Ditch the droop
Summer heat can wilt more than a beautiful bride. It often wreaks havoc on expensive fresh flower arrangements. As an alternative, try a vintage brooche or whimsical paper flowers. An added bonus -- you'll treasure your bouquets long after the last guest departs.
Short and sweet
Soaring temperatures are the perfect excuse for brides to chop everything from hemlines to hairdos. Try a short, flirty frock over a staid, full-length gown. Then top it off with a stunningly simple birdcage veil.
Soften traditional colors
What happens when a traditional wedding dream (including formal colors) collides with the reality of a casual summer affair? Try softening severe tones with lighter shades, textures and patterns. While black and red are conventionally striking; pinks, grays and whimsical patterns allow guests to relax and savor a summer experience.
Your man deserves to enjoy his wedding day too. Treat his feet to cool kicks that reflect the season and his personality. His unconventional choice can become an endearing memory and keep him with you on the dance floor all night long.
Photo booths have been an engaging trend for several years. Try turning it up a notch with unusual props and inexpensively fanciful favors. Guests create charming photos at the event and take home amusing souvenirs.
Decades ago, bridesmaids pitched in to make their own dresses. Revive the tradition. Buy your favorite fabric and have bridesmaids (or a seamstress) sew a stylishly individualized creation. The result… stunningly affordable fashion that complements any bridal look.
Old school flavor
Old school sodas add thirst-quenching charm to backyard receptions and summer soirees. Whipple suggests, "Surprise your groom with his favorite childhood bottled beverage. Not only refreshing, these unexpected drinks will keep guests talking for weeks."
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