Barb Harvey of Incredible Endings states, “Your wedding cake should be the centerpiece of your reception. You will want it to reflect the two of you as well as the theme of the wedding.”
You just got engaged, and you want to set your wedding date for next summer. Between now and then, you have so much to plan and so many decisions to make. As you scope out ideas, consider these top five summer wedding trends.
1. Outdoorsy Themes
Nobody likes to be all cooped up in the summertime. Part of what makes a summer wedding so fun is getting outside in the warm weather. Even if you're throwing your reception in a fancy banquet hall, you can still include some summer-inspired outdoor elements to the decorations.
For example, many of this year's summer weddings might feature cut-up citrus fruits and watermelons in their centerpieces. The recently wed couples might give potted plants and herbs away as party favors. Instead of old-fashioned beverage choices, the new summer wedding drinks include smoothies served in mason jars.
Outdoor themes can vary tremendously from region to region. Many Midwestern couples are getting married in rustic barns and using a pastoral or garden theme for their reception. Try to personalize your theme. If you live in Ohio but you're going to honeymoon at the beach, you might infuse some coastal decorations into your wedding's garden theme.
2. Wildflowers Galore
Most of the flowers we love for weddings blossom in the spring. Roses bloom in May, as do tulips. While these flowers are undeniably gorgeous, they may not be seasonally appropriate (or cost-effective) for a summer wedding.
Because wedding decorations are trending toward what's eco-friendly and authentic, couples now prefer wildflowers over more traditional choices. These bold and brightly colored flowers pack a lot of decorative punch. Instead of tidy bouquets, wedding planners fashion locally grown flowers into a more wild-looking bouquet.
3. Seasonal Desserts
Cakes with little to no frosting and more fruit are very popular right now. Some couples have taken this trend to another level, skipping the cake entirely and serving small, personal-size fruit custards and lemon cakes.
If these seem too ostentatious for you, choose a more moderate version of the seasonal dessert for your wedding cake, such as a strawberry shortcake. You also can pick summer fruits to dress up your wedding cake, and it'll give each slice a light, fresh taste.
4. Picnic-Style Dining
Round tables, food stations, and formal dining wear are great for couples who prefer a traditional style. However, many couples are spicing up their summer wedding reception with an elegant take on an outdoor picnic theme.
For example, instead of using stationary tables and offering a buffet, summer receptions can utilize food carts with dishes plated by a banquet server. Guests get seated at long rectangular tables, which give the reception a more social, family-style ambiance.
5. Light and Airy Dresses
Summers in the Midwest are hot and humid. Brides and bridesmaids don't want silk and satin dresses sticking to their skin during a July wedding. Thankfully, dress designers have caught on to this sentiment and the subsequent styles feature lighter fabrics with less restricting fits.
Many of these loose, flowy dresses come in two-tone colors, such as light pink and white or baby blue and pastel yellow. Others forego color schemes for design touches such as high-waisted crop tops with long skirts.
You may notice some of these exciting, new summer trends during this year's wedding season. Pay attention to what you like-and what you didn't-and consider which trends you'd like to incorporate into your wedding plans for next year.
As you're making final decisions, consult McHale's Events and Catering. We offer wedding planning, off-site catering, and banquet hall rentals to engaged couples in the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.