Summer is undoubtedly the most popular season to get married, but that doesn’t mean your wedding day can’t be unique and even more memorable for your guests.
Follow these top tips from Felicity Henriques, Wedding Coordinator at Cripps’s spectacular new wedding venue, The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey, to create a summer wedding like no other.
“Whilst popular flowers such as Roses and Gypsophelia are a delicate touch, using wild spring flowers, cacti and placing seasonal herbs in pots on tables can create something just as stunning and impactful.
Pastel dress code
“Pastel colours are nothing new when it comes to a summer wedding. But why not try incorporating them in different ways such as pastel linen suits for men, or linen waistcoats for something more traditional? Pastel coloured pashminas for the ladies add a pretty touch for cool evenings.
Keep it cool
“Summer lends itself to having some fun when it comes to cocktails and aperitifs at your wedding. Freshen up a G&T using Hendricks gin with cucumber and add a sprig of thyme in a balloon glass, filled to the brim with ice. For a quirky take on the classic sophisticated summer cocktail, serve Pimms ice lollies to keep your guests cool.
“Often disregarded, scents can be just as important as decorations when it comes to creating a summer atmosphere. Place lightly scented, floral candles on tables surrounded by flowers to really enhance the summer aroma.
Make it a day to remember
“Instead of the usual tokens for your guests to take away, try putting party bags together for a much more personal touch. You could include your favourite book, a mini bottle of your favourite tipple, matches with your wedding date imprinted, or some seedlings or an acorn for your guests to plant and remember your wedding day.
Replace confetti with bubbles
“Why not hand out cute bubble wands as your guests arrive instead of confetti? Then they can shower you and your newlywed with bubbles as you walk down the aisle. They look amazing in the background of photographs on a sunny day.
“Switch up a hog roast for a seasonal alternative with a whole spring lamb. Or why not have a BBQ outside? The guests can admire the feast as it is prepared.
“To really create an ‘on-trend’ wedding, street food is the way to do it. It brings a fresh, relaxing feel to your wedding and keeps the reception informal. Think pizzas, bao buns and succulent burgers…
“As the sun begins to set on your gorgeous wedding day, everyone can gather round warming fire pits. The night doesn’t have to end when it goes dark, decorate the trees with fairy lights to create the perfect ambience and keep your guests dancing until late.
Come rain or shine
“You can’t always count on the great British weather, so make sure you have beautifully designed umbrellas and parasols on hand in case of a summery shower or to shade yourself and your guests from the sun. Hopefully the latter!
Have your big moment
“Do you want an open air civil ceremony but have always dreamed of the doors being opened as you make a big entrance down the aisle? Well you can always bring beautiful, decorative doors outside so the surprise moment isn’t ruined.
It is all fun and games
“Keep your guests entertained with some classic games on the lawn. It’s a great way to get everyone on their feet and having fun. Think giant jenga, the limbo and croquet! It’s also a brilliant way to get lots of priceless photo moments to treasure forever.
“After you’ve had heels on since the early morning, by the time it’s evening everyone’s feet are aching. So provide some summery flip flops your guests can pop on instead of their heels, this way no one has an excuse not to be dancing!
Clear confetti balloons
“The new wedding must-have and you can get them in a range of colours including pastels! They can also be personalised with the date and your name for that special touch.
“It’s the little things that make your big day so special. Add a flowery wreath with butterflies to your flower girls’ hair to make them even more adorable.”
Set within the breath-taking surroundings of the North Yorkshire hills the stunning new Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey provides the ultimate romantic backdrop for your wedding day. Bookings are now being taken for August 2018 and beyond.
To find out more information about The Tithe Barn or to make an enquiry, visit the Cripps’ website: