Summer Wedding Ideas & Trends

After work­ing with tens of thou­sands of cou­ples plan­ning their big day, we have no doubt learned the lessons of what works and what does not work. So as we share some of our favorite wed­ding thoughts, includ­ing our top looks for this year’s men’s sum­mer wed­ding attire, kick back, relax and get ready to snag some ideas.


Venues for a Summer Wedding: Trends, Ideas, and Tips for Saying “I Do” Outdoors

Lots of cou­ples choose to get mar­ried over the sum­mer. It makes sense: warmer weath­er is just eas­i­er to nav­i­gate. With sum­mer wed­dings, cer­e­mo­ny loca­tions, menus, and attire selec­tions are count­less. Sum­mer means possibilities—even your back­yard can serve as an out­door venue.

Why not tie the knot…

  • Near a Body of Water: Clear skies, glit­ter­ing water, warm breezes, and an impec­ca­bly dressed cou­ple say­ing “I do” in the per­fect set­ting for nat­ur­al light­ing? Yes, please. Many cou­ples choose to have their big day water­side. From bare­foot beach wed­dings to exchang­ing vows on a boat ride at sun­set, these are all great options for sum­mer-time wed­dings.
  • Back to the Days of Yore: Rent­ing out a sum­mer camp for the week­end is a rel­a­tive­ly new sum­mer wed­ding trend that we love. The perks: wed­ding guests can stay in cab­ins, there are sev­er­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for fun activ­i­ties, and there’s usu­al­ly a beau­ti­ful wood­ed area or lake to hold your cer­e­mo­ny.

  • Botan­i­cal Gar­dens: Botan­i­cal gar­dens make for a stun­ning venue dur­ing oth­er sea­sons, but sum­mer is their time to shine. Flow­ers are gen­er­al­ly in full bloom, cre­at­ing a lush and vibrant atmos­phere that will wow your guests and look spec­tac­u­lar in pho­tos.

A Summer-Fresh Reception Menu

Sum­mer wed­ding food selec­tions are all about cre­ativ­i­ty. The best part is that you have tons of sea­son­al options.

  • A Taste of British Sum­mer: Across the pond, a pop­u­lar way to break the heat of a balmy day is to enjoy a cold Pimm’s Cup, a cock­tail fea­tur­ing an herba­ceous and cit­rusy gin-based liqueur. With this bev­er­age, you can serve sliced fruit and herbs—think cucum­ber slices, straw­ber­ries, oranges, and mint. These British sta­ples make for a refresh­ing sig­na­ture sum­mer cocktail—we like the idea of let­ting guests cre­ate their own, in a DIY can­dy bar sort-of-fash­ion
  • Go Local: In the sum­mer, think farm-to-table cater­ing and oth­er sea­son­al, com­mu­ni­ty-mind­ed options. You might find that your favorite restaurant—you know, the one that does the per­fect lob­ster rolls and grows their veggies—would be more than hap­py to pro­vide the cater­ing for your wed­ding.
  • I Scream, You Scream…: As a glo­ri­ous night of danc­ing under the sum­mer sky begins to wind down, it’s time to serve everyone’s favorite part of the evening—dessert. We love the idea of a cus­tom ice cream social, or even hir­ing an old-school ice cream truck to show up, music and all. Ice cream is a sum­mer treat that every­body can enjoy, but make sure to have a dairy-free option, too.

Wedding Ideas for Summer: Atmospheric Attire and Decor

You’ve set the scene, cre­at­ed a menu, even sent out your save-the-dates. Now is the time to decide on the dec­o­ra­tions and attire.

  • Choos­ing Your Flow­ers: When it comes to sum­mer wed­ding flow­ers, choic­es are abun­dant. There are hun­dreds of options for you to select between; prac­ti­cal­ly every­thing is avail­able! If you and your part­ner have a con­nec­tion to a par­tic­u­lar flower—perhaps you brought hydrangeas on your first date or pro­posed in a peony field—it would be a per­son­al touch to include those in your bou­quets and decor.

  • Dec­o­rat­ing for Sum­mer: If your wed­ding is in an area of nat­ur­al beau­ty, light­ing is a great way to enhance the atmos­phere, par­tic­u­lar­ly at night. String some glit­ter­ing lights, or use tea can­dles to illu­mi­nate the space. It will set the scene for spe­cial, life-long mem­o­ries.Col­or choice is also anoth­er item to con­sid­er. After all, the best look­ing wed­dings are ful­ly col­or-coor­di­nat­ed. Get­ting some free swatch­es in your wed­ding attire col­ors will help you nar­row down which shades work with your suit or tux and which don’t.


  • Suit­ing Up: It’s your big day, and what­ev­er you choose is the “right” sum­mer wed­ding suit for you. Peri­od. Some cloth­ing options are more pop­u­lar than oth­ers when it comes to warm-weath­er wed­dings, though. In the sum­mer, a lot of men tend to skip hot black suits and tuxe­dos, espe­cial­ly if the event is dur­ing the day. Lighter options instead are more com­mon. Tan, blue, gray, and white all make a fan­tas­tic suit or tux choice for a styl­ish sum­mer wed­ding. If you’re look­ing for a killer sum­mer wed­ding suit, you’re in the right place. With Gen­er­a­tion Tux, you can cre­ate your men’s sum­mer wed­ding attire looks from the com­fort of your own home. Vis­it our site and browse through our col­lec­tion of 21 Meri­no wool suits and tuxe­dos. Need some inspi­ra­tion first? Check out our gallery to see what oth­er cou­ples have cre­at­ed. After you choose a sum­mer wed­ding suit that you love, you can eas­i­ly cus­tomize it to match your wed­ding col­or palette. We have hun­dreds of acces­sories, add-ons, and col­or options. 


Once you’ve cre­at­ed your unique look, we’ll ask you a few easy ques­tions about your body type and cloth­ing size, and our algo­rithm will find you the right fit. From there, you can add guys from your par­ty to your order, and we’ll fol­low up with them on their mea­sure­ments and details.

In the mean­time, grooms get to take advan­tage of our free advance Home Try-On ses­sion: we’ll send your look right to your door, and you’ll have 48 hours to make sure you love it. After that, you can breathe easy! Four­teen days before your big day, your gar­ments will arrive at your place, ready to ush­er you into your new life. From there, you have three days to drop them off at your near­est UPS. Sim­ple, right?


We are excit­ed to see what you dream up: cre­ate your sum­mer wed­ding look today!


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