13 Summer Wedding Ideas For Your Special Day

Amazing Summer Wedding Themes, Ideas & Inspiration 

Bride and groom having their summer wedding at Easthampstead Park

Planning a summer wedding can be both exciting and challenging. 

Whether you're dreaming of an outdoor summer wedding or seeking unique touches to wow your guests, our guide offers 15 unique summer wedding ideas to help you embrace the best of the season.

Here at Easthampstead Park we've held many weddings. Now we'd like to share some inspiration to make your celebration unforgettable.

Ideas For Summer Weddings

1. Outdoor Summer Wedding Venues

Bride and groom by the Easthampstead Park fountain at their summer wedding

Choosing the right wedding venue is crucial for a summer wedding, especially if you want to incorporate the beauty of the outdoors.

A venue with beautiful grounds not only provides a tranquil setting for your guests but also stunning photo opportunities.

It's also important to select an outdoor wedding venue that offers indoor spaces too so your big day can run smoothly regardless of the weather.

2. Summer Wedding Themes

Bride and her bridemaids at a summer wedding

A summer wedding theme can tie all elements of your wedding together.

Make the most of the season by incorporating colourful seasonal flowers.

If you're planning a beach wedding consider a tropical Hawaii theme or a soft pastel palette to create a vibrant atmosphere.

3. Summer Wedding Invitations

Summer inspired wedding invitation

Set the tone for your summer wedding with bright and cheerful wedding invitations.

Use colours that reflect your summer wedding theme such as tropical flowers or beach scenes.

Including details about the venue and dress code can help guests prepare for your outdoor ceremony and reception.

4. Refreshing Summer Wedding Food & Drinks

Fruity cocktails perfect for a summer wedding

Keep everyone hydrated and refreshed with a summer wedding menu featuring light and seasonal dishes.

Consider incorporating fresh salads, grilled vegetables, and fruity cocktails. 

An ice cream bar or a BBQ can be the perfect addition ensuring your guests enjoy the best seasonal cuisine.

5. Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Seasonal summer wedding flower decor on table

Summer offers a wide variety of flowers in full bloom making it easy to create stunning wedding arrangements.

Popular summer flowers include peonies, roses, and sunflowers.

Using seasonal blooms not only enhances the summery feel of your wedding but also supports local growers and can be more budget-friendly.

6. Creative Wedding Decorations

Flower wall at a summer wedding

Summer wedding décor should capture the essence of the season.

Whether you're aiming for a rustic theme or soft pastels there are many special touches you can add. 

Include elements like a flower wall, festive favours, lanterns, fairy lights, and bunting to create a charming atmosphere for your outdoor summer wedding.

7. Keeping Guests Cool

Infused water to keep wedding guests cool at a summer wedding

Ensure your guests remain comfortable by providing ways to keep cool.

Offer fans during the ceremony and reception and set up shaded areas with outdoor seating.

Providing a hydration station with infused water can help keep your guests hydrated and happy throughout the day.

8. Outdoor Wedding Entertainment

Jenga a perfect summer wedding game

Keep your guests entertained with fun and engaging outdoor wedding entertainment.

Lawn games like giant Jenga and croquet are great for an outdoor summer wedding.

You can also hire a live band or a DJ to keep the party going.

Setting up a photo booth with summer-themed props can provide endless fun and memorable wedding photos.

9. Summer Wedding Attire

Bride dressed for her summer wedding

Choosing the right attire for a summer wedding is essential for comfort and style.

If the weather is likely to be hot brides can opt for lightweight fabrics for their wedding dress. Grooms can stay cool in linen or cotton suits.

Consider short sleeves and breathable materials to ensure everyone stays comfortable in the summer heat.

10. Unique Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Summer wedding at the pavilion at Easthampstead Park

Make your wedding ceremony stand out with unique touches.

Consider having an outdoor ceremony under a floral arch or a canopy of trees.

You can even hire a string quartet to play beautiful music as you're walking down the aisle.

11. Summer Wedding Cake

Summer inspired wedding cake with seasonal flowers and rustic charm

A summer wedding cake should be light and refreshing.

Consider flavours like lemon, raspberry, or coconut. Decorate your cake with fresh flowers or seasonal fruits to add a summery touch.

Naked cakes with minimal frosting can also provide a rustic and elegant look suitable for an outdoor summer wedding.

12. Summer Wedding Photography Tips

Wedding couple posing in grounds at golden hour at Easthampstead Park

Schedule your photo sessions during the golden hour for the best lighting.

Incorporate natural elements like flowers, trees, and water into your wedding photos.

Encourage your photographer to take candid shots to capture the joy and spontaneity of your summer celebration.

13. Fun Wedding Favours

Wedding favours

Get creative and send your wedding guests home with fun wedding favours that reflect the season. 

Personalised sunglasses, mini fans, or refreshing mists are perfect for a summer wedding.

Ensure your favours match your theme and add a thoughtful touch to your celebration.


We hope that you found these ideas helpful and inspiring for your summery wedding. 

For more great reads check out "Who Gives Speeches At Weddings?" and "Do You Have To Have A Maid Of Honour?". 

And if you're searching for the perfect venue check out Easthampstead Park.


Frequently Asked Questions Related To: Summer Wedding Ideas

Q: How to decorate for a summer wedding?
A: When decorating for a summer wedding it's essential to capture the essence of the season. Embrace vibrant blooms and incorporate outdoor elements like floral arches and fairy lights.

Q: What to wear to a wedding in summer?
A: Choosing the right attire is key for comfort and style in warm weather. Wear lightweight fabrics like cotton for dresses and suits to stay cool throughout the festivities. For women, floral dresses, pastel hues, or breathable maxi dresses are perfect choices. Men can choose light-coloured suits paired with chinos for a stylish look. Accessories such as sun hats, sunglasses, and open-toe shoes complete the summer wedding look with a touch of elegance.

Q: Do you have to wear a tie to a summer wedding?
A: You can forget the tie unless the bride and groom request otherwise. However it's always wise to confirm with them beforehand. In most cases a nice shirt paired with trousers and smart shoes is formal enough for a summer celebration