9 Details to Include in Your Summer Wedding

There’s a reason summer is deemed wedding season. Sunny days and warm nights are ideal for joyous celebrations—plus, the season turns every venue into a luscious backdrop for photos. To make the most of your summer wedding, we’ve gathered our favorite unique details to incorporate in your ceremony and reception. 

Photography: Jacque Lynn Photography. Catering: Cuisine Unlimited.

Instead of a regular cocktail hour, treat your guests to an adorable mini gelato bar. The cold desert is ideal for beating summer heat and makes a memorable addition to your reception. For added charm, mix up the flavors or offer an adult-friendly version that includes boozy berries. 

Photography: Brittni Willie.

When dressed in colorful frocks and flower crowns, a flower girl is akin to a summertime sprite. Instead of choosing just one flower girl, include all the youngsters in your special day. There’s nothing cuter than seeing several bubbly children skip down the aisle while tossing petals every which way.

Photography: Erin Kate Photography. Floral: Lilac Floral.

For the non-traditional groom, succulents offer a striking contrast to the usual floral boutonnieres. The incredible variety of colors and styles appeals to every kind of groom. Succulents are also drought-tolerant, making the perfect choice for an eco-conscious summer wedding.

Photography: Jessica Janae Photography.

It’s no surprise that summertime ceremonies can be sweltering. Offer your guests a complimentary parasol to shade them during your nuptials. The charming sunshades make one-of-a-kind party favors, and can be customized to commemorate your special day. 

Photography: Jessica Janae Photography.

For a special photo opportunity and added whimsy, incorporate a decorative swing in your reception. Adorn the swing with vibrant florals and colorful bows to evoke the feeling of a carefree summertime celebration. Your guests will be lining up for their chance to relive childhood memories, and you will have unique photos to look back on for a lifetime.

Photography: Kate Osborne. Decor: Scenemakers

Ditch the typical cooler and serve beverages in a canoe instead. The boat can store a much larger quantity of drinks and adds a rustic flair to your ceremony.

Photography: Britt Chudleigh.

Decadent chocolate cakes are better served during the cooler seasons. For a summer wedding, consider a lighter flavor like lemon curd or raspberry buttercream. Top your cake with seasonal fruit and florals like plums and daisies for added appeal.

Photography: Megan Robinson. Catering: High West Distillery.

During cocktail hour, there is no better pairing than drinks and a stylish charcuterie board. An assortment of meats and cheeses is perfect for summertime snacking, and offers a range of options for all diets. Offer warm-weather favorites like caprese fixings and sweet berries for an eye-catching board. 

Photography: Ashley DeHart. Venue: Red Cliff Ranch.

Take advantage of Utah’s many waterscapes for a stunning summer bridal session. Ponds are particularly vibrant during warmer months. When preparing for a photo session, make sure to pack plenty of bug spray and a change of clothes—you never know if your betrothed will give you a playful push into the water. 

You can find more summer inspiration here.

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Avrey is the Associate Editor for Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, and the Digital Editor for our affiliate magazine Utah Style & Design. She enjoys documenting unique love stories, offering fashion inspiration and indulging her affinity for alliteration.