Summer Wedding Myths Busted

We debunk five of the most common assumptions about summer weddings. Get ready to plan outside the box.
Photo by Megan Noll Photography

The number one tip for planning a summer wedding? Don't be afraid to break the rules. Forget what you've heard about summer wedding dos and don'ts, and go your own way. Here, we crack open five summer wedding myths for good.

Myth 1: You Have to Have an Outdoor Wedding

Indoor summer wedding ceremony with string lights and garland wedding arch

If you live in a cooler part of the country where the lush, green months of summer are precious, it may seem like you absolutely must head outside for your summer wedding. But if an outdoor wedding isn't what you've always dreamed of, an indoor space can be just as summery (and much more reliable). For one, if you're in a superhot climate, an indoor wedding will be way more comfortable for your guests who are dreading the heat. Beyond that, you can use your creativity and design skills to make an indoor space suit the season. Hang summer lanterns or create a summer flower-strewn indoor aisle, and choose a venue with large windows that let in lots of sunlight (or show off the moonlit night).

Myth 2: You Need a Bright, Summery Palette

Black sequin reception tables in the summer

While many summer couples look to vibrant colors to reflect the season, it's most definitely not a requirement. If bold and bright just isn't your style, there's no need to force an intensely cheery palette into your look. Opting for a subdued color scheme is unexpected and lovely. For example, icy blue and gray lend a cool, refreshing tone to the atmosphere, and hints of black add an air of sophistication. For a surefire palette that works with almost any style—from black tie to relaxed and natural—consider a combo of white and ivory with green accents. An apple-green hue will give a preppy, fun feel, while a deeper green like loden or moss will imbue your nuptials with a subdued elegance. Peruse more gorgeous color pairings here for inspiration, for both bold and muted aesthetics.

Myth 3: You Can't Have a Formal Wedding

Bridesmaids in blush sequin formal dresses

Yes, high temperatures probably mean you should skip the stiff, heavy dresses made of taffeta and brocade—but you don't have to put your bridesmaids in dresses with high hemlines and have your groomsmen don loafers if it's not your style. Decide on a level of formality, and then work with your bridal salon and tux shop to explore your options. For a sophisticated, formal summer wedding, consider elegant silk sheaths for your bridesmaids and lightweight dark suits for the guys. You should be able to find attire that reflects the formality of your event, but won't leave you sweltering.

Myth 4: A City Wedding Won't Work

Summer is the season when many urbanites head for the hills or beach. But if you've always envisioned a chic city wedding, you can definitely still have it in the summer months. A rooftop ceremony or reception will give you an outdoorsy touch without sacrificing that quintessential urban feel. Loft spaces are also great for summer weddings. Awash in windows, you can avoid high temperatures while still taking advantage of bold sunsets and glittering skyline views.

Myth 5: The Heat Will Ruin Everything

Succulent fondant wedding cakes

Of course, summers get hot—but don't let the naysayers get you down. If you know there's a decent chance it'll be especially toasty on your wedding day, make plans to avert any weather-related disasters. Avoid wilting blooms in the bouquets and boutonnieres by asking your florist to steer you toward hardier blooms, like orchids and lilies. Consider water-submerged centerpieces featuring Mokara orchids. Because the flowers are completely underwater, they'll keep cool all night long. And as for your wedding cake, get fondant instead of buttercream to avoid a melting mess. If you're set on the rich taste of buttercream, display the cake during your cocktail hour and then have the cake cutting at the beginning of your reception.

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