20 Must-Haves for a Summer Wedding

If you’re planning a summer wedding, you get to take advantage of the best aspects of the season (ice cream, twinkle lights)…but you also have to anticipate the not-so fun parts (mosquitos, humidity). To throw a sweet summer fete, be sure to stock up on these summer wedding essentials…and then incorporate a few of the fun items that will remind everyone why they love this season so much.

Here are 20 summer wedding essentials for your wedding…

1. A basket of flip-flops.

Photo by KT Merry Photography

2. Flavored water to keep guests hydrated.

3. Wedding programs that double as fans.
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DIY Wedding Fans via Beau-Coup 

4. Pretty parasols.
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Photo by Beautiful Day Photography 

5. Sunglasses are totally essential.
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Photo by The Beautiful Mess 

6. Twinkle lights for a dreamy atmosphere!
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Photo by Kellie Kano 

7. Sunscreen and bug spray, need we say more?

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Personalized Sunscreen bottles via Etsy

8. Fresh fruit for a sweet treat.

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9. Great signage.

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10. A canoe filled with cold brews.

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Photo by T. Kevin Birch 

11. A ring bearer in a wagon is too cute.
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Photo by Rachel Moore Photography

12. Popsicles for your dessert table.

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13. A tray or mini bucket in the ladies room with hair ties, cooling facial mist, and other items for guests to use to freshen up.

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Photo by Something Turquoise

14. S’mores for a late night snack.
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15. Paper lanterns.
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Paper lanterns via Luna Bazaar

16. Lawn games.
Custom corn hole via Etsy $275

17. A visit from the ice cream truck.

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Photo by One Love Photo 

18. Pashminas for when temperatures drop in the evening.

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19. A breezy way to make your getaway.

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20. A sparkler send-off.


Get more sunny inspiration on Loverly:

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