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7 Essential Factors for Your Summer Wedding Planning

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Congratulations on finding the love of your life! As you plan your wedding with your forever person, there are a million things that you need to know and finalize. However, one thing is for sure, you’re ready to say ‘I Do’ to your boo in a beautiful summer wedding of your dreams.

If you’re ready to get hitched under the gorgeous weather, filled with shots of sunkissed photography during the golden hours, here are 7 essential items that need to be on your summer wedding planning checklist.

Start Early To Get Ahead

When you have an exquisite summer wedding to plan, you need to be quick. Whether it’s locking down your dream wedding venue, finding the perfect summer wedding attire, shopping for perfect wedding rings, deciding the theme of your wedding, setting up a photo booth, or creating a guest list.

You need ample time for successful wedding planning, especially the finer details, so start preparing for big things like the venue and your attire at least 6 to 8 months before your wedding. Outdoor venues get booked fast during the wedding season, so whether you want a destination wedding in a garden, or a classic beach wedding, research and book the venue for your wedding day, and find the perfect dress to compliment your wedding theme.

Create A Summery Color Palette

A summer wedding demands the wedding theme to be as bright, fun, and colorful as the season itself. The beauty of a summer wedding lies in its versatility. You could use pastel shades like blush, peach, and light blue, to create a sense of alignment as the lighter background captures the beauty of the outdoor venue setting.

Bride in white dress laughing joyfully with five bridesmaids in green dresses, holding bouquets in a park.

You could also create a gorgeous garden wedding theme for a refreshing look. If you’re planning to get married in a winery, a touch of mauve, lavender, or dusty blue would be perfect. Just make sure the colors aren’t too bright as they could interfere with the bright sunny light. Your placement of the wedding booth will also depend on the color palette of your wedding venue, so make sure you’re happy with the one you choose.

Pick A Venue With Flexible Options

A summer wedding can be beautiful, but it’s not without its own trials, such as the heatwaves, and constant perspiring in the outdoor venue. So, the best way to make the most of your special day will be by picking a venue that offers both indoor and outdoor options, that way you can have the ceremony outdoors, the cake cutting, and the party indoors or later at night once cooler temperatures arrive.

For instance, the Kauai island of Hawaii is famous for its natural attractions, but it can also get hot and heavy during the summer season, requiring a thorough assessment if you plan to have a wedding there. A smarter way to enjoy the spot would be to get beautiful shots against the picturesque backdrop of the island, and then return outdoors to attend to your guests during the party.  

Go For A Dewy Makeup Look

The last thing you need on your wedding day is to look like you came straight out of a hotbed with your face glistening with sweat, and all your makeup smudgy. To avoid looking like that halfway through the ceremony, go for lighter, more natural makeup looks.

Summer weddings are a great time to experiment with the dewy and refreshing looks. Make sure your makeup is water and sweat-proof, especially if you’re going to be on a beach. Remember to use hydrating products and keep some on-the-go products on you at all times. To know the best look for your wedding, start experimenting early, and do it a lot.

Add A Touch Of Summer To Your Wedding Attire

We know you want to look like a princess on your wedding day, but a princess can be beautiful and comfortable, just like your wedding dress should be. If you’re getting married on an island, beach, or waterfront, ditch the long dresses with trains and choose summer dresses that not only complement your seasonal look but also feel breathable.

Invest in summer-friendly materials such as cotton, and get it altered and prepared way ahead of time to avoid any last-minute hassle. Once you’ve set your eyes on the perfect wedding theme, don’t budge too much and let your wedding attire represent the theme. Some beautiful summer wedding dress types come with an off-shoulder look, net embroidery, and a sweetheart neckline. If that’s something you want, get your hands on it as soon as you can.

Make A Wedding Dress Code

What’s a wedding without a theme? And what better way to make the theme pop than by creating a fun dress code that makes all your guests feel like an integral part of your special day. If your wedding theme is all about a garden party, encourage your guests to wear shades of green or even pastel ones. Alternatively, you can ask them to choose shades of wines for a day at the summer vineyard wedding.

If you want a more rustic look, and your theme is focused on boho chic, especially for a summer island wedding like in Jamaica, encourage your guests to play along and add chunky accessories to their attire for a cohesive look that aligns with your wedding theme.

Create A Summer Inspired Menu

Neither you, nor your guests want to eat something hot and spicy during the hot wedding day, so ease them into the ceremony by serving mimosas, cocktails, and chilled mocktails. Then you can serve delicacies that align with your wedding theme and help your guests cope when the heat gets a little high.

Outdoor dining setup by a lake with wooden tables, chairs, and string lights hung overhead, surrounded by trees.

For a summer inspired menu, play with light, refreshing, and seasonal delicacies. You can start with a fun salad bar, have a charcuterie station, create an interactive sushi table, and serve small appetizers like bruschetta, along with a salmon entree. Plus, you can never go wrong with pizzas and hotdogs! There are so many summer wedding menu options that sooner or later you’ll find the dishes that work well with your theme. Give it a whirl, and don’t forget to enjoy the food!

Wrapping Up

Planning and executing an entire wedding from scratch can certainly feel overwhelming, but when you’re planning a summer wedding with your boo, it’s certainly worth it. The tips given above are our attempt to make your wedding planning easier. 

Remember, cherishing this phase before you get hitched is also essential. Creating a wedding of your dreams with your boo is bound to bring you both closer. Happy planning!

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