How To Have A Refreshingly Cool Summer Wedding

 
 A Summery wedding scene, wedding dresses by Bo & Luca

A Summery wedding scene, wedding dresses by Bo & Luca

 

The British Summer can be a glorious time of year - the most beautiful flowers, balmy evenings and (fingers crossed) warm days. When better to tie the knot than during the sunshiny months? Forget the cliches, here are the coolest wedding hacks, sizzling styles and chicest venues for a flawless British summertime wedding (did someone say rooftop pool?).


Take The Plunge

When picking out your venue, choosing somewhere that you and your guests can crash at post-dance floor is handy. If people know they haven’t got far to travel to their beds, they’ll be all the more up for a great time! Added bonus in the Summer months? A pool. Whether a tool to keep unruly kids occupied on the big day, or a tranquil place to recuperate the following day, a swimming pool is a pretty cool addition to any wedding. For City nuptials, check out The Ned’s rooftop pool, or soak in views of the Cornish coastline while taking a dip at eco hotel, The Scarlett. Style with this season’s most photogenic inflatables, take note from Missoni’s giant butterfly pool floats.

 
 Skyline view from The Ned @thenedlondon

Skyline view from The Ned @thenedlondon

 Missoni x Funboy pool inflatables @theststyle

Missoni x Funboy pool inflatables @theststyle

 Coastal views from The Scarlet's pool @scarlethotel

Coastal views from The Scarlet's pool @scarlethotel

 

Keep Cool In Style

It’s your big day. It’s going to be a long day, and (if the weather gods are in your favour), it’s going to be a hot day. Embrace the sunshine without having to compromise on your outfit. In the past few years, relaxed and comfortable wedding dresses have taken centre stage at Summer ceremonies, and what better way to spend the day than in an easy, breezy cotton number? Forget restrictive corsets and layers of meringue-like netting, and opt for a light wedding dress that’ll look gorgeous as it billows in the Summer breeze. For the after party, keep your makeup from melting in the sun’s rays with a wide brimmed straw hat (Summer 2018’s must-have accessory). Look cool, be cool.

 
 Keeping cool in linen: Journee Midi Dress @articleand

Keeping cool in linen: Journee Midi Dress @articleand

 Every Summer brides must have: straw hats are in @kinfolk

Every Summer brides must have: straw hats are in @kinfolk

 Relaxed wrap wedding dress: cool in every sense of the word @LPA

Relaxed wrap wedding dress: cool in every sense of the word @LPA

 

Flower Halo Engagement Ring

Celebrate the best of seasonal blooms with a flower halo engagement ring. The classic style is everything you want your Summer wedding to be: whimsical, ethereal, memorable. The flower halo was first mastered by Victorian goldsmiths, who would choose colourful gemstones to imitate the bountiful colours of British flowers. During the 1920s, flower halos became geometric and stylised, making the most of colourless diamonds. Whether you ink your own contemporary ring design, or have found a vintage engagement ring you’re yearning to have recreated, Queensmith are well adept to help. We’ve crafted countless flower halo engagement rings, each bespoke design with its own character and charm. If petals are pushing it a bit far for you, a more conventional halo is an equally beautiful way to add ethereal charisma to your bespoke engagement ring.

 
 Contemporary flower halo engagement ring, by Queensmith

Contemporary flower halo engagement ring, by Queensmith

 Queensmith's Bacall halo engagement ring with diamond pavé set shoulders in 18k Rose Gold

Queensmith's Bacall halo engagement ring with diamond pavé set shoulders in 18k Rose Gold

 Vintage inspired flower halo engagement ring, by Queensmith

Vintage inspired flower halo engagement ring, by Queensmith

 

The Personalised Pub

What says British Summer more than long weekends spent at the pub? When Hannah Weiland, founder of fashion label Shrimps, wedded Arthur Guinness this Summer in one of the year’s most Instagram-worthy celebrations (wedding cake by Lily Vanilli, of course), they set up their own mini pub: the Arthur Arms, complete with quirky sign that read ‘Shrimps love Guinness’, an ode to Hannah's nickname and Arthur's surname. Fashion favourites, from Alexandra Shulman to Laura Jackson and Scar Curtis snapped away as they attended the ‘do - just search #shrimpsandguinness on Instagram for ultimate countryside-cool wedding inspo. If you'd rather swap pints for piña coladas, try a tropical pop-up bar.

 
 An outhouse is a great location for a pop-up pub @katefoley

An outhouse is a great location for a pop-up pub @katefoley

 Tropical vibes with a sleek caravan bar @jakehoganphotography

Tropical vibes with a sleek caravan bar @jakehoganphotography

 'Shrimps love Guinness' @scarcurtis

'Shrimps love Guinness' @scarcurtis

 

Bold Blues

Thanks to Meghan Markle, statement bridal jewellery is having a moment. While attending her evening wedding reception (in that killer Stella Mccartney halter neck wedding gown), Meghan donned a bold and bright aquamarine cocktail ring that once belonged to Harry’s mother; a sweet and sentimental tribute to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. When figuring out your ‘something blue’, consider bright tanzanite earrings or a Meghan-esque, sapphire emerald cut cocktail ring. The bolder, the better!

 
 A bespoke Queensmith commission: tanzanite and diamond drop earrings

A bespoke Queensmith commission: tanzanite and diamond drop earrings

 Stella McCartney SS18

Stella McCartney SS18

 Sapphire and diamond cocktail ring, by Queensmith

Sapphire and diamond cocktail ring, by Queensmith

 

Bring The OutDoors In

Wherever you are in the world (namely, the uk), you can never wholly rely on the weather to stay as sunny and dry as you’d like, so like any sensible bride or groom-to-be, make sure you have emergency shelter space if the sunshine takes a turn. From stunning Victorian glasshouses to fanciful marquees, there is not shortage of solutions to problematic rain. Continue the Summer garden feel by bringing the outdoors in. Try olive trees for mediterranean vibes, and dot with soft fairy lights to light up like a clear Summer’s night sky. For something a little edgier, cactus centrepieces with bold, bright flowers are a maximalist’s dream.

 
 Sarah Jane Ethan photography

Sarah Jane Ethan photography

 @annafernweddings

@annafernweddings

 Charla Storey photography

Charla Storey photography

 

Sunshiny Rose & Yellow Gold

The warm hues of rose and yellow gold are evocative of hot Summer days and peachy, tranquil sunsets. Each time you look down at your yellow gold wedding band, you’ll transport back to the joyous Summer’s day you wed (with hopefully fond memories of equally blissful weather!). Rose gold will remind you of the perfect Summer's dusk. Each of Queensmith’s signature wedding bands are available in 18k Rose Gold and 18k Yellow gold. We also welcome custom designs - if you’ve found inspiration from elsewhere, bring your ideas to an appointment with our design experts, and together we’ll craft your dream wedding ring.