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How to Plan the Ultimate Summer Wedding

Planning a summer wedding can be a dream come true. The warm weather, long days, and blooming flowers create the perfect backdrop for a memorable celebration. However, with great power comes great responsibility. The summer season presents unique challenges and opportunities that can make or break your big day. Here are some top tips to ensure your summer wedding is nothing short of spectacular.

Tips for Planning the Ultimate Summer Wedding

1) Timing is Everything

Ceremony Start Time: Consider starting your ceremony later in the day, around 4 or 5 PM. This not only avoids the midday heat but also creates a romantic atmosphere as the sun sets.

Day of the Week: Weekends are prime time, but don’t overlook a stylish midweek celebration. Venues like Cavendish Banqueting often offer more availability and flexibility for weekday weddings.

2) Weather-Proofing Your Day

Shade and Shelter: Provide plenty of shaded areas for guests, whether it’s through marquees, parasols, or beautiful tents.

Cooling Stations: Set up hydration stations with chilled water, refreshing lemonades, and cold towels.

Plan B: Always have a contingency plan for unexpected weather changes. An indoor backup space can be a lifesaver.

3) Perfecting the Décor

Seasonal Flowers: Embrace the season with flowers that are in full bloom during summer. Think peonies, roses, and sunflowers.

Colour Palette: Opt for light, breezy colours like pastels, whites, and soft greens that reflect the essence of summer.

Lighting: Use fairy lights, lanterns, and candles to create a magical evening ambiance.

4) Keeping Guests Comfortable

Dress Code: Encourage a relaxed dress code with breathable fabrics. Linen and cotton are great choices for staying cool.

Fans and Misters: Provide handheld fans or misting stations to keep everyone comfortable.

Bug Repellent: Have bug spray or citronella candles available to ward off any unwanted guests.

5) Summer-Ready Menu

Light and Fresh: Opt for lighter fare like salads, grilled vegetables, and fresh fruits.

Signature Cocktails: Feature refreshing cocktails such as mojitos, Pimm’s, and sangria.

Desserts: Consider cool treats like ice cream, sorbets, or a chilled dessert table.

6) Photography Tips

Golden Hour: Take advantage of the golden hour for stunning photos. This is the hour before sunset when the lighting is soft and flattering.

Shaded Spots: Scout for shaded spots for daytime photos to avoid harsh shadows and squinting.

7) Entertainment and Activities

Live Music: Hire a live band or DJ that can play summer hits and keep the party lively.

Lawn Games: Set up fun lawn games like croquet, giant Jenga, or a photobooth with summer-themed props.

Fireworks: End the night with a bang by arranging a fireworks display.

8) Eco-Friendly Choices

Local and Sustainable: Use local produce and sustainable materials to reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint.

Recycling Stations: Set up clearly marked recycling stations for bottles, cans, and paper products.

9) Guest Favours

Practical Gifts: Offer practical favours like sunglasses, flip-flops, or fans that guests can use immediately.

Personal Touches: Personalise your favours with names or wedding dates for a memorable touch.

10) Hiring the Right Venue

Finding the perfect venue is crucial, and Cavendish Banqueting offers the ideal setting for a summer wedding. Our beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces can accommodate your every need, ensuring your celebration is as seamless as it is stunning.

Bonus Tip: Use Our Event Cost Calculator

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to budgeting. That’s where our event cost calculator comes in. It’s a handy tool to help you get a clear picture of your expenses, making the planning process smoother and more enjoyable.

Why Choose Cavendish Banqueting?

Located in the heart of London, Cavendish Banqueting is designed to host elegant and unforgettable events. Here’s why we stand out:

Stunning Venue: Our venue boasts exquisite décor, spacious halls, and beautiful outdoor spaces perfect for a summer wedding.

Customisable Packages: We offer customisable packages to fit your vision and budget.

Expert Staff: Our experienced staff are dedicated to making your day perfect. From planning to execution, we’ve got you covered.

Call Us Today!

Ready to make your dream wedding a reality? Give us a call at 020 8205 5012 to discuss your event. We’re here to answer any questions and help you every step of the way.

Book a Viewing

Nothing beats seeing our venue in person. Book an appointment to tour Cavendish Banqueting and see firsthand why it’s the perfect choice for your summer wedding. Our stunning venue and top-notch facilities are sure to impress.

Planning the ultimate summer wedding requires careful attention to detail, but with these tips and the right venue, your day will be nothing short of spectacular. Remember, at Cavendish Banqueting, we’re here to help make your wedding dreams come true. Whether you use our cost calculator, call us for a chat, or book a viewing, we’re excited to be part of your journey.

For more tips, inspiration, and to start planning your perfect day, visit Cavendish Banqueting. Cheers to a beautiful summer wedding!

Disclaimer: Prices may vary. Please consult with our team for accurate cost estimates. Images courtesy of Cavendish Banqueting.