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August Weddings

Advantages
Disadvantages
  • Long, sunny days make for great photos and outdoor events.
  • Bright colors and muted neutrals are both in season.
  • Late summer is a blank canvas—jazz it up with any event theme.
  • Lots of people take holidays, so there may be conflicts with guests’ schedules.
  • Back to school could limit availability as well.
  • Competition with other events for venues and vendors.
  • Late summer is the start of hurricane season in some states.

It’s almost harvest season, but it’s still warm enough for an outdoor wedding. Take advantage of long, sunny days by playing lawn games with your guests and capping your night off with an epic campfire. Can you say “s’mores bar ”?

Decor

Play up the near-harvest vibes by incorporating some rustic elements into your event design, such as gingham or burlap  table runners. Complement these textures by decorating your tables with baskets of seasonal fruit — they’ll add a seasonal pop of color while doubling as a healthy nibble for your hungry guests!

Photography by Constance Schiano Photography.

When it comes to florals, opt for:

  • Succulents and cacti – they’re a bit more unique than traditional blooms, and they’ll stand up well to the heat of summer.

  • Grasses and greenery, such as palm fronds.

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  • Roses – a traditional choice all year round.
  • Sunflowers

Colors

August is getting into late summer, so while bright, sunny hues are still perfectly in season, it’s also the perfect time to incorporate hues that are still bright, but perhaps less vibrant, such as:

  • Rich Red: Follow the season and choose a palette based on seasonal produce like peaches (picture a pairing of maroon and light peach) and apples.
  • Purple and Teal: This combination is bright and trendy. If you prefer to use either purple or teal, pair teal with pink  for whimsy or orange to add a beachy vibe.
  • Magenta: This bright shade is a great late-season alternative to hot pink. Pair it with orange, ivory, or gold to edge this summery shade into fall.
  • Dusty Blue: A muted blue looks great with brown and green (think succulents), as well as terra cotta tones.
  • Yellow and Green: This pairing is citrusy and bright, but not in your face.

Paper and Stationery

Invitations for an August wedding will be sent out at the start of summer, so feel free to play up the summer vibes in your entire stationery suite.

Bright Colors: Use brightly colored envelopes or matting paired with a bright white invite for your printed text. Don’t be afraid to pair bright colors together, like pink and orange or pink and bright green.

Citrus: Citrusy motifs like pineapples or lemon wedges are perfectly on season. Cacti and succulents are cute as well!

Watercolor or Ombre : The watercolor and/or ombre look is very summery, especially in shades of blue. Complement a beachy palette with starfish or seashell motifs.

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Parchment Paper:  This textured paper mimics the look of sand and adds dimension to your design suite without compromising legibility.

Ensembles: Save time and get back in the summer sun with these invitation ensembles:


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