Tips for Summer Weddings

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Summer Weddings

Now that spring is literally right around the corner, I thought it might be a good time to get your creative juices flowing if you are planning to attend any summer weddings.  May-August is typically the most popular time of the year for weddings, but many women fail to properly plan for the warmer weather.  Thus, whether it’s your own summer wedding or someone else’s that you’ll simply be attending, read the tips below to optimize your experience.

Obviously one of the aspects that makes getting married appealing this time of year is the ability to have an outdoor wedding

The warm weather coupled with the long days can really add something special to the big event.  As such, consider decorating your venue for the season – for example, incorporate fresh fruits, torches, summer floral arrangements, a sunset reception, and any other summery aspect you can think of into your venue, centerpieces, and wedding outfits.

Speaking of outfits, summer wedding dresses should fit the season.  That is, they should be sleeveless, a little more casual than you might expect, and incorporate lighter materials like linen or crepe. These attributes are especially necessary if you are planning a garden or beach wedding; in fact, with beach weddings you can go extremely casual by going barefoot, wearing large-brimmed wedding hats, or wearing a short cocktail dress with a floral pattern.

Another thing to keep in mind is that summer wedding hairstyles can sometimes be a hassle to maintain, especially if the weather is particularly hot and humid.  To combat this, try an updo, which will help prevent flyaways and frizz due to its inherently compact nature.  You can also help secure your wedding hairstyle by incorporating beautiful hair accessories like a headband or jeweled pins.  Pinning a large flower into your hair is also a great idea that will help convey an overall summery look.

The food is another consideration for summer weddings.  Basically, in order to achieve synergy with the other elements of your summer wedding, opt for summery foods like fresh fruits such as watermelon and strawberries, fresh veggies, fresh seafood, or even traditional backyard BBQ foods.  Finally, make sure your wedding favors and/or wedding gifts fit the general ambiance of the wedding – for example, give small potted flowers, seeds, sea shells, paper fans, summery candles or anything else you can think of.

As you can see, summer weddings can be beautiful and unique, but the overall ambiance and aesthetics associated with any summer wedding must be appropriate.  The good news is that these tips do not need to break the bank – in fact, summer weddings are actually cheaper on average than winter weddings.

So whether you’re the bride, mother of the bride, grandmother, or family friend, follow the tips in this post to maximize the beauty and elegance of your summer wedding.  Methinks you will be glad you did. Good luck and have fun!

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