Top ten ways to make your summer wedding a little different

3 Jul

Sick of cookie cutter weddings? If traditional really isn’t your style and you’re a bit more laid back, then here are my top ten ways to personalise your summer wedding – in no particular order:

  1. Can’t afford champagne? Just don’t like the stuff? Serve Pimms and Lemonade instead! Perfect for an after-ceremony toast – top off with chopped fruit, ice, stirrers cocktail umbrellas, slices of lemon and serve in colourful jugs and glasses. A fraction of the cost of champagne and far more original.
  2. Does the thought of a seated wedding breakfast make you shudder? Pick up some cute picnic baskets, some pretty floral rugs and cushions and, weather allowing, have a wedding breakfast picnic instead. You’ll also massively cut costs by having a cold picnic buffet.
  3. If you want a hot meal without the sit down three course cliche, why not have a BBQ? Cut costs by buying the food in bulk and having friends takes turns in cooking.
  4. Ditch the Macarena and go for a barn dance! A folk band, some hay bales and well-placed bunting will create that old-fashioned feel.
  5. Hot day? Give out vintage fans as favours. It will help keep people cool and be a great gift for people to take home.
  6. Don’t like perfectly manicured flowers? Hand tie small bunches of wildflowers, put them in jam jars and place them around the venue. If you make enough, tie luggage tags with peoples’ names on them and let people take them home as favours at the end of the day. You could even go one further and use them as place settings.
  7. Hire a vintage style ice cream van, like this, from Vintage Scoops, for the day to cool your guests down – much more original than a traditional dessert table.
  8. Worried about your guests getting hot and tired feet? Make flip flops your favours – everyone will appreciate the opportunity to take off hot and uncomfortable heels.
  9. They say attention-to-detail is everything. If you want your venue to smell as summery as it looks, spray some Cath Kidston rose room spray around the venue before the guests arrive.
  10. Not sure what to do with kids (or big kids) at a wedding while photos are being taken? Why not invest in some giant board games to play outside? Giant connect four or even Twister for the more informal wedding will go down a treat.

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5 Responses to “Top ten ways to make your summer wedding a little different”

  1. Babb Photo July 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Great post.

    I’m having a bit of a festival theme for my wedding so I’m planning to have a range of different fruit ciders after my ceremony. Possibly in floral paper cups for added authenticity!

    I also BADLY want Vintage Scoops but my wedding is outside of their area. Sigh.

    • sdoron July 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      I know!! Me too! I think there are a few similar companies in Sussex or at least in the greater London area who’ll travel. Or maybe Mrs Scoops will do you a favour if you ask really nicely? 🙂 Or be able to recommend someone good in your area? xx

    • sdoron July 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      oh and LOVE the cider idea! Floral paper cups = no washing up = win 🙂 xx

  2. andreamarie3 July 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Great ideas! We’re doing #3, 4, & possibly 5 for our August 2012 wedding. I just love the idea of a fun, old fashioned wedding. I’ve never heard of Pimm’s Lemonade before (probably because I live in the States). Do you know if they sell it outside the UK?

    • sdoron July 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks so much! We’re getting married August 2012 too 🙂 Pimms is bottled liquor to which you add lemonade, ice, fruit (such as strawberries and apple) and mint 🙂 It’s popular in the UK. Not sure if you can get it in the States, best to try a specialist liquor store, perhaps they can order it over. It’s not particularly strong so can’t imagine it’s illegal. Or in a British goods shop! If not perhaps a friend in the UK can bring or send it across? xx

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