10 Best Summer Wedding Ideas: Themes, Hors d’oeuvre and Drinks


Every bride and groom wants the perfect wedding, everyone wants to have the perfect wedding menu, the perfect seating, the perfect catering service, not to mention the perfect attire. The general trend that most couples subscribe to is to choose a summer day for their wedding party – it is the peak period for wedding organizers and venues alike.

If this is your chosen time for a wedding, theming the reception is an excellent way to set the right atmosphere for the party to come, followed closely in terms of importance by the hors d’oeuvre and the drinks served at the beginning. What we are proposing here is to help you with our top ten tips and ideas on how to create a unified and harmonious framework for the reception and how to choose the hors d’oeuvre and the drinks to set up the right atmosphere.


  1. Choosing the right theme – the most popular, ready-made themes for weddings include Romantic, Western, Beach, Country and Tropical, but if you and your spouse-to-be do not find your identity in these themes, you can create your own. You can also choose to mix pre-created themes with your own – think about how you two met, what you like to do together and brainstorm ideas about how you can transform them into a theme proper;
  1. Choose a venue that matches the theme – it is probably not a good idea to organize a country-style wedding in an elegant hotel, so make sure the venue is suitable for elaborating the theme you have in mind;
  1. Theme all the details, down to the tiniest – your theme is supposed to define every detail of the wedding, including the gown and the decorations. If it is a romantic wedding, make sure that even the cutlery used exudes romance;
  1. Choose stylish and practical hors d’oeuvre – the appetizers served at the beginning of your wedding reception are just as important as the theme and the main courses. Make sure the appetizers are elegantly decorated and keep them bite-size to make it easier for your guests to eat them;
  1. Avoid appetizers with sauces – they tend to drip and they create a mess, so no matter how delicious they are, they may create quite some annoyance among the guests;
  1. Variety – pay attention to different dietary needs; serve vegetarian bites as well and avoid common allergens such as nuts and certain fruits as much as you can;
  1. Don’t overdo it – you want your guests to enjoy the main meals as well, so be careful with the selection of appetizers and don’t serve too many different types;
  1. Ask the right questions when it comes to drinks – many venues have their own rules when it comes to serving drinks. Some don’t serve beer, others don’t have a bar, so make sure you find everything about the drinks-related policy you venue has in place to avoid unpleasant surprises;
  1. Make sure your drinks match your general theme and location – no Caribbean destination wedding would be complete without rum and no fancy wedding held in Paris can be elegant enough without champagne and wine, right? Bear that in mind when you choose the drinks;
  1. Consider your guests – do your guests prefer shots to wine? Are they beer drinkers or do they like cocktails? Make sure you offer something for everybody and your wedding reception the party of the year!


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Washington Wildlife


If you truly love the outdoors and all things that belong to nature then, Seattle Washington is a great place for you to visit. With the climate, the terrain, and the beautiful surroundings, this city truly has the best of most worlds. Mountains, volcanoes, trees, sand, and sea can all be found in and around this truly unique city.

In addition to the great scenery that abounds, there are many places you can go to get a better view of the local wildlife. This is, after all, an integral part of nature and the little ones that you’ve brought along (if you’ve brought little ones along) will thoroughly enjoy seeing all of the animals.

Seattle has the distinct benefit of having and being within the easy driving distance of several zoos and aquariums as well as other unique opportunities to see wildlife in more natural habitats and surroundings. Below I will give a brief overview of some of them that will hopefully whet your appetite and encourage you to at the very least give these outings serious consideration.

The first wildlife exhibit I would like to point out is a bit of a drive from Seattle but well worth every mile. Northwest Trek is a 715-acre park, which offers a tram tour through 435 acres of land where animals are free roaming in their natural habitats. There are 30 species represented along the trek and more than 200 animals within those species. This is a great way to see American animals without cages and bars surrounding them.

The next one I’d like to mention is Wolf Haven International. This organization provides rescue and sanctuary for captive-born wolves. Wolf Haven also offers education to the public at large about these great animals. 45 minute to one-hour walking tours are offered daily, and walking tours are the only way you can see the wolves. If you have even the most remote interest in these beautiful creatures, I highly recommend a visit to Wolf Haven as a potential highlight of your trip to Seattle.

Next on my list of unique opportunities to view wildlife is the Cougar Mountain Zoo. This zoo is unique because of its focus on endangered species. Perhaps one of the fascinating things about this particular zoo is its focus on educating visitors about the animals it holds. The zoo hosts several lectures throughout the day on the various animals it holds. Not only is there the magic of rare and beautiful creatures but a profound lesson that can be learned about conservationism and the importance of each and every creature in the circle of life. I think this is truly a unique opportunity that would be a shame to miss.

One of the activities people think of most when visiting Seattle is, of course, whale watching. I would certainly be remiss if I didn’t include information about that here as well. There are several charter companies that offer whale-watching excursions leaving daily from Seattle. The most popular time of year to do so is from April through September, and the San Juan Islands are a great general area in which to see these magnificent creatures. My recommendation is to make reservations early, especially during the peak whale-watching season. Not only do you get to see the great whales, but you also get to take a boat ride in the process. For me, being on the water is just as wonderful an experience was watching the whales.

These are some of the more uncommon and unique places to view animals in and around Seattle, Washington. If you are planning a visit to this area and you love animals, nature, and wildlife, each of these places has something special and extraordinary to offer its guests. Not only are these places to view wonderful and magnificent creatures but also receive an education about them as well. My fondest hope is that you will visit each of these places and find the experience as incredible as I do.