Summer is the most popular time of the year to get married. Mostly because more brides and grooms have professional schedule flexibility in the summer, and it makes life a lot easier for anyone with children to participate in the festivities.
The only problem with getting married in the summer is that it's really, really difficult to be "different," and most brides don't want to have the same wedding as anybody else. Especially anything similar to what their close friends have done in recent years.
The summer months inspire beach, garden-party, tropical and other outdoor themes, but why are you limited? You're not. Here are four ideas for having a summer wedding that's different from everybody else's:
1. Use winter colors in a summer venue.
Icy blues and shimmery pale pinks with silver usually invoke a chilly feeling you expect to see at a wedding on a snowy day, not at tented backyard wedding in August. But in addition to being different from all the other brides with their coral and hot pink, you're also creating a cooling effect on the environment with your color choices.
2. Choose an indoor venue.
An indoor venue, such as a country club or hotel ballroom, lets you create any time of year you want because it's a temperature-controlled environment where you completely control the theme. Believe it or not, brides are planning Frozen-themed weddings in July this year. There's nothing wrong with having multiple ice sculptures if you can afford them.
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3. Get creative with décor.
Who says you have to use white garden chairs with a rose petal aisle on a green lawn for an outside wedding? Mexican blankets on the ground are colorful and fun seating if all of your guests have the mobility to use them. Dream catchers hanging from tree branches are symbolic and eye-catching, and they look amazing in pictures. They're even more meaningful if somebody you love made them for you.
4. Say "I do" in a museum.
Historic buildings are always popular, but a museum can offer more options for lighting, décor, venue space and flexibility. Depending on the display in the space you're using, it might inspire the theme of your wedding — Greek sculpture and modern art, for example, allow you to do vastly different color schemes and special details.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.