How to Plan the Perfect Summer Wedding
Thinking of planning a summer wedding next year?
Start by choosing a waterfront venue. You might want to throw in some nautical flair.
Let it bloom! Fill the day with greenery and flowers, real or stitched.
Hire an open air ride, like a trolley, for the whole bridal gang.
Find all the things that are lush and green. Dress your bridal party to blend in.
And lastly, don't let the beer sweat.
Our wedding day in July was the most amazing day of my life so far. It was everything I had hoped for when planning a summer wedding. I wanted it to be bright and colorful, fun and silly, just like Nick and I are in our relationship.
The whole planning process started with choosing our "colors": navy and white stripes. From there we looked for the perfect venue that had charm and affordability. I didn't want the same old country club or hall wedding and farms and barns were either too expensive or too hot for our mid-July day. We settled on a historic inn in Bucks County, PA, right along the Delaware River, with the wedding ceremony being held in our New Jersey church. The venue was wholly and completely ours for the evening of our wedding and, despite the sticky summer heat, we could enjoy the indoor and outdoor space.
I knew instantly what I wanted my 'maids to wear: florals. It's a summer wedding and it wouldn't be right to not have lots and lots of lush flowers. The love was instant when I found the blue and green watercolor dresses from Donna Morgan. I fell head over heels for my wedding dress at Sabrina Ann in Ardmore, PA with its big chiffon flowers. It was a sample dress and less than half the price of . The groomsmen were a little more difficult to dress but when I found the navy gingham ties, I knew it was all going to be perfect. It's just like with the guy: when you know, you know.
There are so many amazing moments from that wonderful day. Walking down the aisle and seeing Nick for the first time was something I'd waited my whole life to do. At the reception we gave a toast and finished it with sharing a bite of a giant donut. Of course there were things that didn't go exactly as planned but who cares? I got to dance with my friends, laugh with family I haven't seen in years, and kiss my husband all night.
When planning the perfect summer wedding, you have to make it about you. Do what you feel is right, what you know will make you happy. Even if the details aren't "perfect" or you don't exactly follow "wedding etiquette", at the end of the day nobody will care. Lastly, on the big day, just let go. There's nothing you can do about it now and it's the little quirks that make the day you. So my advice for planning the perfect summer wedding? Do what makes you happy.