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10 Chic Ideas For A Summer Wedding Theme

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Summer is the ideal time for outdoor fun and excitement. It is also the ideal wedding season to make a vibrant statement with bold colors and unique styling. Add some effervescence to your Summer Wedding with these chic summer wedding ideas.

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1. Summer Invites

Kick off your wedding theme with save-the-dates and invitations reflecting a summery mood. Bright pops of color matching a vibrant summer palette will look great. Or, for a subtler look choose designs reflecting the season – butterflies, pretty florals and botanical designs all beautifully represent an outdoor summery affair.

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summer-wedding-invitations

2. Celebrate Outdoors

Summer is the perfect time for an outdoor ceremony and reception. Take advantage of venues situated on or near the water. Riverside receptions, beach weddings and locations with a view all have instant atmosphere. Alternatively the grounds of an elegant home can be transformed into a stunning venue. A majestic marquee or grouped outdoor tables on lush lawns make a lovely garden wedding setting. Or to really embrace summer, host a wedding luncheon or summer evening affair poolside, complete with floating candles, sun umbrellas and modern decor.

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outdoor-wedding

3. Outdoor Decorations

Outdoor Summer weddings give you plenty of scope to be creative when decorating your venue. Visualise twinkling fairy lights at a garden wedding, glowing lanterns enhancing an ocean view, or colourful rows of paper pom poms hanging from trees overhead. All of these types of decorations will give your wedding a lovely summery whimsical feel.

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summer-wedding-decorations

4. Pops of Colour

Introducing bright colors into a wedding colour palette will enhance a summer theme. Inject a burst of colour with bright coloured bridesmaid dresses or pretty bridal accessories. A bright coloured clutch or striking pair of heels instantly adds ‘wow’ factor and an element of excitement to your wedding style statement.

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Bridesmaid Clutch / Pink Wedding Shoes

5. Fan Wedding Favors

Stylish hand fans are a great idea to use as wedding favors at an outdoor wedding. Not only do they look stylish but they’ll also keep your guests cool and comfortable in the summer heat.

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Tropical Hand Fans/Pink Fan Favors

6. Pretty Parasols

Parasols at a wedding always look charming. They can be a great way of injecting a burst of colour or making a style statement for your summer theme. Use them as an alternative to your bridesmaid bouquets – not only will look fantastic, but the girls will be grateful for the shading too. Summer parasols also make for a chic guest favor particularly at a beach wedding or garden party. Group them together in an attractive basket with a note to your guests, and they will add a lovely personalized touch to your stylish decor.

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summer-wedding-parasols

7. Summer Cocktail Bar

A self-serve cocktail bar with a colorful display of bottles and garnishes gives a summer reception a stunning focal point and crowd pleasing element. Think lots of fresh fruit, cocktails sweetened with simple syrups and refreshing flavours. Mimosa’s, Bellini’s or Daiquiris are all popular choices and all look fabulously chic in pretty cocktail glasses.

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summer-wedding-cocktail-bar

8. Ice-cream Cones

Nothings says Summer more than ‘ice-cream.’ I can think of no better option on a hot summers afternoon, than to indulge in a chilled creamy cone or fruity gelato. Serving ice-cream cones at a wedding is fast becoming a popular trend which is a winner with wedding guests. For elegant modern soiree arrange for waiters to serve your guests individual cones. Or, if you’re having a relaxed outdoor bash, hire a retro ice-cream van – it’s bound to be an instant hit.

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9.  Fan Programs

Another way to include paper fans in your summer wedding is to have them double up as ceremony and wedding programs. All you do is have your guests pick up their individual fans as they arrive at the ceremony and they will stay cool and informed of the days events at the same time.

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fan-wedding-progams

10. Summer Dessert Buffet

A wonderful ending to a summer dining experience is the dessert buffet.  Laden with mouth watering desserts such as fruit and berry tarts, colourful cupcakes and sweet treats it’s a delectable delight for the eyes and the appetite.  Many weddings are adopting the dessert buffet in lieu of the traditional wedding cake or as an addition on the menu to add extra appeal to their reception. Whether featured in an inside venue or displayed outdoors, it is a Summer sweet feast for sure.

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summer-wedding-dessert-buffet

Fresh Ideas for a Stylish Spring Wedding

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A spring wedding brings a splash of excitement to what can be a long, slow trek toward summer.

And the season gives rise to all kinds of enthusiasms. Even the blackest thumbs among us starting paging through gourmet food magazines and seed catalogs, and dreaming of lemons and strawberries, rhubarb pies and asparagus.

So it’s a sure thing your wedding guests will show up in a partying mood. Which means that all you need to do is plan the ceremony — and event — of your dreams, and the rest will follow. With that in mind, here’s some tips on what’s fresh for this spring and beyond.

Chic Colors, Piquant Patterns

Spring wedding colors break down into several camps. First, there’s the “I just like it!” girly colors. You know, timeless choices like butter yellow, pink, lavender, pastel green. Pink brides take note: spring’s probably the easiest time to get away with your favorite color.

Then there are the trendy colors. Chocolate brown is still strong, and makes a showing at plenty of spring weddings. But more common than a phalanx of chocolatey bridesmaids is taupe or mocha, which has that trendy zing but lightens things up. Popular complements? The usual suspects: hot or pale pink, orange, peach or coral, baby blues and minty greens.

City brides wanting an ultra-urban look need only turn to the newest colors of the season. Start with steel gray — often paired with a crisp white and a sophisticated honey-wheat, accented with amethyst.

As for patterns, this is where things get interesting. Florals with a telltale geometric spin are everywhere. Be a little tongue-in-chic and consider drawing on spring patterns and textures like gingham, Swiss dots, eyelet or for a cool Asian touch, cherry blossoms.

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The Freshest Foods

Approach your cake and menu with a light touch. If ever there was a time for coconut frosting or fillings, this is it. Or fresh strawberries or lemon cream. Choose bright, lighthearted colors for your cake, and go all out on whimsical details like Swiss dots and fondant ribbons.

Sautéed fresh asparagus will brighten up plates. Think miniature quiche with fresh spinach and green onions, and tiny cream tarts as a decadent background to the season’s fresh fruit. Champagne makes a great home base for beverages, but bring a splash of color to your drinks by serving Bellinis, Mimosas, or a masterpiece of your own, spruced up with fresh berries or mint. Anything tiny fits the tone perfectly (cupcake trees and petites fours are great favorites).

Botanical Beauties

Timeless choices for this season of renewal are delicate blooms like sweet peas, lilies of the valley, ranunculus, or lisianthus. Hyacinth, irises and daffodils have a vibrant Easter feel. A bouquet of cream tulips, or roses and subdued pastels or white, couldn’t be more classic. As always, brides with a contemporary bent and a cream, pink or green palette are drawn to orchids — perfect for a stylish spring.

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Vernal Couture

Don’t head to the bridal store yet! Your options for spring weddings are more varied than the ads might lead you to believe.

Of course, you can stick with tradition. But if you’re looking for alternatives, spring is a fine time to look into the gowns sold with destination weddings in mind, some of the new cotton gowns coming down the line, or if you’re feeling really daring, totally delicious 50s and 60s-inspired gowns with bouffant skirts that scream for a birdcage veil.

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As for the guys, the rage for all things brown means your beloved and his buddies are sure to find formalwear in anything from chocolate brown to the lightest of mochas. (Match the ties to your bridesmaids’ sashes.) And if your wedding’s near the water, or it just suits your fancy, a white linen suit might be just the thing.

Need great looks for the girls? Experiment with fabric (like lush dupioni silk dresses with contrasting sashes) or patterns (bridesmaids in tea-length gowns with a subtle, oversized floral pattern — fabulous!) Be fresh off the pages of the fashion mags, and adorn their gowns with puffy, organza roses at the waist or neckline. And of course, pick some sexy, strappy shoes to show off those spring legs!

Accessorize the Look

Organza neck scarves or pashminas couldn’t be more romantic, and they’re perfect for spring breezes. Also chic: paper or sandalwood fans, pastel parasols, delicate floral headpieces and hairpins.

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Juice Up the Joint

A tried-and-true place to start with decorations: bare branch arrangements (ultra-large for the floor, or smaller for tabletops) gussied up with springtime flowers. Silk would be practical; real, a memorable extravagance. Evocative choices for blooms include magnolias, cherry blossoms or plum blossoms. Leave plain, or gild the lily with gossamer fabric wraps or chandelier-style crystals.

And go heavy on the petals — bring them to your cake tables, candy buffet tables, guest tables. A blizzard of petals, not snowflakes, reminds your guests they’ve made it through the dark months.

Florists continue to innovate, bringing all kinds of non-floral pizzazz into table arrangements. Cool ideas we’ve seen for spring include fresh bunches of asparagus, tips painted in gold, woven in with more traditional blooms. And we love the rustic height of pussy willows. Some favorite centerpieces tuck in birds’ nests.

Another simple way to pull everything together? Ribbon! Casual arrangements of Gerber daisies and mason jars look smashing when you wrap the jars in bright ones. Let ribbons flutter romantically from shepherd’s hooks, programs, the ringbearer’s pillow, the bridesmaids’ sashes, even a maypole. A twist on ribbon: a mini “tie the knot” theme.