Banish the gloomy weather and brighten up your day with part one of our ideas for a perfect summer wedding…

summer-weddingThe great outdoors

Opt for a summer wedding fete theme with outdoor games like giant Jenga and draughts. Football and cricket matches are great entertainment ideas for all ages, just make sure your husband’s suit doesn’t get too muddy before the photographs.

Star gazer

Set up some outdoor chill-out areas where people can relax and gaze at the stars, with beanbags to lounge on, a fire pit for warmth, some marshmallows to toast and sparklers for that chic, party feel.

Summer lanterns

Make the most of the light, mild evenings at a summer wedding. Place hurricane lamps or tealights in votives along pathways, and decorate trees with hanging lanterns or heart baubles on lengths of ribbon.

Don’t sweat it!

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Go for satin or silk shoes, as leather styles can get sweaty. Aim for a comfortable heel height by measuring one of your most comfortable pairs of shoes and choosing something similar; standing in high heels all day in summer can be agony! Or why not switch to a funky pair of flip flops if it’s a really sunny day?

Outdoor locations

Set up your guest book table in a gorgeous outdoor spot, and provide guests with fun summery props like big sunglasses, parasols and floppy sunhats and capture photos to go alongside their messages.

Keep your guests cool

Parasols and fans are a chic way to keep cool at a summer wedding and one of the classic style ideas. Consider a beautiful white parasol for the bride, with pastel colours for the bridesmaids and pretty fans for your guests.

Melting favours

Instead of chocolates that might melt in the heat, choose American hard candies as clever summer favours for your guests.

Pimm’s o’clock

Instead of canapés on arrival, how about serving Pimm’s and cream teas on the lawn? Hire an old-fashioned ice cream cart to complete the Garden Party look.

Potted plant decorations

For floral style ideas, alongside cut flowers, use plants as additional decoration, such as summer-flowering potted roses. These can be planted in your garden afterwards as a permanent reminder of your special day!

The right venue

Look for a venue with beautiful grounds that can host an outdoor wedding, but always make sure they have an indoor space prepared in case of rain.

Have you planned your summer reception details yet? Share your ideas with other real brides here!