Wedding reception inspiration for an eco-friendly summer wedding

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Summer is a popular season for weddings – but, if you will be among the many people getting hitched this summer, there remains the onus on you getting every little aspect of the wedding just right. Naturally, that extends beyond the ceremony and to the reception, too…

Fortunately, there are so many enticing ideas for summer wedding receptions that, despite the many other weddings your guests might attend this summer, yours can still nicely stand out.


This is a wise starting point because it can feed into your decisions concerning the specific decor, such as flowers and linens. However, InStyle says the general rule is not to limit this palette to a single shade. Meanwhile, choosing more than three shades would risk a kitschy look. Therefore, you can strike a pleasing balance by opting for two or three shades – but which ones exactly? Pastels have an ever-reliable beauty during summer, but avoid bringing together multiple dark and moody shades, as the resulting aesthetic would be more in-keeping with autumn and winter.


If ecological concerns are on always your mind, there’s no need to throw your principles out of the window just because it’s  your wedding day. Since summer is a time when many flowers are in full bloom, you could make use of the flowers that are already in your garden, rather than buying shipped-in buds. Or if your wedding will have an organic theme, plants – rather than flowers – could serve as table decor, says Brides site.

Having to rely heavily on electrical lighting for keeping your reception sufficiently lit could leave an eco-unfriendly stain on your big day. Look out for venues that enhance natural light with large, south facing windows and perhaps even incorporate a balcony area or an outdoor dancefloor to keep you electric-free until late in the evening.


One misconception among brides is that velvet should only feature at weddings during winter. Yes, this fabric can look great in beautiful burgundy and elegant emerald; however, it can go amazingly well with any colour of the rainbow, allowing you to unleash much creative versatility. Image blush hues and mint greens in a sleek velvet fabric – not so Wintery now, is it?! If you doubt the appeal of velvet for a summer wedding even now, Brides website has various examples of how it can be effectively incorporated. Wearing velvet shoes look opulent and you can use velvet ribbon everywhere; from the bouquets to tying a velvet ribbon around the cutlery. Drape a crushed velvet cloth over the tables for an especially luxe look.

I’m so happy I could bring you some summer wedding tips that I hadn’t previously considered via this guest post and I hope it’s given you some inspiration for your own event. To find your perfect wedding venue, search “wedding venues in Co Durham”, or the area you are based, and start planning your big day!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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