The INSIDER Summary:
- Summer is arguably the best time to have your wedding.
- INSIDER spoke to wedding planners Amy Jacobs of Chandelier Events, and Amy Katz of Amy Katz Events, to find out what makes summer weddings superior.
- Warm weather, more clothing options for guests, and gorgeous outdoor scenery are all reasons to get married in the summertime.
Of all the weddings you’ve been invited to this year, you might notice that most of them are in the summer. But it’s no coincidence that peak wedding season hits in the middle of the year.
While it’s a popular — and therefore often expensive — time to get married, summer is arguably the best season to have your wedding.
The warm weather means more clothing options
“Wedding fashion for brides, grooms, and guests alike in the summer is poised for gorgeous photography,” Jacobs told INSIDER.
The options for what to wear as a wedding guest are endless. “From soft flowing chiffons and silks to gorgeous bright patterns and metallics, summer says chic, effortless, and sexy,” the event planner said. “For the summer preppy look, classic white tux jackets and lace gowns outdoors on the lawns of a mansion come to mind. And wedges and strappy sandals are always a win!”
Your guests will be more likely to attend
“It’s likely that some, if not a majority of your attendants, will be coming from locations out of town,” Katz told INSIDER. “With summer having multiple built in long-weekends and non-family oriented holidays (unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas), a wedding trip could very easily be built into vacation time a guest may already be taking.”
It also makes having a destination wedding easier, and gives guests a reason to work their vacation around your day.
It also means you can have an outdoor wedding
“Having a wedding in the summer means you can have a wedding with a view, one that is outdoors, that has nature and beautiful natural surroundings,” Katz said.
“Once your guests arrive safely and in good spirits, they’ll be treated to an undoubtedly gorgeous ceremony,” the wedding planner said. They’ll be able to enjoy the wedding in “a significantly more comfortable climate than fall, winter, or even spring are able to offer.”
Jacobs suggests having your wedding in a woodsy setting with a summer camp vibe. “Imagine taking over a sleepaway camp or resort for all of your guests to enjoy: lake activities, pool, tennis, sports, lounging in Adirondack chairs with baskets of blankets surrounding a fire-pit for late-night s’mores and grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,” she said.
You have more options with the color scheme
Summer is the perfect time to go with a bright or pastel color scheme, or mix it up and choose more than one color to tie together your wedding.
“Some of the popular color trends are: yellow, poppy, pink (hot pink or pale), seafoam (pale green), blush, orange, baby blue, and cornflower blue just to name a few,” Katz said. “Color combinations are very popular in the summer and you can have more than two that work well together.”
You can serve farm-to-table food
“Everyone is still obsessed with the farm-to-table feel for outdoor entertaining,” Jacobs said. “Summer is the height of locavore deliciousness: watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes, corn — they are all at their height of harvest.”
You can make the most of eating outside with the decor, too. The event planner predicts that “long outdoor tables with crisp linens and cozy seating areas will remain hot this season.”
There’s a bunch of seasonal flowers to choose from
If you’re a fan of roses or sunflowers, summer is a good time to buy them for your wedding bouquet.
“Peony season ends as soon as June sets in but roses and other blooms still go strong long into the fall,” Jacobs said. Eucalyptus leaves, olive branches, and lavender or herbs will also hold up well in the summer months, and make gorgeous centerpieces, according to the planner.
She explained that you can even get flowers like geraniums that act as insect repellents. Other plants that repel bugs include herbs like basil, mint, rosemary, and lavender, she said.
Traveling is easier in the summer
Katz pointed out that summer is a less stressful time of year to travel if you’re having a destination wedding.
“In the winter there’s a good chance you’ll have to contend with snow/ice/sleet or, at least uncomfortably cold temperatures. This means packing heavier, accounting for additional travel time and the higher risk of delayed flights,” she said. While these “add to the overall anxiety of planning, having, or attending a wedding,” you won’t come up against those obstacles in the summer.
You can choose a summery theme for your wedding
Jacobs said that some of her favorite themes for a summer wedding are “Tuscan Wine Tasting, Nantucket Clambake, Bonfire Bash, St. Barth’s by the Pool, or an Indian Summer Soiree.” She added that having a theme gives you “an instant framework for everything from invites to decor to entertainment to your menu.”
You can even make a dress code for guests part of the theme. “A white party will always be in style for summer, or seersucker and gingham,” she said.
Your guests can play lawn games
Instead of merely relying on a live band to provide entertainment, Jacobs recommends lawn games to get the party started.
“Outdoor games are the best,” she said. She recommends getting outdoor lawn game sets from Crate and Barrel, including bocce ball, croquet, and badminton. Even simple games like a beanbag toss and ping pong have been a hit with summer wedding guests. The planner said that she’s even seen “guests turning over a ping pong table into a beer pong tournament once the little kids have gone to bed!”
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