Congratulations, you’re getting married! Over 2 million people choose to tie the knot every year, and the majority of these wedding celebrations are held during the summer months. Some other noteworthy wedding statistics regarding weddings include:
- The average size of a wedding guest list is 178 people
- The median age for brides and grooms alike is 25
- The average wedding budget is $20,000
Over 72 billion dollars per year is spent on these momentous occasions, and each couple has a different idea of what will make their day unique and special. If you are looking for ways to spice up your summer wedding celebration, consider these tips:
1. Embrace the season!
There are special memories connected with your venue, and choosing one that embraces and utilizes all the beauty of summer will add beauty and a truly unique feel to your day. Think about what evokes special summer memories for you and your partner—consider a wedding at poolside, incorporating a summer camp theme complete with a reception in a dining hall, or on the beach at sunset. You and your guests will embrace the warmth and memories connected with each experience.
2. Consider comfortable seating
If you and your guests are comfortable, everyone is more likely to enjoy the present moment. The easiest way to ensure comfort is by providing plenty of beautiful, comfortable places to sit and take a rest from those dress shoes. Comfortable seating during the ceremony and plenty of lounging space at the reception are all part of a recipe for wedding success.
3. Hire an entertainer
Everyone hires a wedding band for their reception; why not kick up the entertainment a notch and provide a more intimate setting at the beginning of your festivities with a comedian? A number of female comedians are now providing top-notch entertainment at wedding receptions, adding to the merriment and memory-making at these events.
4. Hand out fun and festive party favors
Who says party favors are just for birthdays? Give your guests something special as they reflect on your day together; personalized beach hats are perfect for the reception, and they can be used to shade guests from the sun. Tikki torch candle holders at a backyard barbecue reception can be used at future barbecues. The possibilities for party favor fun are endless; get creative!
5. Have a mobile wine trailer!
What better way to give your guests an interactive experience than with a wine trailer? Hello summer, hello refreshment! With this self-serve addition to your party, the only thing you may have to worry about is having enough songs on your playlist to accompany your dance-happy guests.
6. Get creative with your appetizers
Who doesn’t love tiny versions of your favorite food? Try some mini tacos perched atop two lime wedges, or a gourmet cheeseburger with all the fixings. What was once considered standard bar fare can now be austere and beautiful in the right setting.
7. Have a “connect” wheel
Games can be a great icebreaker for friends, family, and even strangers who find themselves at your wedding reception. Compose a “wheel of fun” for your reception and have guests spin and perform the action that they see listed on the card. Options could include “hug a stranger” or “find a couple that is willing to kiss”. The sky is the limit with respect to how creative you can get!
8. How about an after-party?
Who says the party has to stop after the reception is over? Move everyone over to a second location and keep the dance floor alive, the mini bites coming, and the tunes rolling out of the DJ booth and keep everyone going strong till dawn.
The memory that everyone wants to have of your special day is you and your partner having the time of your lives at all the day’s events. Whether picture taking, saying your vows, or indulging in that first slice of cake, you need to take it all in as much as you can. Remember to savor those little moments, be grateful for all the special people surrounding you, and look forward to your bright future together!
Author Bio: Tarah Mills has always had a passion for writing. Her philosophy is that not only can writing be educational, but it can change the world. While she is dedicated to her work, she still enjoys a good game of basketball, curling up to a good book, and all things Star Wars. She currently resides in the Richmond, Virginia area with her family.