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Embrace the Sunshine With These 21 Summer Wedding Ideas

April 6, 2024 | riley
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With constant sunshine and warmer temperatures, there’s a reason that summer is one of the most popular seasons for weddings. If you’re tying the knot between May and August, you’re in luck because there’s no shortage of summer wedding ideas and inspiration. To help you plan your special summer day, we’re rounding up 19 of our favorite summer wedding ideas that will keep you and your guests feeling cool. From the best types of weddings to summery color palettes to favors that will help your friends and family beat the heat–we’ve got it all.

Types Of Summer Weddings

Beach

Beach weddings are by far one of the most popular types of summer weddings. There’s just something special about tying the knot while the waves crash behind you and the ocean breeze flows through your hair. It’s an ideal setting for anyone looking for a more laid-back, bohemian vibe for their day. 

Garden

If you’re a fan of fairytales and all things whimsical, consider saying “I do” in a garden or greenhouse. The greenery and natural florals serve as beautiful backdrops, making for some incredible photos. It also helps you save money on decor.

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Destination

If you and your significant other have a travel destination that is special to you, invite your guests there for a destination wedding. It could be somewhere tropical where you can lay in the sun for hours on end or somewhere in the mountains to cool down from the summer heat–the options are endless. If you have the time to spare, turn it into a weekend-long celebration so you can soak up time in your favorite place. 

Recommended Reading: How to Plan a Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Vineyard

Whether you’re a wine aficionado or you’re looking for a more rustic aesthetic for your special day, a vineyard makes the perfect wedding venue. With rolling hills, plenty of sunshine, and some delicious food and drinks, there are quite a few benefits to tying the knot in a vineyard. And the best part? You can get a special bottle of wine on your wedding day to save for special occasions like anniversaries or birthdays.

Barns and Farms

To take the rustic aesthetic to the next level, opt for a barn or farm wedding. These venues are typically blank slates that allow for a lot of personalization with decor and florals while still offering a country feel that you can’t find anywhere else.

Backyard

There’s something incredibly romantic about getting married in the backyard of a home that’s special to you or your partner. Backyard weddings are intimate, nostalgic, and budget-friendly. Because they’re not typically used as wedding venues, you have free rein to tailor the decorations to precisely what you’re looking for, no matter what’s on your mood board. If you don’t have a backyard big enough for a wedding but love the idea of a backyard wedding, take a look at Airbnbs!

19 Fun Summer Wedding Ideas

Now that you’ve got an idea of the types of summer weddings available for your big day, here’s a list of our favorite summer wedding ideas for you to use.

1. Destination-themed invites

If you’re jet-setting for your special day, tie in the destination theme with your invitations. You can find personalized invites for your destination all over Etsy–from Greece and Paris to Hawaii and Las Vegas. 

2. Minimal wedding decor 

One of the best reasons to get married in the summer is that many outdoor venues have built-in decor already. At the beach, you have the sunset and the waves. At a vineyard, there are fields of grapes. Use this to your advantage and let the scenery do the talking.

3. Bright florals

If you do choose to add florals to your summer wedding, consider a bright color palette. Think bright reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows. These bold colors will make your special day feel more tropical, even if you aren’t heading off to a remote island.

Recommended Reading: 8 Tropical Wedding Ideas to Transform Any Venue Into Paradise

4. Short reception dresses

We’re huge fans of reception dresses, and the summer heat is the perfect excuse to change into a shorter hemline for your party. Not only will your guests be shocked by the outfit change, but you’ll also stay cool on and off the dance floor

5. Choose lodging with a pool

Having a destination wedding typically involves booking a room block at a hotel or opting for an Airbnb for your guests. Turn it into a multi-day affair that everyone can enjoy by choosing lodging that has a pool. This way, you can spend your days off lounging around and catching some rays with your loved ones.

6. S’mores bar

One of the best parts of summer is spending the nights outside cooking s’mores over the fire. So bring that fun to your wedding with a s’mores bar. If the wedding is outside and a bonfire is permitted, do it the old-fashioned way. If you’re indoors or unable to have fires, you can set up mini tabletop fire pits using food-safe candles. 

7. Welcome beach bags

While guests will most likely bring everything they need for a weekend at the beach, surprise them with welcome beach bags full of goodies you would need for a day under the sun. Fill it with things like a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, bug repellent, and sunglasses. It’s a fun, easy touch that they will appreciate. 

8. Festive favors 

If you have too many guests for welcome bags but still want to incorporate the summer season in your favors, consider festive favors. Give gifts like personalized hats or water bottles, flip-flops for the sand, fans, or sunglasses.

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9. Lawn games

Dancing is arguably one of the best parts of a wedding, but there are other ways to keep your friends and family entertained if they don’t feel like getting down on the dance floor–like lawn games. Break out the corn hole and oversized Jenga, and they’ll be playing all night long.

10. Coconut water bar

What says summer more than drinking coconut water out of a real coconut? Setting up a coconut water bar is a refreshing way to cool down, and it doubles as an adorable piece of wedding decor. 

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11. Fresh fruit

Fruit makes for adorable table centerpieces when paired with bold florals and candles, especially citrus fruits like oranges, peaches, lemons, and grapefruits. Citrus fruits give you a bright, colorful palette that ties in beautifully with the season. 

12. Seafood bar

If you’re opting for a waterfront ceremony, consider a nautical-themed food bar. You can serve oysters, calamari, mini shrimp cocktail, or sushi–the world is your oyster.

13. Popsicle cocktails

There’s something about summer that reminds us of our childhoods, so bring that essence of nostalgia into your wedding day. Turn popsicles into an adult-only treat by serving cocktails that include mini popsicles in them. Not only do they taste delicious, but they also make for really cute photos. 

14. Mini margaritas

One of the hottest cocktails in the warmest months is margaritas. While you could serve them as your signature cocktail, you can also take it up a notch by passing out mini margaritas in small Patron bottles during cocktail hour

15. Drink canoe

Want to showcase your beers and other canned beverages in a unique way? If you’re having an outdoor wedding–specifically one near a lake or one with a summer camp theme–consider a drink canoe. Simply fill up a boat with ice and place your canned drinks throughout for guests to quickly grab throughout the evening.

16. Pool decor

Saying “I do” next to a pool is a surefire way to embrace the summer. If you do decide to go down this route, don’t leave the pool bare. Throw in monogrammed floats, floating lanterns, or retro floats shaped like flamingos and palm trees.

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17. Palm leaf florals 

Palm leaves are one of the few florals that will never go out of style–especially in the warmer months. Use them in bouquets, backdrops, centerpieces, seating charts, and more. If you’re aiming for a more boho aesthetic but you still want to tie them in, opt for dried palms.

18. Colored suits

There really is no wrong time to wear colored suits, but boy do we love them in summer. Lighter colors will pop, and they’ll also keep you cooler under the sun. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors like teal, baby blue, yellow, orange, and even beige.

19. Family style BBQ

One of the highlights of summertime is barbecuing outside with friends and family, so why should your wedding be any different? If you’re throwing a laidback backyard wedding, fire up the grill and treat your guests to your favorite BBQ foods. 

20. Alfresco dining 

For a dinner party feel, host your reception dinner under the stars in the warm air. It’s an easy and romantic way to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Bonus points for the whimsical feeling that comes from eating outside with your loved ones.

21. Ice cream

No wedding is complete without a sweet treat. Even if you opt for a traditional wedding cake, treat your guests to a late-night snack of ice cream to help cool them off. There’s nothing we love more than when couples hire one of their favorite ice cream trucks for the end of the night.

Now that you’ve got all of your summer wedding ideas fresh in mind, it’s time to dive in even more. Check out our guides to a backyard wedding, destination wedding, or an Airbnb wedding to keep your planning train on track. 

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This Pastel Villa Valentini Bonaparte Wedding is the Epitome of Romantic

April 6, 2024 | justine

Choosing the right venue for your special day is crucial as it sets the mood for the entire celebration. It influences everything from the color palette and decor to the overall atmosphere, and this was the case for Savannah and Bennett’s Villa Valentini Bonaparte wedding. They envisioned their day as a charming garden dinner party, with only their nearest and dearest in attendance. With the help of Junebug vendor and planner The Tuscan Wedding, they absolutely nailed it!

At their garden ceremony, a gorgeous pathway lined with pastel flowers led to a gazebo overflowing with blooms, creating a lovely setting for their heartfelt vows. But the floral influences didn’t stop there.  The party afterward featured tables adorned with lush arrangements and the soft glow of candles. Adding to the enchantment, sparkling fairy lights wrapped around, making the whole celebration feel like a magical storybook scene.

The special touches, paired with the beautiful setting, made this event truly remarkable, filled with love and individuality. For a closer look at all the beautiful moments and unique details from this romantic celebration, continue scrolling through these stunning photos captured by Elle Reaux.

The Couple:

Savannah and Bennett

The Wedding:

Villa Valentini Bonaparte, Italy

Bringing their Dream Villa Valentini Bonaparte Wedding to Life With the Help of Trusted Vendors

Our design evolved over the almost two-year planning process. The villa was such a huge focal point that we wanted to keep our color palette within the same family and add complimentary pops of color. Overall, we wanted our day to feel like a romantic garden dinner party with an intimate guest list of only our closest friends and family. From the lush garden-style ceremony to the al fresco dinner overlooking the Tuscan hills, our team of vendors helped us bring our vision to life!

Personalizing The Ceremony Through Collaboration With Their Officiant and Custom Vows

We personalized our ceremony by working closely with our celebrant, Diana, to write vows reflecting our love for each other. Diana also met with us multiple times to better understand our love story and put it beautifully into words in our ceremony. We worked on these vows separately and heard each other for the first time at the altar. They were also beautifully transcribed by our talented calligrapher, Asha. After the ceremony, we were driven away in a white Maggiolone convertible, a personal touch that added some fun to our day.

Crafting a Personalized Wedding Fragrance

We worked with our wedding planner and florist to create a personalized wedding fragrance, which we provided to each of our guests to create a scent memory and allow them to bring the experience home.

Defining Priorities and Collaborating With a Trusted Vendor Team

Set your priorities early and decide what is and isn’t part of your dream wedding. For example, we compromised by having a small guest list (less than 40 people total) and getting married earlier in the year, before peak season. Having the right team makes all the difference. Our wedding planner connected us to some of the top vendors and explored our ideas with complete transparency and her knowledge of the wedding industry. Our photographer had an uncanny sense of our wedding vision. 

Villa Valentini Bonaparte: A Venue Steeped in History and Romance

Villa Valentini Bonaparte is both a beautiful venue and a love story. One of Napoleon’s nieces constructed it to be closer to her husband, who was in exile in Florence. Savannah and I connected to this history because we spent years apart due to our careers, as we each knew we would build a villa for the other.

Setting the Scene with a Romantic Welcome Party Dinner

We would be remiss not to mention our welcome party dinner. Set in the evening, as our guests arrived, the atmosphere was relaxed but lively. The vibe was more earthy and organic, with a nod to the Tuscan scenery. All guests were seated around one long table, making the night feel like a long-awaited return home of loved ones. We wrapped up the night, joining in on a long-standing Italian tradition, the making of the Millefoglie.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Elle Reaux
Event Planning – The Tuscan Wedding
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Villa Valentini Bonaparte
Floral Design – Flowers Living
Catering – Preludio Catering
Cake – Tuscan Wedding Cakes
Officiant – Blessings from Italy
DJ – DJ Matthew
Live Music – Musica evento
Videography – Aberrazioni Cromatiche
Invitation Design – Babooche Calligraphy
Makeup Artist – Cherie Lee Spisso
Wedding Dress – Pronovias Austin
Bridal Accessories – Verstolo
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Liza Lieberman
Groom’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Calvin’s Fine Jewelry
Transportation – Salijevic Saban
Favors – Flowers Living

 

Congratulations to Savannah and Bennett for their beautifully romantic Villa Valentini Bonaparte wedding. A huge thanks to Elle Reaux for capturing all the dreamy moments couples can use as inspiration. And a special shout-out to The Tuscan Wedding for planning the whole thing perfectly. To see more amazing events they organize, check out their profile in our directory of the world’s best wedding planners.

This wedding shows how important the venue is in creating a memorable celebration. As you plan your big day, remember that where you choose to have it matters. Check out our complete guide for helpful tips and advice on picking the perfect spot. Your path to a dream celebration starts with finding the right backdrop!

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Everything to Know About Buying Wedding Bands

April 5, 2024 | riley
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Planning a wedding involves making countless decisions, each contributing to the magical day you envision. One of the biggest decisions, however–that has nothing to do with the wedding itself–is choosing the perfect wedding bands. From understanding who traditionally pays for them to finding the right jeweler, there’s more that goes into the decision than you may initially realize. To ensure you’re well-equipped with all the information you need to know to get the ring of your dreams, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about buying and styling wedding bands.

Who Pays for the Wedding Bands?

The tradition of the groom purchasing the wedding bands dates back centuries, symbolizing his commitment to providing for his bride. However, times are changing, and modern couples often share financial responsibilities–including the cost of wedding bands. While no two stories are the same, the bottom line is to do what makes the most sense for you and your partner. To ensure you’re on the same page, always keep open lines of communication about finances. This goes for everything wedding-related. 

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How Much Do Wedding Bands Cost?

Wedding band prices vary widely depending on factors such as metal type, design, gemstone, and brand. On average, couples can expect to spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 per band. However, you can find bands that are more affordable or more expensive than this range, so use these numbers as a loose jumping-off point. 

Establishing a budget early on and exploring various options within your price range is crucial to finding the perfect balance between quality and affordability.

Recommended Reading: How to Create the Best Wedding Budget for You and Your Partner

Where to Buy Wedding Bands?

When it comes to purchasing wedding bands, you have several options to consider:

  • Brick-and-mortar jewelry stores – Visiting a local jewelry store offers personalized assistance from experienced staff and the opportunity to try on different styles in person. However, prices may be higher, and the selection limited compared to online options.
  • Online – Online jewelry retailers offer convenience, competitive pricing, and a vast selection of styles, all within a click of a button. While this can be extremely easy, it’s important to read customer reviews and verify return policies before making a purchase. If you’re looking to do some online shopping (or you’re just looking around to get an idea of what you like), some of our favorite online retailers include:
  • Custom Jewelers – Lastly, working with a custom jeweler may be the perfect choice for couples searching for a truly unique and personalized wedding band. While this route may be more expensive, it allows you to bring your vision to life and create a one-of-a-kind piece that reflects your love story.

When to Buy Wedding Bands?

Timing is crucial when it comes to purchasing wedding bands. It’s recommended to start shopping for wedding bands at least three to four months before your wedding date to allow ample time for browsing, sizing, and any necessary changes. Remember that custom or engraved bands may require additional lead time, so plan accordingly to avoid last-minute stress.

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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Band

Choosing the perfect wedding band involves considering several factors to ensure it aligns with your personal style and preferences:

Metal Options

Wedding bands are available in various metal options, each with its unique characteristics and aesthetic appeal. Common choices include:

  • Gold – Classic and timeless, gold wedding bands are available in yellow, white, or rose gold, offering versatility to suit different skin tones and tastes.
  • Platinum – Known for its durability and hypoallergenic properties, platinum is a popular choice for wedding bands. It’s loved because of its lustrous white sheen and longevity.
  • Titanium – Lightweight and durable, titanium wedding bands are highly resistant to scratches, making them ideal for active lifestyles or those with metal sensitivities.

Consider Your Personal Style

Your wedding band should reflect your unique personality. Whether you prefer classic, vintage, modern, or minimalist designs, choose a band that resonates with you and complements your lifestyle and overall daily style. 

Alternatively, if you and your partner are seeking something more unique, opt for custom-made designs that incorporate elements of their personality and your shared experiences. From intricate patterns inspired by a trip you took together to custom engravings of meaningful dates or symbols, these small additions help make your ring truly one-of-a-kind.

Coordinate with Your Engagement Ring

If you plan to wear your wedding band alongside an engagement ring, consider how they will complement each other. Options include:

  • Matching Sets – Opt for a matching wedding band designed to complement your engagement ring, creating a cohesive look.
  • Complementary Designs – Choose a wedding band with complementary design elements or gemstone accents that bring out the beauty of your engagement ring without overshadowing it.
  • Mixed Metals—We know this one isn’t for everyone, but if you’re not afraid of going a bit outside the box, experiment with mixing metals to create a unique and personalized look. For example, pair a white gold engagement ring with a rose gold or yellow gold wedding band for added contrast and visual interest.

Get the Right Fit

This is most likely going to sound obvious, but proper sizing is essential for comfort and security when it comes to wedding bands. Visit a jeweler to have your ring finger measured accurately, considering factors such as temperature, humidity, and time of day. Keep in mind that wider bands may require a slightly larger size for a comfortable fit, so be sure to try on different styles to find the perfect match.

Stacking Wedding Bands with an Engagement Ring

Stacking wedding bands with an engagement ring has become a popular trend, allowing you to customize your set and express your individuality. Here are some tips for achieving the perfect stack.

Choose a Contoured Band

If your engagement ring has a unique shape or setting, opt for a contoured wedding band that fits snugly against it. This ensures a seamless and cohesive appearance while minimizing gaps between the rings.

Consider Symmetry

Aim for symmetry and balance when stacking wedding bands with an engagement ring. If your engagement ring features a center stone, consider flanking it with matching or complementary bands for a cohesive and harmonious look.

Embrace Variety

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles, textures, and widths to create a unique and personalized stack. Whether you prefer a sleek look or a bold and eclectic vibe, the possibilities are endless.

From understanding who traditionally pays for them to mastering the art of stacking them with your engagement ring, there’s a lot to consider when choosing your wedding bands. By following the tips and guidelines in this guide, you’re all set to start looking. Start by taking a look at these diamond wedding bands that will complement your engagement ring. And, of course, don’t forget about insurance!

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