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Sunny skies and balmy breezes are only two of the infinite reasons that couples choose to say “I Do” during the summer season! The months of June through August are some of the hottest for wedding dates – and it is clear to see why. If you are looking to plan a summer wedding and in need of some inspiration, keep reading as we have curated a comprehensive guide to some of the top trends! From color palettes to floral arrangements, follow along as we explore trendy ideas for the perfect summer wedding.
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Look your best under the summer sun by selecting breathable, airy fabrics – chiffon, lace, dotted swiss, crepe, and charmeuse are only a handful of the abundant lightweight dress materials. Show off your sunkissed glow with beautiful off-the-shoulder and mesmerizing low-back cuts, or take the intricate applique or layered tulle route to evoke a more ethereal, bohemian aesthetic. If you want to experiment with unconventional but playful dress wear, shop around for pops of color and mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses. As for the groom and groomsmen, lapel vests, hats, and floral accessories could be the perfectly dapper addition to your summery ensemble.
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With the bursting summer flora and endless sunshine that comes with summer, this season’s color signature palettes tend to be just as vibrant and eye-catching. Make it a rainbow affair with pretty pastels or stay minimal with all lilac for your big day. Sky blue shades, coral tints, gold accents, and green tones are also very popular for summer soirees. Some of our favorite pairings are: peach and olive, poppy and sage, rose and navy, coral and cream, and blush and ivory.
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A theme gives wedding planning a sense of cohesion as each individual element is creatively incorporated to create a larger vision. The decor, attire, and even menu are all thoughtfully coordinated to tie into the theme at large. Themes can be a special nod to the couple’s various colors, celebrations, memories, and interests, adding another layer to nostalgic sentiment to an already emotion-filled day. When it comes to settling on the theme, the possibilities are endless: some of the most popular summer wedding themes include Stars and Stripes, Summer Backyard Barbeque, Ocean, and Garden party. For the tried-and-true sea theme, make your nautical dreams come to life and emulate that classic New England prep with maritime motifs, blue hues, rope, and twine bunting, and of course, lots and lots of lush sea life. For a bold theme that will entertain the children and adults alike, why not try a carnival theme? Think vibrant colors, retro decor, and vintage signage to perfectly capture the childlike wonder and excitement of these adored amusement parks.
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Beach weddings are all the rage during the summer months, and if you are looking for a destination venue that is sure to delight guests, basking in the sandy shores and warm weather will certainly be a hit. Whether a sweeping picturesque beachfront or a more private cove, it is imperative to communicate details regarding if the wedding itself will be on the sand so guests can plan and dress accordingly. Encourage hats, parasols, shawls, and perhaps even designate a shoe-valet or de-sanding station so guests can trade in their formal footwear for a pair of flip-flops or sandals. Already a stunning backdrop for exchanging vows, keep it simple arch and florals so the couple and coastal views are the stars of the day. Be sure to keep the weather in mind as rain likes to frequent tropical locales, and consider a tent or pavilion-esque covering to ensure a dry ceremony and reception.
If you prefer trading the smooth sand for crisp grass, host a garden wedding instead! Elevate your outdoor space with statement drapery, lanterns, custom greenery walls, and floral accents galore. Long, lacey trains and flower crowns are whimsical yet chic accessories for any bridal party and botanical elements can easily be incorporated into invitations, place cards, wedding favors, and even the exit toss.
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Celebrate aromatic and luscious summer blossoms by highlighting the season’s best bouquets at your wedding. Contrast beaming gardenias with delicate wildflowers, such as freesias or baby’s breath, for a sweet yet elegant arrangement. If you like simple yet polished, sunflowers are the perfect pick to showcase. Hydrangeas, carnations, and dahlias all bloom in a rich variety of colors that would make for wonderful boutonnieres, centerpieces, and more!
We hope these suggestions have inspired you to plan an enchanting summer wedding that you will remember for years to come!
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