Summer Wedding Ideas, Trends, and Pinterest Inspiration
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Summer Wedding Ideas, Trends, and Pinterest Inspiration
by Allison Bergstedt

Bride and Groom with Vintage Truck via Kate Kelly Photography
Photographer - Kate Kelly Photography
Find inspiration for your summer wedding with these trendsetting summer wedding ideas. There's no better place to gather ideas for your wedding day than from the fast-growing virtual pinboard, Pinterest. So we did just that! Featuring a collection of our favorite summer wedding ideas gathered from the Pinterest community including everything from outdoor decorations to unique favors and accessories.

How many times have we all said, "Okay, where was that picture I saw the other day?" Thanks to Pinterest, you never have to worry about finding that one idea you bookmarked months ago. Pinterest does the work for you. Easily cataloging all your favorite images with easy to follow links so you can see your favorite wedding ideas at a glance. For this article, we thought we would share some of our favorite summer wedding ideas gathered from the Pinterest community to get your inspiration flowing. If you're not already doing so, also be sure to follow our summer wedding ideas board on Pinterest to see other great ideas, tips, and how-tos.


Draped Fabric Ceremony Decoration via Pinterest
When you think summer wedding decorations, think soft, lavish, and elegant details that create a romantic and breathtaking setting. Rustic, vintage, and country chic are a few buzz words surrounding a lot of this year's summer brides. Seen through decorations like hanging mason jar lanterns, hand painted wooden signs, and vintage flower vases. Terrarium table centerpieces are this year's pick for summer reception tables creating an instant garden atmosphere at your reception. Homemade fabric accents like fringe fabric streamers are becoming especially popular as well, seen widely used in ceremony backdrops and reception tables. A simple draped piece a fabric hung behind the alter (shown right) goes a long way to create an elegant backdrop for photos. Supplies needed...only a bolt of white fabric.

Other summer decorating details that continue to be popular and are widely being used this summer are natural accents like wicker baskets, wooden branches, tree stumps, rustic wildflowers, and mason jars. One hot summer trend that's taking Pinterest by storm is the round balloon. Creating an instant photo op, round balloons are being used in wedding party photos, buffet table decorations, and above reception tables.


While wedding guest favors started to lose their luster the last few years, wedding favors are back full force mainly due to the increasing popular DIY trend. Bride and grooms are looking to add a sentimental, homemade touch to their guest gifts to truly show capture how much they appreciate friends Chalkboard Votive Candlesand family for joining in their celebration. This summer, chalkboards are the most popular pick for guest favors and are seen widely used in DIY chalkboard mason jars.

Other summer wedding favors that are getting a lot of attention among brides are homemade treats like mini pie favors, canned goods with personalized thank you tags, goodie baskets, and potted flowers or herbs. For small, intimate gatherings, custom gift baskets and bags are a thoughtful choice. Set baskets or bags out at each guest place setting and fill them with family memorabilia, water bottles, homemade goodies, treats, and hangover survival items.

Take-away centerpieces are becoming a very popular favor idea among bride and grooms. Custom made planter boxes made from old barn wood and filled with a gorgeous flower arrangement are great for guests to take home with them. Doing double duty as wedding favors and table centerpieces, this idea also saves you time and space after your wedding reception when it comes time to clean up and pack up.

Food and Drink

Watermelon Frosty Recipe via Healthy Happy Life
Recipe via Healthy Happy Life
Summer weddings are the time to let your creative juices flow in the form of mouthwatering signature drinks. Deciding on the perfect signature drink for your reception may be as simple as matching colors or as involved as telling a story about how you met. To decide on the right cocktail, consider picking a drink that includes your favorite liquor, one that matches your color scheme, or one that simply just sounds delicious. To add a personal touch, choose a drink that fits with your personality or tells a story about how you met. For signature summer cocktails, think clean, crisp, and fresh drinks that have lime, lemon, or mango flavors. The watermelon frosty (shown right) puts a unique twist on the classic margarita by using a seasonal summer fruit like watermelon.

NA Wedding? Just because your wedding reception is alcohol free, doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Simply turn your signature cocktail into a wine-free sangria or a pumped up punch full of fruit slices and berries. The watermelon frosty (shown right) is the perfect opportunity to put your own personalized spin on an NA drink.

For more ideas and inspiration, follow our wedding boards on Pinterest.