Black, white, and gold along with a modern setting and style make this urban summer wedding attractive and all that a wedding should be. You can tell that fun is the focus of the day, Look for the stripes and polka dots. And don’t miss the adorable cupcakes!
What to Look for in a Venue for an Urban Summer Wedding
The wedding venue for an urban summer wedding could be indoors or outside. After all, why not take advantage of a beautiful blue sky? Have an additional space ready if the weather does not cooperate for the ceremony and festivities. (Remember, rainy day weddings can be fun, too.) Approximate the wedding guest total while selecting the venue.
You should also check the accommodation for guests traveling from out of town. Another thing to consider for summer weddings is that wedding guests may need transportation from airports or train stations to the venue. Select a venue that is easily accessible for everyone.
Colour Palettes for an Urban Summer Wedding
Summer weddings need not always be about riotous colours and extravagant combinations. They can also be black and white, with aesthetically placed hints of colours like gold, blush pink, and some jazzy tinsel. Everything from the wedding invitations to the table setting can be perfectly colour coordinated without the need for bold or bright colours.
If you wish to opt for a more vivid colour wedding palette, there are options like mustard yellow, pink, sage green, and navy. When paired with muted colours or monotones like whites, beige, or tan, these colours look gorgeous. Depending on your vision for the urban wedding, a classy merge of palettes will help bring your big day together.
Details for an Urban Summer Wedding
It is best to narrow your options when considering an urban summer wedding. Summer weddings have plenty of scope for designing with flowers, lights, fabrics, and colours. As the creator, you should decide which story you want to tell through your wedding. Creative and unique lighting, lighter shades, and monotones can enhance the indoor wedding and make it as bright as an outdoor setting.
Summer weddings can become hot, so be sure to keep the venue comfortable. When finalising other details, you should ensure the indoor venue has air conditioning, an indoor dining area with seating, a sound system for the DJ, and adequate lighting. You may also want to check if the venue allows candles or lit floating candles on the tables for ambiance.
Food for an Urban Summer Wedding
The wedding food for an urban summer wedding should be easy on the palate, diverse, and unique. For appetisers, some excellent suggestions are mini burger bars, shrimp and guac tasters, and grilled veggies on skewers or toothpicks. A few salad options like mango or apple salad with watermelon and feta and a grazing table with fresh fruits, cheeses, and cold cuts will also go over well with wedding guests.
Main courses could include scallops, lobsters, beef short ribs, pesto salads for vegetarians, and barbecued chicken. Adding a variety of flatbreads in different flavors will enhance the main courses. Desserts can be French macarons in chocolate, pistachios, rose combinations, vegan cookies, bite-sized cheesecake bars, and key lime bites. Drinks can be margaritas, mojitos, and various cocktails.
Table Setting Style for an Urban Summer Wedding
Urban weddings do not need to rely on the nature-inspired spring or autumn wedding styles. Since most summer weddings are indoors, there is a good chance you can opt for out-of-the-box table setting styles to compliment the overall décor and aesthetic.
A black tabletop with pristine white plates, gold or silver cutlery, and black and white polka-dotted or striped serviettes will look gorgeous against any background.
Adding a centrepiece of flowers in shades of blush, white, pale yellow, and green will enhance the table and bring out the beauty of the décor. Adding succulents like proteas, astilbe, thistles, and more for placeholders and individual table décor will add a cool, calm touch.
Budget for an Urban Summer Wedding
The wedding budget for a summer wedding need not be too high. When planning the budget, it is essential to consider the final headcount of guests. Once you have a fair idea about the number of guests attending, it will be easier to negotiate per plate food costs with the caterer, decorator (chair and furniture rental), and photographer and videographer.
Considering that the summer wedding may be indoors, one of the main overheads will be the rental of the venue. Inquire about the costs for the day and what they cover. The venue can help with an estimate, so you can check your finances before booking.
Wedding Dresses and Accessories for an Urban Summer Wedding
Summertime wedding dresses are always a huge hit. They should be flowing, light, airy, and absolutely magical in appearance! White wedding dresses are still the rage for summer weddings, and if you plan an indoor wedding with modern décor, the white will outshine everything else. A gorgeous white full-length gown with thin straps and an empire waistline will look flattering throughout the day.
It is best to opt for pearls or diamonds at your ears and a thin chain with a locket for accessories. You could also wear a pearl or diamond bracelet to complete the look. Urban brides can wear heels or flat shoes as per their comfort.
Wedding Invitations for an Urban Summer Wedding
Wedding invitations are the first time that guests get a feel of the theme. The wedding colours must be reflected throughout the invites. If you choose an urban setting with colours like black, white, gold, blush pink, or sage green, the wedding invitations can be black lettering on a white background, a pink blush motif, or partial background in a geometric shape, and gold outlines.
The envelope can be black and white stripes, with a sage green or pink blush area for addresses. These wedding invitations can also be adapted for e-vites (if you want to go paperless) and can have other colour palettes as per choice.
Wedding Cake Ideas for an Urban Summer Wedding
There is a lot of scope for couples to play around with the wedding cake. You can opt for everything from in-bloom flowers (hydrangeas, roses, ranunculi) to tropical leaf designs and motifs. If you want the best of both worlds yet want to stick to the wedding colours, it is best to opt for citrus, berries, or butterscotch cakes with honeycomb patterns, hand-painted designs, and more.
You could also opt for a rose-covered, highly detailed confection that looks like it was picked straight from an English garden. Orange-flavored cakes with hand-painted letters, quotes, gold foil detailing, and artistically placed buttercream frosting would also look gorgeous in contrast to the black and white décor of the wedding venue.
Favours and Gifts for an Urban Summer Wedding
If the overall wedding theme is fun, playful, and cheerful, you could think of making a wedding favour gift hamper for your guests. Each hamper should have a thank you note and can be in a black tote bag with the words ‘Best Day Ever’ in gold and white. The hamper can have plenty of things like to-go popcorn, can coolers, bottle openers, personalised sunglasses, and a succulent.
If you want to think of unique options, you could add a bottle of olive oil, a small wine, sunscreen (with your names on it), a pair of flip flops, some bath scrubs, or engraved shot glasses.
Urban Summer Wedding
City brides – this one is for you. Finland’s Hey Look not only photographed this gorgeous urban summer wedding inspiration shoot, but they also styled and designed it to perfection. With a modern palette of black, white, and gold in an industrial setting – there are plenty of fun and fabulous details to love and to be inspired by!
From Hey Look – “When we were asked to create an inspiration shoot for the Finnish Häät Magazine we knew we wanted something different from the regular rustic, romantic countryside wedding style that is so popular here. Living and working in Helsinki, an urban, modern shoot with influences from Palm Springs and a little bit of Scandinavian hipster chic thrown in seemed perfect for a young & fresh summer wedding.
For the look of this urban summer wedding inspiration shoot we used lots of black and white with hints of gold and simple floral arrangements with succulents and bold paper details – all in an urban, industrial environment.
We were so happy to work with such a talented team of vendors to bring it all together in no time at all which is important since summer only lasts for a few months around here!”
Credits: Photography: Michaela Egger of Hey Look // Design, Coordination, Graphic Design, & Styling: Hey Look // Custom Wedding Dress: Pukuni // Hair & Makeup: Noora & Milla of Kampaamo Bow // Cupcakes: Cupcake Goddess // Favor Bags: Printed by Brodera // Created for Häät Magazine // Venue: Kaiku in Helsinki, Finland.