If you and your partner have decided to plan a summer wedding, you probably have a million things running through your mind – not least the weather, and whether or not it will rain or shine on your big day. There’s no doubt that summer is the most popular time of year to hold a wedding, but that doesn’t make it any less challenging to organize.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to make the planning of your summer wedding as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Intrigued? Read on for some helpful – and decidedly stylish – suggestions for planning the summertime wedding of your dreams.
Start Planning As Soon As Possible
Because summer is peak season for weddings, it’s vital that you and your significant other start planning your nuptials as quickly as possible after you get engaged. After all, you want to make sure you can book the perfect venue for the ceremony and reception, and hire all of the wedding professionals you really want to be included in the big day – from the caterers and photographer to your favourite entertainers.
A couple of the most important considerations you’ll need to decide on early are the date you would like to get married and whether or not you want to hold the wedding outdoors. Once you have these details confirmed, it will be easier to find the perfect venue.
Of course, the British weather is famously fickle, so if you do decide to host an outdoor ceremony, you will probably need to make some special arrangements to provide shelter if a sudden rain storm should appear to dampen proceedings. This brings us to our next tip – how to get the ideal venue sorted.
Summery Venues That Won’t Let You Down
Holding a wedding during the summer months means you should be able to enjoy plenty of warmth and sunshine. As such, it’s a good idea to choose a location that will help you make the most of those golden rays, offering shelter if required.
To that end, you may want to consider holding your nuptials in a picturesque spot that promises the best of both worlds.
For example, you could opt for the verdant gardens of your nearest stately home; a converted barn, with pretty cobblestone courtyard. Perhaps the conservatory or orangery of a local historic hotel, which will let in plenty of light but will also keep you dry if it does rain.
Decide On Your Wedding Theme
Another vital detail you will need to settle very early on is what kind of theme – if any – you would like for your wedding. Your theme will dictate all of the other decisions you make, from what kind of dress code and color scheme you go for, to the food and drink you serve, the location of your reception, and what kind of entertainment you choose to have.
Not sure what kind of theme would be most suitable for you and your partner? Summertime offers an enchanting range of choices, from festival-style celebrations for music lovers, to vintage weddings for old-fashioned romantics, boho-themed occasions for free spirits, and seaside-themed weddings for couples who do love to be beside the sea.
Hiring The Perfect Professionals For Your Summer Nuptials
To make sure getting hitched goes, well, without a hitch, it’s important to hire the right people to make your wedding a success, whatever the weather turns out to be. After all, getting married is something of a team effort – as well as a caterer and photographer, you will also need hair and beauty pros, and, of course, the people you want to hire as entertainers.
When it comes to choosing the best people for the job, it’s important to check out their prior experience and the reviews they received from previous clients. You can also consult with them and get their ideas for what might work for your wedding. This information will help you decide if they are the right fit.
Book Some Showstopping Entertainment
When it comes to sorting out the entertainment for your summer wedding, don’t be afraid to think outside the box, particularly if you’re opting for a more dynamic or unusual theme. While a band or a DJ is essential if you want some good tunes to dance to, you may also want to consider other options too.
For instance, why not hire an event magician to provide truly magical entertainment during your reception? Adam Vee is a renowned wedding magician from Hertfordshire who has over two decades of experience at wowing onlookers with his magic tricks, psychological puzzlers, and thrilling high stakes bets. Having a highly regarded magician at your summer wedding is sure to be a major highlight for your guests, and will certainly make your nuptials unforgettable.
Select A Summery Menu
Over the past few years, the UK has had to get used to soaring summer temperatures, and, with climate change an unquestionable reality, this trend looks to set to continue. As a result, you should take some care when it comes to choosing the menu for your wedding feast. If your nuptials take place on a particularly hot day, your guests may not be keen on a large and stodgy meal.
Instead, it may be better to lay on a selection of delectable light bites and perhaps even some street food stalls, offering a range of cultural specialties that will please a wide range of palates. You may even want to consider swapping the traditional wedding cake for a lighter and more heat-friendly option, such as a naked cake.
Naked wedding cakes may seem rather rustic, but they are just as delicious as thickly iced versions, and they can come in an array of stylish designs. Best of all, they will stand up to the heat, so you won’t have to worry about runny frosting!
Planning a stylish summer wedding may seem a little overwhelming at times. However, with the right amount of planning and preparation, there’s no reason why your nuptials shouldn’t be picture-perfect and truly magical from start to finish, whether the sun decides to make an appearance or not.