Fantastic Summer Wedding Refreshment Ideas

Summer weddings are a perfect time to gather outdoors and take advantage of sunshine and nature.  If you are planning your nuptials over the summer months, be sure to include some of these cocktail and snack ideas that are sure to keep things cool.

Cocktails

When you consider what cocktails to serve at a summer wedding, think “refreshing.” While it is important to offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks such as tea, lemonade, fruit punch, and water; add in an assortment of fruity cocktails with seasonal garnish. Stock your bar with fruity vodka and liqueur choices, rum, and tequila to mix with fruity mixers or juices. Carry an assortment of cherries, cucumbers, lime, and mint leaves for garnish.   The more colorful the better!

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Appetizers

When you are planning appetizers for a summer wedding, consider lighter options. Snacks that infuse fruits and vegetables are popular and will not fill up your guests in the summer heat. Shrimp cocktail is a great addition alongside a beautifully arranged salad bar, cucumber sandwiches, and a tray of bruschetta mixed with fresh basil.

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Desserts

Your wedding is not complete without delicious seasonal treats that are light and refreshing. In addition to your wedding cake of course, considering offering ice cream choices alongside bitesize sweets. Cheesecake bites, chocolate dipped strawberries, parfait cups, and fresh banana pudding are great options to keep things on the light side.

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Don’t miss these great tips on how to keep your guest cool at your outdoor summer wedding!

Blending Cultures and Traditions at Your Wedding

If you and your finance are from distinctly unique backgrounds, pay attention.  There is a way to blend traditions and keep the family peace at your wedding. Here’s how.

Create a plan.  It is essential for you and your partner to agree on what family and cultural traditions are important enough to be represented on your wedding day.  Prioritize a list with your partner, parents, grandparents, or anyone else that you feel should be involved with the decision. Upon agreement of your must-haves, it is time to put your plan in action.

Be creative. Hire an officiant who will blend in your cultural ideas through the ceremony in a way that will keep your guests engaged. It may be necessary to hire two officiants that will share the responsibility of equally balancing your ideas.  Take turns showing how each culture differs during an important piece of the service. If one of you prefers to light a unity candle while the other favors singing in unison, do them each back to back.

Have fun with your traditions and blend them together in a positive light. Food, dancing, and music are excellent ways to represent diversity. Have a first dance with music to celebrate your background followed by another which celebrates your spouse. Take it another step and allow your guests to have a cultural dance-off at the reception. Non-partial guests can vote on who has the most enthusiasm.

Use fashion and food. It is great idea to dress the part. Choose clothes with color, gems, styles, or anything else that is appropriate for your traditions. Makeup, jewelry and accessories, and hairstyles are a perfect way to show off family heritage.

Create a diverse menu for your reception that allows your guests to enjoy delicacies from side.  Set up a table with a variety of ethnic favorites and label your selections. This can help your guests to feel inspired with your culinary culture.

Communicate with your guests.  Blending a wedding is a perfect time to introduce your guest to differing beliefs. The more you explain each tradition through your celebration, the more involved everyone will feel. With this you can create an appreciation for history, family, and the blending of traditions.

Benefits of a Wedding Website

Getting married is one of the most exciting events of a lifetime. And we live in a world where everything from shopping to banking is online. So brides are jumping on board to keep friends and family in the loop with a personal wedding website.  Why not tell the world about your big day in a big way? In fact, here are a few reasons why you absolutely SHOULD.

Details, Details

You can’t put every small detail on a wedding invitation, but you can post them online. While you may believe some of these items are small potatoes, they can be vital to your guests. Here are things you can mention:

  • Parking information
  • Dress attire
  • Food selections
  • Kids menu/table and sitter information
  • Travel info and itineraries
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Registry details

Get Personal

Wedding websites are a great way to stay personal with your guests.  While your great aunt is excited to support your nuptials, she may not have the opportunity to meet your husband-to-be prior to the big day.  So, post photos and tell the story of how you met.  Get creative and list your favorite qualities about him alongside of a list of things you enjoy doing together. Distant friends and family can feel more connected when you share just a few details your life with them.

Stay Connected

Whether you send a formal wedding invitation by mail or prefer the electronic method, add a link for quick RSVP. It is easy to keep tabs on your headcount and organize a seating chart on screen.  Websites are also an easy way to get the word out fast if there are last-minute announcements or changes. Gone are the days of needing to pick up the phone and call everyone on your list.  Perhaps there is a detail you didn’t consider. Allow the opportunity for your guests to post questions where everyone can view your response. Chances are someone else had that question too. Basically, any information pertaining to your wedding can be housed on your website for easy communication. 

Wedding website are intended to be and efficient way to keep your guest connected during the months leading up to your wedding.  They are a win for all!