Guest Blog – Summer arrives
This week the very talented Jennifer from Ivy Ellen Wedding Invitations shares her tips for the forthcoming wedding season:
Celebrating your marriage should be done in an environment and setting that appeals perfectly to you and your partner. Deciding your wedding date also means considering the season it will take place in, and a high percentage of couples tend to opt for Summer.
Summer can easily set an idealistic atmosphere for your wedding, and it allows you to play around with the layout of your wedding, being very versatile in its many possibilities.
Your summer wedding will essentially be bright, beautiful and there will be a pure essence of freshness in the surrounding area. It is no surprise that summer is the favoured season for exchanging vows, as the ideas that compliment the conventions of summer are endless.
So, you’ve chosen to have a sunny wedding and now you want to know what options there are to make your day fun and admirable to all of your guests.
The following ideas will give you an insight to what generally a summer wedding may entail, as well as original concepts that you might want to take on and adapt to suit your requirements and desires.
More often than not, if you are opting for a summer wedding it is because you want to embrace the serenity and lightness of that season. Summer is about being beautiful and avoiding anything dark or miserable. Because of this, there are colour schemes that you could choose to incorporate into your wedding.
A general jist of the colours that look lovely in the blazing weather are peaches, dusky pinks, corals, lemon, lime and baby blue. Any candy colour or pastel colour scheme can also make a delicate touch to your ceremony.
As expected, the colours you choose tend to be depicted by what your overall theme may be. For example, if your theme is edging towards a shabby chic style, yellows and whites against antique dark decor would make a spectacular sight.
Keep in mind that there is no need to stick to a 2 colour theme, it can actually more effective to have a bigger palette, perhaps this could also make searching for the right decoration and accessories easier.
Bridesmaid’s can be fussy and difficult when they don’t agree with your chosen dresses. One of the reasons why a wide colour palette can come in useful is that it can allow the bridal party to vary their dresses, and they don’t all need to wear identical garments.
So, let’s just assume you’ve made the decision that peach, pink, lilac and lemon will be your main colours. Your bridal party are all of different ages and body shapes, so what better than to assign a colour to each girl, thus giving them the opportunity to wear a different style too. This can look really effective in wedding photography, however, you should give each maid the same bouquet as it will be the unifying feature to distinguish the bridal party.
Another effective idea for making your bridesmaids look gorgeous in the sunny weather is to embrace the ombre trend. Assemble a variety of dresses, each of them being lighter than the other. This will make your girls look incredible in their varying shades of ‘x’ colour!
Food and Drink
Choosing to wed in this season gives you the chance to serve amazing cuisine and exotic beverages. Colourful food and drink is always a treat in summer, it creates a vibrancy in the venue and always looks delicious too!
One suggestion for a simple dessert or snack choice would be to lay out a selection of fresh fruit, or maybe even hire an ice cream van – adding extreme quirkiness!
Now, one of our favourite summer catering ideas is to have colourful ice pops and ice lollies ready prepared for guests to lick on! We also love the idea of welcoming guests with a tropical cocktail, catering to both teetotal guests as well as the ones that appreciate fine alcohol beverages!
As far as the main meal goes, you won’t need to have a collection of hot homemade foods, because the hot weather and aura will make you and the guests hungry for cooler foods and lighter options. In addition to this, a finger buffet is always widely appreciated – as long as the food is fresh and the selection is big and varied.
Accessories and Final Wedding Touches
The last minute extras and the accessories worn by your wedding party can make all the difference on the overall impact. Because of this, you should think carefully about what special elements you want to add.
- Cake – your wedding cake will be the centre of attention as soon as people enter the reception venue, therefore it has to be incredible. Due to the nature of the summer air, having fruity flavoured filling is a good concept to look into. As for the decoration of the cake, the final outcome is entirely up to you and your preferences. Nevertheless, something that looks pretty and good enough to eat is highly recommended.
- Shoes – Again, this is a very important accessory to many brides and the style and colour is completely down to personal preference. It has been seen previously for brides to wear brightly coloured shoes that contrast with the white dress they wear, and this effect looks fantastic.
- Bouquet – The process of planning a wedding involves purchasing both the bride’s flowers and the bridesmaid’s flowers (if you choose for them to hold a bouquet). Flowers are crucial to a summer wedding and any bright flowers look gorgeous. If you want to be original, a bouquet of sunflowers could be excellent and stunning.
Your wedding in the sun will be exquisite and adored, especially if you entail some of these top tips!
Do you like this blog? What other recommendations can you give for a summer wedding? Let us know in the comments section.
This blog was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of <a href=”http://ivyellenweddinginvitations.co.uk/“>Ivy Ellen</a>, the wedding invitation and stationary providers.