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Summer Wedding Details

Sometimes the smallest details can set your wedding apart from all the others and truly make it memorable for your guests. Here are ten sweet and small ideas to incorporate into your summer nuptials that are sure to make a splash:

Parasols: Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, parasols are an adorable way to add elegance to your summer ceremony. These are especially helpful if your wedding is outdoors, giving your bridesmaids some relief from the sweltering sun.

Photo via Pamela’s Parasols

Seed Packets: Fruit, vegetable, or flower seed packets are a great favor idea for summer nuptials. Or, incorporate them in your décor by using them as table numbers or place cards.

Fans: Cool guests down with pretty hand fans. Available in tons of shapes, colors, sizes, and patterns or easy to make yourself, fans add a pretty touch to outdoor ceremonies. Make them serve double duty by printing menus or programs on one side of handmade paddle fans for outdoor ceremonies or receptions, or offering them as favors to guests.

Ice Cream Treats: In lieu of cake (or in addition to it), offer guests homemade ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, or an assortment of chilled goodies at a sundae bar.


Fruits & Veggies: Send guests home with baskets of fresh produce or spruce up summer wedding tables with a variety of colorful, in-season fruits and vegetables.

Signature Cocktail: Create an original and refreshing cocktail, specially designed for your wedding day, to cool guests down during the cocktail hour or reception.

Outdoor Activities: Entertain guests at a casual summer reception with fun activities outdoors, such as croquet, cornhole, tetherball, or badminton.

 

Krista Mason Photography

Bicycles: Nothing says summertime quite like a bicycle. Create a memorable getaway by riding off together on a tandem bicycle or aboard vintage cruisers, or add a little whimsy to an outdoor ceremony by adding vintage bicycles into your decor.

 

Deidre Lynn Photography

Mason Jars: Mason jars are a great way to add rustic charm to your summer affair and they can serve so many purposes. Filled with candles, they look darling when hung from tree branches at an outdoor reception, or loaded with flowers, they make darling centerpieces. Best of all, they make great glasses for guests to sip lemonade, soda, water, or cocktails at your laid-back summer shindig.

 Orchard Cove Photography

Flip Flops: Help guests relax at an outdoor reception by providing flip-flops! Stock up on an assortment of colors and sizes and have them available for guests when they arrive, allowing them to slip off uncomfortable heels or dress shoes and ensuring they’ll be ready to dance, mingle, and play late into the night.

Chicago Wedding Summer Favorites

With the weeks of Chicago summer fleeting and fall creeping in, we can’t help but stop and think about some of our favorite summertime wedding trends we’ve seen this season.  Not sure if it’s the heat of the weekend or the summertime rays, but we just can’t get enough of these five things.

Mason jars.  These glass beauties make the perfect partner for summertime weddings.  They are a great way to showcase a signature cocktail or fruit infused water and add an extra ounce of décor if your drink matches your wedding color scheme.  Mason jars can be ordered from most restaurant supply stores, but we’ve also seen tons at flea markets and garage sales.  And for an extra punch of fun, add an old fashioned swirly straw.  Can a drink get any better?

Yellow.  Nothing says summer like the color yellow.  And this summer, we’ve loved the color pair with just about everything.  Yellow and teal, yellow and coral, yellow and navy; its hard to go wrong, really.  And because yellow is such a contagious color, a little goes a long way!

Sparklers.  Maybe we’re still reeling from the 4th of July, or maybe we’re just suckers for anything shiny, but a sparkler exit is still one of our wedding favorites.  We often hear couples asking about the perfect sparkler length, and we’re fans of the 14 inch sparkler.  Long enough to last for a prolonged exit, but not so long that they feel overwhelming or scary.

Multicolored bridesmaid dresses. Like bridesmaids everywhere, we love letting bridesmaids choose their own dresses, but having each bridesmaid choose a different color, creates a fabulous summertime effect.  Even if you might not expect the colors to go together in normal settings, having them sprinkled throughout attendants creates a fun and lighthearted effect, perfect for summer.

Ice cold treats.  This summer, we’ve seen an emergence of frozen treats throughout weddings.  Ice cream bars and popsicle stands have caught our attention as the perfect summer wedding addition.  As the dance floor gets going and guests heat up, be ready to cool them down with the perfect summer frozen treat.  Talk with your reception vendor about options for incorporating ice cold treats into your reception. Wedding Dessert Options.