Essential Decorations For a Summer Wedding


What are some Creative decoration ideas for a summer wedding? There are so many great things you can do with a little bit of DIY creativity.

The first thing you should consider is the colour scheme of your wedding. For summery weddings, we recommend sticking with lighter tones that evoke a warm weather vibe.

Paper Lanterns

A paper lantern is a great way to add fun and festive decoration to your summer wedding. They are easy to make, and can be made from just a few simple supplies. They are a great addition to any theme, and they can be used at the reception or as part of the ceremony decor.

You can create a paper lantern with tissue paper, or you can buy one at craft stores. Depending on the size you want, you may need about 100 tissue paper circles. You can use a coffee can lid, a small salad plate, or any round object as a pattern for tracing the circles.

Once you have your tissue paper circles, you can cut them out with scissors. Once you have them all cut out, you can glue them together to form the paper lantern. Then, you can hang the lantern from a ceiling or put a candle inside to light it up.

Adding glitter to your lantern is a quick and inexpensive way to give it sparkle and shine! Glitter is a wonderful addition to any summer party, and you can find it at most craft stores.

Another option is to make a shabby-chic lantern out of colorful paper scraps. This will make a beautiful centerpiece for the table, and it will also look fantastic when illuminated with a tea light or votive.

If you prefer not to use a candle, consider a string of lanterns that are made from brown paper lunch bags. These are popular for Halloween parties, and they can be made easily from scratch or purchased at many stores. They are also usually flame resistant, so you can use them outdoors as well.

While sky lanterns are a fun and unique way to celebrate, they can also be dangerous. They can cause fires if they fall in the air, and if animals become trapped in them they may suffer from stress or starve to death. In addition, sky lanterns can damage habitats and set animal housing, feed, and bedding alight.

Paper lanterns have been used for thousands of years and are a beloved tradition in China and Japan. They are a symbol of national pride and have become one of the most common forms of worship and celebration in these countries. They are typically red and oval/round in shape, decorated with red or golden tassels.

Tea Lights

Tea lights are a great way to bring soft, romantic lighting into your venue. They also make a fun and innovative addition to wedding centrepieces. Simply arrange a variety of candles artfully on a pretty tray or wood slice to create a beautiful display that will be the talk of your wedding.

One of the best things about using tea lights as your centrepiece is that they don’t require much maintenance or upkeep. They come in disposable holders, and once they are used up, they can be easily discarded. Plus, they burn very slowly and don’t leave behind a lot of wax melts.

If you’re hosting an outdoor summer wedding, tea lights are a great option for your centerpieces. You can use them to decorate your tables or place them on the ground around your venue to provide a beautiful light glow throughout the event.

Another fun idea is to use tea lights as a centrepiece on your cake table. If you’re having a summer-themed wedding, consider incorporating bright, in-season flowers into your centrepieces to really add a touch of color. You can create a stunning, eye-catching floral centrepiece by including a mix of flowers, such as yellow spray roses, hypericum berry, craspedia, and white stock.

As with all candles, you should use high-quality products that are made of organic, pure materials. These include soy and beeswax candles, which are less likely to release harmful fumes or soot.

You can even repurpose old glass jars into lanterns by inserting a tea light inside. To make this a more interesting addition, you can paint or stencil designs onto the glass jars.

Guests will love being able to enjoy the outdoors while staying cool during your ceremony. If you’re hosting an outdoor ceremony, consider providing a shade tent or parasol for your guests to use during the event.

To keep your guests cool and comfortable, try leaving a small bag of bottled water, hand fans, or snacks on each seat. This is a great way to let your guests know that they are welcome and will be well taken care of during the wedding.

Glass Bottles

Glass bottles have several uses when it comes to wedding decor. They look pretty with flowers spilling out of them or you can even use them to hold candles as a rustic touch. Alternatively, you can turn them into alternative guest books or place card holders.

Another good way to get creative with your decorations is to recycle glass bottles from the drinks you serve at the reception. This will save money as it will be cheaper than buying brand new bottles and it will help reduce the amount of plastic waste being created.

You can find lots of glass bottles and jars in your local supermarket or you can make some yourself by recycling old bottles and jars. These can be shaped and painted in any colours you wish or they can be decorated with flowers, glitter, or other embellishments.

Decorative vases are a great way to add extra depth and dimension to your wedding decor. They’re also an easy DIY project and can be very effective in a variety of settings. For example, you can create a mismatched group of glass bottles that look gorgeous when running along your top table or clustering a group of them in the centre of the table if you’re having round tables.

If you want to add some colour to your wedding, try using different bottle shapes and colors for a summery vibe. For instance, you could choose a range of coral and peach-coloured bottles to give your ceremony and reception a fun and colourful feel.

For an alternative take on a flower arrangement, you can create a floral bouquet in a glass bottle that has been spraypainted and decorated with some ribbons. This will also be a really inexpensive and beautiful decoration for your wedding.

You can use a lot of different types of glasses for this purpose, but you will need to choose one with a wide neck for the flowers to fit. It’s also a good idea to choose a glass that will be easy to clean and can be refilled with water if needed.

Wooden Lanterns

If you want to bring the outdoors in for your summer wedding, wooden lanterns are a great option. They’re easy to make, and they’re an attractive alternative to floral centerpieces.

These oversized wooden lanterns are perfect for outdoor weddings, and you can use them indoors to create a warm, inviting ambiance. The galvanized metal and reclaimed wood create an enchanting, timeworn look.

They’re also a good option for weddings that don’t want to go overboard with flowers, and they can work well as an alternative to a traditional table centerpiece. You can place real candles inside, or you can also fill them with votives and other light sources to add a touch of romance.

Another creative idea for a summer wedding is to use balloons in your decor. They’re a fun way to decorate and they make great backdrops for photos. You can also pop them above the dance floor to get a fun shot of multi-coloured confetti falling on guests.

To add a pop of color to your reception, try using pastel shades for your centerpieces. These colors will work just as well as vibrant ones, and they’ll give your wedding a soft, shabby-chic look.

A boho theme can never go out of style, and it’s a great way to add personality to your summer wedding. Hanging dream catchers in floral hoops or crisscrossed naked strings of lights are a great way to add a bit of Boho flare to your venue.

If you’re hosting an outdoor ceremony, consider lining the aisle with potted plants. Plants evoke the summer vibe in the best possible way and they can also make your walk down the aisle an unforgettable moment for your guests.

This can also be an excellent way to show your guests who you are and how much you care for them. You can even include a little message on each one of these painted terra-cotta pots.


Go for lighthearted florals on the food tables and the altar whilst keeping in mind the elegance of minimalistic flowers on a hot and bright summer day. You can string them up with lights, or place bunches of flowers inside vases or just have flower pots on each side of the ground as you walk up to the altar.

These creative decoration ideas for a summer wedding will help you pull off the perfect wedding. Whether you’re planning an outdoor, rustic or indie-rustic wedding, these suggestions will help you put your best foot forward for the big day!

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