Summer Wedding Reception Themes

Planning a wedding is both exciting and overwhelming when it comes to the details. When you begin your planning, the first step is to develop a theme for the wedding and the rest of the ideas will fall into place. Summer wedding reception themes have endless possibilities, but if you choose a theme around something meaningful to you and your spouse the wedding and the reception will be wonderful. The following are some tips and ideas for planning a fun and romantic reception for your summer wedding.
Garden Themed Reception
A gardening theme is a perfect choice if you enjoy the outdoors and flowers. This type of theme is very easy to plan, elegant, and romantic. Choose a primary color for your bouquet and the decorations, and use a cream, off white or white as an accent for an elegant effect. Decorations could consist of several terra cotta pots in various sizes filled with summer flowers. Place a trellis at the entrance of both the reception and the wedding site for a garden effect. The use of tulle, candles, potpourri and luminaries for lighting will further provide a romantic atmosphere. The favors given to your guests can be packets of flower seeds, a pretty garden trowel, or a simple rose for each person.
Beach Theme Reception
Having a beach theme is not only fun to plan, but is an exciting and relaxing way to celebrate at the reception. Beach themes are easy to prepare for and the items used as decorations can be simple, inexpensive and easily found. Choose bouquets that are made from daisies, lilies and roses for an elegant but, relaxed look. The colors for the reception should be blues, creams and tans to resemble water and sand. For table decorations, simple mason jars filled with colorful sand and reeds surrounded by votive candles would provide color and the perfect amount of mood lighting. Favors are fun to choose for a beach themed wedding because there are so many adorable ideas, such as miniature Adirondack chairs or colorful sea shells in a an organza bag.
Nautical Theme
A wedding reception with a nautical theme is perfect for couples who enjoy boating and being on the water. Choose various shades of blue as the primary color and add touches of white with small amounts of red. Centerpieces made with a hurricane lantern in the center of decorative rocks will provide lighting and add a great nautical effect to the reception. Serve seafood as the main course with side dishes such as hush puppies and crab cakes. Have a “blue” specialty drink that is served in martini glasses. Favors for a nautical themed wedding can be whimsical and easy, such as a small bottle with a message inside or anchor shaped cookies in a decorative container.
Winter in the Summer
For a truly unique summer reception, switch things up and have a winter theme. Flowers that are all white, such as white roses or calla lilies, would make a beautiful bouquet while adding drama to the reception decorations. String white lights throughout the venue for the lighting and atmosphere, cover the tables with pure white tablecloths, serve the meal on white dishes, and throw in a dash of bright blue for small items such as the napkins or napkin rings. Have an ice sculpture in the center of the cake table and have a pure white cake with snowflake shapes or small silver/blue embellishments. The winter theme will surprise the guests, provide a romantic backdrop for you and your new spouse, and make your middle of August summer wedding reception, feel like winter.

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