Our Favorite Summer Bridal Shower Ideas
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 (like this bride-to-be's Stone Cold Fox ensemble) and vibrant colors, 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.
If there's a plant family that screams summer, it's succulents. That's why they deserve a spot in a summer bridal shower' centerpieces. Whole cacti rounds gave structure to these seasonal arrangements from Lovelyfest. Monstera leaves and full peonies contributed to the mix's warm-weather vibes; a terra-cotta color vessel and pampas grass shoots brought bohemian flair.
Bright Dessert Table
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.
Chicks and Cones
Put a new spin on crowd-pleasing cuisine come her bridal shower. Keep It Colorful did just that by placing Purely Simple Gourmet's fried chicken into ice cream cones—this was both a nod to the season's signature dessert and a play on a favorite dish. A punny laser-cut sign by Creative Amme and petite floral arrangements from Graceful Garland & Co. completed the look.
Flower Market Favors
If her favorite summer weekend activity is perusing her local flower market (and later making her own floral 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.
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!).
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.
Elevated Bar Décor
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 Kaye 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.
While a tropical theme may be obvious for a warm-weather shower, there are ways to translate the style's motifs in ways that don't feel cliché. This Beijos Events tablescape is proof: A graphic print placemat, depicting palm leaves and a summer sky, was the only explicitly tropical element at each setting. Terra-cotta chargers (the calligraphed plant saucers, courtesy of Poppy Jack Shop, doubled as place cards!), in-bloom flowers (like lilies, ranunculus, and orchids), and bright salmon napkins neutralized, but still catered to the exotic vibes.
Drink Station with a View
Showering your bride in a picturesque waterfront location? Put the scenery on full display by placing a highly-trafficked station—like the mimosa table—in front of the best view. Mulberry & Moss was responsible for this setup.
Orange Escort Cards
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.
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.
Nod to Nautical
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.
Picnic in the Park
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!).
Floral and Fruit Pops
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.
Ice Cream Cones
There's one summer dessert, however, that will take the cake (pun intended) at her warm-weather bridal shower: ice cream. To put a personal twist on the favorite sweet, enlist the help of a local creamery to concoct her own flavor.
Have you decided to instate a dress code for your summer bridal shower? If so, consider an all-white palette for guests—these three attendees are proof that the neutral shade is the ultimate warm-weather colorway (especially since many of your friends will already have tans!). Another idea? Gift your group tiny, colorful bouquets, like these by The Bloemist, as favors; they'll pop against their creamy ensembles.
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