Fabulous Summer Wedding Ideas to Keep Your Guests Cool

Memorial Day is behind us, which means that the unofficial start of summer is finally here. Yay! I couldn’t find a better way to welcome the month of June than with a fabulous round-up of summer wedding ideas. These nuptial inspirations are the perfect refresher to keep your guests cool, and we haven’t even discussed the best part yet. Just in case you aren't getting married during this warm months, some of these details could be the ultimate addition to your fab 4th of July celebration. So take notes or start adding to your Pinterest boards. It’s a smile-inducing love summer fest that signals fun things to come…


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Ice Cream. The quintessential frosty summer treat could be served as dessert or midnight treat! Or what about on yummy prosecco floats!

Summer Wedding Ideas - Ice Cream

Summer Wedding Ideas: Ice cream - Floataway Studios
{Floataway Studios // via Inspired by This}
Raspberry Champagne Floats - via The Cookie Rookie
{via The Cookie Rookie}
Wedding floats - The Cookie Rookie
{via The Cookie Rookie}
Cocktail Popsicles. This fun twist on the famous signature cocktail is perfect to toast a warm, summer party or wedding day. Click here to visit a full article. It has cool, pretty and yummy ideas and recipes.
Wedding Popsicle Cocktails - Debbie Kennedy Events
{Debbie Kennedy Events}

Cocktail Popsicles

Jell-O shots. If you’re looking for a creative, sophisticated and refreshing way to serve alcohol at your wedding reception or cocktail hour, then I’d like to introduce you to the wonderful world of Gourmet Jell-O Shots. Click here to get some fab recipes and step by step directions.
Gourmet Jello shoots for your summer Wedding
Cool Cocktails. The best way I know how to keep guests cool? With refreshing cocktails of course! Serve yummy ice cold beverages during the ceremony and cocktail hour and your guests will be cool, hydrated, and happy! Score extr pints by making them look as pretty as these:
Wedding signature Drink - KT Merry Photography
{KT Merry Photography}
Wedding signature cocktail - Ivy and Gold Photography
{Ivy and Gold Photography // via 100 Layer Cake}

Summer Wedding Drinks


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Whether in the form of parasols or overhead umbrellas, save your guests the sweat by sheltering them from the sun! These are great items to have at the entrance to your wedding ceremony in addition to fans and shades they can utilize while you wed.
Open Lounge Areas. Surround your reception with lounge areas to provide an intimate setting for guests to relax as the sun goes down. See more lounge wedding setups like this one by clicking here.
Wedding Lounge - Amy & Stuart Photography
{Amy & Stuart Photography // via Glamour}
Wedding lounge area - Andie Freeman Photography
{ Andie Freeman Photography}

Tented Venue. Keep the outdoor feeling while protecting your guest from the weather in a stylish way with a gorgeous tent. See some fabulous tented weddings right here.

Summer Wedding Tent - Shannon Michele Photography
{Shannon Michele Photography // via Style Me Pretty}
Wedding Tent Decorations - Photography by Samuel Lippke
{Photography: Samuel Lippke // via Romance in Bali}

Umbrellas. Want to protect your guests from the sun without blocking that gorgeous view? Look into umbrellas. They aren't only super useful, but they also look stunning!

Summer Wedding Ideas - Ryan Ray Photography
{Ryan Ray Photography // via SMP}
Summer Wedding Ideas - Ryan Ray Photography
{Ryan Ray Photography // via SMP}

Parasols for Guests. Paper parasols is another pretty way to protect your guests during your sun-filled outdoor ceremony.

Wedding Parasols - via Chic Vintage Brides
{via Chic Vintage Brides}
Wedding Parasols - Jose Villa Photography
{Jose Villa Photography // via 100 Layer Cake}


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Fans. Help your guests keep cool in style by passing some fans during the ceremony.

Wedding Fans - Ryan Ray Photography
{Ryan Ray Photography // via SMP}

Wedding Fans

Find more thoughtful ideas to make your guest extra welcome at your summer affair by clicking here.


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Poolside Party. There are so many marvelous ways to celebrate your love on summer , but poolside celebrations are probably the best one. Let the soft breeze of the water refresh your guests during your wedding reception. Score some extra points by decorating the pool with these clever ideas

Poolside Wedding - KT Merry Photography
{KT Merry Photography}
Poolside Wedding - KT Merry Photography
{KT Merry Photography}


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Fresh Food. If your cocktail hour and reception remain outdoors, it’s important to keep the cool trend going. Make sure the appetizers you’re serving are light and refreshing! Better yet? Dish out ice cream for dessert!

Summer Wedding Food : Shrimp Cocktail - Lauren Kinsey Photography
{Lauren Kinsey Photography // via I take You}

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I live in West Texas, summers are brutal here. I would never consider having an outdoor ceremony or reception during the summer without any protection, unless of course is at sunset or at night. But, some of you lucky ducks live in places where summers still allow for a daytime summer wedding. If you are one of those gals, here are some ideas for you.

Al-Fresco Dining. If you are planning an outdoor reception consider some sheer draping for a beautiful accent and a bit of protection

Alfresco Wedding Reception - Jose Villa Photography
{Jose Villa Photography // via SMP}
Alfresco Wedding Reception - Jose Villa Photography
{Jose Villa Photography // via SMP}
Wedding Tent Decorations - Britt Chudleigh PHotography
{Photographer: Britt Chudleigh Photography // Planner A Savvy Even // via MODWedding}

Outdoors Ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony Ideas - Jana Williams Photography
{Jana Williams Photography}

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Bridesmaid Dresses. Off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dresses are super trendy right now and there isn't a better season to have your girls rocking these frocks than summer. They look so fresh and flowy! So, I have put together a shopping guide for you below, check it out.

Summer Bridesmaid Dress Ideas - Luna de Mare Photography
{Luna de Mare Photography // via SMP}
Summer Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses - Luna de Mare Photography
{Luna de Mare Photography // via SMP}
Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses - The Dessy Group
{The Dessy Group}

Shop Away | Off The Shoulder Bridesmaid Dresses