9 Amazing Ideas For A Summer Wedding That is Sure to Impress
May 3, 2017
Statistically speaking, summer is wedding season, and there are countless reasons why. From the gorgeous weather to the fact that so many people have time off from school so families can travel for the festivities, staging a summer wedding can be a very smart move, especially if you want to take advantage of the breathtaking beauty that is the Berkshires. The question is, how can you make your special day stand out?
We’ve assembled nine amazing ideas for a summer wedding that is sure to impress. Use one or use them all – the magic is in the personalization, so have fun and congratulations!
- A Farmer’s Market Fiesta
Noted foodie and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons had a farmer’s market-themed wedding that was profiled in Martha Stewart Weddings and the party was reportedly a huge hit. Rather than floral centerpieces, each table was topped with an array of farm-fresh veggies like baby carrots, purple radishes, baby heirloom tomatoes, and sugar snap peas; the colors were just as visually stunning as a traditional flower arrangement with the added bonus of being edible. The menu was seasonal and based off locally sourced ingredients and drink options took advantage of fresh fruit like peaches and strawberries. Even favors were on-theme; each guest got a farmer’s market tote bag and a jar of artisan pickles.
- Al Fresco Seating Arrangements
Rent vintage or formal-looking furniture and set up small lounge areas on the lawn of your venue. It’s a great way to promote smaller conversations and give guests an interesting alternative to regular table seating or high-top cocktail tables. You can still use 6- or 8-person round tables or long banquet setups for dinnertime and use these outdoor parlor areas for pre-reception drinks or a late-night respite from the dance floor.
- A Cake with a French Flair
Fondant-covered cakes can be impressive, but that heavy sugar coating is a lot to digest when summer temps are teetering on triple digits. Instead, consider cake ideas for a summer wedding that are better suited to the season. Our recommendation? Opt for a simple buttercream-topped cake and then decorate it with edible flowers and French macarons. The macarons will automatically make even a simple cake look infinitely more elegant and adding edible flowers gives you an extra opportunity to tie your cake into your décor.
- Roll in the Ice Cream Cart
What is cake without ice cream? Having a cart serving your favorite sweet treats at your wedding will stir up a lot of nostalgia and add a bit of originality. You can offer a variety of flavors, stick to a few of your personal favorites, or ask the vendor to mix up unique flavors named after you and your beloved.
- Get Your Grill On
Summer and BBQ go hand in hand. It just makes sense, then, to trade in the traditional wedding buffet for a spread of ribs, burgers, potato salad, and ice-cold watermelon. If you’re afraid things might skew too casual, keep in mind that many barbecue-themed menus can be easily elevated. Turning burgers into sliders and adding gourmet sides like truffle fries will please even picky palates and a watermelon and feta canape is an ideal appetizer when the weather is hot and sticky.
- Hold Your Wedding at a Summer Camp
Summer camp weddings are playful, infused with whimsy, and loaded with nostalgia, but it can be hard to book a summer wedding at a camp that’s already full of, well, campers. The Lake House has the same back-to-nature vibe as the retreats you visited as a kid but with more upscale touches that will make each and every guest feel welcome. There are hiking areas nearby, a lake that’s ideal for watersports, and lots of restaurants, museums, historical sites, and bike trails just waiting to welcome you to Western Massachusetts.
- Play Some Lawn Games
You can’t go wrong with a band or DJ, but if your summer wedding is taking place outdoors, why not take advantage of the atmosphere? Old-school lawn games like horseshoes or cornhole are always a hit and you can customize your gear with wedding colors or a hand-painted initials. A human-sized Jenga, a scavenger hunt, or carnival-themed diversions like a ring toss are also great entertainment ideas for a summer wedding, just be sure to have the camera ready!
- Throw a Picnic
If a formal sit-down dinner just isn’t your style, consider something totally different. Summertime is the perfect time for a picnic and there’s no reason you can’t use that as a wedding theme. You can keep things semi-upscale by providing heavy blankets and oversized fluffy pillows to cushion guests as they dine and partnering with a caterer who is excited about your out-of-the-box idea. They’ll help you come up with picnic-friendly foods like pate, fried chicken, deviled eggs, charcuterie plates, and petit fours, and drinks can be as simple as chilled bottles of sparkling rose and frosty mugs of lemonade.
- Hand Out Flip-Flops
Guests often forget how difficult it is to walk across grass in high heels into it’s far too late. Save your nearest and dearest from repeatedly having to unstick their shoes from the lawn by setting out a basket of cheap new flip-flops in a variety of sizes. People will love that you thought of their comfort and ditching the stilettos will make it easier for everyone to hit the dance floor.
Interested in getting married in the Berkshires? The Lake House offers luxury lakeside cottages with fully-equipped kitchens and a plethora of amenities that will leave you and your guests feeling pampered, relaxed, and ready for adventure. For more information on saying “I do” against the stunning backdrop of Pontoosuc Lake, contact our team or read more about our Berkshire wedding packages.