11 top tips to plan a stylish summer wedding

May 04, 2023 | Planning

We adore summer weddings. When the stars align and the weather is the perfect combination of warm sunshine, clear blue skies and a gentle breeze, there's nothing quite like an outdoor celebration. Add in some live music, colorful summer blooms and refreshing cocktails overlooking an expanse of water, and it really doesn't get much better!

So what should you consider when planning a summer wedding? Whether you choose a country garden or city roof terrace, Californian vineyard or lake-side villa on the shore of Lake Como… we asked California wedding planner and Fine Art Curation member Leilani Donnan Events to share 11 top tips to plan a stylish summer wedding.

Planning a summer wedding Pin it
Photographer: Ashely Noelle
Summer wedding tips Pin it
Photography: Michelle Alexandra

Embrace the season

Bring your summer wedding to life with vibrant colors, fresh blooms, and a whole lot of sunshine. Incorporate citrus fruits and bold florals into your decor for that extra pop of summer.

Summer wedding planning Pin it
Photographer: Ashley Noelle
Planning a summer wedding Pin it
Photographer: Ashley Noelle

Pick a cooling dress fabric

Choose a naturally cooling dress fabric, such as satin or silk chiffon to keep cool and comfortable. Also consider a bright or floral dress to complement the vibrant and joyful atmosphere of summer. These lightweight and breathable fabrics will keep you feeling fresh and chic, even in warm weather.

Summer wedding hair Pin it
Photography: Ashley Noelle

Keep your hair and makeup light

Heavy make-up and hair can smudge and wilt in the summer heat. Consider opting for a natural makeup look and wearing your hair in a messy up-do, classic up-do or braid to stay pristine and comfortable.

Sunset wedding ideas Pin it
Photography: Ashley Noelle

4. Embrace the sunset

Summer sunsets are some of the most beautiful sights to see. Consider scheduling your wedding to coincide with the sunset for a stunning backdrop and schedule your celebration for late afternoon or early evening when the sun is not as strong. This will provide a pleasant and refreshing ambiance for you and your guests.

Save the date cards Pin it
Stationery: Babooche Calligraphy

5. Send save the date cards out early

Summer is a popular time for travel, so it's important to send save the dates early to give guests plenty of time to plan their schedules and make travel arrangements.

Summer wedding ideas Pin it
Photography: Michelle Alexander
Summer wedding tips Pin it
Photography: Michelle Alexander

Choose fun summer accessories

Add a touch of fun and style to your summer wedding by incorporating trendy summer accessories. Sunnies or parasols make for great props in your outdoor photos.

Wedding lemonade stand Pin it
Photography: Thomas Audiffren

7. Keep your guests hydrated

Make sure there are plenty of drinks available for guests to stay hydrated. You can offer water stations, a lemonade stand or even set up a signature cocktail bar to keep everyone refreshed. Offer your guests mouth-watering summer cocktails, such as a refreshing sangria or a light gin and tonic.

Summer wedding ideas Pin it
Photographer: Michelle Alexandra

8. Choose a light and airy venue

When planning your summer wedding, consider a poolside or lakeside wedding, or venues with an abundance of open-air areas that enhance the natural beauty of your surroundings. If you prefer an indoor venue, opt for a light and airy space with high ceilings and large windows that allow natural light to flood the room.

Summer wedding inspiration Pin it
Photography: Jenny Tong

9. Plan for inclement weather

Summer weather can be unpredictable, so it's important to have a back-up plan in case of rain or extreme heat. Consider renting a tent or having an indoor option available just in case.

Summer weddings Pin it
Photography: Michelle Alexandra

10. Cruise in style

Elevate your summer wedding by incorporating a convertible or a vintage top-down car as your wedding or send-off vehicle. The season's warm weather and clear blue skies provide the perfect backdrop for capturing fun and stunning photos. Just imagine that wind in your hair and the sun setting in the background.

Summer elopement Pin it
Photography: Ashley Noelle

11. Consider a summer elopement

If you opt for a romantic and intimate summer elopement, find a stunning outdoor location, such as a scenic overlook, a beach, or a garden. Elevate the experience with a charming and cozy picnic. Set up a blanket and pillows, and indulge in delicious summer treats like fresh fruit, cheese, and refreshing drinks.

Summer elopement picnic Pin it
Photography: Ashley Noelle
Tags: California


Submit a comment
* Required fields