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Summer Wedding Ideas: 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.

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  or major sports events you need to pick your date around either. That makes it easier to have a Sunday or Friday wedding as well because calendars are more flexible.

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Check out these ideas that can make your summer wedding your dream wedding.

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



Wedding Themes for Summer

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—even if you change the shades a little! Check out this burgundy and navy wedding at Kendall Point in the summer of 2020. Not to mention, fireworks make for a great send-off. 

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


10 Wedding Ideas for Summer

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.

It’s also yet another reason to get yourself a reception dress if your formal wedding gown is still a bit heavy. 

A table featuring signature drinks for a wedding.

Sip A Cold One

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. Or, get a food truck for a late-night snack!

Frozen Treats

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

Turn your favorite fruits into delicious 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.

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!

Kendall Point cocktail hour setup at senset.

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 Your 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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