Wedding guests

Wedding dance songs to start the party
by Ellyn Henderson

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Weddings and dancing go hand in hand, but when you're getting together a bunch of people who don't know each other, how can you be sure everyone will let loose and get jiggy with it?  Alcohol can help, but so can group dance songs that everyone already knows!  We've compiled a list of the best wedding dance songs for you to share with your DJ or add to your playlist to ensure that your guests have a blast on the dance floor all night long.  To make things even easier, we've included video links to the dances themselves so you can brush up on your moves ahead of time!

    1. Electric Slide, Marcia Griffiths - Young and old will know all of the steps to this classic wedding dance song!
    2. Cupid Shuffle, Cupid - A new classic that has all of the moves directly in the song lyrics
    3. Cha-Cha Slide, Mr. C The Slide Man - Another more recent one that is a crowd favorite, cha-cha real smooth.
    4. Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), Silentó - A new song, but we promise any kids at your reception will love you for playing it. Plus it's hilarious to watch kids dance to this one; seriously, just check out the music video (get it tu-tu girl!).

5. Copperhead Road, Steve Earle - Possibly a little less known, but still quite easy an a ton of fun.  Don't be surprised if you break a sweat on this one.

6. Wobble, V.I.C. -  One of our favorites!

7. Shout, Isley Brothers - Okay, this one doesn't have a group dance, so to speak, but it is sure to get everyone out of their seats and on the dance floor.

What are your favorite wedding dance songs?  Let us know in the comments below!

P.S. Check out these awesome coasters from Etsy to help prevent guests (like me) from spilling drinks on the dance floor!  Oops! #sorrynotsorry

7 unique ways to invite guests to use WedPics
by Stephanie

Here at Wedding Party, we aim to make everything about your engagement and wedding planning easier. Our blog, of course, is here for inspiration and advice 24/7, 365 days of the year. However, another great tool you might want to use is our photo sharing app, WedPics! With a custom wedding website and app created just for you, you'll be able to inform guests about important event info, let them see who else is coming to the wedding, and provide fun, private space for them to share all the photos they take from your engagement party to your wedding day.

Once you set up your account on WedPics, you'll be able to see the great benefits of using our service to communicate and share your wedding with guests. However, nothing these days is really a "build-it-and-they-will-come" situation. You've got to invite guests to use WedPics to make the most of it! Of course, we have a simple, built-in way to invite your guests to WedPics via email, text message, or Facebook messages. But let's face it -- sometimes you need to use more unique tactics to catch your guests' attention.

Here are some simple tips for easy ways to get your guests on board with WedPics, and start getting everyone excited for the big day!

1. Ease them into it at your engagement party or bridal shower

You don't need to wait until just before the wedding day to get everyone on board -- in fact, we'd encourage you to get guests joined to WedPics as soon as possible!

Why, you ask? Well, for one, you'll be able to get more photos and communicate more easily about all the events that lead up to your special day, like your engagement party or bridal shower. It also gets guests used to using WedPics as the central place for them to see everything wedding-related -- so on your wedding day, they'll already be pros at using it! Also, imagine having all your memories from all your invitees in one place. Way easier to put together the best photo album of your wedding possible.

2. Get your bridal party on board, and tell them to spread the word

Your bridal party is there to support you on their wedding day, and (for the most part) want to help you make this process easier. So why not put them to work? Getting them on board with WedPics is a snap, and they'll love the fun and dedicated space to share everything about your wedding journey.

Once you've got your bridal party on board, move on to Phase 2: delegate! Ask your bridal party to spread the word about WedPics for you. They'll love being your advocate, and making sure guests know they can stay updated about your wedding with WedPics.

3. Let guests know in your invitations

A very easy way to spread the word about WedPics to your guests is to include a small card in your custom save the date cards with instructions on how to use WedPics. You can purchase app cards for just this purpose on WedPics.com or via the app.  You can even use the code WEDPARTY to save $10 on your order!

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4. Include info in your welcome bags

Closer to the wedding day, you'll have guests from out of town trickling in. If you've set up welcome bags or packets for them, why not add in info about WedPics?

An added bonus -- if you've set up gatherings or hangouts for your guests to attend prior to your wedding day, you can mention that all the event info is on WedPics, and that they can see other guests who might attend! It's a great way to encourage guests to get to know each other before your wedding day, and that's just more fun for everyone.

Love this idea? Learn more about unique ways to welcome guests from out of town here.

5. Chalkboard it up!

On your wedding day, you can even incorporate decor with WedPics instructions at your ceremony or reception. We love what this couple did with the chalkboard sign at their ceremony!

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6. Remind them at dinner

Did your guests miss the chalkboard sign? Or are you having an unplugged ceremony? No matter -- your guests can still have fun using WedPics at your reception. Leaving place cards with instructions on how to join at reception tables is a simple way to get the word out, without too much effort.

 Photo by  PurpleScrunch

Photo by PurpleScrunch

7. Create an I-Spy game!

We love this idea, because it not only gets guests on board with WedPics, but it also ensures that your guests are entertained and you are getting the photos you want from guests! Create an i-Spy game with a list of photos that guests should take at the reception (bride and groom kissing, best dance moves, etc).

Then, encourage them to upload their best pictures to WedPics! Before you know it you'll have hundreds of images for your thank you photo cards to remember your special day, and your guests will have a blast.

Want to get inspired? Check out our post on creating an i-Spy game for guests here.

Brides, are there any of you out there who are using WedPics for your special day? Let us know if you are, and tell us how you got YOUR guests involved! Learn more about WedPics or download it on your smartphone to start sharing your wedding day!

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Wedding place setting ideas for a warm and welcoming reception
by Stephanie

Once your guests have moved on from the wedding ceremony, they'll be ready to party! But first: dinner. Many wedding reception decor focuses around the dinner table, and for good reason! A well-decorated table can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests to settle in and enjoy a meal together. One of my favorite ways that brides and grooms are choosing to decorate their wedding tables is with individual place settings, where each seat has a special detail. Whether these double as favors or are purely decorative pieces is up to you — but your guests are sure to be delighted to find a sweet treat waiting for them at the dinner table!

But what to chose? Much of this will depend on your wedding theme, and the vibe you'll want to create with the table decor. We've rounded up some of our favorite wedding place setting ideas to help heighten the atmosphere of your reception. Which of the below will be your favorites?

Gourmet treats

For the foodie couple or for a wedding with a certain dinner-party panache, a gourmet treat could be the perfect place setting before the dinner course is introduced. We love the idea of doing rustic bread loaves, gourmet olive oil or even a personal cheese board!

Fruit

What's fresher and prettier than a piece of fruit? Answer: nothing! Fruit is a fun and colorful place setting, and can be especially perfect in the summer months when many delicious varieties are in season.

Flowers & herbs

Nothing is more classic for wedding decor than flowers — so why not use them to dress up your guests' place setting? We love the idea of making it unique with dried flowers, herbs, or succulents!

Fun trinkets

Maybe your wedding has a specific and somewhat quirky theme? Perfect! Incorporating it into your tablescape is even easier with a personalized place setting. These fun couples used dinosaur figurines, boho buddha decor and more...

Which of these incredibly fun and unique wedding place setting ideas are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

How to plan a fun wedding weekend your guests will never forget!
by Karly Anderson

For some couples, the wedding day simply isn’t “enough.” Instead, they opt to make a whole fun wedding weekend out of it! From hosting meals to different activities, it’s an opportunity for the bridal party and guests to interact with each other all weekend long, all the while celebrating the couple and their pending nuptials.

Wedding weekends typically begin Friday morning and/or afternoon as guests arrive, with the wedding held Saturday, and activities wrapping up early Sunday. In a nutshell, think of it as planning a short, weekend getaway for a large group of friends – think of things that your guests would like to do or see, what they’d like readily available (food, drinks), and so on.

If you’re planning to go the wedding weekend route, keep in mind that there is a lot more that goes into planning this weekend-long event than if you were just planning the wedding day. I’ve outlined some things to consider as you start to plan the weekend that will help to ensure that your guests are comfortable and entertained for the duration of their stay.

PICK ONE LOCATION

A wedding weekend will go much smoother if everybody is staying in the same location and a majority of the activities are also held at the same place – a hotel or resort will most likely work best for this scenario. Be sure to call around to local places in your area to see if you can get a discounted rate for rooms for your guests – most hotels are willing to accommodate large groups of people for multiple days for a lower price-per-night room charge.

HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER OR ASK SOMEONE FOR HELP

Since there will be quite a few more logistics to plan throughout a whole wedding weekend, a wedding planner or coordinator might be your saving grace in keeping the itinerary running smoothly and on-time. If that isn’t in the budget, consider appointing close friends and family in charge of certain tasks and activities – if your cousin is an early bird, ask her to manage breakfast/brunch details, such as picking up the food (if necessary) set up, etc. This will allow you and your significant other to still enjoy the weekend without worrying if everything is going accordingly. DO NOT ask either set of parents or bridal party members to take charge of anything the day of the wedding – they will need to be with you to get ready!

CREATE A WEDDING WEBSITE

Although wedding websites are a pretty standard detail these days for weddings, it is especially crucial for wedding weekends. A website will allow you to share the weekend itinerary and planned activities with guests, as well as suggestions as to what to pack per the dress code for each event. Your guests will appreciate knowing ahead of time what to expect from the weekend and what they do and do not want to participate in. This real-life couple’s wedding website is a great example of what a wedding weekend website should include.

PROVIDE WELCOME BASKETS

Nothing makes guests feel more at home and welcome than be greeted at the hotel with a personalized basket or favor bag put together by the couple. Be sure to include a few refreshments, such as mini bottles of water, snacks and a few pieces of candy, as well as a printed copy of the weekend itinerary, and any brochures from local attractions and restaurants.

ORGANIZE GROUP ACTIVITIES AND SUGGEST THINGS TO DO

The primary event(s) of a wedding weekend is hosting organized activities for your guests so nobody is left bored or unsure of what to do in a place that they aren’t familiar with. The sky is the limit here – host a luau-themed welcome party Friday night so guests can break out their tropical-inspired wardrobe, or take a field trip to a local museum the following afternoon before the wedding events begin. Don’t forget about food! There should be organized meals planned for each day of the weekend – you may opt to have light hors d'oeuvres Friday afternoon as guests are still arriving, followed by a large dinner that evening and breakfast and/or brunch Saturday and Sunday morning (dinner will be served at the wedding reception Saturday night).

Keep in mind – your guests are entitled to downtime, so you don’t have to plan for every second of every day. Plus, if someone doesn’t want to participate in one of the organized events, they aren’t obligated to! That’s why you provided local attraction information and food suggestions in their welcome basket. Also, you and your spouse are not expected to attend any events the day of the wedding – your guests will understand that you’re busy preparing for the big (and main!) event of the weekend.

BE GENEROUS, BUT DON’T BLOW YOUR BUDGET

You’ve invited all these people to celebrate you and your spouse for an entire weekend, so obviously you have the mentality that you should (and need to!) take care of every last thing, regardless of the expense. Reality check: don’t blow your budget! Staying smart with certain activities or details will help you in the long run – maybe you only offer a full, open bar at the actual wedding, but only offer beer and wine and a cash bar at all other weekend events. Decide what’s important to you to splurge on ahead of time so you know where you can cut back elsewhere.

While this is just a brief overview of things to consider while planning a wedding weekend, hopefully it provides insight into all the additional details that need to be planned and accounted for. Above all, don’t lose sight that you’re trying to show your guests that you care about and appreciate their presence at the biggest moment of your life – if you try your best to keep them happy throughout the weekend, you’ve done your job!

If you’re looking for more information or tips on how to throw a wedding weekend, A Practical Wedding shares a great article that includes a mock itinerary for a wedding weekend that is sure to be helpful to anybody planning this type of event. You also can check out Brides.com for more details and tips on how to throw the perfect wedding weekend.

Karly Anderson is a born and raised Midwest girl currently residing outside Milwaukee, Wis. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life and style in the Heartland. Catch up with Karly on InstagramFacebook and TwitterFind Karly's creative musings here.

Fun wedding thank-you card ideas for after the big day
by Rachel Geeser

Congratulations! You’re a newlywed! Now that you’re back from the honeymoon and you’ve opened all your gifts the next big thing to do is start writing those wedding thank-you cards. Technically you have 2 weeks post-shower and 3 months post-wedding date to get these out, but there is nothing worse than knowing you have a long list of thank you’s hanging over your head. As a newlywed myself, I’m here to help with tips for how to make this tedious little task a little less painful, plus some really great cards that will set the tone for your note.

1. Keep track of things

To help lessen the burden when you return from your honeymoon, write any notes for gifts you receive before the wedding as you receive these. If you know the guest will be attending the wedding, make sure to include a note that you look forward to seeing them on the big day.

2. Delegate, delegate, delegate

Split the task up! You fiancé/husband may try and claim his handwriting isn’t the greatest (mine did), but it’s not fair to you to have to write all the notes. Especially when the gifts where meant for both of you. Divide the list evenly or by family/friend sets. Regardless how you do it, make sure you both sign each card.

3. Make it personal

With each note, personalize it to the person who sent the gift. Make sure to mention the item specifically and how you plan to use it. If the gift is cash, you do not have to mention the specific amount, but do note how you’ll be using the cash (We’re saving for a house and your generous gift gets us one step closer to a down payment!)

4. Plan ahead

For the design of your thank you there are so many options! You can match the design of your invitation suite, opt for a simple card with “thank you” or “thanks” on the front or personalize it with a photo from your wedding. This is a very popular right now and the ideas are endless (see below for a few of my favorites!). If you go this option though, keep in mind how long it will take to get your photos back from your photographer and how long it will take to receive your order and then write those thank you’s.

5. Thank your vendors, too!

In addition to thanking your guests and anyone who sent you a gift, don’t forget to thank your vendors. If they went above and beyond to make your day perfect, a handwritten note goes a long way. I also sent a quick text to all my guests and bridal party the day after our wedding thanking them for coming and letting them know how much it meant to my husband and I to have them there. I of course followed up with a handwritten note, but I was filled with so much gratitude for the people in our lives who made the trip to be at our wedding, I wanted to let them know right away how much it meant to us to have them there.

Without further ado, let us share some of our favorite ways to thank your guests...

Share a memory

Include a picture of you and the guest(s) from the wedding day. They may not have taken photos themselves and now they’ll have a special memory of the day to hold on to.

 

Say it with a postcard

Pick up postcards from your honeymoon and use these as your thank you’s. You can even get a head start on your notes and start writing these as you wait in the airport to head home!

As I mentioned above, saying “thank you” with a handmade sign on your wedding day is uber trendy right now. The ideas are endless so I’ve picked out a few of my favorites.

For book lovers…

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For game lovers…

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Make a chalkboard sign…

 

Or a wooden sign for a rustic-themed wedding...

 

Add a special touch

Did you take a group shot of all your guests at your wedding? We did and it’s one of my favorite pictures! Had I seen this DIY tutorial previously, I would have loved to use this photo as a liner for our thank you notes.

 Photo by  Wedding Bee

Photo by Wedding Bee

 

Or get creative with a newspaper

If you aren’t DIY’d out by the end of your wedding, take your favorite photos from the day and compile them into a newspaper-esque article to send with your thank you. If your guests had as much fun as you did, they’ll love reliving the day.

Which of these amazing wedding thank-you card ideas will you use for the big day? Let us know!

Rachel Geeser is a Chicago newlywed who can't remember a time when she didn't love weddings. As editor of An Eventful Life she writes about fashion, food, entertaining & DIY projects. You can find her on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

20 wedding-ready summer wedding guest styles
by Stephanie

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Photo by Pink Peonies

Summer wedding season is officially here! That means many of you are marking off the weekends on your calendar for weddings both local and across the country. No matter if you're playing an important role in the wedding day or simply planning to enjoy yourself and reunite with some friends, it goes without saying that you have to look good!

We've rounded up some of our favorite wedding guest looks for this summer, so you can be stylish and inspired for the big day. Which of these looks below are your favorite?

Unstructured maxi dresses

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Pretty pastels

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Summer brights

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Bold abstract prints

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Lovely lace

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Flirty Florals

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Photo by Kate Spade via Refinery29

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We're especially loving the bold floral look and skirt/top separates. Let us know what your favorite wedding guest styles are in the comments!

Fun summer wedding ideas to keep guests happy
by Karly Anderson

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Photo by Sarah Morris Photography via Wedding Ideas Mag

Everybody loves attending a summer wedding; however, guests may feel the need to bring with them more than usual to keep themselves happy and relaxed throughout the day – think a bottle of water, sunscreen, bug repellent and so on.

So, why not put your guests at the forefront of your wedding day and provide them all the summer supplies that they may need?! Not only will these fun summer wedding ideas make for happy guests, it also will make for a happy bride and groom since everybody in attendance will be taken care of and ready to help celebrate the day!

SPF & Bug Repellent Station

 Photo by Melissa Schollaert Photography via  Southern Weddings

Photo by Melissa Schollaert Photography via Southern Weddings

Even though summertime is the most popular time for weddings, it does bring two minor annoyances along with it – scorching sunshine and pesky bugs. Keep your guests happy by setting up an SPF and bug repellent station so they don’t have to haul their own lotions and sprays with them. If your ceremony and reception is in the same place, have the station set up all day long so guests can prep prior to the ceremony and reapply later in the day, as needed. Similarly, if your rehearsal dinner is an outdoor soiree, have the same supplies available.

 Photo by Beata English via  Polka Dot Bride

Photo by Beata English via Polka Dot Bride

 

Parasols in a Basket

 Photo by Kat Braman via  Southern Weddings

Photo by Kat Braman via Southern Weddings

A chic, yet effective, way to help guests shade themselves from the sun is to offer old-time parasols or umbrellas prior to the ceremony. Your guests will be thankful for the reprieve from the sun, and the shady prop will make for a unique touch in photos.

 Photo by Images by Lori via  Green Wedding Shoes

Photo by Images by Lori via Green Wedding Shoes

 

Program Fans

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Photo by Maile Paperie via Etsy

Instead of offering guests a separate program and a handheld fan, why not combine the two?! Your guests will enjoy receiving all the wedding day information while also being able to use the program to keep cool. Program fans have grown in popularity over the years and can be purchased from a number of vendors, especially via Etsy.

 

Personalized Water Bottles

 Photo by Valerie Busque via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Valerie Busque via Style Me Pretty

With the warm summertime temperatures, it’s important for everybody to stay hydrated; however, water bottles aren’t the most attractive favor to put on display at a wedding. Dress them up a bit with a personalized label! These can get pricey depending on how many bottles of water that you want to personalize, so I found an easy-to-follow DIY tutorial for all of you – there’s also a free template, which takes out most of the hard work!

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Cool-Down Table with Signature Cocktail

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Photo by D’Arcy Benincosa via Style Me Pretty

Along with offering water, consider setting up a “cool-down” table that offers everything from lemonade and iced tea to vintage soda bottles and bottles of beer and hard cider on ice in galvanized metal buckets. You also could create a signature summer wedding cocktail – Bridal Guide offers a comprehensive list of potential cocktail ideas, but the options are endless. A few of my favorites from the list are Fire & Passion, Summer Passion and Blissful.

 Photo by Sara Richardson Photography via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Sara Richardson Photography via Style Me Pretty

 

Pass Out Popsicles

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Photo by Jodi Miller via Southern Weddings

Ditch the traditional cocktail hour appetizers, and pass out popsicles! These classic, low-calorie and cooling treats will be a hit among your guests. You even could coordinate the popsicle colors with your wedding colors.

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Photo by Cappy Hotchkis via Snippet & Ink

 

Sandals & Sunglasses as Favors

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Photo by Bryce Covey Photography via Style Me Pretty

Just like with creating program fans, do double-duty with your favors and hand out something that guests will both enjoy and find useful. Purchase rubber flip-flops in various sizes and that coordinate with your wedding colors so guests can kick off their formal shoes and dance comfortably (and, let their warm feet get some air!). Plastic sunglasses that are personalized with the bride and groom’s names and wedding date also make for fun photos.

 

Hire an Ice Cream Truck

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Photo by Simply Bloom Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

To end the summer evening in a special way, hire or rent an ice cream truck! Your older guests will get a thrill out of the summer dessert nostalgia that ice cream trucks can bring, and the truck will provide a cute photo opportunity for the bride and groom.

 Photo by You Can’t Be Serious via  Polka Dot Bride

Photo by You Can’t Be Serious via Polka Dot Bride

By incorporating these ideas and others that you may have into your summer wedding, your guests will be happy and ready-to-go when it comes time to celebrate and party in the sunshine.

Karly Anderson is a born and raised Midwest girl currently residing outside Milwaukee, Wis. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life and style in the Heartland. Catch up with Karly on InstagramFacebook and TwitterFind Karly's creative musings here.

Sweet summer wedding dessert ideas to treat your guests
by Emily Westbrooks

I got married in August in Maine, and while I was rather comfortable in my sleeveless gown, my husband was roasting in his suit, shirt and tie. Given, he was a little nervous and grew up in Ireland, where it rarely gets warmer than 70 degrees. And that's a heat wave! So he really could have used one of these cool summer wedding dessert ideas to cool off after a slightly sweaty ceremony!

If you're having a summer wedding, these are some of the sweetest (and some of the simplest) treats you can offer your guests to cool them down if the weather gets a little too hot.

 

Popsicles

Popsicles are all the rage, and I don't think they'll be going out of fashion any time soon. There are some amazing combinations to try, like berry yogurt pops or ginger peach popsicles. Can you believe you can even spike popsicles? We love these Grapefruit and Strawberry Greyhounds or French 75 Popsicles. Popsicles for a crowd can be a little tricky to DIY, so consider asking your venue to whip up a batch of signature popsicles for your guests and bring them out on beautiful trays when they need something refreshing.

 

Sundae Bar

Sundae bars bring out the kids in any age wedding guests. Keep it simple with one or two ice cream flavors, then offer a selection of toppings, like sprinkles, Oreo cookies, fresh fruit, chocolate and caramel sauce. Providing the toppings in jars means you can set everything up well ahead of time, and then have the venue staff set out ice cream and whip off the lids.

 

Ice Cream Bars

If your guests are the playful types, consider handing out ice cream bars for a sweet treat. You could even source traditional ice cream truck treats to bring your guests back to when they were kids! This is another easy option to buy ahead of time and drop off at your venue - just make sure there's ample freezer space to keep everything cool until you're ready for a lick!

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Photo by The Hotplate

 

Fruit on Sticks

For a more casual wedding (like this sweet garden party!), there's nothing more fun than frozen fruit on sticks! Slices of watermelon, stacks of grapes, berries, even slices of peaches look and taste great when eaten like a kebab. And there's nothing more healthy or DIY-friendly to make beforehand than a whole bunch of fruit on sticks!

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Photo by Made by Mary

 

Sorbet or Granita

Another lighter summer wedding dessert is a sorbet or granita. Both are a sweet but less creamy than ice cream, so they not only cool your guests down but really refresh them as well. If you have your caterer make a big batch of the seasonally flavored treat, you can serve them up in beautiful glasses for an elegant pick-me-up. Try this delicious recipe for pink champagne granita with pomegranate. Delish!

 

An Ice Cream Cart Outside

This might be the simplest summer dessert option for your guests: arrange to have an ice cream cart parked outside your venue! If your wedding venue is in a busy area, you can even give your wedding guests little special tickets to redeem for a few scoops. It's often easiest and most cost effective to limit the flavor options.

Is your mouth watering yet? I think I'm going to start taste testing different combinations of fruit on sticks - and of course some ice cream! - for my sister's upcoming August wedding!

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Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!