Wedding Color & Theme Ideas for Summer

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Muted Hues of Pink

Muted pink and orange flowers and table linens at summer wedding

Bring the warm, romantic vibes of summertime golden hour to life through your wedding color scheme. Use muted tones of blush, rose and orange shades as your base, and tie it together with accents of cream, ivory or metallic gold for an elevated feel.

Simple Pastels

Outdoor summer wedding tablescape with yellow and pink linens and florals

Keep things light and bright with a playful pastel wedding color palette. We love how these pastel pink napkins pop against bright yellow table linens. To prevent your summer wedding color scheme from feeling too busy, stick with two or three colorful pastel shades, and use neutrals for additional accents.

Tropical Brights

Pink wedding invitation with bright tropical pink and yellow flowers

Whether you’re literally (or figuratively) escaping to the tropics for your big day, you’d be remiss not to consider a bold color scheme. Summer is the ideal time to experiment with deep, rich shades of green, pink, orange and red.

Pops of Blue

Summer wedding reception with white tables and chairs and teal linens

Not sure how to incorporate „something blue“ into your wedding day? Start with your color scheme. Beachy hues of teal, turquoise and sky blue will give your wedding day an elegant coastal feel.

Ombré Brights

Pink ombré statement floral arch at outdoor summer wedding ceremony

Instead of trying to match multiple colors in your palette, you can get creative with ombré gradients of your favorite shade. This modern wedding color idea will give your big day a sleek, cohesive feel. Plus, ombré decorations (like this statement floral arch) will make your wedding one to remember.

Nautical Prep

Bride and groom posing for portraits in front of lighthouse at nautical preppy summer wedding

Bring your maritime dreams to life with a nautical prep summer wedding theme. Emulate the essence of New England with shades of blue and white, stripes, accents of rope and twine and nautical motifs of anchors and sea life.

Beach Wedding Chic

Chic beach-themed blue and gold invitation suite for summer wedding

If you’ve always dreamed of a beach-themed wedding, summer is the ideal season for you to say „I do.“ Whether you’re heading to a local waterfront or you’re whisking loved ones away to a tropical destination, a beach wedding theme is all about light colors, neutral accents and breezy fabrics.

Retro Tropics

Retro tropical stationery for summer wedding in Hawaii

Vintage brights are one of the biggest wedding color trends of summer 2021, and you can definitely bring them to your summertime nuptials. To achieve a summery vintage theme, opt for muted hues of red, green and yellow, and look for stationery and signage products that have retro fonts and designs. Guests will feel like they’ve been transported to a swanky resort circa 1975.

Outdoor & Backyard Summer Wedding Ideas

Once you’ve narrowed down a theme, you’re ready to start focusing on smaller details that’ll make a huge impact. Here are our favorite outdoor and backyard summer wedding ideas.

Minimal Aisle Decor

Minimal floral ceremony aisle decorations at outdoor summer wedding

Don’t worry about going over-the-top with summer wedding decor, especially if your venue is particularly breathtaking. In fact, we recommend letting the views speak for themselves. We love how this couple opted for minimal ceremony aisle decorations as to not distract from the sweeping views surrounding the venue.

Pool Party

Pool party at summer wedding in Spain

Up for a swim? If your venue has a pool (or body of water you have access to), invite guests to cool off and take a splash. This summer wedding idea is particularly fitting for a welcome party or a day-after brunch. If swimsuits are requested, though, don’t forget to tell guests on your wedding website and your formal invitations.

Camp-Inspired Seating

Bride and groom sitting in tent at camp-inspired outdoor summer backyard wedding

Camping aficionados may prefer to give a nod to their favorite pastime with tent-inspired seating. This outdoor wedding idea is a great way to encourage guests to sit back, relax and mingle with each other at your reception. Plus, nothing screams „summer“ like a good old-fashioned campfire circle.

Angular Ceremony Arch

Brides holding hands in front of angular floral ceremony arch at outdoor summer wedding

Looking for a unique way to spice up your altar? Consider investing in a statement arch. This angular shape will draw everyone’s attention to you and your S.O. as you stand underneath. Plus, you can definitely repurpose it at your wedding reception to get the most bang for your buck.

Lawn Games

Custom cornhole boards at outdoor summer wedding

No backyard summer party is complete without a few lawn games. If you’re hosting your wedding guests outdoors or in your own backyard, give them a few summery games to play in between events, like cornhole, giant Jenga or ladder toss.

Tent With String Lights

Outdoor summer wedding tent with string lights

A tent is a great investment, especially for an outdoor summer wedding. Not only will it help protect against the elements, like hot temperatures or an unexpected rain shower, tents can be easily decorated to fit your theme. Regardless of your style, consider decorating the interior of your wedding tent with romantic string lights—they’re an easy (and affordable) way to set the mood and cast a cozy, welcoming glow over your space.

Lantern Walkway

Wedding guests walking through paper lantern pathway at outdoor summer wedding

Keep guests on the right path by creating a lantern walkway from the ceremony venue to the reception space. Just imagine how stunning the lights will look as golden hour sets in—the effort of creating a path will be worth it.

Statement Draping

White drapes hanging from trees at backyard summer wedding

Get creative with your venue decor, especially if you’ll be celebrating outdoors. We love how this couple accented their reception space with ethereal drapes and string lights across towering trees.

Waterfront Ceremony

Elegant waterfront vow ceremony at outdoor summer wedding

What’s not to love about an outdoor ceremony situated right on the water’s edge? Located in a pocket of trees along a serene lake, this whimsical summer wedding venue offers stunning views and scenery. To emulate this aesthetic, look for venues that have waterfront views for your summer soirée.

Versatile Wedding Favors

Versatile summer wedding favors with snacks, hand sanitizer and stationery

One of the best summer wedding ideas revolves around your favors. While not mandatory, guests will certainly appreciate a small goody bag to keep—especially if it’s filled with essentials for a hot summer’s day. We recommend investing in useful wedding favors like sunscreen, fans, sunglasses, parasols or even DIY bottles of bug spray. Not only will these keep guests comfortable in warm weather, you can be assured that your money won’t go to waste.

Nautical Entertainment

Entertainers dressed as mermaids at nautical summer wedding on boat

Wedding entertainment isn’t limited to live music and time spent on the dance floor. To give your guests an evening to remember, consider hiring additional activities to keep them busy in between cocktail hour, reception speeches, dinner and dancing. This couple took their summer wedding to the next level by hiring maritime performers dressed as mermaids for a sunset boat cruise. Let your wedding venue and theme guide your entertainment selections.

Sparkler Exit

Bride and groom kissing under sparkler exit at summer wedding reception

What better way to close your outdoor summer wedding than with a pyrotechnic sendoff? Give guests plenty of sparklers to hold as you and your S.O. depart into your getaway car at the end of the evening. Or, if you’re feeling bold, go all out with a colorful fireworks display. Either will serve as the perfect way to complete your summer wedding.

Summer Wedding Flower Ideas

Summertime is the prime season for bright, romantic blooms, which means you have plenty of options for your big day. Browse our favorite summer wedding bouquet and flower ideas, and work with your florist to bring your bloom vision to life.

Cottagecore Wildflowers

Bride holding bouquet of wild flowers and baby's breath for summer wedding

If clusters of baby’s breath and greenery make you want to frolic in the nearest meadow, you’re not alone. This no-fuss cottagecore-style floral arrangement is one of our favorite flower ideas for a summer wedding. Small pops of color brighten up the arrangement, while sprigs of trailing greens add hints of romance and whimsy.

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Bright Yellow Blooms

Bride holding bouquet of yellow flowers under yellow floral ceremony arch at outdoor summer wedding

Make your bouquet brighter than the hot summer sun with vibrant yellow flowers. We love how this bride’s cheerful bouquet matches the floral ceremony arch too, which makes the event design feel thoughtful and intentional.

Monochrome Bouquet

Bride holding monochrome white bouquet at summer wedding

Monochrome weddings are one of the biggest wedding trends this year, and it’s all thanks to Netflix’s smash hit Bridgerton. If you dream of having a wedding that’s Lady Whistledown-approved, consider using a monochrome color palette. We love this all-white bridal bouquet, which looks as elegant as can be with a simple white wedding dress.

Pastel Centerpieces

Pastel pink, purple and ivory flower centerpieces with rose gold accents at summer wedding

Emulate cotton candy-colored summer skies with pastel florals. These blush, lilac and ivory centerpieces remind us of a romantic beach sunset, and the rose gold accents add a playful pop of metallic sheen that makes this tablescape simply unforgettable.

Whimsical Statement Installations

Bride and groom reciting vows in front of lavish white floral installations at summer wedding

Give guests something to marvel at with a statement floral installation. We love how these floral arrangements frame the altar, making it a focal point of the ceremony venue. To get the most out of your flower investments, work with your florist to transfer any statement pieces from the ceremony to the reception site so you can enjoy them all night long.

Handheld Sunflowers

Couple holding sunflower bouquets with wedding party

Nothing embodies the essence of summer quite like a bouquet of fresh sunflowers. In fact, if you love this seasonal bloom, check out our comprehensive guide of sunflower wedding ideas to brighten your big day.

Tropical Blooms

Groom kissing bride holding colorful bouquet of tropical flowers

If soft colors aren’t for you, go bold with a bright arrangement of tropical summer flowers. Protea, calla lilies, gingers, orchids and anthurium are all in season during the summer, and they’ll give your bouquet a tropical burst of rich color and texture. Add a few leafy greens in your arrangements too, like monstera leaves, fanned palms or Ruscus stems to bring the tropics to your wedding.

Botanical Seating Chart

Sleek escort card display with fresh flowers at summer wedding reception

Think outside the box when it comes to your floral arrangements. This couple opted to use summery sprigs of blooms as escort cards, giving guests a creative (and aesthetically pleasing) way to find their seats.