Hot Summer Wedding Trends You'll Want To Steal

This season’s trends—bright color palettes, fun tassel installations, untamed flowers and food carts—are heating up summer weddings. Read on for ten ideas to inspire your wedding planning.
  1. Summer Color Trend: Bright and Bold Color Palettes

    Bright wedding color palettes
    Photo by Boutonnieres: Jenna Marie Photography; Bouquet: N Barrett Photography; Centerpiece: Jenna Marie Photography; Escort cards: Dan Stewart Photography

    Turn up the volume on your wedding with color! Trade the pastels and neutral tones of spring for a vibrant palette of pinks, yellows, oranges and blues. Keep your color picks feeling fresh by sticking to a few hues that work well together, or opt for various shades of the same color (think: magenta, berry pink and soft peony). Incorporate color into everything from invites to linens, flowers to patterned bridesmaid dresses—even your food and signature sips are free game.

  2. Summer Invitation Trend: Neon Accents

    Neon accents in wedding stationery
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Jenna Marie Photography; Rachel Havel; Red Ribbon Studio; Jessica Strickland Photography

    Keeping with the surge of color in weddings, the latest trend in stationery is a pop of neon. We love an accent of poppy pink on a classic letterpress invitation, or a laser cut detail in bright lime green. It's the mix of styles that keeps this look feeling modern and wedding chic. Opting for more classic invites? Add some neon into your day of paper, like program fans, menus or even farewell confetti.

  3. Summer Decor Trend: Tassels

    Tassel wedding decor
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Mary Wyar Photography; A Bryan Photo; Braedon Photography; Emily Blake Photography; Annie McElwain Photography

    Flowers will always be the go-to option for wedding décor, but we can't get enough of these playful (and colorful) tassels. From tissue paper garland to dainty thread cake toppers to full on altar-installations, you can incorporate this motif in subtle or big ways. Incorporate it into your stationery, or tie up your favors boxes with a hint of fringe. Best of all, tassels are an easy project to DIY if you're looking to add a personal touch to your wedding day decor.

  4. Summer Cake Trends: Cool Presentation and Unique Flavors

    Simple wedding cakes with cool presentation
    Photo by Left: Tonya Peterson Photography; Right: Kristen Taylor Photography; Inset: KT Merry Photography

    This trend is less about the cake and more about the presentation. Simple designs get a boost with unique bases, elaborate set ups and luxe stands. And while the exterior of these cakes may be understated in their design, the inside is packed with flavor. Couples are opting for unique pairings of flavors and frostings for the ultimate foodie dessert.

  5. Summer Wedding Flower Trend: Undone Wildflowers

    Wildflowers
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Three Little Birds Studio; Jessica Oh Photography; Heather Payne Photography; Anne Robert Photography

    Let your florals run wild. Untamed bouquets, hand-tied posies and eclectic mixes of blooms are all the rage. Opt for an arrangement of stems in various hues for a casual celebration. Hosting a more formal affair? Stick to lush blooms in two colors and incorporate greens, like ivy and seeded eucalyptus for that natural feel. If you're hosting an outdoor celebration (especially a bridal shower) consider having a flower favor bar, where guests can make their own bouquet of just-picked stems to take home.

  6. Summer Food Trend: Food Carts

    Photo by Dessert cart: Shannon Cunningham Photography; Bar cart: Hudson Nichols Photography; Vegetables: Tory Williams Photography; Charcuterie: Braedon Photography

    We are obsessed with this new take on stations: food carts. Instead of guests moving from table to table to load up their plates, the snacks or sweets come to them. Style a cart or two for cocktail hour, or wheel in an impressive dessert display for a real wow-factor. The possibilities are endless: oysters, charcuterie, specialty spirits, bonbons, granita. With the right set of wheels, you can even chase your guests down!

  7. Summer Bridesmaid Dress Trends: Two Tone Gowns and Separates

    Photo by Kurt Wilberding

    Can't decide on a single color for your amazing bridesmaids? Pick a two or even three. We spotted lots of two-tone gowns on the bridal runways, giving you the ultimate freedom when it comes to color choices. We love the idea of mixing tops and bottoms too—who says it has to be a dress? Another idea: highlight your Maid of Honor in a multi-color dress and let the rest of your girls wear a solid hue found in her gown.

  8. Summer Dress Trend: Crop Tops

    Photo by Levi Stolove Photography

    Crop tops aren't new to bridal fashion, but they've been gaining in popularity (even among bridesmaids). Baring a little skin can be chic—but the amount of skin is what makes or breaks this look. Shoot for a silver of midriff, not the whole bellybutton. We love this trend for the after party too (think: sparkly sequin tank and shimmering midi-skirt for the blushing bride).

  9. Summer Bridal Trend: Regal Hair Pieces

    Bridal head pieces
    Photo by Left: Kurt Wilberding; Right: Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    Forgo the simple veil in favor of some serious drama. We love the sophisticated look of these majestic crowns—the perfect balance between bohemian and princess. Don't want to give up the veil? Go bold and layer tulle with a striking crystal headdress for a really glam look. Our favorite part about this trend: it's re-wear potential.

  10. Summer Jewelry Trend: Mixed Metals

    Mixed metal wedding rings
    Photo by Allan Zepeda Photography

    Mix platinum and gold on the same ring finger? Yes! The stacking trend is here to stay, so consider a platinum engagement ring and then add a rose or yellow gold band to the mix when you say I do. You could also mix metals within a single band. Bonus: this blending is especially genius if you plan on adding to your stack over time (think: anniversaries, birthdays).

  11. Summer Bridal Trend: Power Suits

    White and cream wedding suits for brides
    Photo by From left: Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino / MCV Photo; Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    This trend isn't for every bride, but we can't get enough of the crisp and chic look of a neutral pantsuit—it just screams boss! Skip an underpinning for a super sexy look or add a lace camisole for a hint of feminine texture. If you don't want to rock this look down the aisle on your wedding day, consider a pant combo for your rehearsal dinner or your newlywed exit.

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