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!

Staying Cool at an Outdoor Summer Wedding

When summer finally rolls around, it is natural to want to spend time outdoors. If you are planning your nuptials through the hottest season of the year, here are a few tips to keep you and your guests cool so you can keep the party going!

Fans and Shade

It is important to have a space where you can take refuge from the sun during the summer.  Typically, outdoor weddings are coordinated under an oversize tent large enough for dining tables, a dance floor, DJ stations, and food. While you may have wedding events and opportunities to gather away from your shaded space, it is important to have a place to retreat. Strategically setting fans in the corners of your tent will help to keep the cool air flowing on a hot day.

Dress Less

There is a time and place for a formal wedding, but outdoors in the middle of the summer is not one of them. Keep things casual so your guests are comfortable wearing clothes that can breathe. Let the ladies relax in a sundress while the men sport that fun Hawaiian shirt found on their recent beach vacation.  The more relaxed you are with your dress code the happier you guest will be.

Hydrate

Keep the water flowing. Set water stations throughout your ceremony and reception areas to keep you and your guest well hydrated.  The last thing you want at your wedding is a guest passing out from dehydration. While the perfect summer cocktail selections are endless, be sure to have a glass of water available with every drink poured.

Timing

Try to avoid gathering the middle of the afternoon on a hot summer day. Hold your festivities late morning or early evening instead. You want to avoid the time of day when the sun is at its peak and humidity is at its highest. The difference in a few degrees can be significant.

Summer is a beautiful time of year to be outside and the wedding photo opportunities are amazing. Just be sure to take your guests into consideration and keep things light and cool!

Hottest 2018 Summer Wedding Trends

This summer is all about going “natural.” Here are a few 2018 trends to help you with your dress selection, cake choice, and reception décor.  Let’s give your guest a taste of the summer season!   

Casual Dresses

While this summer welcomes a flowing and natural look, adding an oversized bow is also a hit. Many weddings this season are held on the beach, mountains, or other tranquil outdoor setting. Keeping a smooth and casual look is the perfect way to tie in nature with romance. 

Summer Dress

Colorful Cake

This summer, details and selection are what stands out at your dessert table.  Giving your cake a facelift with beautiful tiered décor, unique shapes, and add-on elements are sure to he a hit.  Be creative with your color and design to allow the sweets to become a focal point at your reception.

Summer Cake

String Lighting

String lighting is a beautiful and affordable way to make your wedding reception elegant with little effort.  It is also a perfect for adding just the right amount of illumination to an outdoor summer wedding reception.  These lights can be used as a back drop or a spectacular addition to your reception tables.  The possibilities are endless! 

Summer Lights

Make your summer wedding one to remember.  A mix of warm weather and a natural outdoor setting will create a perfect mix for your special day!

Corporate Outdoor Parties Everyone Will Be Talking About

Summer is just around the corner and your employees are eager to get out and celebrate. Why not build your team’s spirit by holding a party? Hosting a corporate outdoor party can not only increase morale but can also show your team how much you appreciate them.

Here are some ideas to make those corporate outdoor parties a blast!

Family Picnic

Family picnics are an awesome way for people to relax while enjoying some good food and good weather. Hosting a picnic-style event allows employees to get to know each other’s spouses and children, creating a more community-like atmosphere. Sweeten the experience by providing exciting activities such as a cornhole tournament, sand volleyball challenge, or other fun outdoor activities (and don’t forget to provide a fun gift for the winner).

Golf Outing

Golfing is one of the best outdoor activities to do in the warmer months, especially when turning it into a friendly competition! Creating a fun golf outing allows employees to show off their athletic capabilities while getting to know their coworkers, as well. Being one of the most popular corporate event theme, everyone can agree they’d prefer 9-holes to the office on a beautiful summer day!

Boat Cruise

Private boat cruises for corporate events have been growing in popularity due to their ease in planning and uniqueness. Since many boat-entertainment services ensure minimal planning on the organizer’s end, companies are able to easily plan the event without having to stress over the details. While enjoying the beautiful views and lively atmosphere, employees are able to mingle and relax in a lovely environment.

Baseball Game

Summer just wouldn’t be complete without attending a baseball game! Employees are able to unwind and have fun by cheering on their local (or national) team, eating hot dogs, and overall enjoying America’s favorite past-time. Whether it’s major or minor league, baseball games are said to be one of the most popular corporate outing events.

With summer on its way, you can get your employees excited with an amazing outdoor corporate party everyone will be talking about for years to come. Don’t miss out on showing your employees how valued and appreciated they are!

Enjoy Richmond and Petersburg Spring & Summer Festivals

There is an abundance of upcoming spring and summer festivals in the Richmond, Hampton & Petersburg areas this year! Whether you’re looking for something new, something local, fun for the kids, or entertainment for adults – there’s a festival for you to enjoy!

Dogwood Wine Festival

http://wineforcures.com/dogwoodwinefestival/

April 23rd

Reynolds Building – Richmond, VA

A fun outdoor event for you and your friends, participating in the Dogwood Wine Festival also helps fund cancer research through the Wine for Cures public charity. With over 60 wine exhibits everyone is bound to find something tasty!

Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration

http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/MothersDayWeekendCelebration/

May 6-8th

Lewis Ginter Gardens – Richmond, VA

The weekend celebration of Mom kicks off on Friday, May 6 with National Public Gardens Day. This day is designed to promote awareness of public gardens. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will have its historic Bloemendaal House open to the public from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with free tours by knowledgeable Garden Guides where you can learn more about the history of the property as the Lakeside Wheel (or bicycle) Club built in the 1890s.  The celebration continues throughout the weekend.

Disney’s The Lion King at Altria Theater

http://www.richmond-theater.com/theaters/altria-theater/the-lion-king

April 19th through May 8th

Enjoy this Disney Classic at Altria Theater in Richmond with the whole family!  Over 80 million tickets sold to this spectacular stage performance of an unforgettable tale.  The Lion King has won six Tony Awards to include Best Musical and is recommended for children ages six and older.  If you enjoy Broadway productions and theatrical storytelling, you won’t want to miss this!

East Coast Triathlon Festival

http://www.endorphinfitness.com/races-events/east-coast-triathlon-festival/

May 1st

The Liberty University Online Academy East Coast Triathlon Festival is a full day triathlon event on May 1, 2016 with races for all ages and experience levels.  All races are completed on a course completely closed to traffic with multiple loops encircling the viewing area so that it is very spectator friendly. The course is perfect for the beginner of all ages. Bring your entire family out to race and make sure to watch the Youth & Junior Elite Race as well as this is only one of three in the country and will host 300 of the top 13-19 year old athletes in North America who are on the US Olympic track as they race head-to-head. Come be part of the most unique triathlon experience in the country.

 41st Annual Richmond Greek Festival

http://www.greekfestival.com/

June 2nd – 5th

Join the celebration this year at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral from Thursday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 5th, 2016.  There will be plenty of food, music, and dancing and entertainment for the whole family!   There will be a tour of the sanctuary along with beautiful art, jewelry and amazing finds in the International Bazaar.

Innsbrook Pavilion After Hours Presents Jake Owen

http://innsbrookafterhours.com/concert-schedule/jake-owen/

July 15th, Doors open at 5:00 pm

“Guided by sheer musical instinct, a drive for self-improvement and a willingness to experiment, the singer-songwriter has crafted Barefoot Blue Jean Night as one of the most innovative and refreshing country collections of the year.” Come see Jake Owen live at Innsbrook Pavilion in Glen Allen!

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Butterflies Live Exhibit

http://www.lewisginter.org/event/butterflies-live/2016-04-15/

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, October 9, 2016

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles.