2019 Summer Wedding Ideas

Lakeside wedding

Are you planning your wedding for summer 2019? Then look no further and check out these awesome ideas to make your day the best…

We’ve had a very, very long winter which although magical at times was for the majority damp and cold. But summer is well and truly here and in the UK (and because of the climate) we have the most exquisite summers full of rich colours and warmth. Summer in the UK is also still the most popular season in which to get married, although is three cousins of spring, autumn, and winter are hot on its heels!

So if you are planning a summer wedding for 2019, here’s some ideas for you…

Seasonal Summer Flowers

If like me you’re a huge fan of roses then summer is the perfect season for roses in your wedding bouquet and for your wedding flower choices. There’s such a huge range of roses to choose from, we are spoilt for choice, especially with world renowned growers such as David Austin on our doorstep!

Summer wedding flowers

Another of my summer favourites are peonies which are in season for early summer (their season tends to end early June), with cuttings of eucalyptus, lavender, traditional herbs such as rosemary or thyme, and even small olive branches.

Summer wedding bouquet

Flower choices in striking blue hues, purples, pinks in a deconstructed style (one I am told by my florist friends is actually the hardest to make even though it looks easy!).

Peonies wedding bouquet

All of these will make for stunning centre pieces. Traditional garden herbs will hold up well in the summer months, and also make gorgeous centrepieces. And to be extra on the ball add in those that are also natural insect and bug repellents such as basil, mint, geraniums, and of course lavender and rosemary as mentioned above. A chat with your chosen florist will be worth every moment.

Flower Crowns

 What isn’t to love about flower crowns…?

Flower crown at Elmore Court wedding

From the cutest little bridesmaid floral head pieces to something a little more dramatic for the bride herself.

Flower crown at Glenfall House

Add whimsical florals and go as big and bold and boho as you dare!

Flower crown with feathers Elmore Court

Summer Fete Lawn Games

Now who doesn’t have fond memories of lawn games from their childhood?

Lawn games at Kingscote Barn

French cricket, Swing-Ball, Twister and of course the more elegant croquet. Lawn games have moved on to include giant sets of Jenga, chess, hoopla, Connect 4, and quoits.

You could even set up an adults only game of beer pong for when the little ones have been waved off to the land of nod!

Coconut shy wedding games

Or for more of a fairground field how about a coconut shy, hook a duck, and splat the rat!

Dodge the long engagement

 Yup just kick up your heels and go for it!

Glenfall House weddings

Contrary to popular belief you don’t need a year of planning as some of my recent couples will tell you. From organising a large wedding for over one hundred guests over two locations to organising a more intimate wedding with just 10 guests, they both planned and had their weddings within three months of saying lets do this!

The most popular month to get engaged is December, so getting married the summer that follows will enable you to really focus your plans.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

And of course best of all, getting married in the summer (weather permitting of course) you can have an outdoor wedding.

Lakeside wedding

Making the most of the stunning natural backdrops nature provides for us during the summer months.

outside wedding ceremony

How about a dreamy lakeside set up or wisteria drenched walkway for your ceremony…

Kingscote Barn wedding

 

Eating Outdoors

Asparagus

The trend for farm-to-table food shows no sign of abating and so make the most of this with long trestle tables draped with linen cloths in the late afternoon sunshine, groaning with fresh seasonal produce in large sharing bowls.

Dryhill weddings outdoor eating

Afternoon tea

Or if afternoon tea is more your style and of course its very British, treat your guests to mini sandwiches and of course scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and let the debate commence… with my family coming originally from Devon I of course have to have cream first and then the jam!

Afternoon wedding tea

But whichever way you choose it of course has to be washed down with plenty of tea served in bone china cups and saucers. Nothing epitomises British summer like afternoon tea!

vintage tea pots

Bespoke Couples Cocktails

Make you bespoke own cocktail to be served on your wedding day or pick your favourites to be served to guests along with canapés after the ceremony.

Bespoke wedding cocktails

Add a Kilner dispenser for guests to top up their glasses with edible flowers and retro striped paper straws.

diy wedding bar

Or have a trailer bar on hand to keep your guests refreshed!

Trailer bar at Stanway House

Barrows of beer!

If you’re more of a beer kind of couple then embrace the trend for serve yourself beer buckets, barrows, and troughs!

Wedding beer barrow

If you’re feeling generous add champagne bottles to the mix.

Champagne barrow wedding Sudeley Castle

Hay there!

Hay bales… what’s not to love about these solid seats with their lovely fresh country smell (the good kind!) and memories of summers long ago.

Add blankets and snacks for your guests.

 

Ice Cream

Childhood memories of the sea side and days out were always completed with a 99 from the ice cream van!

The Barn at Upcote wedding

These days ice cream is in a league of its own with artisan ice cream companies creating the most exquisite of flavours. Add an ice cream truck to your big day to serve childhood favourites or a retro ice cream bicycle seller – stop me and buy one!

Artisan icecream the Barn at Upcote wedding

 

 Guest treats

Us girls do like to wear the most inappropriate shoes to weddings – always have done, always will do! With the trend for ever increasing rustic weddings with the celebrations taking place on sunny lawns and fields it’s a great idea to treat your guests to a basket of flip flops!

Guest flip flops Kingscote Barn wedding

Sun glasses as favours are also a great idea. They are always welcomed and such a thoughtful idea.

Guest wedding sunglasses Hilles House wedding

And right at the end of the day there’s nothing like slippers for those tired feet…

Dancing slippers

Wedding Signage

Happiness wedding sign

Let your guests know where the dancing is, where the food is, and just to say hello!

Wedding welcome sign

Have some fun with wedding signage as your guests arrive especially if it’s a long walk.

Mr & Mrs wedding sign

Marquees, Tipis and Yurts

Inside a wedding tipi by Samitipi

All of these have sides that open up to let the outside in and make them a perfect option for a summer wedding.

Wedding tipi

Just make sure you get one big enough should the weather take a turn!

Wedding marquee

Naked cakes

Still overwhelmingly popular and on trend are the naked cakes. Packed with fluffy butter cream and spilling over with summer berries these cakes are the perfect cake for a laid back summer celebration.

Naked wedding cake at Cripps Barn

Just keep it cool and out of the sunshine!

So if you’re planning your summer wedding for 2019 lets chat – I’d love to hear all about it!

Nikki xx

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