A third of all weddings in the UK now take place during the summer months, but here's why we we love a summer wedding at Bijou.
Choosing to Get Married in the Summer
Choosing a date for your wedding can be fraught with difficulties. A third of all weddings in the UK now take place during the summer months so it is clearly still a very popular time to get married. But before you rush to book your date it’s worth taking a little time to work out if summer is the best season for you.
A summer wedding gives you the choice of getting married indoors or outdoors, with the option to host a post-nuptial drinks reception on the lawn or within the grounds of your chosen country house wedding venue. In reality we know that the British weather is the one thing you cannot plan for or rely on and a sudden rain shower can have everyone rushing for cover. If you choose a summer wedding you will need to make sure that you have a wet weather back-up plan and that your venue has plenty of space to hold the reception inside if the worst happens.
On the flip side of this, if the weather is hot, you will need to make sure that you provide some form of shade during the reception. Two hours in the glaring hot sun can be very uncomfortable for guests, and although it hasn’t been scientifically proven, we all know that sunshine seems to increase the effects of alcohol. Make sure there is plenty of iced water available to keep your guests going.
Because summer wedding dates are very popular, wedding venues and suppliers tend to get booked up very quickly, so you may have to book well in advance. When it comes to booking your wedding venue we'd recommend booking at least 12 to 18 months in advance of your summer wedding date in order to guarantee availability. It’s also worth planning ahead and sending out your Save the Date cards early as the summer months tend to get very busy for guests particularly with holidays (and of course, other weddings).
The long hot summer days with blues skies and plenty of sunshine should provide fantastic conditions for photos but make sure that your photographer finds some locations that are not in direct sun or your guests will be frowning and squinting rather than laughing and smiling.
Flowers are abundant during the summer months, but if you plan on being outside for a long time on your wedding day, discuss this with your florist so that they can think of ideas in order to prolong the life of your flowers as much as possible.
A summer wedding provides a perfect opportunity for the bride to wear a floaty, strapless, summery wedding dress. Similarly, the bridal party could wear light dresses in a combination of beautiful shades to compliment the summer theme.
Summer Wedding Colour Scheme Combinations
The choice of wedding colour schemes for a summer wedding are endless. If you’re holding your summer wedding reception in a marquee then you’ll be able to choose a single colour scheme to splash across the room in the form of flowers, décor, chair covers and more. Below are our top ten favourite colour schemes for a summer wedding.
- Fuchsia and Nectarine
- Teal and coral
- Saffron and pale green
- Heather and green
- Ivory and Amethyst
- Pistachio and cream
- Strawberry and Ivory
- Rose and pale turquoise
- Dark peach and dusky pink
- Grass green and buttercup yellow
Floral Ideas for a Summer Wedding
When it comes to planning a summer wedding, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to decorating your day with flowers. Below are out top ideas on how to include flowers in your summer wedding
- If you’re getting married outdoors consider a floral arch
- Bridesmaids can carry a variety of different bouquets each with a pop of colour to compliment their dresses
- Consider over-sized floral centre pieces for your summer reception tables
- Have your florist scatter fresh rose petals down the aisle for a burst of fragrance in your ceremony room
- If you love sunflowers or you’re having a sunflower wedding them, a bouquet of a two or three long-stemmed sunflowers could be beautiful
Celebrity Couples Who Got Married in the Summer
- Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart – 15th June
- Hugh Laurie and Jo Green – 16th June
- Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz – 22nd June
- Jamie Oliver and Juliette Norton – 24th June
- Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban – 25th June
- David Beckham and Victoria Adams – 4th July
- Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne – 4th July
- Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez – 13th July
- Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo – 19th July
- Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux – 5th August
- Bono and Ali Hewson – 21st August
- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – 23rd August