Bright sunny days and warm twinkly nights are a summer bride’s dream. With warmer temperatures and vacation on the brain, summer wedding season is one to look forward to. This season, surprise and delight your guests by including unique activities or menu items that indulge in those sweet summertime vibes. Here are 12 fun ideas for your summer wedding.
1. Themed Favors
Whether you’re getting married at the beach or in a picturesque barn, get creative with fun summer themed favors for guests. Beach bags, sunglasses, fans, and custom cozies to keep those drinks nice and cold are on theme and fun favorites. Practical and themed favors that are sure to be used are small bottles of sunscreen, bug spray, or miniature water bottles with custom wedding labels.
2. Game Time
Yard games are a great addition to any outdoor summer wedding. Guests can pass the time with drink in hand, playing corn hole while they wait for your arrival to the reception. Or maybe test their skills with a giant chess board. Any additional entertainment for the little ones is also a great idea to keep them busy while the adults socialize.
3. Mini Food
A fun twist to a wedding menu for the summer is to serve typical backyard barbeque items but in mini form! Sliders, mini hot dogs, tiny tacos, handheld chicken and waffle skewers, and bite-sized salads are not only adorable, but they’re easy to eat between socializing and dancing the night away. Also, we think they taste even better when they’re mini sized.
4. Brighten Things Up
Instead of the typical neutral wedding color palate, brighten things up with pops of vibrant colors! Bright florals, colored glassware or candles, and comfortable seating areas with cheerful cushions give off a playful vibe and encourage guests to relax and have fun.
5. Cool Desserts
Cool down after dancing it up with some delicious alternatives to wedding desserts. Offer guests ice cream sandwiches, cones, and popsicles! Or add to the fun by serving frozen drinks like margaritas and frosé and boozy popsicles for the adults. What’s better than a cool dessert on a hot summer’s day? Adorable pictures of the bride and groom enjoying them!
6. Lounge Spot
Create a lounge space at the reception with comfy couches, pillows, and shade for cooling off. Make it even more fun with colorful umbrellas or canopies that really give it a resort-like feeling.
7. Hydration Bar
Encourage guests to stay hydrated by offering a water station. Customize it by including infused water options such as lemon water, cucumber, or raspberry basil. It’s not only practical, but it’s also very pretty.
8. Light up the Night
When the sun goes down, that’s when the party really begins! Light up the night by lining the reception with fairy lights, tiki torches, bistro lights, or neon signs. Glow bracelets and necklaces are fun for the younger crowd and create a great photo opportunity on the dance floor. The ambiance of twinkle lights on a summer night is undeniable.
9. Photo Opportunities
A photobooth with Polaroid cameras is a fun activity for both you and your guests. Guests can either take the photo home as a fun memory, or they can gift them to you as a non-traditional guest book. Staged photos of the bride and groom with ice cream cones, champagne shake-ups or glow-clad dancing guests are also great ways to capture those summer feels forever.
Another way to light up the night is to have a bonfire. Fires are a great way to bring people together and have that classic summertime feeling. Offer comfortable seating and prepare pre-packed s’mores goody bags and roasting sticks for some extra summer sweetness.
11. Sail Away
If your wedding is near a body of water, rent a boat for a little reception after party with a small group of family and friends, or make a grand exit by waving goodbye to your guests and sailing away. Bon Voyage!
12. Refreshment Station
We’re not talking about the consumable kind. Help your guests freshen up by including a refreshment station at the reception. Items to include could be sunscreen, water, handkerchiefs/towels, and bug spray. They’ll thank you later.