Summer may signal vacation season for kids across the country, but adults know that the summer months also signal wedding season. Couples choose the summer for its brighter days, warmer nights, and better weather. Having a summer wedding also means that the happy couple has their pick of themes—almost anything goes in the summer! Whether you are planning your own wedding or helping someone else, here are a few tips that work across multiple wedding themes.
Wedding Decor Tips for Summer Weddings
Personalize Your Wedding Decorations
Perhaps the easiest way to personalize your wedding decor is to add your initials to the ceremony. Even the smallest details like drink cups and coasters come in monogram options. You can add your initials to every table at your reception, or just sprinkle them around at strategically placed stations. Your guests won’t forget whose big day they’re celebrating with these details around the room.
While monogram items come in all shapes and sizes, they’re not the only way to add a personal touch to your big day. Chalkboard signs let you personalize the messages your guests see throughout your ceremony. More than one Kirkland’s customer has written to us to tell us how excited they are to use our chalkboard easels at their weddings! From sharing favorite quotations to dinner menus, these signs can do anything you need them to at your wedding. If it turns out that you need a new sign on the day, simply erase your writing and add whatever message you need.
Get Creative with DIY Wedding Decor
Mason jars aren’t just for preserves and drinks anymore! Whether your wedding decor is rustic or coastal, country or classic, mason jars can be your go-to item for making your wedding an event to remember. These jars are easy to find and easy to fill—they hold everything from candles to candies—and they won’t break your wedding budget. Wrap a burlap bow around a jar to go rustic, or fill one with sugar-sand and shells for a fun beach theme. A collection of small floral arrangements in mason jars makes a great centerpiece, and the individual jars can double as wedding favors.
For the bride that likes her DIYs to have a little more flavor, a beverage dispenser is a great alternative to a punch bowl. For outdoor summer weddings, fresh lemonade can help keep guests cool as they wait for the ceremony to start and a dispenser makes it easy for guests to serve themselves. You can also repurpose an old mirror to use as an appetizer tray for an added touch of glamour at any serving station. Simply set out a tray of your favorite goodies with a small sign to let guests know what delectable treats they’re going to enjoy.
Light Up Your Happy Day
Lighting is key to any event and summer weddings are no exception. Even during daytime events, floating tea light candles can give the entire wedding a soft, romantic glow. Hurricanes come in rustic, coastal, and colorful styles and make fantastic centerpieces when you add flowers or candles. They also come in different heights, so you can create staggered centerpieces that won’t block your guests from seeing each other across the tables. For longer tables, low candle runners give off just enough light to see, but don’t overwhelm the table.
The reception isn’t the only place where lighting comes into play. Lanterns can give any aisle or altar a touch of elegance to match any theme. Choose a light, whitewashed style for rustic or coastal weddings. With nautical or natural themes, a touch of twine or rope gives any lantern a homespun feeling. For brides who expect younger guests at their weddings, flameless LED candles provide a safe, flame-free alternative to traditional candles. These battery-operated candles are also great for warmer weddings that need to avoid the heat of real candle flames.
When the Guests Go Home
At the end of the day, it’s the little things that come together to make any wedding a memorable event. Choosing wedding decor that makes you happy will make planning your wedding—and enjoying it—that much easier. And when the day is done, you’ll be happy to take your wedding decor home with you as you start your new life as a married couple!