1. Embrace the colours of summer and bring your theme to life with summer brights: flowers, groomsmen ties and wedding favours. And don’t be afraid to dress your bridesmaids in mismatched brights. Variety is very of the moment! These flashes of colour will really bring your photos to life.
2. High up on the list of ‘must haves’ when choosing a summer wedding venue has to be the grounds. Choose a venue with distinctive grounds that create a talking point for guests and will allow for fun and creative photographs.
3. Outdoor games are a great way for guests to enjoy the grounds and pass the time during the photographs – traditional fair games such as coconut shy and hook a duck are great fun as well as nostalgic.
4. Continuing with nostalgia, hiring a vintage ice cream stand or ice cream van is a great alternative to a sweetie cart. Treat your guests to delicious ice cream and sorbet during the evening . Sprinkles anyone?
5. Swap the usual prosecco reception drink for a summer cocktail. Even better still, create your own ‘Mr & Mrs’ signature cocktails using your favourite flavours – giving the personal touch to your wedding right from the start! Mocktails make a great change from the usual non-alcoholic alternative of sparkling elderflower too.
6. Nothing says summer quite like a barbecue. Opt for a barbecue in the evening as an alternative to a buffet – perfect for those long, warm summer nights. Serve Pimms and ice cream alongside it to give guests the ultimate summer garden experience!
7. It’s likely that guests will spend as much time outside as they do inside – so make sure the grounds are styled as well. Simple paper lanterns or giant paper pom-poms hanging from the trees are hugely effective, as are bright candles on the tables.
8. When choosing wedding outfits – from your wedding dress, to the men’s suits and bridesmaids in between, look into different lengths and lighter fabrics which breathe and are cooler and won’t be uncomfortable to wear all day in the heat!
9. Photobooths are still such fun at weddings and can work just as well outside as inside! Hang an oversized frame from a tree with a box of props and let the fun commence. Even if it gets a bit drizzly, it can easily be transported inside the venue for the fun to continue.
10. Have a wet weather back up plan for photos (we do live in Britain after all). It’s advisable to discuss this with your photographer prior to the day itself and check out the interior together for alternative ideas. Have some umbrellas available just in case, so guests can still enjoy outdoor activities, even in light drizzle.