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Tips for a Perfect Summer Wedding Day: Dress, Venue, Hairstyles, and More

A summer wedding is a dream for most brides and grooms, and it’s no wonder why! The glorious sunshine, the photo opportunities of you and your newly wed stood against picturesque gardens while clinking champagne flutes.

That being said, there’s still plenty to consider to make your summer wedding as perfect as you envisioned. Don’t worry though, at Oliver’s Bridal and Formalwear we’ve helped Brides choose the perfect dress for their summer wedding for over 19 years, and have got the run down on what you can do to have the perfect day.

The Dress

You’re going to want to be comfortable on your day - especially if it’s particularly hot. Materials like lace, sheath, and silk are breathable fabrics that feel lightweight and will keep you cool in the heat.

Beautiful bohemian wedding dress stella york


Take this gorgeous boho long-sleeve by Stella York for example. This modern boho style works perfectly for the Summer season, featuring a strapless bodice of matte floral lace and a deep plunging notch neckline. Detachable sheer blouson sleeves attach to the bodice and cuff at the wrist for an ethereal and romantic bohemian touch.

A Boho, lightweight dress like this gives Brides the ability to gracefully flow through the day, putting comfort first while not sacrificing on style.

gorgeous lightweight stella york wedding dress


Another fabulous example. A demure notched neckline adds a sexy plunging detail to the traditional ivory lace bodice as elegant beaded spaghetti straps split to form a captivating back detail reminiscent of Art Deco glamour.

With a soft A-line chiffon skirt flowing from the natural waist, the dreamy layered skirt floats in ethereal proportions. This wedding gown is also available in plus sizes.

The Venue:

For a summer wedding, typically venues that boast gardens are a top choice for Brides to be.

If you’re opting for a garden venue it’s a good idea to make sure guests have areas where they can get shade. Similarly, if our typical British weather decides it has other plans, you’re going to want to make sure there’s shelter in case of downpours.

Marquees and gazebos work perfectly as a solution for shelter, while also having access to a venue that has an indoor area where you can move the party to in the event of a weather change.

If you’re going to be doing your wedding indoors in the summer, then a venue that has lots of natural lighting is going to be important for capturing those perfect moments.

Imagine the daylight escaping through the window as you share a kiss with your newly wedded - what a moment! So when looking for a venue, consider if the venue has got the right features to ensure you’ve got an atmosphere that makes your day special.

For options on wedding venues, we’ve recently written a piece on Wedding Venues in Essex - for inspiration, read the blog here.

well lit wedding venue

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Hairstyles for Summer Weddings

Opt for hairstyles that keep your hair off your neck and face. Elegant updos, chic braids, or stylish buns are popular choices for summer weddings, as they not only look stunning but also help you stay cool.

Embrace the carefree spirit of summer with loose waves or beachy curls. These hairstyles complement the relaxed vibe of the season and work well with various dress styles.

Add a touch of whimsy and romance to your hairstyle by incorporating floral hair accessories. Flowers that match your bouquet or the wedding theme can beautifully enhance your overall look.

summer wedding hairstyle

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Tips For On-the-Day Preparation:

Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water leading up to your wedding day. Staying hydrated will help you feel energised and prevent dehydration in the summer heat.

Use Sunscreen: Protect your skin from UV rays by applying sunscreen with a high SPF. This is especially important if you'll be spending time outdoors for your ceremony or photoshoot.

Blotting Papers and Touch-up Kit: Pack some blotting papers to control any excess shine on your face throughout the day. Additionally, bring a touch-up kit with essentials like lipstick, powder, and a small mirror for quick touch-ups during the festivities.


summer wedding essex countryside

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A summer wedding day is a magical occasion filled with love, warmth, and beautiful memories. By following these tips on choosing the right dress, selecting the perfect venue, deciding on hairstyles, and preparing for the day, you'll be well-equipped to enjoy every moment of your special day. Remember, the key is to prioritise comfort, stay hydrated, and embrace the beauty of summer as you celebrate your love story.

If you're looking for your perfect wedding dress for your summer wedding then we've got the dress for you. Book an appointment with us and we'll help find you the dress that makes you feel your most beautiful on your special day.

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