Our Favorite Summer Bridal Shower Ideas

sally bridal shower cake with butterfly decorations
Donna Lam Photography

While it's certainly possible to plan a next-level bridal shower all year round, there's something so intrinsically special about a summer event. This probably has something to do with the fact that the season is, at its core, about relaxation and celebration (think endless beach excursions filled with plenty of rosé!). If you've been charged with planning a shower during the warm-weather months, you'll likely want to capture the season's laid-back vibes—and fill the party with some of the best elements the time of year has to offer.

Luckily, the list of summer's best details is about as long as its sun-filled days. From icy treats and the prettiest in-season blooms (like orchids, peonies, and ranunculus!) to effortless fashion (think garden-party attire) and timely motifs (note the butterflies on this summery cake by The Dirty Whisk), there are so many ways to bring summer straight into the woman o the hour's bridal shower. The best part? Though a seasonal venue—like a lake's dock or beachfront resort—may help translate your warm-weather motifs, you can plan a summery fête just about anywhere, whether that's in her backyard or in a traditional ballroom.

Wherever you choose to host her all-girls party, take advantage of summertime's vibrant shades, like fuchsia and yellow, to craft the ultimate color palette. Alternatively, serve plenty of treats that connote the season, like ice cream and fruit pops (bonus points if those are spiked with her favorite booze!). Those frozen ideas will most certainly come in handy if you decide to throw her pre-wedding party outside, under the hot summer sun. Ultimately, finding ways to translate the time of year throughout her event will only enhance it—the following summer bridal shower ideas are proof.

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Hydration Station

pink floral printed straws in water glasses
Sophie Epton

Out of all the most quintessential summer drinks (like lemonade!), you can't go wrong with ice-cold water, which will help refresh guests. Personalize the simple sips with on-palette stirrers or straws, like these floral iterations which spoke to the season of this celebration designed by Andria Leigh Events.

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Cool Down

large white tent for bridal shower outside
Jessa Schifilliti

While a poolside bridal shower, swimming activities and all, sounds like a wonderful summer party style, it isn't for every bride-to-be. A wading pool—like this one, which was installed under a backyard tent at this fête planned by NE Occasion—might be a better option. It's a great way to stay cool sans the bathing suit dress code—all they have to do is lose their shoes and dip their toes in.

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Fans for All

wedding fans in basket
Jenny Quicksall

Hot summer days can have everyone aching for a breeze. Help bridal shower guests keep cool with handheld fans, like the woven iterations pictured here. Event planner Kelly Patrice tagged them with blush-hued palm tree notes, which also nodded to the balmy weather.

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Colorful Invites

red poppy accented bridal shower invites
Jessa Schifilliti

Celebrate your summer bridal shower with floral motifs that speak to the season. Soon-to-be brides will love invitations adorned with bright poppies (they bloom mainly between April and June!), such as these notes crafted by Design House of Moira.

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Stunning Seating Chart

wedding seating chart display on produce cart
Jen Huang Bogan

Tie the season into all of the day's décor elements, right down to the seating chart, should you choose to have one. This farmers' market-inspired option, which was set up by Bustle Events and featured hand-calligraphed escort cards by Every Little Letter, offers an easy way to display fruits and vegetables that are in-season.

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Picnic Details

wicker picnic basket with floral bouquet
Laura Gordon

Whether you're planning a summer celebration that is big or small, crafting it to fit your vision will make for a memorable occasion. In need of a fun idea? Consider planning a picnic shower. Grab a blanket and pack a basket—like this one from Jennie Cook's Catering and Plant-Based Parties—with napkins, plates, utensils, and all of your favorite seasonal goodies, including charcuterie and rosé.

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Boat Beverages

wedding drinks inside bright red canoe
Scott & Dana Photographers

A lakeside bridal shower is a lovely warm-weather party option. If you opt for this type of locale, let the surroundings inform the majority of the event's décor. We love how Jenn Robirds Events turned a working boat into a drink display, which was loaded with grab-and-go beverages.

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Custom Cocktails

wedding cocktails with flowers
Perry Vaile

Signature cocktails aren't reserved just for her wedding day. Craft a stunning, summery drink, like this one from the catering team at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn; it was garnished with edible florals for a seasonal touch.

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Flower Seating Chart

plant pots with table numbers and guests names
Abby Jiu Photography

Looking for a creative, timely way to guide guests to their seats? Look to the varieties in your summer cutting garden. Twisted Willow Flowers added a mix of fresh-cut flowers and live plants to these arrangements. Use terra-cotta pots to showcase the stunners, as you would in your yard—and jot down names and table numbers in cursive lettering on their exterior, like Mary Fama did, here.

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Open-Air Lounge

engagement party with white outdoor furniture overlooking mountains
Lorin Kelly Photography

Comfortable seating is a must at your warm-weather bridal shower. Level Events and Everbloom Floral crafted this space that's equal parts floral and cozy in the scenic, open-air setting. The result? A lounge vignette that truly speaks to the budding summer season.

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Light Bites

pizza appetizer
This Modern Romance

Summer-centric foods will please any palate at your seasonal shower. Consider serving a series of light bites, like this smoked salmon pizza with dill crème fraîche and caviar made by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

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Pool Party

bride and groom on blue and pink pool floats
Blaine Siesser

Who said bridal showers couldn't be pool parties? Draw inspiration from this duo, who hosted a poolside bash—fun floats and all—during their summer party, with the help of their coordinator, Melissa Vitale Events.

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Oceanic Invitation

summer bridal shower ocean-inspired invitation
Christine Skari

Whether or not you're hosting your summer bridal shower on the beach, an ocean-inspired invitation, like this tonal note by Pirouette Paper, is the ultimate option—its color scheme inherently speaks to the season.

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Bright Dessert Table

summer bridal shower ideas bright dessert table
Erin Wilson Photography

Pro tip: Think of your food stations as additional décor opportunities. Whatever dessert you're serving during this pre-wedding party, display your sweet treats alongside vibrant, in-season florals, like Vase & Vine did here. A statement arrangement was this setup's focal point; supporting double-stem vases added color (a splash of neon yellow!) and cohesive texture.

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Flower Market Favors

summer bridal shower ideas flower market
Alissa Noelle Photography

If her favorite summer weekend activity is perusing her local flower market (and later making her own masterpieces!), a flower favor bar is the way to go. Stock the station with seasonal varieties, like roses and dahlias (two bloom types present in this Aliana Events setup, with florals via Celio's Design!), and encourage guests to shape their own bouquets at the end of the event.

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Vibrant Cake

summer bridal shower idea vibrant floral cake
Erin Wilson Photography

Since her bridal shower cake will likely be on the smaller side, dress it up with plenty of fresh florals for balance. PattiCakes Bakery tapped Vase & Vine for three blooms that reinforced the confection's seasonality: garden roses, ranunculus, and dandelions.

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Floral Ensemble

summer bridal shower ideas floral attire
Francesca Penko

A summer fête calls for floral attire—the two go hand-in-hand, as evidenced by this bride's By Catalfo wrap dress (which perfectly matched her brut rosé's raspberry garnish!).

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Lakeside Soirée

summer bridal shower ideas lakeside dock lounge
Kelsea Holder

Planning on throwing your bride the bridal shower of the season? Research local lakes or ponds and rent out an entire dock—then enlist an event designer to build a colorful lounge from the ground up. Lovelyfest created this epic setup, which the team filled with bohemian rentals from Avenue Twelve and topped with a striped black-and-white awning.

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Elevated Barn Décor

summer bridal shower ideas elevated bar decor
Lauren Marks

Summer bridal showers come with so many venue options; you can host the party outdoors, in her parent's backyard, or celebrate at a local arboretum or botanical garden. Another fun warm-weather option? An open-air barn—the perfect choice for the rustic bride-to-be. Make sure her event feels elegant, too, by working within a refined color palette, like Alexa Kay Events did here. The blush-and-gold scheme—translated through pink AM Linen Rental tablecloths and golden centerpiece vessels from Olive Grove Design—didn't overpower the venue's white-washed wooden walls; instead it subtly brought the event to the next level.

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Orange Escort Cards

orange escort cards
Hunter Ryan Photography

Citrus fruits are practically synonymous with summertime—so why not utilize them in your escort card design? Dana Marino and Fabulously Chic worked together to bring these fruit-paper hybrids to life (a green pin held a leaf-shaped name tag to each orange!).

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Floral Garland

bachelorette party alternative at vineyard
Kelsea Holder

If she's a flower lover, bookmark this over-the-top tabletop garland by Noonans Designs—styled on a tabletop by Lovelyfest—for her own pre-wedding party.

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Rosé Pops

two glasses of frozen rose on table with flowers
Anya Kernes Photography

If the rosé isn't flowing, it's not a summer bridal shower! Serve the season's signature wine creatively: Add frozen pops of the vino to half-filled glasses, so her guests can sip and snack.

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Sunshine Cake

four tiered deep golden yellow frosted wedding cake with floral display
Pinkerton Photography

Draw inspiration from the blazing summer sun when dreaming up the bridal shower cake. This Ruze Cake House confection's golden hue—which was reinforced with burnt yellow roses—is unexpected, but perfectly seasonal.

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Nod to Nautical

bridal shower invitations love and light
Love & Light Photographs

Another popular summer shower theme? Nautical. Interpret the go-to style in an unconventional way by adding mussel shell illustrations (as opposed to anchors or starfish!) to her invites.

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Picnic in the Park

outdoor picnic spread
Ava Moore

Looking for a fun bridal shower alternative? Host a picnic in a nearby park instead of a traditional ballroom—just make sure there's plenty of shade (and provide sunscreen just in case!).

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Floral and Fruit Pops

floral popsicles
Alicia Mink Photography

If you do decide to host her all-girls party outside, frozen treats are a must. These lemonade pops were both practical and pretty—the fruit and edible florals frozen inside added a festive pop of color.

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