Hi friends! I’d say summer is officially here, wouldn’t you? Time for lemonade, sundresses…and summer weddings of course! For the most part, summer weddings are a bit of a different breed. From backyard weddings to garden soirees, the weather itself just leads to a totally different ambience and atmosphere. I (along with a few other experts) recently chatted with Vogue.com about some of the biggest summer wedding mistakes to avoid.
Check out all of the great advice here (seriously, there is some great info!), but here are a few of my top tips:
- Include hearty food options. Many couples tend to go for that lighter fare for their summer events – refreshing gazpacho, chilled shrimp cocktail, spring salads topped with watermelon, etc. These are all perfect for the season…but won’t fill your guests up! Be sure to include a few heartier options so your guests can keep it going on that dance floor. Entrees like BBQ skewers, slides are lobster rolls are more than weather appropriate.
- Make it crisp, not bare. The minimalist trend is big in summer weddings. It can look fresh and natural, but don’t go too far with this or things will end up looking bare. If you’re avoiding over-the-top décor and overly sculptured florals, go for clean, crisp linens and loosely arranged wildflowers against a picturesque setting. Things will look organic and fresh!
- Embrace summer colors! Along with the minimalist theme, the white, cream and green color palette is also a popular summer option because it feels so light and crisp. But don’t be afraid to add that pop of summer color! A dash of rich yellow or vibrant purple in your décor will really make you stand out from the rest.
- Provide plenty of hydration. Summer lends itself to all those trendy drink ideas. Fruity lemonades with vodka, sangrias, lemon shandies, oh my! But remember that your guests still need to stay hydrated in that hot weather so provide plenty of non-alcoholic options and water stations for the drinkers and non-drinkers alike.
- Mind those summer nights. Keep in mind that hot summer days often lead to cooler summer nights. If your event is outdoors, be sure to have heaters on standby to keep your guests comfortable.
Remember to check out even more tips and tricks about summer wedding mistakes on Vogue.com!
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