For those of you dreaming of balmy nights, sunny days and ice-cream (always room for ice-cream!) then you’re in the right place! If you’re looking for summer wedding ideas, and eco-friendly ones to boot, then one of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact is to look at what this popular season has to offer.
Why choose seasonal I hear you ask? Not only will you have your pick of the freshest, lushest flowers and the tastiest, juiciest ingredients, but they’ll travel fewer miles as they’ll be grown here in the UK and be free from artificial nasties as they’re not being forced to grow when they’d rather be hibernating!
I’ve been joined by a couple of wedding industry friends to give you some summer wedding ideas so let’s dive into the best seasonal flowers, food and, of course, styling.
For a natural cottage garden feel, Johanna loves Scabious. “It certainly isn’t the nicest name but these soft pretty flowers with ruffled petals are available in a range of colours from white through to some beautiful pink varieties like Scabious Scoop Marshmallow” (probably one of the coolest flower names)! If you’re looking for a romantic, whimsical look, then British Sweet Peas are your friend. “Sweet Peas have a wonderful fragrance and their delicate ruffled petals are so intriguing. They come in a range of dazzling hues like white, ivory, lavender, blue, coral, pink and red.”
For larger displays, Johanna recommends tall, long spike flowers for height. “Delphinium, Stock, Green Molucella (Bells of Ireland) and Larkspur have lots of little flowers blooming up a flower stem”. For filler flowers, Astrantia, “a beautiful, soft and delicate flower available in cream and pink shades” and Nigella, “otherwise known as Love in the Mist” are both great for romantic arrangements. For more shape and texture, Johanna likes Erynigium, also known as Sea Holly, “a little spikey thistle which adds a subtle pop of blue to a colour palette and works well with silvery tones, white and pink.”
For added interest, “scented foliage like Geranium Leaf, Mint, Rosemary and Sage are also available in the summer months, and Ferns and Lamb’s Ear with its lovely grey soft bunny ear shape”.
Sam recommends choosing seasonal canapés like the Beetroot Cup, Pea Blini and Aubergine Fritters, to keep guests satisfied while you are having photos done. And suggests adding a surprise for guests with a palette cleanser like a summery Elderflower and Blueberry Jelly with Lemonade Bubbles (which sounds incredible)!
And when it comes to summer wedding ideas for your welcome drinks Sam says gin is still a favourite. “Our gin cocktails are served in theatrical balloon glasses with guests able to select from an array of pre-prepared summer fruit and herbs. Each in its own Kilner jar, we serve fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mint, cucumber and juniper berries all available for guests to create their own personalised summery cocktail. This added injection of fun makes for a beautifully styled arrival drink that looks really striking in those all-important photos.”
Boho, desert vibes are still one of the most popular summer wedding ideas. Think loose, relaxed outfits, dried palms and pampas grass, and terracotta pots. If your venue has outside spaces, then bring in festoon lighting and candles to create a sultry, welcoming vibe. And bring the inside out by juxtaposing sofas, rugs and lampshades with grass and trees! Summer marquees really lend themselves to bold, hanging installations, like foliage and Edison bulbs, colourful paper cranes or abstract colour-blocked shapes.
I hope that has given you lots of exciting ideas (and possibly made you hungry!) as you plan for your summer wedding. And if you’re finding the design process more overwhelming than you had hoped for, I can lend a hand to either help you get back on track with my Thoughtful Package, or provide a full styling service with my Considerate Package. Just get in touch for a no obligation chat!