How to plan the perfect summer wedding

Your wedding day is supposed to be the most special day of your life, and there’s no question that summer nuptials can bring a wide range of advantages. Here are some of the best ways to plan a wedding for the warmest and brightest time of the year.

Seek out a venue that is truly beautiful – inside and out

A summer wedding lends itself to considerable photography opportunities, so you should give particular consideration to the visual appeal of your chosen venue.

This is something that we keenly appreciate here at Château Bouffémont. Our stone-built 19th-century residence is the true fairytale venue for those wishing to tie the knot during the summer, combining grand reception halls and suites incorporating the most refined interior decor with spectacular manicured French gardens for fun in the sun.

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Consider the local transport connections

For any summer wedding, but particularly when you intend to get married overseas, you should carefully consider the location of your chosen wedding venue, how easy it will be for your guests to get there and what other activities associated with the venue location are possible.

It is hardly surprising that our own Château Bouffémont, for instance, is so sought-after by couples around the world, given our location in the heart of Montmorency Forest, a mere 30 kilometres from the centre of Paris and 20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Think about serving afternoon tea

Your guests may not feel greatly inclined to eat an overly heavy meal in hot, blazing conditions, so you may opt to instead serve sweet and savoury cakes and scones in the open air.

Base your wedding around a theme

The sheer beauty of the warmer and sunnier time of year may greatly fire your imagination as to which theme you may wish to base your wedding around.

Whether you go for a sporting theme, one centred on a particular nation or culture or perhaps even one related to literature or film, an overarching theme can serve as a handy guide for every aspect of your nuptials, from the invites and venue to the table decorations and wedding dress.

As the Hitched website explains, the colour scheme that you pick for your wedding can also be integral to every aspect of how your big day is styled, and there are various ways to ensure you choose the right one.

Invest in some gorgeous vintage parasols

Your wedding may be taking place in the summer, but that doesn’t mean it will be a trouble-free experience from a weather perspective.

Some pretty parasols may therefore be the perfect touch for your bridal party. Not only do they have immense aesthetic appeal to enhance your wedding photography, but they also help to prevent sweaty fringes and sunburned noses in the event of particularly intense sun.

As for if it rains, a parasol for every bride and bridesmaid will ensure none of you gets too wet!

It is the small and large details alike that will dictate the success or failure of a summer wedding – and when you follow the above tips, you can help to ensure everyone in your party is as prepared as can be.


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