Summer is a popular time for weddings, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the summer wedding tradition standbys.
Trend 1: Dynamic Colours
Bright hues are popular for summer weddings. But if you try to use too many colours in one space, you might wind up with a look that’s more carnival than nuptial.
What’s hot now: Think sophisticated brights. Sticking with just two hues (or two plus an accent colour) will keep your space unified. Rather than splashing colour all over your reception space, use one dynamic colour for a strong statement — think all-pink centrepieces or bold orange table linens. This holds especially true for your centrepieces: Instead of multicoloured centrepieces, alternate single-colour floral arrangements for a pulled-together look. Check out our summer real weddings.
Trend 2: Laid-back Music
It’s summer, so why not lighten the ambience a little? A pianist or string trio will do the trick if you’re having a formal cocktail hour, but to really embrace the season, think about alternative summery music styles.
What’s hot now: Create a laid-back vibe during your cocktail hour and dinner with steel drums or a singer accompanied with a acoustic guitar. For the reception, heat up the evening with sultry sounds — we love the idea of incorporating classic swing or big band music to add a fast, upbeat tempo to the evening. Find your wedding musicians.
Trend 3: New Themes
Basic beach or garden themes are classic for the summer. Instead of a generic setting or theme, take the personal route.
What’s hot now: Think of your favourite summer hangouts when planning your theme. Rather than just any beach, bring in elements specific to the beach you remember as a kid. If it was a cabin in the woods, go for a mountain theme. Another idea: honour your honeymoon destination. If you’re having a garden wedding but honeymooning in Hawaii, add orchids to your bouquets or fill the bottoms of your centrepiece vases with black lava rocks.
Trend 4: Unexpected Invitations
Letterpressed invites in ivory and black are still as popular and elegant as ever. But if you want to go for something a little more unexpected, ultra-creative wedding invitation designers definitely have colour and printing options for you.
What’s hot now: Use colours in a new and unexpected way on your invites by reversing the typical invitation colour scheme. For example, rather than using fuchsia lettering on a cream-coloured invite, opt for cream print on fuchsia paper. Or mix it up — do the cream-coloured invite with fuchsia writing, and then a bright pink reply card with a cream-coloured font. Consider the material of your invite as well. One hot-off-the-press idea: Get fabric-printed invites, programs, and escort cards for a laid-back look perfect for summer. Find your invitation & stationery supplier.
Trend 5: Natural Centrepieces
Cut citrus fruit is a tried-and-true favourite for summertime centrepieces, but other options out there are more unexpected and just as visually appealing.
What’s hot now: Love fruit but want something new? Have your florist use hollowed-out watermelons as a centrepiece container for a casual look that’s fun and seasonal. Another option is to go natural and green with your containers. Incorporate wooden vases or pedestals with grass or moss to give centrepieces a textured, natural feel.
Trend 6: Wine Smoothies
Your guests will definitely want something cold and frosty, but margaritas and daiquiris can be had at any summertime bar. Instead, go for a libation that’s a little out of the ordinary.
What’s hot now: Wine smoothies are cold, frosty, and pack less of an alcoholic punch than margaritas. Perfect for your cocktail hour and as a signature drink for the evening, ask your caterer about serving one of these concoctions. A wine smoothie consists of a fruity wine, like rose, blended with ice and fruits of your choice. Garnished with a couple of berries or fruit slices, it makes for a refreshing and unexpected signature sip.
Trend 7: Beyond Wedding Cake
White wedding cakes are popular for every season, and of course, chocolate always reigns for groom’s cakes. But with cake bakers nowadays offering so many delectable flavours and fillings, why not try a seasonal selection?
What’s hot now: Get inspired by the summer flavours you loved as a child. Think fresh strawberries and whipped cream filling for a strawberry shortcake-style wedding cake, or a citrus-infused filling like lemon or orange vanilla buttercream that honours a summertime fruit. See more summer wedding cake ideas. Beyond the cake, consider serving other desserts. A big-hit idea we love: Hire an ice cream truck to arrive at the end of the night offering summertime favourites — the perfect nostalgic, late-night snack for your guests.
Trend 8: Eco-Friendly Favours
Classic summer bomboniere like flip-flops and drink stubbies will always satisfy, but why not give back to the planet while you give back to your guests?
What’s hot now: Eco-friendly favours are bigger than ever, particularly if you’re taking advantage of natural beauty and marrying outdoors. One idea: Give guests locally grown herbs planted in recyclable glass jars or tin cans. Dressed up with ribbon or paper in your wedding colours, they’re gorgeous and good for the earth. Beyond plants, you might also consider donating to a local charity for a wedding favour idea that never goes out of season.