Summer is the most fabulous season for getting married. The weather is better and there are so many fun themes you can incorporate into your big day, especially when it comes to the menu. Summer foods make days seem fuller and longer, full of romance and happiness. Creating a wedding menu that captures all that perfectly isn’t as difficult as you think though. We’ve put together some trending dishes, drinks and ideas to help make your wedding planning as smooth as a summer breeze.

 

Light and Refreshing Beverages

 

Be sure you offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to your guests. Bars with flavored lemonades and ice teas provide the ultimate summery refreshment for guests of any age. For cocktails, pick a couple cooling and soothing signature drink options like a spiked lemonade with mint and raspberries or even a classic mojito.


Icy Appetizers

 

Keep your guests cool with a shrimp cocktail served atop shaved ice, or chilled marinated cubes of cucumber on skewers. Mini-versions of food making the rounds are also intensely popular. Cucumber is also a great vehicle for any small appetizer by hollowing it out into cup form. By doing that, the possibilities are endless as to what you can serve. Even chilled soup would work beautifully in that!

 

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Fire-Grilled and Fruity Entrees

 

Summer conjures up images of picnics and barbecues and those images can be as low-key or as upscale as you dream up. Fish and chicken make for great lighter grilled fare for entrees during this season. Fruit sauces and marinades are another way to bring the freshness of summer alive. A coconut mango salsa would be divine served with grilled chicken breast. Lime and soy-sauce glazed seared ahi tuna would be another delightful option. Served with a bed of fresh greens that are bursting with berries, your entrée will both please and cool palates.

Do More with Dessert

 

More and more, people are doing away with just serving a wedding cake during their reception. After all, a wedding is an epic event that should be fun and whimsical. We’re seeing lots of desserts being offered alongside the wedding cake. S’mores bars over a bonfire are a fantastic way to celebrate the day and combine the wedding with traditional summer practices. If you’re worried standing around a fire might add to the heat, consider hiring an ice cream cart to offer cones of fruity-flavored ice cream like mango, melon, or key lime pie. Chocolate covered strawberry bouquets can be placed on each table when dessert is being served and are especially popular when mixed with cake pops and brownie bites on sticks, making for a resplendent finale to your summer wedding.