging confetti for party bubbles. You could give each guest their own bubble wand or hire a machine that creates a bubbly arch as you leave the ceremony.
4. Summer Cocktails
Cool, refreshing long drinks are a great alternative to champagne on particularly hot days, and you can match the drinks with your theme or colour scheme. A vintage wedding could offer classic French 75s and Manhattans or for a blush pink wedding offer Pink Ladies.
5. Geometric Lanterns
It’s a trend that’s here to stay and we can see why – geometric designs are oh so stylish and offer a wealth of fabulous decor for your summer wedding. Lanterns adorned with candles or flowers create romantic centrepieces. Pair them with geometric wedding stationery for a super chic wedding theme.
6. Fresh Flavoured Water
It’s potentially going to be scorching weather, so having lots of refreshing ice cold water on offer is a must at a summer wedding. Adding a hint of flavour is a lovely touch and can look decorative too. Go simple with slices of cucumber, or choose fruits that are both tasty and match your wedding colours.
7. Classic Gold on White Colour Scheme
Opting for a classic colour scheme is an elegant way to celebrate at a traditional summer wedding. White tablecloths with gold centrepieces, a white dress with gold jewellery or sparkles of gold decoration on the white wedding cake. There are endless options. Plus the hot foil finish on white and gold wedding invitations makes them really special.
8. Garden Tea Party
If you’re planning to get married in your family home or have a venue with a lovely garden – a tea party could be a beautiful wedding theme. Set up traditional outdoor games, like croquet, skittles or boules and choose fun finger foods as your pre-dinner offering. Your wedding stationery could incorporate English garden flowers into the design, or use classic colours to complement the tone of the day.
Hopefully, it will stay warm well into the evening, so there’s no need to bring the party inside at a summer wedding. What better way to celebrate than by providing funfair rides, like at Claire and Ian’s fun wedding in Yorkshire. It was definitely a night to remember.
Guests of all ages will have fun with balloons on a summers day. They decorate your wedding venue, adorn your tables and look great as props for photos. To ensure they’re environmentally friendly, search for biodegradable balloons and ribbon when you shop.
11. Afternoon Tea
In warmer weather, guests may not want to eat as much during the day. An afternoon tea is a fun way to keep them going until a later dinner and the tiered sweets and sandwiches will look decorative too. Choose fruity cream scones and cupcakes that match your colour scheme, then pair with pretty teapots filled with English Breakfast tea.
12. Rustic Wedding Theme
Rustic weddings are a wonderful option in the summer, with hay bales aplenty, log slice centrepieces and gorgeous floral arrangements. Kraft card has a natural texture that perfectly complements this popular theme. It’s relaxed and informal and can be combined with foil lettering to give that extra hint of sophistication.
13. Relaxed Outdoor Speeches
Wedding speeches are often our favourite part of any wedding day, but they’re notoriously nerve-wracking for those having to stand up. Take the pressure off by moving the speeches outdoors. It’s a less formal setting, and the sunshine is sure to create a jolly atmosphere no matter how bad the jokes are.
14. Seasonal Wedding Table Names
Summer flowers, exotic locations or your favourite flavours of ice cream. There are so many fun options you could choose for your table decorations during the sunny season. For more inspiration, check out some of our creative ideas for wedding table names.
15. Beach Wedding
If you’re lucky enough to be getting married close to the coast, include some beach fun into your summer wedding plans. Guests could play the slots at Brighton Pier before heading down for photos by the sea. Or, Devon’s shores are a great place to feel the sand between your toes as you sip champagne at sunset.
16. Ceremony in the Sunshine
An outdoor ceremony is a lovely way to tie the knot. It’s peaceful, relaxed and often less formal than an indoor affair. Venues usually have a backup option if the weather turns bad, or you could provide personalised umbrellas just in case.
17. Acoustic Guitar
Laid back, al fresco evenings are even better with live music, and acoustic guitar is the ideal sound of the summer. Hire a musician to play as you walk down the aisle, then have them strumming throughout your drinks reception.
18. Summer Blooms
Bright pink Peonies, sweet-scented lavender or bold yellow Gerberas. Vibrant blooms are a highlight of the summer season and will add lots of colour to your day. We can incorporate your wedding flowers into a bespoke stationery design too, making everything from your invitations to your table names beautifully personalised to your day.
There’s no colour choice more cheerful for sunshine days than a stunning bright yellow. This shade is on trend at the moment and we can’t get enough of it. OK, we may be biased as our very own Wendy and Matt picked it for their wedding – but you can’t deny it’s a beautiful statement colour.
20. Gin Bar
It’s become one of the most popular drinks around and what a refreshing choice on a hot summers day. Setting up a gin bar can be as simple as a ‘help yourself’ table with a selection of gins, garnishes, and tonics. Or, you could invest in some serious gin expertise with a deluxe cocktail bar and mixologist. Either way, it’s sure to be a popular choice amongst your guests.
21. Add a Sweet Touch
Love Hearts, Dip Dabs or Drumsticks – who doesn’t like all those sweets from childhood? Pick n mix wedding favours or a sugary treat table is a fun way to get your party started.
22. Naked Cake
Light fluffy sponges are great for a summer wedding cake. Naked cakes look fantastic decorated with fruit and cream or summer flowers, plus the lack of icing will be appreciated if the weather’s really hot. They’re perfect for rustic weddings and garden parties too.
23. Summer Wedding Menu
Creating the perfect menu for the evening meal is one of the best parts of planning a wedding. For summer months, be sure to avoid anything too heavy and go for options that remind people of sunshine days. Fish is a lighter option when accompanied by summer vegetables, or a BBQ with fresh salads could be fun for a relaxed outdoor wedding.
24. It’s All About the Jars
They come in many shapes and sizes, are versatile, and almost free to collect. Jars are a fabulous base for wedding decorations, cocktail glasses and cute containers for wedding favours. Their informal appearance is ideal for summer weddings and they’re absolutely on trend at the moment. So, get your friends to start saving them up for you at once.
25. Personalised Summer Wedding Favours
Making your own wedding favours doesn’t have to be complicated. Fill a jar with your favourite sweets or with homemade sloe gin. Personalised stickers are a lovely decoration for the label and can be printed to match the rest of your wedding stationery.
26. Summer Fruits
Sweet flavours and bright summery colours make fruit a fabulous focus for your wedding day. Include them in your table centrepieces, pour cocktails with an exotic fruity twist and decorate your cake with juicy berries.
27. Romantic Lighting
As the sun begins to fade, light up your party with romantic beams. Soft lighting can lead the way from the garden path to the dance floor, or tables look dreamy when candlelit.
28. Sunshine Playlist
Summer tunes are always a fantastic party starter. Make sure your playlist is packed with songs that celebrate sunshine days, journeys to the beach and summer nights. Your guests will be on their feet and dancing in no time.
29. Blush Pink
Featured Image: Script Wedding Invitation
Subtle and romantic, blush pink weddings are a beautiful option for the summer. There are lots of ways to incorporate it into your colour scheme, including dresses, ties, flowers and the cake. Blush pink wedding stationery looks exquisite when teamed with gold or rose gold foil.
30. Be Prepared
It’s summer in the UK, so let’s face it anything could happen weather-wise. Offering guests free sun cream and flip-flops is a nice touch for an outdoor reception. Put them alongside a basket for brollies to be ready for all eventualities.
31. Countryside Wedding Theme
Moody sunsets, cute wildlife, and rolling British hills and fields. A traditional, countryside wedding is a romantic setting in the summer. Helen and Simon’s wedding at their family farmhouse in Cheshire is full of ideas for the perfect day.
32. Get Married Abroad
If you’re a true sun-worshipper, how about choosing a destination wedding in a location with guaranteed blue skies. According to The UK Wedding Report by Bridebook.co.uk and The Wedding Industry Awards, couples actually spend less when they get married abroad too. Plus, the venues are spectacular, like this stunning castle for Kelly and Michele’s Italian wedding. Felicitazioni!
We came across The Foil Invite Company and loved their designs and that you could easily customise them. When the finished articles came, we were absolutely delighted. The gold foil lettering worked perfectly and our guests commented on how beautiful they were. Thanks Wendy and team for your contribution to our happy day! – Lara and Oliver