Dreamy Outdoor Weddings: All You Need for a Perfect Summer Soireé

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” – David Viscott

Summer is the peak season for weddings in Ireland for a reason; long sunlight hours, warm weather, and less rain, all make summer the ideal time to get married.

So, you want to have a summer wedding on the Emerald Isle? 

Each season offers the opportunity for different creative trends and touches for your big day. Here at I Do, we want to help you embrace the season with these unique summer wedding ideas that are sure to make your day stand out. 

Ready? Let’s get into it!

Quench Thirst with a Twist

Despite Ireland’s temperate climate, your guests will still need plenty of refreshments. Keep everyone cool and comfortable with creative drink choices. 

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Forget plain water and try flavourful infused beverages instead. Not only do these concoctions taste amazing, but the bright fruit or colourful herbs add a touch of summery touch to your wedding decor.

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Raise the bar with refreshing cocktails adorned with floral, fruit, or herb garnishes – think Aperol Spritz, Mojito’s and Margaritas, summer in a sip!

Keep things Breezy 

From the ceremony under the sun to dancing the night away, things are bound to heat up during a summer wedding. Ensure guests are comfortable by providing shade and cooling options will create a lasting joyous memories for everyone.

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Practical and stylish party favours like these elegant parasols offer respite from the sunshine, keeping your loved ones cool while preventing sun burn. Plus, they make for unique decorative additions.

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For another touch of vintage charm, consider using place cards, menus, or welcome cards that double as fans. These functional and fabulous accessories are sure to keep your guests feeling fresh. 

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If you are envisioning a relaxed lounge space, create a shaded oasis where your guests can retreat from the festivities. Think cosy seating areas, billowing curtains, and lush greenery. 

Prepare for Rain 

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In Ireland, even summer days can bring a sprinkle of rain. Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits; instead pan for potential showers. 

Embrace the unexpected by grabbing cute umbrellas for those charming wedding photos. 

We adore these sophisticated and photo-worthy clear umbrellas!

When selecting your venue, aim for options that offer both indoor and outdoor spaces. Having a backup plan in the form of a tent or an indoor area ensures that your festivities can continue seamlessly, come rain or shine.

Comfort Station: Happy Guests, Happy Day 

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A successful wedding is all about happy guests. Set up a comfort station that caters to their every need. Stock it with essentials like sunscreen, bug spray, towels, perfume, and anything else you can think of to keep your loved ones feeling pampered and cared for. 

You can also incorporate these vital items into your party favours, ensuring your guests have everything they need to fully enjoy the celebration.

Embrace the Season 

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When we think summer weddings, we think vibrant colours and blossoming florals. Let the bright colour palette and captivating floral arrangements capture the essence of the season.

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 Juicy peaches or luscious berries can add a delightful touch to your guests’ experience, creating a sweet and memorable impression; use them as decorations or even party favours. 

With these unique summer wedding ideas, your big day in Ireland will be a true standout.

So, say ‘yes’ to the magic of summer love and let the romance bloom under the Irish sun!