It’s not surprising that summer is the preferred season for Canadian weddings. Not only do we welcome the warm weather, it gives couples plenty of 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 or an elegant city wedding, 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 a fun favour 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 ceremony
Whether you’re getting married in the countryside or the heart of downtown, say your 'I dos' outside.

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 party, 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 reception
There’s something pretty darn magical about an outdoor 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 decor.

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 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.

Via @thegirlonbloor

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 medely 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 wedding or a more casual presentation for a backyard 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 fresh 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 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 dance 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 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 »