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Ideas for Summer Weddings
Summer weddings mean beaches, sunshine, champagne and bright light for your photographs. Summer is a lovely time to celebrate a wedding and your love for one another. Summer weddings are also perfectly suited to the Australian climate and the Australian holiday period over Christmas and New Year. Your relatives and friends are bound to have time off work, so get them together to celebrate your wedding when they can get away with you.
Use the bright sunshine as your inspiration for your colour palette. Bright whites, the canary yellow of dancing sunflowers and the aqua of the ocean balanced with neutrals such as soft beige, cocoa and cream. Citrus colours are very ‘now' with bright lemons, oranges and limes taking centre stage at many weddings.
Decorate your reception with summery, fresh lanterns in citrus colours, tiki torches and vases filled with citrus fruit. We love using gingham for summer weddings - which can be found in summery colours such as butter yellow or lime green, as well as the traditional blue or red.
Offer each of your guests a parasol or a hand fan to ensure that the heat of an outdoor ceremony doesn't overwhelm them. Parasols and hand fans aren't expensive, they look beautiful and can double as your bomboniere or a unique favour for each guest. Pink Frosting has a selection of both in various colours and styles to complement your theme. Or choose beach themed favours or summer coasters for your guests to delight in at their own summer celebration.
A cornucopia of flowers are in season during the Australian summer, including Agapanthus, Aster, Bird of Paradise, Buddleia, Pixie Spray Carnation, Sim Carnation, Christmas Bells, Cornflowers, Dahlia, Delphinium, Frangipani, Freesia, Garden Roses, Gardenia, Gerbera, Ginger, Gladioli, Grevillea, Hangers, Heliconia, Holly, Hydrangea, Iris, Jasmine, Lavender, Liatris, Lisianthus, Singapore Orchids, Pansy, Peony, Privet Berries, Proteas, Queen Anne's Lace, Designer Coloured Roses, Mini Roses, Solidaster, Stephanotis, Sunflowers, Sweet Pea, Tuberose, Zinnia, Belladonna Lily, Calla Lily, Gloriosa Lily, LA Lily, Oriental Lily, Pineapple Lilies, Tiger Lily, November Lily and Water Lilies.
Photography in the direct summer sunlight can be harsh on your complexion and your white gown. Spend as much as you can afford on a good professional photographer, as you'll look back on great photos with pride. A professional photographer will capture you in the correct light even on a harsh summer's day. If you're photographing the day yourself, read up on photography and light before you head off to take your snaps.
Dress lightly for the heat. Whilst it is tempting to work a big gown because it's your big day, you may wish to consider getting married at a cooler time of year if you want to wear plenty of tulle. Summer gowns should be light, breezy and comfortable for 30+ degree heat. Remember that you don't want beads of sweat on your brow as you say your vows!
If you are getting married on a beach and the sand is likely to be hot on your guests' feet, we love the idea of giving your guests a pair of flip flop thongs to wear during the ceremony.
Food and beverages
Ice, ice baby! Serve icy cold champagne, citrus cocktails and plenty of summery non-alcoholic punch to guests during the reception. It's very important to keep your guests hydrated during the hot summer months. Remember though, you'll need crisp, fresh iced water for guests too so your celebration doesn't end up too messy!
Celebrate the summer bounty by serving sweet Australian fruit and fresh seafood to your guests. You could also offer refreshing granitas and sorbets between courses. For a more casual reception, consider a barbecue which can be dramatic if you hire a catering firm to create a summer sizzle for you with plenty of flames!
Because many of your guests will have annual leave at this time of year, it is worth considering a destination wedding. Think Hamilton Island, Ayers Rock, Cradle Mountain or Byron Bay. Let your guests not only celebrate your wedding, but also have some relaxation time, thanks to your choice of wedding destination.
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