Summer Wedding Inspirations You Absolutely Need

It’s officially our favorite time of the year! Every year, we look forward to seeing what our #RealBrides do and they definitely do not disappoint. From having chic wedding cruises and harbor cocktail hours to an all-out glamorous rooftop city photoshoot and ballroom wedding, there are many unique elements that you can incorporate and seek inspirations from to plan your own summer wedding bash. Hint: Dessert tables and popsicles are a big must-have!

For the best summer wedding guide worthy of #WeddingGoals, let our Real Brides be your inspiration guide as you plan the summer wedding of your dreams.

Floral Wedding Invite

bella belle summer wedding invitations wedding inspirations Photography: A.J Dunlap

Summer weddings are all about blooms and green hues. When you design your wedding invites, incorporate summer elements like stationary designer, Minted and 
Katie Faikes Calligraphy did when they designed this beautiful wedding invite for Hannah’s summer outdoor wedding. Add something quirky and special or perhaps give your guest a clothing theme to follow. Adding something special gives your wedding guest something else to look forward to besides your big day.

Summer Wedding Sandals

Bella belle summer wedding inspirations wedding sandals

Photography: Lucy Munoz
 
If you’re having a beach, garden or outdoor wedding, then consider wearing comfortable wedding sandals for the reception and ceremony. For her big day, Morgan choose to wear our Greecian Inspired Agatha wedding sandals, the perfect addition to an intimate and romantic outdoor summer wedding. Plus points: You can re-wear these beauties after your wedding day for any occasion!
 
Get Agatha today or shop our wedding sandals collection.

Rooftop City View

bella belle summer wedding inspirations rooftop city view
Photography: Lauren Bailey
 
Take cue from our Real Bride May May and get your bride and groom photo taken at a rooftop building overlooking the entire city. Not only will you get the most picturesque wedding photos to put up around your house, and make your guest have photo envy, you’ll also be able to take a quiet and private moment with your husband-to-be to imagine a future you’ll both built together in this city.
 
To get May May’s wedding shoe, Amelia, click here.

Fun Popsicles

bella belle summer wedding inspirations popsicle desserts
Photography: A.J Dunlap
 
What better way to cool down the summer heat than to treat your guest and yourself most importantly, to popsicles! Relive your childhood and incorporate popsicles or even an ice cream cart like Hannah did for her outdoor lakeside wedding. Trust us, your wedding guest will thank you, especially when the temperatures soar to a high 90s!
 
To get Hannah’s wedding shoe Hailey, click here.

Wedding Party Cruise

bella belle summer wedding inspirations wedding party cruise
Photography: Mike Cassimatis
 
Entertain yourself and your entire wedding party to a boat cruise around the waters of your favorite city. Not only is this an intimate moment with your loved ones, it’s also a warm-up celebration, on the water, to the dance floor after! It’s also a special and fun place to host cocktail hours. Just remember to bring funky sunglasses and enjoy the view. 
 
Get Cathleen’s wedding shoe, Florence today!
 

Colorful Blooms

bella belle summer wedding inspirations floral bloom wedding bouquet
Photography: Morgan McCanne
 
Summer weddings are all about lush colorful blooms. Get inspired by fashion blogger Jamie’s wedding bouquet featuring butterfly ranunculus, juliet garden roses, sweet peas, and Japanese spirea for an ethereal and romantic beauty. It’s the perfect wedding bouquet, made by Joy of Bloom Florals, to Jamie’s outdoor and intimate garden wedding. Tip: Don’t be afraid to incorporate colors, it’s the summer after all!
 
Get Jamie’s wedding sandal, Luna today!

Reception Decor Goals

bella belle summer wedding inspirations wedding reception decoration decor
Photography: Lauren Renee Designs
 
Now this is what we call #ReceptionDecorGoals! Our real bride Jenny choose to have her wedding reception indoors, while bringing in outdoor elements to create a greenhouse effect. With lush green leaves, colorful florals and elegant neutral color schemes, this is what decor goals are made of. If Simon Cowell were a decor expert, he'll be proud. 
 
Planning: The Event Group, Floral: Hens and Chicks Design, Table Decor: Mosaic Inc., Rentals: Eventioneers Event Rentals  
 

Summer Cake

bella belle summer wedding inspirations wedding cake
Photography: Lucy Munoz
 
Morgan’s three-tiered wedding cake made by Bo’s Cake is major #WeddingCake goals! Like she did, add a touch of seasonal blooms such poppy and lavender to celebrate the warmer weather. Not only should cakes be delicious, but they should also be Instagram-worthy and good to look at! Just be sure to keep the cake decor simple so that you don’t overpower the cake.

Romantic Flower Arches

bella belle summer wedding inspirations flower arches
Photography: Lauren Fair
 
This beautiful chuppah filled with lush greenery and colorful blooms is the perfect flower arch for you to exchange wedding vows for your summer wedding! Located at Audubon Weddings, Monica’s wedding has the perfect blend of green and scenery while also staying true to the intimate and romantic affair. Be creative with your flower arches! Go big and glamorous like Kim Kardashian’s flower wall or stick to intimate flower arches like Monica’s.
 
Get Monica’s wedding shoe, Anita today!

Seafood Cocktail Hour

bella belle summer wedding inspirations seafood cocktail hour
Photography: Jamie Delaine
 
We recommend that you take advantage of the good weather outside by having a seafood cocktail hour by the harbour like our Real Bride, Kelsey did for her Dockside Island wedding. She had the wedding at the Granville Island Hotel – Dockside Restaurant and the food looks amazingly delicious through our computer screens. Serve your guest something light  worthy of foodgasm for the light summer affair.
 

Dessert Table

bella belle summer wedding inspirations dessert table
Photography: Cavin Elizabeth
 
A must-have for any summer wedding is a dessert table spread, just like this delicious donut galore by VG Donut & Bakery for Jeanie’s outdoor Ethereal wedding reception in Orange County. After all those months of hard work getting the bride body, it’s time to let loose, treat yourself and enjoy your big day! You deserve it after all.

Seaside Sunset Affair

bella belle summer wedding inspirations seaside love affair
Photography: Sally Pinera
 
Take a quiet moment like Deborah, to commemorate your wedding day with your husband-to-be by the seaside during a romantic sunset. In this moment, it’s just the two of you and nothing else should matter. Take a moment, breathe and enjoy the glorious rays of red, orange and yellow as they blend into the ocean and cliffs.
 
Get Deborah’s wedding shoe, Anita Gold today!
 

Vintage Car Sunset Ride

bella belle summer wedding inspirations vintage sunset car ride
Photography: Amanda Watson
 

End the perfect day and ride out into the sunset in a vintage convertible with the rooftop down like Kristen did for her wedding. Enjoy this special and intimate moment with your loved one as you drive out and celebrate the start of your new life together as newlyweds.

For more Real Bride wedding inspirations, check out the prettiest real bride weddings of 2017 or the perfect wedding sandals for a summer wedding

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