25+ Hot Summer Wedding Reception Ideas

beautiful summer wedding with lighting and beautiful dance floorIt’s easy to see why so many couples choose summer as the ideal time for a wedding. After all, the weather is great and there are a ton of indoor and outdoor venues to choose from (here’s a list of the hottest Chicago wedding venues). From there, it’s time to look for inspiration for the details that can make your summer wedding as hot as the temperatures; we’ve put together a few ideas (heavy on the music, our personal favorite) that can make your summer wedding unforgettable. (Contact your favorite vendors who can turn your vision and customized playlist into reality.)


  1. Popcorn bar
  2. Food truck (For your main course or for a late night fuel that’ll keep them dancing)
  3. Ice cream sundae bar (or popsicles!)
  4. Wine or beer tasting
  5. Serve a special signature drink


  1. “Walking on Sunshine” Katrina & The Waves
  2. “Summer Nights” from the movie Grease
  3. “Summer Wind” Frank Sinatra
  4. “I Can See Clearly Now” Johnny Nash
  5. “Wipeout” The Surfaris
  6. “Summer Love” Justin Timberlake
  7. “Summer of ‘69” Bryan Adams
  8. “California Dreamin’” The Mamas & The Papas
  9. “Walkin’ on Sunshine” Katrina and the Waves
  10. “Margaritaville” Jimmy Buffet


  1. Name in lights (perfect for a summer night-talk to your DJ to see if they have a package deal)
  2. String or twinkle lights
  3. Floral centerpieces
  4. Mason jars (for drinking and décor)
  5. Succulents
  6. Potted plants
  7. Cut flowers


  1. Photo booth (Choose an extra large photobooth for awesome family and group photos)
  2. Yard games
  3. Summer trivia cards
  4. Fireworks (Check with the venue before you plan on fireworks)
  5. Face painting
  6. Dance floor games

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