Summer Season Wedding Guide

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Summer Season Wedding Guide

Weddings at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa are truly spectacular.

With everything you could need based on-site, from the idyllic chapel with panoramic views over the Caversham Valley, to a reception venue catering for up to 120 guests, and a culinary team ready to create your unique wedding feast.

Trying to find summer wedding ideas to make your big day unforgettable? “There are so many unique and elevated ways to enhance your warm-weather wedding” says Granny Mouse GM Sean Granger, “and Veronica Sookdin, our Banqueting Manager, has curated dozens of ideas to inspire you for the perfect summer wedding.”


  • Embrace al fresco dining: One of the major benefits of hosting a summer wedding is the warm weather, allowing you to host your reception outdoors. After all, there's nothing quite like open-air dining during the summer.


  • Minimise time in direct sun: The last thing you want to do is ask guests to stand around in the sun for hours on end. While we suggest keeping the time between your ceremony and reception short at any time of year, it's especially essential when temperatures spike. You should also consider tenting your outdoor reception to keep out the harsh rays or a possible rain shower.


  • Keep the menu light and fresh: There's a time and place for a heavy, decadent five-course meal, and your summer wedding is probably not it. Stick to lighter fare, like fish, chicken, a fresh salad, and seasonal vegetables.


  • Serve Prosecco with popsicles: Add a popsicle to each glass of Prosecco for the perfect summer drink. Make it photo-worthy by filling each pop with edible flowers.


  • Customise signature cocktails: When it comes to your signature cocktails, choose lighter spirits paired with refreshing flavors. We suggest focusing on cucumber, mint, or berries to create light, flavourful sips.
  • Choose airy fabrics for everyone: When choosing your dress, suit, or bridal party ensembles, stick to lighter, flowing fabrics that will help keep everyone cool.


  • Provide parasols or fans: Want guests to stay comfortable during your ceremony? Provide fans or a parasol, and not only will your guests look sophisticated, they’ll keep cool.


  • Consider humidity-proof hairstyles: It's hard enough for most brides and bridesmaids to tame their hair into a perfect updo.

Add in heat and humidity, and long curls or waves could end up disastrous. To fight frizz and excess moisture, those with long hair should try pulling part or all of their hair off their face and neck to stay cool and picture-perfect.


  • Play games: Give your guests fun activities to do besides dancing. Summer weddings practically beg for croquet or other lawn-game setups.


  • Incorporate summer succulents: You'll want to talk to your florist about heat-resistant plants that won't wilt in high temperatures. Succulents are a statement-making option that can withstand even the steamiest of wedding days.


  • Set the ambience with string lights: It wouldn't be a list of summer wedding ideas without including twinkling string lights. After all, dinner under the stars is a summer tradition.


  • Keep your tabletop simple: If you're tying the knot outdoors at Granny Mouse, the setting is already gorgeous. Ensure that you don't take away from the beautiful natural backdrop by keeping your table décor simple with light, neutral linens.


  • Hang flower garlands: Flower garlands have such a fairy-tale feel about them. To make them even more special, attach them to string lights so they twinkle when the sun goes down.


  • Opt for a summer friendly dessert station: Want to really wow your guests? Create a summer-friendly dessert station with chilly treats like ice cream, popsicles, and fruit sorbet to help cool everyone down in between sessions on the dance floor. You can also offer alcohol-spiked shaved ice for an adult-friendly option.


  • Send everyone off with sparklers: As your celebration comes to a close, light up the night with sparklers. You can't deny that they create stunning wedding exit photos.


No matter what fun summer elements you decide to add to your wedding, just know that at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, you’ll be in the best hands, as their team love nothing more than planning your perfect wedding.

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