Peak wedding season is always at the height of summer in the UK due to the likelihood of beautiful sunshine, longer evenings and hopefully not having to consider an umbrella as a bridal accessory! Summer wedding trends aim to encourage bolder choices, brighter colour palettes and offer even more opportunities to make your day totally unique.
Below are some key summer trends that will help your wedding stand out from the crowd. Whether you want to go all out with colour or pick highlights to incorporate into your special day, there is a summer trend perfect for you.
Couples are moving away from traditional ivory and pastel shades and opting for bold, creative and contrasting colour palettes instead. Consider clashing prints and opposite colour tones which are tied together with a common theme or tone. Patterned napkins are an accessible way to incorporate print into table settings and these can be matched with printed menus and place names.
Crockery and glass are an alternative way of adding colour and depth to a wedding table if you don't want to go all out - whether you opt for vintage inspired floral prints or a high shine bright glaze, it will set you apart from the traditional options people are so used to seeing.
The Golden Hour
Recreating the golden hour adds a great atmosphere to the wedding party, whether it's indoors, outdoors or a combination of the two. Fairy lights and exposed retro style bulbs help create a beautiful, soft, dreamy glow of light in your venue, or for couples looking for something more dramatic, mismatched chandeliers are an alternative option to create a similar effect with added glitz.
Discuss the different lighting options with your Memory Maker as they might be able to help with dimmed lighting and alternative colour options. Some properties may have restrictions on where lights can be installed so it's always best to discuss plans before ordering a chandelier display!
‘The bigger the better' is the main trend when it comes to summer blooms and foliage arrangements, as dried flowers and grasses continue to grow more popular wedding displays and bouquets are bigger than ever.
Aisle archways, floating centrepieces hanging above your tables and stunning garlands are all designed to bring the outside in. Don't be afraid to try more unusual flowers such as orchids, palm leaves and pampas grass to create height and depth to flower installations. Faux flowers are a great alternative when going for large volumes of flowers as this reduces waste and can keep costs lower.
Tropical influences are also often seen in the summer months, whether that's through flower choice or ribbon colours. Flowers are just a great way to be expressive and think outside the box!
Food & Drink
Summer offers a great opportunity to branch out and opt for a more informal and relaxed approach to food and drink - show your guests a flamin' good time with our barbecue boards - the ultimate sharer - delivered directly to your guests' tables with a choice of sides served family style.
Another summer favourite is afternoon tea - give your guests an extra sweet treat with this tasty twist on the traditional wedding breakfast. Your Memory Maker can discuss all the options with you and answer any questions you may have.
For your summer welcome drinks, why not opt for glasses of Rosé Prosecco on arrival – fabulously summery - or ask for a cocktail that has been named after you and your partner - beautiful glasses with bright cocktails are a decoration in themselves and what better way to prepare for your wedding than testing different cocktail options!
The most important thing to remember is that your wedding day is a representation of you as a couple whether you opt for bigger, brighter and bolder or add subtle summer highlights to your day, make it authentic to you and enjoy every moment.
For more inspiration or support, don't hesitate to contact your Memory Maker.