Wedding Trends as Hot as The Summer

Summer weddings are the most fun to plan because the possibilities are endless. Long days and warm temps combine to make sensational weddings that guests will remember for years to come. Whether you’re planning an indoor extravaganza or outdoor shindig, you’ll want to include some of these hot wedding trends:

Small Wedding Parties

The days of large wedding parties are over. Small wedding parties are much more common these days and the emerging trend is to make them even more exclusive than ever before. Including just 2-4 of your closest friends or family members on each side makes the wedding party more intimate and eliminates the stress of coordinating details for too many people, which is a win-win.

Mixing Colors

Typically, brides and grooms-to-be will select one or two main colors and stick with them across all wedding components – invitations, bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsmen’s vests, flower arrangements, cake, and so on. However, the new trend is to use more colors, mixing and matching to create a more stunning look. Having some pops of bright colors like lemon and orange against darker shades like purple and navy is especially popular for summer weddings this year.

Lakeside Settings

Getting married by a lake has all the benefits of being married at the beach with the added benefit of privacy. A water backdrop is a stunning setting for any wedding, particularly a Michigan wedding. Lakeside nuptials have the feeling of camping with the luxury of a once in a lifetime event.

Some couples choose to get married at upscale lakeside wedding venues, while others choose to transform public or private land into their own unique wedding venue. Just remember, if you plan to get married outdoors by a lake, you may need to bring in luxury restrooms and other elegant necessities to provide top-notch essentials for guests.

Youthful Touches

This year’s hit weddings will include child-like fun for guests of all ages to enjoy. Things like shaved ice stations and sundae bars are a fun addition to weddings that will bring out the kid in your guests. These types of unique, photo-worthy offerings are sure to get guests talking!

Fresh Foliage

Fresh greens are the best trend making a comeback this year, and nothing has more greenery than the outdoors! Celebrate the burgeoning real foliage trend by bringing your wedding outdoors while also incorporating greenery into the wedding details. Go green with the wedding bouquet, boutonnieres, and centerpieces, including decorative grasses, leaves, and other flower complements.


Monogramming can be used on everything from tables to the dance floor and bar. Stick on vinyl decals are classy as well as functional and allow couples to stamp their names on anything big or small. Matching monograms between the invitations and elements at the wedding ceremony and reception provides continuity for guests.


While smooth textures had their heyday, shabby chic and boho chic have brought back textured materials. Lace, crochet, and other techniques that allow for depth of fabrics on garments and reception pieces.


While textures have made a big comeback, so have patterns. Mix and match colored patterns add a unique flair to weddings like nothing else can. Using a couple simple patterns can go a long way in creating a stunning visual element for guests.


Many wedding venues have moved away from using candles on tables at wedding receptions because of the fire hazard. However, real candles have a romantic feel that flameless varieties lack. And the glow that candlelight creates is unmatched by Edison bulbs, twinkle lights, and other trendy wedding lighting options. As a result, some couples are choosing to bring real candles back, making this vintage trend relevant again.


Sure, you have the reception after the ceremony, but the newest trend is the late-night post-reception party. After the kids and grandparents have gone home, some couples choose to have a secondary reception that goes much later into the night. This is typically a less formal celebration to let the newlyweds cut loose with their closest friends.

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