Summer weddings can be some of the most special events because they come naturally with a slower pace, nature’s abundance, and an element of fun built in! Juniper Gardens is an expert in outdoor weddings and events and we have collected some ideas you will want to include in your outdoor summer wedding.
Photos in this post are of Whitney & Brennan’s wedding and captured by Angela Dodson Photography based out of Springfield, MO. We have included a few affiliate links throughout the post too.
Tips for Outdoor Summer Weddings
Embrace Natural Beauty: Take advantage of the natural surroundings by selecting a picturesque outdoor venue such as a garden venue, beach, or vineyard. Let the lush greenery, blooming flowers, or stunning sunset serve as a stunning backdrop for your ceremony and reception. Saving you time and money for decorating too!
Provide Shade and Comfort: Keep your guests cool and comfortable by providing ample shade throughout the venue. Consider renting large umbrellas, setting up tents or canopies, or even arranging for a beautiful outdoor pavilion or gazebo with fans where guests can escape the sun’s rays.
Refreshing Drink Stations: Set up creative drink stations offering refreshing beverages to keep everyone hydrated and cool. Consider serving signature cocktails, infused water stations, or even a lemonade stand with various flavors. Provide plenty of ice, garnishes, and stylish drinkware to add an extra touch of elegance.
Creative Cooling Solutions: Beat the heat by providing unique cooling solutions. Set up handheld fans or personalized hand fans for guests to use during the ceremony. We love these adorable Sandlewood Fans that come with a cute bag too! You can also offer cold towels or misting stations to provide instant relief on hot summer days.
Summer-Inspired Cuisine: Craft a menu that celebrates the flavors of summer. Incorporate fresh and seasonal ingredients such as vibrant salads, grilled meats and vegetables, fruity desserts, and refreshing sorbets. Offer a variety of options to accommodate different dietary preferences.
Fun Lawn Games: Create a relaxed and playful atmosphere by incorporating outdoor lawn games into the festivities. Set up classics like croquet, bocce ball, cornhole, or even a giant Jenga for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour or throughout the evening. Jenga can also be a useful and fun guest book idea too!
Sunscreen and Bug Spray Stations: Show your consideration for guests by setting up sunscreen and bug spray stations. Place baskets filled with travel-sized sunscreen bottles and bug repellent wipes at convenient locations, ensuring everyone stays protected and comfortable.
Evening Lighting: As the sun sets, transform the outdoor venue into a magical setting with creative lighting. Use fairy lights, lanterns, or candles to create a warm and romantic ambiance. Hang string lights overhead or place lanterns along pathways to guide guests and add a touch of enchantment. These modern, metal tiki torches would be stunning as a pathway to an outdoor dance floor or creating ambiance around the firepit.
Interactive Guest Activities: Engage your guests with interactive activities that embrace the outdoor setting. Consider setting up a DIY flower crown station, a photo booth with fun props, or even a Polaroid guest book where attendees can snap instant photos and leave heartfelt messages.
Dancing Under the Stars: Take advantage of the beautiful summer nights by arranging a dance floor under the stars. Provide cozy seating areas with lounge furniture and encourage guests to kick off their shoes and dance the night away.
Bonus Idea for your Outdoor Summer Wedding
Have an icecream truck, or an icecream bar full of nostalgic favorite treats (this could be an easy DIY) to stay cool during your summer wedding! An idea that will not only make your guests comfortable but a fun moment for photo opportunities.
Remember, an outdoor summer wedding allows you to take advantage of the natural beauty and embrace the relaxed vibes of the season. By incorporating these ideas, you can create a memorable and enjoyable experience for both you and your guests.