Award-Winning, Summer Wedding Ideas

Weather, flowers and sunshine all make summer weddings the most beautiful weddings year after year. From casual afternoon beach weddings to black-tie evening weddings, summertime offers some of the most unique and award-winning wedding ideas there are.12ptisfancay

Bright Colors
We’re talking really bright colors, not pale pink or yellow, but hot pink or bright yellow. Bright colors should be used sparingly, but can really jazz up a wedding when paired with black or grey. Use the bright color of your choosing as an accent color in things like napkins, flowers, or even your cake. Have the bridesmaids wear solid colored black dresses and add a bright colored sash for a pop of summer color. Summer is a time to celebrate the bold, beautiful colors we love, and they’ve been showing up more and more in summer weddings.

Think Outside the Cake Box
You don’t have to serve cake at a wedding. Some brides are finding summer weddings are perfect opportunities to serve other, lighter desserts to their guests. Strawberry shortcake, tropical fruit cocktail and even sorbet or Italian ice are unique desserts starting to make their way into summer weddings. If you insist on cake, consider a summery fruit filling.

Different Destinations
Although often spectacular, beach weddings are anything but unique these days. Some summer wedding planners are finding rather exceptional locations for nuptials that fit better with the personalities of the bride and groom. Weddings are held in barns, in the mountains, museums, and even in aquariums. Some bride and grooms who are major sports fans are even tying the knot at their favorite team’s stadium.

5p008aWine Smoothies
Make your signature drink stand out from all other weddings! Instead of opting for your average fruity mixed drink, TheKnot.com suggests serving wine smoothies. Make the drink even more special by serving it in personalized cups. They make for a nice decoration as well as a favor guests can take home after the wedding. If you think your wine smoothies will be a major hit, create personalized recipe cards so wedding guests can recreate your signature wedding drink at home.

Fruit Favors
Fruit is huge right now as both a decoration and a favor at summer weddings. Tropical fruits can make for beautiful centerpieces and then double as a favor at the end of the reception. Consider tying some ribbon or twine around the fruit with a personalized tag, thanking guests for attending your special day.

Keep it Casual
The casual, yet classy, summer wedding is certainly a big request of wedding planners for the summer of 2013. Backyard weddings and park weddings are perfect spots for casual weddings where the bride is sometimes in a short dress and the groom and groomsmen in shorts. Food is simple and might even be cooked on the grill. “Casual” doesn’t mean cheap-looking. When done right with some cute, personalized decorations, it can be a real delightful wedding!

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