It’s not surprising that summer is the preferred season for Canadian weddings. Not only do we welcome the warm weather, but it also gives couples plenty of wedding venue options from country farms and summer resorts to lush wineries and hotel patios. So we’ve gathered up some of our favourite wedding ideas for summer celebrations. Whether you’re going for a casual rustic vibe, summer garden wedding or an elegant city soiree, you’ll want to inject your big day with that summer feeling. 

Here are 25 of our favourite wedding ideas for summer.

Sunglasses

Colourful shades in one of your wedding colours make for fun wedding favours for all ages. If you’re holding your ceremony in the great outdoors, be sure to hand them out as guests arrive. You can even have custom sunglasses printed with your wedding hashtag.

knorthphotography

Bridesmaid shorts

Dress your squad in something cool and casual. We love these stylish shorts worn by the bridesmaids at this summer camp wedding.

Eleanor Dobbins Photography

Outdoor wedding ceremony

Whether you’re getting married in the countryside or the heart of downtown, hold an outdoor wedding ceremony to say your 'I dos'.

Mango Studios

Cool treats

Serve up gourmet popsicles, gelato or make-your-own sundaes.

Mango Studios

Summer place settings

Whether you’re hosting a classy affair or casual backyard BBQ wedding, dress your tables with summery tableware and accessories.

Bash Panache

Parasols

Providing shade for your wedding guests is essential. These pretty parasol rentals from Bash Panache provide a stylish solution.

Bash Panache

Open-air summer wedding reception

There’s something pretty darn magical about an outdoor wedding reception set in the forest, a garden or a field. You could go all out with fancy rustic chic tables or make it a more casual affair with picnic tables.

Picture Perfect Event Design by Katherine Langford

Colourful flowers

Wildflowers or bright seasonal blooms add a pop of colour to your wedding centerpieces and decorations.

Alexander Mills Photography

Sweet wedding favours

One of the most popular wedding ideas for summer is to give small jars of honey or fruit preserves as a great foodie wedding favour your guests will love.

Lulu Island Honey

Tents and tipis

Tents and tipis come in all shapes and sizes. String it with lights and banners in cheerful summer wedding colours for a festive touch.

Lustre Events by Melissa & Morgan

Pop-tails

Here’s a cool wedding idea for summer. Make your signature drink a popsicle and cocktail in one.

Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events

Lemonade stand

Keep guests hydrated with lemonade or cucumber-infused water!

Lustre Events by Melissa & Morgan

Eco-friendly confetti

Let your guests fill a paper cone with a medley of fresh herbs, flower petals or birdseed for lovely, all-natural confetti.

Lustre Events by Melissa & Morgan

Fresh oysters

An oyster bar can be an elegant setup at a loft or hotel reception or a more casual presentation for a backyard wedding bash.

Bassem Photography

BBQ eats

Mini burgers, pulled pork sliders or a full-on grilled dinner menu with steak, fish and corn on the cob will taste like summer.

Canvas Montreal Reception Loft

Fruit pies

Support your local growers with pies made from freshly picked berries, rhubarb and peaches.

Southern Charm Vintage Rentals

Snow cones

Serve up a refreshing treat – snow cones drizzled with artisan syrups like Strawberry Basil and Lemon Lavender.

Sweet Ice Company

Boat rides

Canoes, ferries, sailboats - get out on the water on your wedding day.

Schovanek Photography

Camping

One of our favourite wedding ideas for summer is to invite guests to pitch a tent. Or, have a rental company like Moonlight Glamping set up luxury tent accommodations for you and your guests.

Moonlight Glamping

Lawn games

Get guests mixing and mingling with croquet at a garden wedding party, potato sack races at a farm wedding or giant Jenga on the lawn during cocktail hour.

Findlay Photography & Creative Business Solutions

Outdoor dance floor

String fairy lights to designate a spot for an outdoor dance floor and shimmy and shake under the stars all night long.

UBC Farm

Bonfire

A campfire creates a gathering spot for guests to share stories about you and maybe even inspire a singalong.

Julianna Rose Photography

S’mores

Speaking of campfires, another great wedding idea for summer is setting up a s’mores station for guests to indulge in a sweet DIY treat.

Nomad by NK

Sky lanterns

Have a sky lantern ceremony where you and your wedding guests make a wish as you release a Chinese paper lantern into the night sky.

knorthphotography

Fireworks

Looking to make a really big bang? A fireworks display will definitely do the trick.

Scarlet O'Neill

Find more wedding ideas for summer in our Real Wedding galleries »