Outdoor Wedding Ideas for Summer 2022

Summer wedding season is just around the corner, and the forecast is looking brighter than ever for the return of gatherings! Outdoor weddings are charming in that they embrace the outdoors and good weather. Summer weddings also present near-endless opportunities to customize this special day to be unique. 

If you’re looking for inspiration for an outdoor wedding, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of our favorite 2022 summer wedding ideas.

Dazzling Decor

Outdoor weddings have a serious head start when it comes to decor. After all, is there anything more beautiful than nature itself? While embracing the natural beauty of the outdoors comes easily, you can still dress things up a bit and put your spin on decor. 

A few of our favorite outdoor wedding decor trends include:

  • Statement-making florals like oversized arrangements, flower petal aisles, floral welcome signs, floral hoops, and wreaths.
  • Quaint touches like rustic wine barrels, chalkboard signs, wooden slabs, and tree trunks.
  • Unexpected seating like ceremony benches, outdoor lounge furniture, and swings.

Don’t underestimate the power of elegant lighting! A few of our favorite ways to illuminate your outdoor wedding are with glamorous chandeliers, string or fairy lights, candles, and vintage lanterns.

Unforgettable Food

One of the biggest wedding food trends of 2022 is personalization. Gone are the days of bland, reception hall chicken or fish. Today’s couples are customizing meaningful menus that express who they are and what they love. From featuring their favorite foods from around the world to cultural specialties and vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free delicacies, there are many ways to personalize your summer wedding menu.

One way to make your wedding extra special is to offer comfort foods, late-night snacks, locally sourced ingredients, and cake alternatives like cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets.

Planning and Prep

Of course, one of the most important elements of planning an outdoor summer wedding is choosing the right venue.

If you’ve decided to have your summer wedding outside, you’re already keeping up with one of the most popular 2022 trends: outdoor venues. Outdoor spaces will continue to be the safest and most comfortable choice for gathering together to both small and large crowds. 

Aside from the venue, other planning and prep-related trends happening in 2022 include themed weddings, virtual save-the-dates, specialty bars, generous welcome bags for guests, and “the long wedding weekend” or destination get-away. 

Event planner Bryan Rafanelli told Vogue, “Our clients want to stretch their wedding weekend out with different kinds of events throughout three to four days, from a large welcome party, a rehearsal dinner, and something active to do during the day…all sprinkled into the long wedding weekend. And why not end your wedding weekend with a ‘detox to retox’ event or a day party to send your guests off?”

On that note, don’t forget pre-wedding parties, such as bridal showers and bachelor or bachelorette parties.

Seasonal Touches

Summer weddings also call for some seasonal elements. Personalized fans are popular outdoor wedding ideas in the summer to help guests beat the heat. They add a touch of summer charm while also keeping your guests comfortable.

If you’re getting married in a location where temperatures drop after dark, blankets are a great wedding favor for guests!

If you’re looking to cover all your summer wedding bases, other potential must-haves include:

  • Rain umbrellas (don’t forget: rain on your wedding day is good luck!)
  • Parasols and patio umbrellas for shade
  • Sunscreen
  • High-velocity floor fans
  • Patio heaters and fit pits
  • Hydration stations

At the Spa at Norwich Inn, it’s our pleasure and privilege to help couples envision and execute their dream outdoor wedding. If any of these summer wedding ideas for 2022 strike your fancy, or if you have other ideas in mind, we’d love to help you bring them to life with our exclusive wedding packages!

To start planning your unforgettable and elegant summer affair at the Spa at Norwich Inn, visit our weddings page.

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