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.
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.
Dress your squad in something cool and casual. We love these stylish shorts worn by the bridesmaids at this summer camp wedding.
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'.
Serve up gourmet popsicles, gelato or make-your-own sundaes.
Summer place settings
Whether you’re hosting a classy affair or casual backyard BBQ wedding, dress your tables with summery tableware and accessories.
Providing shade for your wedding guests is essential. These pretty parasol rentals from Bash Panache provide a stylish solution.
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.
Wildflowers or bright seasonal blooms add a pop of colour to your wedding centerpieces and decorations.
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.
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.
Here’s a cool wedding idea for summer. Make your signature drink a popsicle and cocktail in one.
Keep guests hydrated with lemonade or cucumber-infused water!
Let your guests fill a paper cone with a medley of fresh herbs, flower petals or birdseed for lovely, all-natural confetti.
An oyster bar can be an elegant setup at a loft or hotel reception or a more casual presentation for a backyard wedding bash.
Mini burgers, pulled pork sliders or a full-on grilled dinner menu with steak, fish and corn on the cob will taste like summer.
Support your local growers with pies made from freshly picked berries, rhubarb and peaches.
Serve up a refreshing treat – snow cones drizzled with artisan syrups like Strawberry Basil and Lemon Lavender.
Canoes, ferries, sailboats - get out on the water on your wedding day.
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.
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.
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.
A campfire creates a gathering spot for guests to share stories about you and maybe even inspire a singalong.
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.
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.
Looking to make a really big bang? A fireworks display will definitely do the trick.
Find more wedding ideas for summer in our Real Wedding galleries »