If you’re looking for summer wedding inspo, it’s probably because you want your wedding to be different, to be more you. Here are some ideas and summer 2020 wedding trends for making your summer wedding shine in your own way:

Summer Wedding Trends

Vibrant colors, textures, and hues

Vibrant colors are the perfect way to bring your personality (and visual interest) to your summer wedding. You don’t have to have an orange dress to make a statement–there’s more than one way to add color (even if you’re more of a traditionalist).

Most of us who have had to buy awful, mauve or purple dresses and dress shirts (then swiftly donated them) are stoked to know that matchy-matchy wedding parties are on their way out. Couples are giving their parties more freedom to choose colors and styles that actually complement them. 

It’s a fun way to add color while keeping your crew happy. Affordable shops like Azazie, Birdy Grey, and the new, eco-friendly dear cleo make it easy to coordinate dresses. Choose what colors and styles you’re down with, and leave the rest up to them. Keep the suits simple by gifting low-maintenance, colorful, personalized pocket squares. 

mismatched bridesmaid dresses

Adding color with statement jewelry or a jewel-toned lip can be bold. If they’re too bold for you, consider something you don’t have to wear. Locally-grown wildflowers can add a spunky touch to your decor (bonus points for supporting a small business).

Bold furniture and decor accents, like lounge seating, can bring low-commitment, vibrant colors to your space. Mismatched antique chairs and long family style tables create bold comfortable settings that don’t require a lot of extra fluff. Another low-key way to add color: napkins, linens, and table decor.

Tip for expanding your color palette to include bold colors: browse modern art to see where your eye is naturally drawn.

Short, flowy, and modern dresses

Summer weddings, day or night, can get HOT. Maybe think twice before sticking (and I emphasize sticky) yourself in the center of layers of tulle or heavy fabric. This summer, opt for lighter, flowy fabric and less traditional looks: 

short bridesmaids dresses

Who says you your wedding party has to wear dresses?  Jumpsuits and rompers are all the rage and perfect for the summer wedding.  Ballerina dresses and flowy tea-length and high-lo dresses will keep your wedding party calm, collected, and literally cool. Check out more short dresses for inspo.  

Seasonal treats and toasts

We all know some guests are really just there for the good food and drinks. Give them something to talk about with funky fruits and cool desserts, like pineapple, watermelon, and oranges.

summer wedding trends

Fruit goes everywhere!  Use dried citrus in on your desserts, in your drinks, or in your centerpieces and wall decor.

Leave room for bold dessert options like personal-size fruit custards, key-lime pie, colorful vibrant and light macaroons, and even frozen yogurt pops. Stay low-commitment by decorating your cake with fun fruits or take the extra easy route and go rogue by offering cookies, donuts, soft-serve or made to order ice cream cookie sandwiches as your dessert instead of traditional options.

And finally, let’s talk about summer drinks. I know you’re thinking margaritas. As delicious as they are, their higher alcohol content can lead to less than desirable emotional events. Want a memorable mixed drink without the cringe? Enter wine smoothies. Your guests will love their flavor options, and that they’ll be able to remember the night. Going alcohol-free? Kombucha is a refreshing, mostly alcohol-free alternative.

Lauren Lindley is Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, also available for elopements and family portraits in the greater Northern CA Area. She also services New Orleans, LA, Dallas, TX, and Austin, TX.  Have camera: will travel.  She is available to provide services for weddings across the U.S. and worldwide. She specializes in capturing artistic portraits paired with unique storytelling moments to produce photojournalism based wedding photography with classic, clean and vibrant images.  Lauren Lindley is currently booking weddings from 2020 and 2021 in Lake Tahoe, CA and other destinations worldwide.

Not looking for summer 2020 wedding trends? You can find other wedding planning tips and resources on my blog.  In addition, I was recently quoted in a blog from Milk Photobooks where 85 Wedding Photographers shared their suggestions for wedding planning.