Summer is the most popular time of year for weddings and we can definitely see why – with the British weather permitting (fingers crossed) it means you can celebrate long into the evening and enjoy the sun on your special day. We’ve picked out our top 9 reception decorations that are perfect for a summer wedding.


Bunting is the new ‘must-have’ decoration for 2015. It’s colourful, it’s fun and it always looks amazing. Bunting is also pretty versatile – you can use it to decorate the ceiling and walls of your venue, use it as an alternative chair cover or even add it to your invitations.


Wedding favours

Little pots of jam, chutney or honey are the perfect wedding favour for your guests in the summer – even better if they’re home-made. Decorating the jar with some colourful material and ribbon also gives your tables and venue some colour, and helps to create that summery feeling of your wedding.


Dancing shoes

Supplying your guests with colourful flip-flops for sore dancing feet is an amazing addition to a summer wedding. Using a wicker basket also adds to the summer décor of your wedding and will fit in with your venue perfectly.

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Festival theme

If you’re a fun-loving couple who want to incorporate a festival element into your summer wedding we love the idea of a cider-fest, with hay bales, blankets and cider. This is great if you want your wedding to feel chilled and laidback.


Summer centrepieces

The table centrepieces at a reception can really define the theme or style of your wedding. If you’re celebrating the big day in summer why not try using bright, colourful flowers as your centrepiece? You could even use a different colour vase or different flower arrangements for each table to add extra colour to your summer wedding.

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Sweet table

Having a colourful sweet table is relatively inexpensive but also tons of fun at a summer wedding- both for kids and adults! Accessorising and decorating the table with bunting and quirky jars will help set the tone for your summer venue.

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Decorations like signs and chalkboards are perfect for summer weddings – especially if your reception is based outside! Make it easy for your wedding guests to find their way around by using signs to show the direction of the toilets, parking and most importantly – the bar. You could also use a chalkboard at the reception to write a welcoming message to your guests and make it personal to you and your hubby.

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Candles are a gorgeous addition to a summer wedding. Hanging candles in trees or lining them up outside lights up your wedding as you dance the night away, creating a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. It also means it won’t be pitch black outside and they look picture-perfect in photographs. Candle decorations are a really easy DIY job and you can easily match them to your colour theme by using coloured ribbon to hang them or you can even wrap it around a jar.

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Garden Games

Garden games such as ‘tug of war’ and croquet are a brilliant way to keep both the children and the adults entertained during your wedding. Relying on the British weather, these are ideally best kept for summer weddings, but there are hundreds of different games you could include – why not make it unique to you and your hubby if you met each other through sport?


Love these ideas for a summer wedding? We’ve got loads more right here, and why not have a look at some of our gorgeous real weddings for a little bit of inspo?