When we dream about summer during the colder seasons in North America, we picture the sun, fun, food, friends, and being lazy during long hot days. You can make those dreams come true if you’re planning a summer wedding (well, except for the lazy part because you’ll be busy getting hitched!).
It’s ideal when wedding ceremonies and receptions in the summer months include timeless summertime traditions, bright and sunny colors, and breezy fashion and decorations.
From the beach to the boat to the backyard and beyond, we’ve included many of our favorite summer wedding ideas here. Hopefully, they’ll find a way into your summer wedding.
Pre-Wedding Invitations Set the Sunny Stage
You’re not only planning a summer wedding—you and your squad are planning pre-wedding festivities, showers, and parties.
Here are some great ideas for engagement celebrations, bachelorette weekends, or an on-trend couples shower!
A” Sip and Dip” Pool Party Couples Shower
It’s fantastic how a simple design of a mason jar mojito is the perfect way to invite friends to a hot new wedding trend: the couples shower!
The designer will print your invites and do your edits, or you can download them yourself.
Bachelorette Weekend in Savannah
Savannah, Georgia, has become a bachelorette party destination, especially during the spring and summer.
If you and your bridal party plan a weekend there, this gorgeous digital download should be your go-to invitation!
Nothing Like a Summertime Rhyme
Here’s another fun and festive invite for a pre-wedding get-together.
Imagine playing the tunes with tube steaks on the grill at your “I Do BBQ!”
Summer Wedding Stationery With Splash or Sizzle
Kick off your summer season early when you send out these invites to your wedding about two months in advance!
Best of Beach Wedding Invites
We’ve featured this beach wedding invite in previous articles, and we can’t get enough!
The soft pink sands, electric blue water, and golden sunlit glow are the perfect backdrop for your wedding details. We didn’t forget those gorgeous hearts in the sand, either!
You Can Boat on This Wedding Invitation
Riverboat gambling was a huge pastime in the 19th and 20th centuries on many American waterways, and some historic paddlewheel boats have become floating reception halls for seasonal weddings.
Celebrate your day with this beautiful riverboat invitation!
Fun Wedding Favors for Your Summertime Events
Indoors or outdoors, a summery party or ceremony calls for guest wedding favors that match the season.
Sign Their Names in Blue Mussel Shells
These naturally beautiful mussel shells get hand-painted in white ink and make perfect wedding favors with the names of your guests!
You Had Me at “Aloe” Wedding Favors
Talk about awesome rustic wedding favors! These lovely little succulent plants get individually wrapped in burlap and prettied up with ivory trim.
Our favorite thing is the gift cards with your choice of “punny” sayings!
Flip for This Bottle Opener Wedding Favor
Personalize this cool little flip-flop bottle opener with an image and your wedding details.
Your guests are sure to reach for this usable wedding favor often!
Add These Tags and Make Them Sparkle
Your wedding favors are lit (literally!) by these little descriptive tags on kraft or antique white paper.
Each tag includes an opening for a sparkler and a striking strip for a match. You’ll be creating a wonderful memory as your guests light up the evening sky.
Raffia Fans for Your Fanboys and Fangirls
These vintage-looking rustic raffia fans are the perfect modern touch for an outdoor wedding by the shore or a summer church wedding when the a/c is nonexistent or not quite enough!
These fans are elegant and equally sturdy for one and all.
This Wedding Favor Smells So Sweet
Colorful, sweet-smelling soaps make ideal wedding favors!
If your guests have seasonal allergies, it’s a perfect way to add pollen-free fragrance to your day, and you can personalize these beautiful little bars with message tags and dried decorative sprigs.
I Heart Wedding Bubble Favors
When you give out these favors at your summer wedding, you’ll have so many people of all ages enjoying themselves because blowing bubbles is pleasantly addictive!
This set of prefilled bubble favors has a heart-shaped stopper for added romance.
These Wedding Favors Are a Great Match
Like each sweet little matchbox says, tell your guests that you’re love-struck with these fantastic wedding favors!
Tic Tac Totally Great Stickers for Your Wedding Favors
Chocolate or soft candy wedding favors are delicious any time of year, but they’re not always practical to lay out on a hot day.
These personalized stickers get printed and mailed to you to stick on boxes of refreshing Tic Tacs, a sweet summertime fave!
Summer Wedding Decorations Are a Breeze
Cool fabrics, hot colors, faux florals, and other fun and unique decorations take the stage for your summer wedding inspo!
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Stems Worth Every Penny
These fresh-cut stems look, feel, and smell beautiful as hanging decorations or wedding favors. Your guests will love this!
A Paper Floral Pattern Makes Fantastic Straws
Talk about adorable and earth-friendly! This gorgeous floral pattern is printed on sturdy food-grade paper to create 8-inch tall straws for your wedding tables.
Toss Some Heartshaped Confetti Around
Your poor grandparents probably had to get pelted with rice! But there’s no doubt that the “confetti shot” is a memorable moment following anyone’s wedding ceremony, and many couples still want to catch it forever on print or video.
We love these tissue-soft and biodegradable confetti hearts that float on the breeze! It will create such a romantic touch when it happens, and you’ll love the photos and videos afterward.
Follow This Thoughtful Protection for Your Guests
This sign made us laugh and then think of what a brilliant idea this is! After all, the two things we pray to avoid during an outdoor summer wedding are bad weather and bugs.
With this handy sign (and an assortment of natural bug sprays for your guests), everyone can at least avoid the pesky insects.
Dried Roses Are Still Delightful
Here’s another example of the dried floral trend in keeping with hot wedding ideas for summer. This bouquet of professionally air-dried roses comes with 12 stems of large roses and measures 20 inches in length.
These flowers look beautiful, they’ll last a very long time, and they’d make a gorgeous wedding bouquet mixed with pampas or other dried or artificial buds.
Say Cheesecloth Table Runners for Your Wedding Reception
Cheesecloth is airy and light, and hand-dyed cheesecloth looks particularly fabulous as a decorative table runner or a base arranged around your cake stand or dessert and appetizer trays.
The available colors are impressive, and you can also order cheesecloth napkins to complete the look.
Bamboo Cutlery Is a Beautiful Wedding Idea
It’s a beautiful world, and let’s start keeping it that way with summer wedding ideas like these eco-friendly cutlery sets made of sustainable bamboo!
The Look of Sea Glass with Biodegradable Balloon Decorations
We’ve always loved balloon decorating at any event, and now that biodegradable balloons are a “thang,” we can’t wait to see festive balloon sets at summer weddings!
This listing offers cool colors like ice mint, blue glass, or buff cameo that simulate the wonderfully worn look of beachy sea glass.
A Lifesize Way To Show Your Love
Maybe your close friend or relative can’t make your wedding, or you want to honor someone special who’s no longer with us. In that case, call in the cutout and prepare for a great time!
This cutout is a fantastic personal touch! Made of high-quality foam core that surpasses cardboard, it’s available in sizes ranging from a foot to six feet tall.
Neon Summer Wedding Sign
Introducing our stunning neon wedding sign, the perfect way to add a touch of modern elegance to your special day.
We included an engagement party invite with a neon image because we love that retro feel.
If you’re keen on adding the real thing to your wedding decorations, check out this piece of neon art that lights up your last name on your big day!
Summer Fashion Saves and Wearables for a Wedding Day
Our Wedding Pioneer vaults contain a massive catalog of great ideas for wedding fashions throughout the year, but here is fun stuff to consider as wearable favors (or lifesavers!) for your guests.
Orange Paper Parasol Is Pretty Sun Protection
These thoughtful parasols are such an excellent idea for those hot summer days, especially if your ceremony is at an outdoor venue.
The splash of color will look outstanding in real-time and photos, and the paper, nylon, and bamboo umbrellas will offer guests an attractive way to block out scorching sun rays.
Rain Showers Can’t Stop Your Day With Personalized Umbrellas
When the sun goes away, and rain showers threaten, offer your guests a personalized wedding umbrella and watch their smiles light up the day!
A Bridesmaid Scrunchie Your Squad Will Love
Another retro trend that is coming back strong as a bridal party gift, your BFFs can wear these smooth, shiny scrunchies again and again!
Hilarious Bow Tie for Impromptu Wedding Day Fun
Create some memorably funny wedding day moments with a custom bow tie for him that shows off hilarious pictures of the two of you!
Add Your Pup to the Wedding Party
We couldn’t forget to mention an exceptional guest that is often able to attend a summer outdoor wedding to the delight of everyone: your canine best friend!
Make your pup a scene-stealing member of your bridal party with adorable accessories!
Add Warmth to an Evening With a Pretty Pashmina
Outdoor weddings in summer can quickly go from hot to chilly as the sun sets and the wind picks up.
Your guests will appreciate these attractive cotton, and polyester pashminas (30% cotton and 70% polyester) as shoulder wraps to keep the chill away.
The color shown is a pale pink, but we wanted to mention how many color choices you have here, especially if you match your wedding day decorating scheme. Our favorites include turquoise, baby blue, burnt orange, or rose gold!
Try a Sexy Shrug on for Size
Light and airy, soft against the skin, our Olympia Bolero is pure glamour. Fashioned from soft German mesh, Olympia's Juliette sleeves gather to a fitted cuff for a truly romantic silhouette, while the boning in the back holds the piece perfectly in place.
Lastly, here’s something we’re adding to our style file… soft German mesh used to create a fashionable shrug over your sleeveless dress to enhance your wedding day look!
This shrug is fantastic for feeling comfortable in conservative church settings, and if you’re a warm-weather goth bride, it’s available in jet black too!