Summer weddings are a popular choice for many couples, and it’s easy to see why. The warm weather, beautiful outdoor venues, and abundant floral options make for a picture-perfect celebration. However, planning a summer wedding requires careful consideration to ensure your big day is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for you and your guests. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect summer wedding.  

Choose the Right Venue  

When planning a summer wedding, choosing a venue that can accommodate both indoor and outdoor spaces is important. While an outdoor ceremony or reception can be a beautiful option, it’s essential to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Look for venues that have both indoor and outdoor options, such as a tent or covered pavilion, so that you can seamlessly transition your event in case of rain or extreme heat. 

Stay Cool  

Summer weddings can be beautiful, but they can also be hot! Ensuring you and your guests are comfortable throughout the day is essential. Consider providing fans, parasols, or sunscreen as part of your wedding favors. You can also choose a venue with indoor air conditioning or shaded areas for guests to cool off.  

Choose the Right Flowers  

Summer is the perfect season for bright and colorful floral arrangements. However, it’s important to choose flowers that can withstand the heat. Talk to your florist about which flowers will hold up in hot weather and consider incorporating hardier varieties such as succulents or tropical blooms. You can also choose non-floral centerpieces, such as lanterns or candles, to add ambiance without relying on delicate flowers.  

Consider the Timing  

When planning a summer wedding, it’s essential to consider the timing of your ceremony and reception. Aim for a late afternoon or evening ceremony to avoid the day’s heat and schedule your reception to begin after sunset. This will not only keep you and your guests comfortable but also allow for a beautiful outdoor reception under the stars. 

Serve Refreshing Foods and Drinks  

Summer weddings are the perfect time to serve refreshing foods and drinks that will help keep your guests cool and hydrated. Consider offering a signature cocktail like a fruity sangria or a refreshing mojito. You can also provide chilled appetizers and desserts, such as fresh fruit or frozen treats. Don’t forget to provide plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages to keep guests hydrated throughout the event. 


Planning a summer wedding requires careful consideration to ensure you and your guests stay comfortable and cool throughout the day. Stillwater Event Center is the perfect option for a summer wedding! We have indoor and outdoor options so you can enjoy the outdoor heat and then come into an air-conditioned space to cool off. Contact us today to learn more!