7 Sizzling Summer Wedding Ideas

July 9, 2013

in Centrepieces, Colours, Decorations, Design, DIY Ideas, Flowers, Stationery, Tables, Trends, Venues

Amethyst wedding ideas

Wedding celebrations are well on the way now for this year and here are a few of the hottest wedding ideas that I have noticed that seem to be currently trending.

1. Bold Colours

Bold colours seem to be hot for summer, with jewelled tones making an appearance from emerald green to ruby red, with a splash of amethyst and sapphire blue.

Grooms are making a statement by wearing bold coloured socks to match in with the wedding colour theme.  One natural place to use bold tones is for the bridesmaid dresses, following the colour through in to the bridal accessories.

Emerald Green

Embracing the chosen wedding colour across  all elements of the wedding from stationery to wedding table decor will ensure a super stylish wedding, and sure to be remembered.

2. Themes

Themes are always very popular for weddings, and this year is no different with the Great Gatsby style influencing the wedding season, giving wedding design a bit of drama.

Gatsby Style

The 1920’s and 30’s Hollywood glamour is very much back in fashion, after the remake of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic.

Opulence mixed with simplicity from lavish drop waist beaded wedding dress to pleats, feathers and ogles of pearls, along with a splattering of sequins, it is a very over the top style which is sure to delight guests as they feast their eyes on the taste full but flashy designs.

Classic black and white is the backbone of the design, but with a spot of shiny red on bridal lips and nails.

Statement jewels are a must with diamante and pearl pieces featuring very highly, along with T-bar shoes.

The glitz can be represented in the reception decor through the floral designs of the table centrepieces, additional accents can be added to ensure a razzle dazzle of a wedding celebration.

Fusion ideas

3. Fusion Weddings

Fusion weddings are coming to the forefront and are now a popular trend giving a wedding a stylish sophisticated assault of the guest senses and bringing excitement to the wedding proceedings.

Bringing fusion together can completely transform the surroundings in to an exotic, refined and tailored wedding celebration.

With lots of oversized props, greatly embellished textiles, and floral displays, it is a pure abundance of artistic expression for any designer.

Garden wedding

4. Unusual Venues

Unusual venues are becoming popular where brides have more choice in decor and one great wedding venue is the family’s very own garden if the space will allow a wedding marquee.

Childhood memories of playing in your family garden can stimulate the overall wedding design.

Use daisy chains for bridal hair, pick bold bright shades of flowers from the herbaceous borders for the floral bouquets and embellish with branches of twisted hazel.

Soft fruit plants are a fab idea for table decor.

Rather than a traditional sit down meal a picnic basket set out on a gingham tablecloth for each reception table adds to the wedding fun, with glass lanterns for lighting, and a trail of acorns for table confetti.

Puzzles or crosswords are great for the table menu and a great ice breaker to get guests talking. A garden spade can make a great guest book. Have a  stack of plaid blanket ready for guests as night falls.

If the  family garden is not quite large enough for a marquee, hire a local field or farmers barn, either one can be easily transformed into a delightful space with a little imagination.

stick house

5. Food Stations

Food stations are here to stay, such as a coffee station serving lattes, hot chocolate and hot toddies, with cookies on the side, iced with your names or monogram, the cookies can double up as wedding favours.

Another fashionable food station is an ice cream station or stick house full of ice lollies, where guests choose their own deserts, a real do-it-yourself treat.

Wedding Styling


Vintage is still popular, though collecting lots of vintage items and trying to bring them together can look a little messy.

So sometimes mixing old with some new can make a more stylish design. Rather than vintage it is more of a shabby chic style.

Lace is still popular, along with prints and here is no exception.

Hydrangea, delicate garden roses in pale pinks and ivory, mixed in with mismatched china and a combination of clear and or colored glassware are hallmarks of true romance, combined with table runners and delicate doilies.

Surround each centrepiece with candlelight from votive candle holders in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Flea markets, car boot sales, junk stores  and pound shops have some great things for additional decor, from an old typewriter for a wedding guestbook, old suitcases for displaying a table plan, old keys for place name holders and old wooden ladders for decor.

Photobooth prop

7. Wedding Photo Booths

Wedding photo booths are still  popular, whether they are DIY or professional.

The photo-booth can can also have a duel role as a wedding guest book, where each guest writes a message on a blackboard or slate and holds it up for the photo. Bring all the photo’s together in a single book.

Fusion Image Courtesy of Upendo Images

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John Lewis Swarovski Xillion 4mm Crystals, Pack of 20 , Emerald

Cashmere and Silk Mix Pashmina

Kurt Geiger Carrie Patent Leather Court Shoes

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– who has written 114 posts on Norah Sleep Wedding Style Blog.

Sharon Maher is a wedding and party planner, event venue stylist and also writes the blogs Norah Sleep Wedding Style, Norah Sleep Living Style and My Wedding Marquee about weddings, food, fashion, style and things that inspire her in life. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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