Fun summer wedding ideas to keep guests happy

Sarah Morris Photography

Sarah Morris Photography via Wedding Ideas Mag

Everybody loves attending a summer wedding; however, guests may feel the need to bring with them more than usual to keep themselves happy and relaxed throughout the day – think a bottle of water, sunscreen, bug repellent and so on.

So, why not put your guests at the forefront of your wedding day and provide them all the summer supplies that they may need?! Not only will these fun summer wedding ideas make for happy guests, it also will make for a happy bride and groom since everybody in attendance will be taken care of and ready to help celebrate the day!

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The wedding ceremony rehearsal: how to pull off a seamless run-through

picnic wedding ceremony

Tori and Sal via Hello May

So you want to get married. You’ve booked the venue, have your A-team of wedding vendors, got your bridal party assembled and are ready to walk down the aisle. But have you taken a second to think about your wedding ceremony rehearsal? Probably not — even though it’s the precursor to a wedding rehearsal dinner, many brides forget to plan their ceremony run through until the last minute. And it makes sense — between all the other planning tasks you have to take care of, taking an hour to run through your wedding ceremony might seem like the least of your worries!

Well, stop what you’re doing now and take the time to schedule a wedding ceremony rehearsal with your officiant, family and wedding party. Not only will it make your ceremony go smoother, you and your attendants will feel confident and happy when walking down the aisle — not clueless and wondering if you’re all doing it right!

Wondering what goes into planning and executing a wedding ceremony rehearsal? We’ve broken down the details for you below!

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A whimsical DIY bike-themed wedding by Ardita Kola

Vintage DIY bike wedding photo

There’s something special about a couple that picks a meaningful motif for their big day — it says a lot about their past, personalities and happy memories together. Today’s beautiful couple, Tonya and Frank, were married in an almost all-DIY day that was brought together by a red tandem bike — the couple’s theme for the whimsical wedding day! Set against the beautiful outdoor backdrop provided by Auburn Heights, the ceremony and reception were made all the more memorable with handmade details and pops of red.

The whole day was captured elegantly by Ardita Kola Photography, who shared a little more about Tonya and Frank’s big day:

“From tandem bikes, to wonderful ballet props from Tonya’s past, to the beautiful venue at Auburn Heights and all the DIY projects Frank and Tonya worked so hard to create… everything came together into an awesome, eclectic and intimate wedding full of meaning and love as they were married surrounded by their most loved family and friends.”

Read on to see more of Tonya and Frank’s beautiful, whimsical bike-themed wedding day!

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The best bride and bridesmaid shopping resources for wedding style

bride bridesmaid shopping resource guide

Brumley And Wells via Style Me Pretty

If you’re getting married or in a wedding this summer, then chances are you’ve been searching for a new dress (or two, or three) that will look perfect for your role in the big day. Unfortunately, shopping for anything that is associated with a wedding is notoriously expensive — we’re talking wedding dresses that cost thousands of dollars, and bridesmaid dresses that’ll put a bridal party out hundreds of dollars each… or more!

If you’re on a budget and not looking to blow your last few paychecks on a dress you might only wear once, you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve put together this bride and bridesmaid shopping resource guide to finding beautiful, wedding-worthy dresses on a budget. No matter if you’re a bride shopping for a dream dress on a dime, or a bridesmaid looking a dress in that perfect shade of blush to complement a mismatched bridal party style, these shops are the first places you should look for a steal. Some of them you may have heard of and some of them might be a little more off the radar — but they all deserve a quick glance when you start your wedding style search!

Read on for lots more tips and our complete list of bride and bridesmaid shopping resources…

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