My top tips for a fabulous summer wedding

Sunny days, late nights, gentle breezes and the odd storm… summer has definitely arrived. And, with everyone in holiday mode, no wonder this time of year is a favourite for proposals and weddings! 

If you’re planning a summer wedding, here are my top tips to make the most of what summer has to offer.

Summer vibes

Many couples love summer, because it draws us outdoors for beach and country weddings. Think fresh air and plenty of daylight to play with. Sunflowers, bunting, lanterns and fairy lights all add a touch of romance to the summer wedding. It’s also a great year to go all out and add fireworks as a surprise for your guests!  

If you want to bring summer inside, think sand, star fish and sea shells as decoration; or an abundance of informal, garden-style flowers which can give your venue that special summery feel.

For that free-flowing inside and out wedding, marquees and tipis are a great option. They make for a perfectly romantic setting, which provides shelter from the elements at the same time.

When it comes to theming your wedding, there are so many quintessentially summer activities you can incorporate. Choose a beautiful outdoor venue and have a picnic instead of the traditional sit down wedding; or opt for a country-style barbecue. You could also step it up a notch and plan your nuptials on a private boat, secluded island, resort or beach.

Feed the crowds

When it’s hot and muggy, nobody wants to feast on heavy meals, so keep it light and refreshing.

More important than at any other time of the year, ensure you keep your guests hydrated. Get your hands on some cute water dispensers and fill them with orange, lemon, cucumber and whatever else you fancy. Add some mint and ice and you’re set. To add a touch of fun, offer ice-blocks to please the kids and zingy Prosecco popsicles for the adults.

When it comes to food, what better way to capture the mood than with something light and seasonal. Seafood buffets, refreshing salads, cold meats, platters and finger food are sure fire way to please your family and friends.

For dessert, fruit and cheese platters are a great summer option, or create a cold dessert bar full of ice-cream goodness and icy treats. 

Have some fun

Summer weddings offer so many opportunities to have fun. Incorporate some outdoor games to entertain the guests, or send the kids on a treasure hunt. I’m thinking the traditional croquet, lawn chess, bowls, piñatas, giant janga, twister and more.

In terms of wedding favours, opt for something that keeps your guests comfortable. Sunglasses, personalised water bottles, refresher towels, parasols and fans, or hats and caps will go a long way during a hot summer day.

For the dress code, keep in mind that no-one wants to sweat through your nuptials in full formal attire. Semi-formal or cocktail will make for some happy wedding guests during the warmer months.

If your wedding is outside, a relief or beauty station will be an absolute hit. All you need is a pretty table, mirror and some essentials such as deodorant, face wipes, perfume, and anything else your guests may love to use. Pinterest will get your creative juices flowing if you need a little inspo on that front.

Outsmart the elements

There’s one rule when it comes to weddings between the months of October and March. They are all about keeping your guests comfortable.

It’s a given that you shouldn’t let everyone stand around in the sun while you head off for your private wedding shoot. Provide sunscreen, paper fans, parasols, mosquito spray and even electric fans or water misters if you can.

You may even want to consider a sunset ceremony and evening reception, to avoid the heat of the day. The beautiful dusk light will be a bonus for your wedding photos.

Lastly, always have a wet weather plan. Summer weather can change from beautiful to inclement with the blink of an eye… especially on the Gold Coast.

If you need help planning your perfect summer nuptials, get in touch today and I look forward to creating something that adds to your personal love story for years to come.

 Love Jo x

Jo Hurley