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.
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.
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.
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.
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.