Summer Wedding Themes and styling
Summer weddings really are beautiful. The sun is shining, the Clock Barn gardens are glorious and absolutely everyone is in the mood to celebrate. To make your summer wedding even more fabulous, we’re here to help with some suggestions for summery styling details that you, and your guests, will love. Summer has never looked so good.
A summer wedding theme
When you get married in summer, you have a huge amount of choice for your theme and your colour palette. If you want to opt for a rustic day or a traditionally elegant event, you can. If you want pastel shades, classic white tones or bright pops of colour, go for it. One of the very best things about summer is that everything works well at this time of year.
To bring your theme to life, and to show summer at its very best, include as many seasonal elements as you can. Talk to your florist and find out what flowers are in season, opt for wonderfully summery drinks and why not include a fabulous BBQ in the evening? Your guests will always link these details to summer and to your wedding once the big day is over.
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Details for a summer wedding
Let’s start with your wedding attire and when you’re choosing what to wear, definitely think of the seasons! A dress in a heavy fabric might not be what you want if the day is hot and similarly, if you burn easily, a strapless dress could leave you looking a little red at the end of the day. On the other hand, if the weather is less than kind, you might want to think about adding a wrap or bolero to keep you warm. For grooms and groomsmen, again think about the temperature. Tweed looks great at Clock Barn and it’s perfect for country weddings but it’s also very warm. Consider teaming a tweed jacket with lightweight chinos or just opt for a waistcoat and shirt. Also, bring a spare shirt or two with you if you’d like to freshen up.
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When it comes to options for summer wedding décor, you really are spoilt for choice. Summery flowers look amazing and jam jars or bud vases on tables or scattered around the venue are ideal in summer.
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Summer is all about English flowers and arrangements and installations that look natural definitely give the impression that the garden has made its way indoors. Think about dahlias, nigella, garden roses, delphiniums, sweet peas, poppies and even cow parsley. Buttonholes tied with twine and bouquets with a soft, natural style give that ‘just picked’ impression. Flower crowns are another fantastic summer accessory and why not line the aisle with more flowers so that it looks like you’re walking through a meadow?
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You can also embrace the season with your wedding favours. Packets of wildflower seeds are a great choice as are homemade favours that celebrate the best of the season. Little jars of jam or honey are always popular or even bags of seasonal fruit or tiny potted plants.
It’s also a great idea to think about what your guests might need in summer and they’ll certainly thank you if you make their day even more comfortable. Baskets of ‘essentials’ in the toilets including sunscreen, insect repellent and even anti-histamine can be a great idea. On the flip side, baskets of blankets set out in the evening will make sure that you guests can enjoy our gardens right through the evening.
Summer food and drink and wedding menus are so much fun. Pimms is always a great choice for your drinks reception or how about beer drums or create your own cocktail stations? Hard lemonade would be our top choice for summer or ‘create your own’ gin and tonic bars with tonics and all kinds of tasty extras. Drinks and canapes in the garden after your marriage ceremony is a summer wedding must-have in our opinion and they start your wedding reception in style.
Image courtesy of Lydia Stamps Photography
Also, don’t forget your evening food. BBQs, chef stations or handmade, wood-fired pizzas are all perfect as the sun goes down. Evening food is actually a really important part of your day and you can be sure that your guests will really appreciate it. Choose something that lets you make the most of the outdoors too as what could be better than an evening under the stars with those you love the most?
For more summer inspiration, take a look at some of our real wedding. Alice and Jon and Abi and Chris all had beautiful summer weddings at Clock Barn and we also have lots of summer wedding ideas for a barn wedding right here. To start planning your wedding at Clock Barn, request a brochure or book a showround today.