Summer wedding portrait in corn field
Steve Gerrard Photography

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.

Summer wedding favours
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.

Bridesmaid shorts
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'. Bonus: Here are 21 Amazing Outdoor Wedding Ideas.

Outdoor wedding ceremony
Rev. Kelly Kingsland

Summer wedding flowers

The great thing about a summer wedding is that you'll have a wonderful selection of local flowers that are in season for all your wedding bouquets and arrangements. 

White summer wedding flowers
kind florals

Floral wedding shoes

Speaking of flowers, how about wearing wedding shoes decorated in bright blooms for a pop of colour on your feet.

Floral wedding shoes
Menezes Captures

Live music

Fill the air with the sweet sounds of live music at your outdoor wedding. Harp music at your wedding ceremony or a jazz band at the reception will elevate your event.

Harpe wedding ceremony music
Rose Soenen - Harpist

Cool treats

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

Popsicle bar at summer wedding
Mango Studios

Picnic luncheon

Take a picnic lunch to new heights with a gourmet boxed meal served on a beautiful summer tablescape.

Summer wedding boxed lunch
Keating Farm

Bridal parasol

Carry a lacey bridal parasol to protect yourself from the sun. It also makes an adorable photoshoot prop for an ultra-romantic wedding photo.

Bridal parasol
Hilary Spencer Creative Photography

Parasols for guests

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

Wedding guest parasol rentals
Bash Panache

Fans

Another way to keep guests cool during your outdoor wedding ceremony is with a fan. You can buy beautifully patterned fans (pictured here) or use your ceremony program to make a paper fan.

Wedding guest fans
Fruzsina Ford Premium Events

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.

Outdoor summer wedding reception

Summer place settings

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

Summer wedding placesettings
Old Mill Toronto

Colourful flowers

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

Summer wedding flowers
Karen Miron Design

 

Watermelon everything

If you love watermelon, there are lots of ways to use the refreshing fruit at your wedding. From centerpiece vessels to signature cocktails, we've got lots of creative ideas here.

Watermelon summer wedding centerpieces
Gively Flower

Lush fern bouquets

For budget-friendly bouquets (or for a cute photo prop), opt for simple green ferns—perfect for a casual cottage or forest wedding.

Fern bridal bouquets
Anastasia 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.

Honey wedding favours
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.

Wedding tent
Lustre Events by Melissa & Morgan

Aperol Spritz

Serve up some refreshing cocktails like an Aperol spritz. Garnish them with edible flowers for a pretty presentation.

Aperol Spritz summer wedding cocktail
Gilt Catering

Bloody Caesar bar

For a beverage with a little more substance that even doubles as an appetizer, we love the idea of setting up a Bloody Caesar bar so that guests can garnish and spice up their own bevvies.

Bloody caesar bar
Lighthouse Wedding Coordinator

Mobile bar

If you're having an outdoor wedding, hire a mobile bar to roll into your reception to serve up cocktails, mocktails and beers on tap.

Mobile wedding bar
Steamworks Food Truck

Pop-tails

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

Pop-tails
Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events

Lemonade stand

Keep guests hydrated with lemonade or cucumber-infused water!

Wedding drinks station
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.

Herb 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.

Summer wedding oyster bar
Bassem Photography

Charcuterie cones

While you could serve up some ice cream cones, we love this savoury single-serve idea. Fill a waffle cone with charcuterie for easy, social-distancing friendly hors d'oeuvres.

Charcuterie waffle cones
Summerlea Golf Club

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.

Summer wedding BBQ food
Canvas Montreal Reception Loft

Fruit pies

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

Fresh peach pie
Southern Charm Vintage Rentals

Snow cones

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

Snow cones for summer wedding
Sweet Ice Company

Boat rides

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

Bridesmaids paddling a canoe
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.

Wedding guest camping
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.

Summer wedding lawn games
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.

Outdoor dance floor
UBC Farm

Bonfire

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

Summer wedding bonfire
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.

Summer wedding s'mores
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.

Sky lanterns at summer wedding
knorthphotography

Fireworks

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

Summer wedding fireworks
Scarlet O'Neill

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