20 Summer Wedding Ceremony Ideas You and Your Guests Can Get Behind
There's just something about a summer wedding. The sun is shining, it's blissfully warm, and so many stunning floral varieties are in bloom. The season has so much to offer your big day—your ceremony especially. On the décor front, we've come to expect greenery-rich arch backdrops, petal-filled aisles, and statement décor pieces at summertime events. Of course, there's so much more to your ceremony than just décor, and there's a lot more to consider than simply paying homage to the season. As you start planning your big day, you'll discover that the majority of your ceremony prep will revolve around finding ways to keep your guests protected from the elements.
Here's the good news. There are ways to do just that that still feel elevated and on-par with décor decisions. Just take the following ideas from real summer weddings, for example. Worried that your ceremony site is angled directly into the sun? Lining up on-trend, unisex sunglasses on a sleek table will both protect your friends and family from glare and blend in with your aesthetic. Alternatively, set up luxe overhead umbrellas to shield exposed shoulders—they photograph beautifully, we promise.
Ahead, we've provided a healthy balance of elevated utilitarian ideas and purely fun or decorative options to help you plan a ceremony that's as beautiful as it is comfortable. From entering your service via a topless car (no stuffy limos here!), to setting up the sweetest iced tea and lemonade stations (hydration is key!), these tips will help you plan the ceremony of your dreams. Click through to discover all of these pretty and practical summer ceremony ideas.
Getting hitched when the sun's at its highest? Be sure to protect your guests' eyes as they watch you exchange vows.
Warmer temps might make the idea of a limo ride feel a little less appealing. Instead, make like this bride and arrive in a convertible
Add a tropical touch to your ceremony aisle's air space by using blooms, greens, and textures that scream summer. This cascading ranunculus and rattan chandelier, designed by Branch Design Studio, was the focal point of this celebration and referenced other summery elements, like the chair arrangements and backdrop.
Strategically-placed umbrellas ensure that your guests can witness your ceremony with peace of mind, sans sunburn or uncomfortable glaring rays.
Make it a priority to serve ice water to guests at your hot summer wedding. A station as cool as this bright green vintage pick-up truck is optional, but certainly encouraged!
Petal Ceremony Spot
Mark your outdoor "altar" with a square-shaped arrangement of ombré rose petals, à la this display by Louloudi Boutique Floral Design.
Wicker or straw fans are a pretty (and affordable!) way to help guests stay cool during your event. The best part? They double as party favors.
A statement-making archway of monstera leaves and orchids is as summer ceremony-appropriate as it is millennial.
Getting hitched under a pergola? Take notes from Poppy Stone Floral Design and make use of your venue's structure by hanging plenty of blooms overhead.
Iced Tea and Lemonade
In addition to water, think about serving a sweet refreshment before your ceremony. Lemonade and iced tea are classic choices. Bonus points if you encourage your guests to mix the two for Arnold Palmers.
Looking for a way to dress up simple paper fans? A cute, on-season message, like "You're so cool!" is the way to go.
The best part of handing out old-school parasols to guests actually isn't shielding your loved ones from the sun (stay with us!). How awesome would an aerial photo of your ceremony, featuring lines of uniform parasols, look?
If a winding outdoor staircase is part of your ceremony aisle, considering lining the edges with in-season blooms. Here, Florésie used dahlias, roses, delphinium, and greenery to create this bride's statement entryway.
Getting hitched indoors, under the gentle breeze of your venue's air conditioning system? Go ahead and serve up Champagne (this couple went for a Rosé variety!) to guests as they arrive for the ceremony.
Palm Leaf Ring Pillow
Take inspiration from greenery native to Hawaii—it's always summer there, right?—when it's time to design your ring cushion.
Pre-ceremony milkshakes in those classic glass bottles? Best idea ever.
So many summer ceremonies take place on grass, which never mixes well with stilettos. Protect your female guests' shoes (and soothe their tired feet!) before they enter the venue's lawn area by providing flip flops—in your wedding's color palette, of course.
Name a more iconic summer fruit. Serve watermelon wedges on sticks (for easy eating) and partially frozen (to minimize drips).