Add sunshine to your celebrations with these colourful summer wedding ideas.
1. Illuminated pathways
The days may be long but that doesn’t mean you can’t still add atmosphere after dark. Peg up candlelit jars to shepherd hooks, suspend lanterns along a walkway or drape festoon lights around an entrance.
Both practical and pretty, on a warm evening outdoors, lighting brings a touch of magic to the event.
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2. Brightest blooms
Think fuchsia pink, vibrant turquoise and dazzling ruby reds. Throw in a fiery orange accent or a dash of mustard yellow and you’ve created a kaleidoscopic floral colour scheme to give your summer wedding zing. Tropical blooms will be your best friend - try lilies, proteas and zinnias to make your colourful wedding ideas pop.
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3. Frozen feast
If you think your ice cream choices are confined to a cone or tub, think again! For your summer wedding ideas, ice cream could take the form of a vintage pedal cart, an upcycled ice cream van or even an ice cream cake called baked Alaska. Dig in!
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4. Lawn games
Make the most of your venue’s outdoor space, whether you’re bowling along immaculately tended lawns, getting competitive over croquet or sailing boats over the lake. The sun is shining and your guests will love any excuse to enjoy being outside, so give them one (or many!) with your summer wedding ideas.
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5. Outdoor dining
Get your guests’ mouths watering with juicy and tender live-cooked treats from the barbecue or spit roast. These are crowd-pleasing and often budget friendly ways to feed lots of guests in the great outdoors.
Alternatively, you could add a unique twist by serving picnic hampers on the lawn or even afternoon tea. A taste of summer at its finest - we’re sure this will go down a treat.
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6. Awe-inspiring arches
Outdoor ceremonies are the order of the day for many summer wedding ideas.
Go more-is-more with a densely packed arch of roses, trailing with ivy and delphinium blooms, or rock a more bohemian look with an understated metal frame and wild asymmetric arrangements.
We’ve even seen floral arches woven around the branches of a tree! The possibilities are endless with this colourful wedding idea.
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7. Beachy bliss
You may have booked a venue by the sea or you may want to inspire the feeling of a coastal setting. Any which way, simple styling touches will add the seaside to your summer wedding ideas.
Think deck chair seating for your drinks reception, ice cream cart canapés and colourful bunting galore.
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8. Fete festivities
Another popular theme for summer wedding ideas are fetes. This look couldn’t be easier to create with hay bale seating, classic games like the coconut shy and mix-and-match food stalls for all manner of gourmet treats.
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9. Bright and beautiful
Whether drapes that billow gently in the breeze or a venue with floor to ceiling windows and a light and bright feel, your summer wedding ideas should start with the setting.
Opt for a venue that is bright and airy with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy to make the most of the season and photo opportunities.
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10. Fans as favours
Place a simple folding fan on the seat of each guest so that they can keep cool during the ceremony. We’re certain these favours won’t be forgotten about!
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11. Boho vibes
Summer wedding ideas are a cinch for more bohemian couples, who are likely already planning a free-spirited celebration in the open air. Tie up dream catchers, roll out a patterned rug and make the most of the long daylight hours by enjoying your first dance outdoors at sunset.
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12. Linen and lace
Lightweight linen suits and ethereal lace styles will become your wardrobe go-to for summer wedding ideas. Effortlessly capturing the smart casual look, a linen suit will be comfy and avoid overheating under thick woollen layers.
Opt for a lightweight lace for your dress for romantic style that remains comfortable in summer temperatures.
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