Summer Wedding Ideas You May Want to Steal for Your Big Day

May 23, 2022

Weddings | The Editors

Regional Wedding Venues

BUCKHANNON, WV - Summer is the most popular season for weddings and with so many beautiful wedding locations, fun decoration ideas and stunning flower options in Buckhannon and surrounding areas, it's easy to see why.

Summer is now less than a month away, and the to-do list for engaged couples can be daunting. Finding a venue, booking a caterer, choosing a dress — there are many details that need to be factored into a wedding budget.

So, to help all you couples out there plan your best summer wedding, we thought we'd compile a list of our top 25 favorite summer wedding ideas you can use that are easy and affordable.

1. Have An Outdoor Dance Floor

Being outside is one of the most attractive parts of hosting a summer wedding. Some couples decide to host the dinner part of their wedding inside and have the dancing outside!

2. Hang Twinkle Lights

Small white lights are one of the easiest ways to add drama to a wedding setting. Making a barn wedding location feel elegant is easy when you add some twinkle lights and they also make for a great place for people to mingle.

3. Offer Flip Flops To Your Guests

Lets face it, after awhile guests just want to kick off their high heels and have a good time. Setting up a basket of flip flops is a great way to encourage your guests to dance and relax.

4. Dress Your Bridesmaids In Bright Colors

Bridesmaids play a very important role in a wedding and a summer wedding is great time to dress them in bright beautiful colors.

5. Serve Ice Cream

A wonderful way to end a summer wedding is by serving up some cold ice cream. If serving ice cream at a wedding sounds like an impossible task you might need to think again. By hiring local food trucks that specialize in desserts and ice cream you and make your guests super happy.

6. Host Your Wedding At A Summer Camp

There is no doubt about it – we love the idea of getting married at a summer camp. Find a summer camp in your town that hosts weddings.

7. Get Married On A Dock

Romance is alive and well when you say your “I do’s” on a dock or pier. From lakeside cabins to rustic retreats hosting your wedding ceremony on a dock is a super great idea.

8. Host Your Wedding In A Backyard

Sometimes that special wedding venue is closer than you think – like right in your own backyard. Backyard weddings can be as casual or elegant as you want them to be and they can be dressed up or dressed down to match your wedding style.

9. Use Mason Jars For Drinks

You might think the mason jar idea is over with for a wedding but actually its not a trend – it has been a staple at budget weddings for a very long time. These handy hardware store buys are the perfect vessel for your drinks, flowers and candles.

10. Release Sky Lanterns

Beautiful and romantic are the two ways I would describe sky lanterns. As the night sky appears over your wedding release some sky lanterns and let them float in to the dark night sky! Just be sure to check out your local ordinances pertaining to sky lanterns.

11. Use A Bike For A Photo Opportunity

A bike is a practical wedding photo prop yet a super cute one, too!

12. Get Married Outside At Night

You might think a night ceremony is out of the question but we think summer is a perfect time to host an evening wedding ceremony.

13. Play Lawn Games

There is a reason why playing lawn games have become popular at weddings – they are a fun and easy way to keep your guests entertained during cocktail hour. Lawn games at a wedding range from corn hole to horseshoes and everything in between.

14. Have A Popcorn Bar

Yes, we totally agree, having a popcorn bar is an excellent idea. Your guests will love grabbing some popcorn as part of their dessert and even taking some for the road.

15. Mix & Match Vibrant Colors For Your Scheme

Wedding colors can be a great place to add some fun to your wedding day. Mix and match vibrant colors to create a one-of-a-kind wedding look!

16. Have Hay Bales Act As Seats

Hay Bales are an easy way to add seating to your wedding location. Perfect for an outdoor country wedding ceremony, couples are covering hay bales with fabrics or quilts to keep the look rustic yet comfortable.

17. Host A BBQ Style Rehearsal Dinner

Everyone loves a classic BBQ style dinner so why not make it your rehearsal dinner. Check out this BBQ rehearsal dinner for ideas and inspiration.

18. Hire A Food Truck

Food trucks are all the rage in cities across the country but food trucks for weddings have become equally as popular.

19. Take A Short Boat Ride Together

If you ever saw the movie The Notebook we know you understand why having a short boat ride together is romantic. Several couples are taking a short little boat ride as the new Mr. & Mrs. and we love the idea.

20. Set Off Fireworks

Having fireworks at your wedding is a great idea but let us suggest that you let the professionals do it and of course you will need to check with your venue before lighting anything off!

21. Leave In A Fun Car

It does not have to be a Jeep but by having a summer wedding you pretty much ensure the fact that you can leave your wedding in some sort of cool getaway car.

22. Give Out Sunglasses

A super fun wedding favor to hand out at your summer wedding are inexpensive sunglasses. Allow your guests to enjoy all the perks of an outdoor summer wedding, like the sun in style!

23. Setup Picnic Tables For Your Dinner

Picnic tables don’t just have to be something seen at a park wedding – they can be the perfect solution for any kind of rustic wedding.

24. Create A Rustic Ceremony Backdrop

This birch wedding ceremony backdrop is just amazing! We think any rustic chic couple would be happy to say “I do” in front of a backdrop like this one.

25. Have A Sparkler Sendoff

We love seeing a bride and groom leave their wedding under a sparkler sendoff and we know our readers do too. Many online retailers sell wedding sparklers and not only do they make for a great sendoff but they always make for a great picture too.

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