100+ Ideas for Summer Weddings

From color palettes to centerpieces to cakes, get tons of inspiration for a summer wedding. Having a beach wedding? Check out 50 more ideas just for you!

By: 
Kristen O'Gorman Klein

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    A simple bouquet of sunflowers makes a bold impact.

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Brightly-colored roses create the perfect tropical bouquet.

    Photo Credit: Fotowerks Custom Photography

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    With a brooch bouquet, you won’t have to worry about your flowers wilting.

    Photo Credit: William Innes Photography

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Bring a beachy vibe to a landlocked wedding with this coral-inspired wildflower bouquet. 

    Photo Credit: Kathleen Hertel Photography

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    Wrap your bouquet with a nautical ribbon.

    Photo Credit: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer

  • Bouquets

    Bouquets

    This bright bouquet of gerbera daisies will make you smile.

    Photo Credit: Andrew Clark Photography

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  • Boutonnières

    Boutonnières

    A boutonnière of spray garden roses and dusty miller gives off a vintage feel.

    Photo Credit: Dixie Pixel Photography

  • Boutonnières

    Boutonnières

    Choose hardy flowers for your boutonnière so that it won’t wilt as the day progresses.

    Photo Credit: Figlewicz Photography

  • Attire

    Attire

    Keep cool in a tea-length dress.

    Photo Credit: Jessamyn Harris

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Dresses

    Yellow is a cheerful choice for summer. Let your ‘maids each choose their own dress in this happy color.

    Photo Credit: Daniel Kim Photography

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Dresses

    Patterned bridesmaids’ dresses are fresh and fun for summer.

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Dresses

    Sunflower-printed bridesmaids dresses are a delightful pick for summer weddings.

    Photo Credit: Orange Photographie

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  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Dresses

    Gray and yellow is a chic palette for summer.

    Photo Credit: Rochelle Mort Photography

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Dresses

    We love how these bridesmaids’ bouquets coordinate perfectly with their printed dresses.

    Photo Credit: Vitalic Photo

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Dresses

    We love this bright shade paired with natural-hued wedges. Bonus: with wedges, your girls won’t have to worry about their stilettos sinking into the grass as they walk down the aisle.

    Photo Credit: JoPhoto

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Accessories

    Jazz up inexpensive flip flops with sweet bows in your wedding colors.

    Photo Credit: Snappy Shots by Bev

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids' Accessories

    Fun sunglasses are a must!

    Photo Credit: Belkis Cruz Photography

  • Groom

    Groom's Attire

    A navy and white striped tie adds a nautical touch.

    Photo Credit: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer

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  • Attire for Groomsmen

    Attire for Groomsmen

    Bright blue ties and yellow boutonnières pop against tan suits.

    Photo Credit: Casey Durgin Photography

  • Attire for Groomsmen

    Attire for Groomsmen

    Dress your men in easy-breezy shorts and lightweight button-downs. Have the groomsmen wear shorts that match the bridesmaids' dresses, and let the groom stand out in white!

    Photo Credit: Daniel Kim Photography

  • Attire for Groomsmen

    Attire for Groomsmen

    For a lightened-up yet still formal look, try white or ivory tux jackets.

    Photo Credit: Rich Kessler Photography

  • Ring Bearers

    Ring Bearers

    Your ring bearer will be a lot happier if you don’t force him into a hot suit.

    Photo Credit: Photo Love

  • Ring Bearers

    Ring Bearers

    Incorporate your favorite summer activity, like this baseball-inspired ring pillow.

    Photo Credit: Nashville Wedding Photographer Derek Lee

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    These panel programs spread out to create fans.

    Photo Credit: Casey Durgin Photography

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  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Attach programs that double as fans to each seat — that way, you can ensure that no guest will be without a cooling device.

    Photo Credit: Sherman Chu

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Provide chilled bottled water for your guests at the ceremony.

    Photo Credit: Brett and Jessica

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    If you’re getting married in the great outdoors, bug spray is a must!

    Photo Credit: Kathleen Hertel Photography

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Provide parasols for your guests to shade themselves during the ceremony.

    Photo Credit: Orange Photographie

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Want an outdoor ceremony but don’t want to sacrifice the dramatic moment when the doors are thrown open and everyone sees you for the first time in your gown? Bring the doors outside!

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Oversized umbrellas will keep your guests out of the sun's harsh rays.

    Photo Credit: Memoire Studio

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  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Have your guests blow bubbles as you leave the ceremony.

    Photo Credit: Poem84

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Dress up the area above your aisle for even more eye candy.

    Photo Credit: John Labbe / Wedding Planner: Preston Bailey

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Wind your way down the aisle with this spiral setup.

    Photo Credit: Blenda Montoro Photography

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Dress up your ceremony arch with kites and windmills. 

    Photo Credit: Ashley Rose Photography

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    3-D hibiscus flower outlines give off a tropical vibe.

    Photo Credit: Disney Fine Art Photo & Video

  • Ceremony Décor

    Ceremony Décor

    Punch up the aisle with a simple sunflower at each row.

    Photo Credit: Casey Durgin Photography

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  • Transportation

    Transportation

    Take a ride in a golf cart!

    Photo Credit: Rich Kessler Photography

  • Transportation

    Transportation

    Relax in open-air transportation, like a trolley.

    Photo Credit: Azelle Photography

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    Cotton candy will have your guests feeling nostalgic for summer carnivals.

    Photo Credit: Heather Fitch Photography

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    Keep your guests hydrated in style with fruit-infused water.

    Photo Credit: David Schwartz Photography

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    Tropical drinks are a must.

    Photo Credit: Leigh Skaggs Photography

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    Alcohol-infused popsicles are a fun choice for your cocktail hour.

    Photo Credit: Mr. Haack

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  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    Create a colorful soda bar for the kids and non-drinkers.

    Photo Credit: Dana Grant Photography

  • Foot & Drinks

    Foot & Drinks

    Display bottles of soda in a boat filled with ice.

    Photo Credit: Melissa Schollaert Photography on The Bride's Cafe via Lover.ly

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    Ice cream isn’t the only thing that can be served in a cone — pass trays of tuna tartar in waffle cones.

    Photo Credit: Shoreshotz Weddings

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    Serve up filet mignon sliders for an upscale take on classic barbecue fare.

    Photo Credit: Craig Paulson Photography

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    It’s your wedding day – enjoy an ice cream cone!

    Photo Credit: J. Larose Studios

  • Food & Drinks

    Food & Drinks

    A layered dessert inspired by push-up popsicles, a childhood favorite.

    Photo Credit: Shoreshotz Weddings

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  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    For an outdoor reception, place a primping station near the porta potties.

    Photo Credit: Kathleen Hertel Photography

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    These lanterns aren't just pretty; they also help repel bugs.

    Photo courtesy of ThermaCELL

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    String lanterns from the trees — they'll help keep the bugs away from your guests.

    Photo Credit: Santana Photography

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    A clear tent gives you the best of both worlds — you’re protected from the elements while still dining and dancing under the stars.

    Photo Credit: Annie X Photographie

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Set up lawn games for some down-home fun at a backyard wedding.

    Photo Credit: Young Hearts Photography

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    When the sun goes down, light up some fire pits to create a rustic backyard vibe.

    Photo Credit: Christian Oth Studio

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  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Inspired by baseball tickets, each table is named after a ballpark.

    Photo Credit: Rachael Foster Photography

  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Take advantage of the season's best fruit for delicious edible escort cards.

    Photo Credit: BerryTree Photography on Chancey Charm Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Escort Cards

    Escort Cards

    Make your escort cards work double duty by also providing a refreshing treat.

    Photo Credit: Ira Lippke Studios

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Mini arrangements of sunflowers in mason jars, accented with burlap, create the perfect rustic table setting.

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Use contrasting colors in your centerpiece to really make it pop.

    Photo Credit: Diane Askew Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Partially-submerged gerbera daises accented by blue vase gems.

    Photo Credit: Stephanie Brauer Photography

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  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    This simple yet elegant centerpiece will hold strong throughout the night.

    Photo Credit: Ashley + David Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Add a nautical touch with rope-wrapped centerpieces.

    Photo Credit: Jack Deutsch © The Stonesong Press, LLC.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Place your flowers in upcycled wine crates for a lovely vintage vibe.

    Photo Credit: Ken Kienow

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Use the season's best produce in your décor.

    Photo Credit: Jasmine Star on Inspired By This via Lover.ly

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Instead of oversized floral arrangements, place a mini cake on each table.

    Photo Credit: Lola Rose Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Worried about your flowers wilting? Use floating candles for your centerpieces instead.

    Photo Credit: Inspired By This via Lover.ly

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  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Having an outdoor cocktail hour doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfy furniture.

    Photo courtesy of Canvas & Canopy Events by Cortnie

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Represent your favorite summer activity on your chair décor.

    Photo Credit: Photo Love

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    The black and white dance floor transforms a backyard into an elegant, glamorous location for a wedding reception.

    Photo Credit: Abby Jiu Photography

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Make a plain tent more interesting with colorful side panels.

    Photo Credit: Gertrude & Mabel Photography

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Light up the night with strands of café lights.

    Photo Credit: Jessamyn Harris

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Garden-glam centerpieces with family photos displayed in reclaimed windows.

    Photo Credit: Rochelle Mort Photography

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  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    String chandeliers and twinkle lights above the dance floor.

    Photo Credit: Picotte Photography

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Dress up your tent with draped fabric and chandeliers.

    Photo Credit: Rochelle Mort Photography

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Bright paper lanterns are a fun way to light up your reception.

    Photo Credit: Casey Durgin Photography

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Hang small arrangements of cheery flowers, like sunflowers, behind the head table.

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Dress up your tables with hibiscus table runners.

    Photo Credit: Figlewicz Photography

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Channel a picnic vibe with benches for seating.

    Photo Credit: The Nichols on Southern Weddings via Lover.ly

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  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Oversized balloons add a whimsical touch.

    Photo Credit: Ellie Grover on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Make a beautiful outdoor space look more luxurious with elegant chandeliers hanging from the trees.

    Photo Credit: Aaron Delesie

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Add a beachy vibe with this soft color palette and laid-back furniture.

    Photo Credit: Liz Banfield Photography

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    A fun gray and yellow cake with chevron and plenty of texture.

    Photo Credit: Disney Fine Art Photo & Video

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    Accent a simple cake with tropical flowers.

    Photo Credit: Life's Highlights

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    A chocolate cake accented with sunflower and topped with lovebirds.

    Photo Credit: Wren Photography

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  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    With a naked wedding cake, you don’t have to worry about the frosting melting during an outdoor reception.

    Photo Credit: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    A sweet strawberry-themed cake, complete with a basket of strawberries on the top, trimmed with rich white-chocolate strawberries and delicate strawberry blossoms.

    Photo Credit: Choco Studio

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    Not a fan of cake? Serve a tier of pies instead featuring the season's best fruit.

    Photo Credit: Jose Villa

  • Wedding Cakes

    Wedding Cakes

    A tower of cake pops will stand up to the heat on even the hottest of days.

    Photo Credit: Sweet Lauren Cakes

  • Favors

    Favors

    Give each of your bridesmaids a beach tote as her thank-you gift.

    Photo Credit: In His Image Film & Photo

  • Favors

    Favors

    Give out sunglasses personalized with your names and wedding date in your wedding colors.

    Photo Credit: William Walker Photography

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  • Favors

    Favors

    Your guests will recall happy memories of your wedding every time they use these beer koozies, customized with a beautiful photo of your favorite beach.

    Photo Credit: Life's Highlights

  • Favors

    Favors

    Send your guests home with a delicious, personalized frozen treat.

    Photo courtesy of eCreamery

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    So sweet and simple.

    Photo Credit: Tracy Moore Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    A sweet, romantic photo idea.

    Photo Credit: Allyson Wiley Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Have some fun with sparklers.

    Photo Credit: Heidi Rae Photography for Ron Parks Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Or take it up a notch with this fiery idea, accomplished with flaming steel wool!

    Photo Credit: Nathan Desch

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  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Take advantage of the warm weather to gather all of your loved ones in a fun group photo.

    Photo Credit: Inspire Photography

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Head over to the marina to capture some sweet photos on the dock.

    Photo Credit: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer

  • Must-Have Photos

    Must-Have Photos

    Kick back in a hammock for a quiet moment together.

    Photo Credit: Sweet Little Photographs

  • Sendoff Ideas

    Sendoff Ideas

    For a dramatic sendoff, release lanterns into the night sky.

    Photo Credit: JoPhoto