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Summer Wedding Ideas: How To Make Your Summer Wedding a Cool Event

Everyone loves a summer wedding, and it’s not hard to see why.

With beautiful blue skies and gorgeous greenery, summer is one of the most picturesque times to have a wedding. No wonder summer used to be synonymous with “wedding season.

And even in the Texas heat, you can still have a cool summer wedding. Don’t let the soaring temperature put a hitch in your dream wedding plans because we’ve got plenty of ideas for how you can beat the heat and have the coolest summer wedding around.


Why Do We Love Summer Weddings?

Let’s start with what makes summer weddings so fun and enjoyable for both you and your guests.

Summer is one of the easiest seasons to plan a wedding because it’s when most people plan their travel for the year, so it’s easier for your guests to work your wedding into their summer vacay plans. For June, July, and August weddings, there aren’t many major yearly events like school you need to pick your date around either. 

Speaking of August, of the summer months, August is the least busy so you might be able to get a deal on your venue, vendors, and more with an August wedding!

Here are some more great things about a summer wedding:

The Kendall Point gazebo set up for an outdoor summer wedding.

Later Sunsets

Longer days/later sunsets mean more time to get ready, take photos, and celebrate with friends and family. There is no rush to capture the best light and no worrying about whether your reception is starting too late for some of your guests. 

Those long days of summer are also synonymous with vacation and relaxation, which is just what you want for your big day. Summer vibes are the perfect ambiance for a wedding.


Lush Landscaping

A bride stands in front of a wall of red, orange, and pink flowers with lush green bushes in the background.

Summer is full of color and foliage and blooms, oh my! The trees are  greener, the sky is bluer, and our sparkling pond is full and shimmering. Your wedding photos will really pop with the perfect summer glow.

Not to mention, if you want florals to play a large role in your décor, a summer wedding is definitely for you. Spring and summer are the peak growth times for many flowers, which is why with a summer wedding date, you’ll have a plethora of floral options to choose from! Remember, in-season flowers are better for your wedding budget

Speaking of, May is prime bluebonnet season, and who can say no to wedding photos with the beloved Texas’ state flower?


Great Weather

We know. Summer is HOT, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from having a summer wedding.

Historically, there is a less chance of rain with a summer wedding! Out-of-town guests won’t have to worry about last-minute cancellations or packing heavy winter clothing, because TEXAS! Our Texas sunsets also allow for cooler temps and sunset breezes.

Remember, you can contend with the heat and the occasional shower (as long as your venue is prepared for it!). Snow storms however can really throw a wrench in your big day.


Summer Wedding Themes

There are tons of great summer wedding themes to make your big day stand out from the crowd. 

The most obvious theme you can go with is a beach or tropical. Use nautical blues and greens in your color palette and seashells and tropical flowers in your decorations. Or you can go all in with the tropical theme and have a luau wedding!

Mason jars, succulent centerpieces, and burlap table runners are perfect for a rustic wedding theme, and here in Texas, we’re always down for a BBQ party, whether it’s for your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception.

And if you have your wedding over Memorial Day or July 4th, red, white, and blue make for fantastic wedding colors!

Now, let’s talk about some summer wedding ideas to make your big day the best day of your life.


10 Summer Wedding Ideas

Get a Late Start

Early to mid-afternoon is the hottest time of the day, so your summer wedding ceremony start time should be closer to evening, usually 1.5 hours before sunset. The timing of your outdoor summer wedding in Texas is a game changer for the comfort of your guests, photos, hair and makeup, and a gorgeous golden light.

Go Indoors

If it’s too hot for you, move the party inside! At Kendall Point, our stunning staircase makes the perfect backdrop for an indoor wedding ceremony. The large glass windows highlight the beautiful Texas summer right outside, so you’ll have the same pop in all your photos, and you don’t have to worry about the outdoor elements!

Indoor wedding ceremony at Kendall Point


Creature Comforts

For an outdoor summer wedding, some brides offer personalized bug spray bottles, citronella torches and candles, and bottled water at the ceremony site!

Hotter temperatures mean you have more “wiggle room”  in your dress code. Summer formal wear can be just as classy without all the bells and whistles. Shorter lengths and more breathable fabrics—linen, cotton, rayon—for the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses will make everyone more comfortable throughout the day.

Sip A Cold One

A table featuring signature drinks for a wedding.

A cold beverage will do wonders on a hot day, and coming up with signature drinks for your summer wedding makes it an even more special event. Add in cool, summer flavors like watermelon, mint, lemon, and more to keep your guests comfortable and happy.

Light Bites

A summer wedding is the perfect occasion to opt for a lighter cocktail menu featuring smaller portions, finger foods, and fun fruit displays.

Frozen Treats

Nothing says summer better than ice cream. Bring that classic summer treat to your wedding with cooler desserts like your favorite popsicles, an ice cream buffet, custard, fresh fruit, and more.

Turn your favorite fruits into delicious— and healthy!—popsicles, invite your guests to make their own sundaes, and even make your own boozy frozen treats.

Fun Favors

A summer wedding provides more options for unique favors for your guests. Along with the programs, provide your guests with fans to use during the ceremony, so they can stay cool but won’t make much noise.

Sunglasses, drink koozies, and even flip-flops your guests can switch to for dancing all make great favors for a summer wedding.

Have Fun In the Sun

The gorgeous weather not only allows for beautiful wedding photos, it also makes the entertainment at your wedding more fun. Make the most out of the space by bringing in classic lawn games like cornhole, giant Jenga, croquet, and lawn bowling. They’re easy to set up and easy to play.

Kendall Point cocktail hour setup at senset.

If you’re planning to welcome a good number of children to your wedding, you and their parents will want something fun for them to do when you take a dance floor break!

Make a Splash!

Consider a non-traditional rehearsal dinner. Having a summer wedding gives you the option of having a more casual affair, like a pool party or backyard BBQ. This is your wedding, and you want it to be special and something everyone will remember forever.


Plan a Summer Wedding with Kendall Point

Texas may be known for the heat, but you don’t have to let the soaring temps ruin your summer wedding plans.

Kendall Point was built with Texas summers in mind making it the perfect San Antonio wedding venue. Our event professionals will do whatever we can to make sure our couples stay calm and cool, in any season, and we have indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony options, meaning last-minute weather issues won’t ruin your dream day. 

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