How to Plan a Summer Solstice Wedding

Maximize the golden sun on this special day.

A summer solstice wedding ceremony with a bride and groom in a desert boho setting.

Photo by Kaylee Chelsea Photography

Planning a summer wedding comes with a long list of benefits. Not only are you likely to have incredible weather to enjoy on your big day, but you’re also more likely to find stunning seasonal blooms and delicious fresh food in abundance. And while just about any summer wedding date can embrace all of these advantages, there’s one day in particular that carries a bit more meaning: The summer solstice.

The summer solstice marks the first official day of summer, and it’s also the longest day of the year. “This day has carried meaning to many of my wedding clients because it signifies the start of a new season or a time for new beginnings,” says wedding planning expert Sofia Crokos. Also called midsummer or June solstice, this day occurs when one of Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun—and because of this, it doesn't always fall on the same day annually. (This year, the summer solstice falls on June 21, 2023.)

Meet the Expert

Sofia Crokos is the founder of Sofia Crokos Events & Lifestyle, an events and design company based in New York.

Think this special day is perfect for you and your partner? Below, find tips on how to plan a summer solstice wedding.

Why Choose a Summer Solstice Wedding

The summer solstice holds a number of meanings for various communities and cultures. It’s a time to celebrate light as the sun is at its highest point during the year. For many couples, it holds a beautiful meaning nodding to the changing of the seasons. “They’re starting a new chapter in their lives as a married couple, just as there is a turn of season,” says Crokos.

There are also major logistical benefits to a summer solstice wedding because it allows for more time in the day! The sun rises earlier and sets later, so you can fully embrace daylight for a stunning wedding. Starting your ceremony later in the day will help to maximize golden hour and sunset during your reception. “Having the sun shine upon your wedding for those extended hours I think is also significant for many couples,” adds Crokos.

Summer Solstice Wedding Venues

The sky is the limit when it comes to planning a summer solstice wedding. However, the key is to find a space that offers a stunning view. That way, you'll be able to fully embrace the light of the day and a beautiful sunset while celebrating with your guests. Beaches, backyards, parks, ranches, farms, or venues with rooftops are all wonderful summer solstice venue options.

Summer Solstice Wedding Details

The décor for a summer solstice wedding can vary greatly. You can opt for a boho-focused aesthetic or even a tropical theme. “I always say décor allows for any personal style, as long as the lighting is good,” says Crokos. “Summer solstice allows for the perfect golden hour lighting, which will reflect beautifully in the photos and will also reflect on your guests’ mood.” She suggests choosing soft, subtle, and warm color schemes to complement the sunset.

For most couples hosting a summer solstice wedding, both your ceremony and reception will be held outside to embrace the beauty of the day. However, it’s important to be considerate of guests and heat. “Provide sun umbrellas or fans upon entrance,” suggests Crokos. “Maybe even provide lightweight sunscreen.” Other décor elements such as plenty of string lights, incorporating florals in whimsical ways, and setting up a lounge area are all beautiful additions.

When it comes to choosing the food and beverages served at a summer solstice wedding, think fresh! “Keep it light for summer; small bites are key,” says Crokos. “Skewers, flatbreads, fresh fruit, or seafood are all perfect to graze on.”

For the perfect first celebratory sip, consider welcoming guests with a refreshing, hydrating cocktail. Serve bubbly, fruit-infused drinks that are both thirst-quenching and beautiful. “For a summer solstice wedding, you can also tastefully play off the colors of the sun in subtle ways,” adds Crokos. “Maybe opt for light yellow or orange ingredients to include in the couple’s signature cocktail of choice for the wedding.”

Ultimately, it’s all about embracing the light and beauty of the summertime season and finding ways to work those natural elements into your big day.

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