With just about 35 % of all weddings taking place in June, July or August, Summer is peak wedding season. But while the warm and sunny weather means you can have an outdoor affair, there are some challenges to getting married during the Summer season, as we pointed out in Secrets to Planning a Summer Wedding.
Despite any wedding planning challenges, Summer brides can feel like a princess on their big wedding day. As a Summer Bride, you want to embrace everything summer in all aspects of your wedding, from your wedding color theme and decorations to your choice of wedding venue and wedding food. And, of course, in your choice of bridal gown.
For your wedding gown there are many radiant and sexy bridal gowns for Summer Weddings, such as BHLDN’s new collection which embodies everything we love about Summer weddings.
An outdoor summer wedding also opens up some great ideas for wedding themes, such as a nautical wedding theme.
As for your outdoor summer wedding decorations, a good idea is to repurpose many of your standard barbecue items as part of your wedding decor. Here are 15 backyard barbecue ideas that you can repurpose at your wedding, reblogged from the knot:
Borrow the best parts of backyard grill parties to create a spring or summer wedding that stays true to the red, white and blue. When your wedding lands on a summer holiday like Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day, adding a dose of patriotism only adds to the celebration. Here are 15 ways to take barbecue favorites and spin them to work at your rehearsal dinner or wedding.
1. Hand out flags for a patriotic ceremony or reception exit.
2. Stick to summer time garden blooms.
3. Accessorize with camo!
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4. Set up lawn games for the cocktail hour.
5. Mix up a signature cocktail in red, white and blue.
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6. Incorporate picnic plaid into printed cocktail napkins.
7. Refresh guests with small bites of watermelon and mint.
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8. Set out farm to table snacks for grazing guests.
9. Fry up backyard party favorites (like bacon baskets and fried chicken!).
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10. Make your kegs (of domestic beer!) classy with a galvanized metal tag.
11. …Or repurpose a rustic wheelbarrow as a cooler!
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12. Set the table with bandanas as napkins.
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13. Share your family’s best kept secret: Aunt Cathy’s cherry pie.
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14. Thank guests with custom condiment favors (like BBQ sauce and pickles!).
15. Gift a breakfast picnic box for a morning-after treat.
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