Summer wedding planning is in full swing, and the summer trends are bold, fun and colorful – just like the season that inspires them. While summer gives us the opportunity to hold weddings outdoors in beautiful and diverse venues, we do need to be cognizant of the heat and humidity. So as you plan your summertime nuptials, here are some expert tips – from flowers to refreshments – that will make your wedding day the coolest one ever, even if the hot sun is streaming down.
Flowers: The hottest summer floral trends are vivid colors and wildflowers. Bouquets are more organic than manicured; and unique elements that showcase your personality are not only allowed, they are encouraged! Because flowers may wilt in the heat, make sure your arrangements and centerpieces are situated in plenty of water; place bouquets in water when not needed for the ceremony or photos. Best flowers for the heat? Roses, orchids, calla lilies and wildflowers.
Venues: We have so many beautiful outdoor locations for weddings in the Nashville area. If booking a more traditional venue, look for porticos or porches which will shield your guests; but if you are headed to the great outdoors, you may need a little creativity. Natural shaded areas will work wonderfully as long as you are aware of the sun’s position; if you can’t guarantee a shady event, consider tents that can simply canopy the event if sunny skies, but protect them if rain begins to fall. To keep the bride and groom cool under pressure, a floral canopy or arch over the ceremony is always a cool choice.
Guests: We don’t want wilted flowers, or wilted guests! Fill metal bathtubs of wooden barrel with ice and cold drinks, available from the moment they get there; or hire waiters to offer refreshing nonalcoholic cocktails as they wait for the ceremony. Another hot summer trend are food carts; fill them with frozen treats and position around your venue. For a fun twist, hand out keepsake sunglasses or personal fans to keep attendees cool.
Whatever the season, Rose Hill Flowers has the ideas you need as to the best flowers, hottest trends and creative designs that will make your wedding be a standout event. Call us today, or stop into our Nashville flower shop – summer will be here before you know it, and we need to get planning.