If all this warm weather has you dreaming of a fun, outdoorsy wedding for your Big Day, get inspired with these 8 awesome ideas sure to bring a fun summer feel to your day! We’ve got some gorgeous décor ideas courtesy of The Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club‘s wedding planner Alina and we’ve rounded up some other fun touches your guests are sure to love – check them out here…
1. Hanging Décor
Décor expert Alina from the Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club recommends using hanging décor as it is easy and inexpensive, but is so effective! “The outdoor setting creates a romantic and relaxed feel, and the great thing about it is the nature is your décor – with only few little extra touches you can create a truly magical setting! It’s a big bonus having a lot of trees around the ceremony and reception. Use paper hanging lanterns in different shades and sizes or fabric streamers to match your colour theme and brighten up the garden. Suspended glass bottles and jars with florals or just candles work wonderful for a chic and charming look. Alternatively, use umbrellas to create a truly dreamy and romantic effect! Hang them straight or upside down across the garden or the aisle. You can add some stings of fairy lights for the wow factor.”
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2. Bales of Fun
If you’re looking to create a fun chill out area outside or some alternative seating for your ceremony, bales of hay can work a treat says Alina from the Glenview Hotel. “If you’re looking for a fun alternative to seating or a place guests can unwind, you might consider bales of hay – cover them with colourful blankets or cushions to make it extra cosy.”
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3. Refreshing Treats
Whether the sun is shining or not, ice cream always goes down a treat. Conjure up summer vibes by having your very own ice cream bar, we love this cute mason jar idea where guests can fill their jar with a scoop of their favourite ice cream or frozen yoghurt and finish it off with some yummy toppings (or if you’re looking for an easy option, pre-make ice pops). Or go one better and have the professionals do it for you – have a nostalgic vintage ice cream van from Smith’s Ice Cream pull up to treat your guests to 99s or if you’re after a chic ice cream cart, Adare Farm Ice Cream Carts can dish up delicious home made ice cream in cones or bowls – yum.
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4. Outdoor Games
Keep the little and big kids alike, entertained with some fun outdoor games! The likes of croquet, giant Jenga and Frisbee will all go down a treat and will keep guests busy while you’re off getting snapped.
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5. Bubbles Ceremony Exit
If your ceremony venue isn’t in favour of confetti, fear not you can still have a super fun exit! Pass some bubbles around instead so your guests can create a magical walk way for you. They’d also make for some gorgeous photographs!
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6. Drinks Display
Create a fun festival vibe with some basins of drinks – guests will be glad of some ice cool drinks if it’s sunny and they’ll add to that laid back summer feel. Wheelbarrows are also a great way to store and display your drinks – fill them with ice and let guests help themselves. If you’re looking for a unique alternative to tables, Alina from the Glenview Hotel recommends adding some rustic barrels as pod tables or drinks stations. They’re a great place to perch some drink dispensers or jugs if you’re having cocktails or lemonade.
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7. Cheery Bunting Decor
When it comes to décor, nothing says summer quite like a bit of cheery bunting! It will give your venue that festival, celebratory feel and it looks adorable to boot. You don’t just have to stick to your walls either, adorn your cake with a bunting cake topper, frame your table plan with some cheery triangles (as above), you can even add some bunting to your menus.
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8. Sparkler Send Off
If you’re looking to create a magical ending, gather the gang around for some sparklers. They look amazing in pictures, are ridiculously good fun for guests and it’s the perfect opportunity to get everyone together for some late evening fun – you could even have guests light up the night for your first dance.
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Pamela enjoys writing about all things decor (she loves buying it too) and has a not so secret addiction to stationery.