Summer Weddings

The outdoor wedding season is upon us and many of you probably have a wedding or two to attend within the next few months. Perhaps you have the grand task of planning and decorating for your friend’s nuptials? Either way, summer weddings are wonderful and Canada boasts some great landscapes to host beautiful parties. Here are some outdoor and indoor decorating ideas that are sure to have you dreaming of holy matrimony.

Rustic wood tables and chairs sit comfortably under the shade. No need for tassels or frills here; let nature take centre stage with a few simple centerpieces of colourful wildflowers.

Oh the juicy summertime colours! I absolutely adore the hanging mini-bouquets! The centerpieces are stunning as well. To get this look, splurge on flowers and save on vessels by purchasing secondhand glassware — the ones shown here are similar to the vintage glass compote that Michael Penney found at Value Village. Summer’s also the perfect season to decorate with fresh fruit. The box of apricots sitting amongst the flowers was surely inexpensive and easy to throw together.

A touch more refined, this setup keeps it simple with oatmeal-coloured linens, white flowers and inexpensive hanging tealight holders that will sparkle come nighttime.

Canada’s weather is unpredictable even during the warmer months, so this greenhouse wedding is a great idea. Filled with summertime flair, this casual party takes its colour palette from surrounding flowers and plants.

A garden-style bistro table is quaint and cute for a small wedding. The vintage-looking tableware and striped runner are perfection.

Flower arrangements don’t have to be expensive — they can be as simple as recycled glass jars and whatever flowers you find growing nearby. Very casual-country and oh-so-pretty!

Speaking of recycling, these quirky floral centerpieces are made of old colourful tin cans. This is a great stylist trick that’ll give you that vintage-chic look. See H&H style experts Michael Penney and Joel Bray demonstrate a few similar floral arrangements on this Online TV segment and try it out for yourself!

If you plan on DIY-ing a wedding this summer, check out some of the tools offered by Martha Stewart Weddings. I like the “Plan Your Wedding By Colour” tool and wedding cake recipe section.

Whether weddings are on your summer agenda or not, take some cues from these pretty wedding decors and host your own outdoor party.

Photo credits:
1. Jose Villa Wedding Photography, as seen on A Million Little Details
2. Rebecca Wood Photography, as seen on Cynthia Martyn Events
3. Meg Smith, as seen on Style Me Pretty
4. Soul Mates Photo, as seen on Ruffled
5. Kelly Lynn James, as seen on Antiquaria
6. Peacock Photography, as seen on Ruffled

7. Elizabeth Vanderbij Photography as seen on A Million Little Details
8. Martha Stewart Weddings

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