Photo: Nicole Nelson
Surprise, surprise! A quick search of the keywords "summer wedding" on Pinterest yields a bunch of bright and sunny inspiration pics filled with happy couples exchanging vows in a colorful outdoor ceremony. What's not to love? Well, nothing besides the fact that those photos make brides like you feel as though that's the type of summer wedding they have to have, which certainly isn't the case. Take it from us, and toss these summer wedding "rules" right out the window, and just go with your gut, girl.
1. A Bright, Warm Color Scheme
Just because you're getting married in the middle of the summer doesn't mean you have to have a bright and beachy color palette that totally screams the season (think bold pairings like turquoise, teal, yellow and orange). If spring's pretty pastels are more your thing or you're naturally drawn to autumn's jewel tones, we say go for it. It is your wedding, after all.
2. Short bridesmaid dresses
Props to you for not wanting your BFFs to sweat their booties off on your big day, but trust us, the right maxi can be just as breezy as an above-the-knee frock. Plus, there's absolutely no rule (unspoken or not) that says hemlines have to rise in the summertime. If you're worried about the heat, however, we suggest picking long dresses in light and airy fabrics, like chiffon, that won't cling. Avoid fabrics, such as silk and satin, that will show off your bestie's sweat stains (ew!) and trap in the heat.
3. Colorful dresses for guests
For some reason everyone seems to think it's "weird" if you rock a little black dress to a summer wedding. News flash: it's not! You can always add a bold pair of pumps, a statement necklace or a neon clutch to give it that summery vibe if you feel so inclined. This goes for bridesmaid dresses as well. If you love black, burgundy or forest green, don't shy away from it simply because the colors aren't in season.
4. Outdoor Ceremonies & Receptions
Mention the words summer and wedding in the same sentence and everyone automatically assumes you're tying the knot in a beautiful outdoor country club or beachside ceremony at sunset. This, of course, is not a bad thing by any means, but you should never feel pressured into doing something solely based on what every other couple is doing. In fact, you could save a huge chunk of change and potentially score an imminent wedding date if you have a summer wedding indoors. Not to mention, you and your guests will be so grateful for the air conditioning when it's hotter than hades outside!