Why we Love a Summer Outdoor Wedding! (And So Should You!)

newly wedded couple under Villa Botanica – The Bridal Arch with the text "Why We Love a Summer Outdoor Wedding(And So Should You)"

Summer weddings are the favourite of many Australian couples and the same goes for brides and grooms all over the world. A summer outdoor wedding is seen as the perfect choice for the big day, with only about 5% of Australian weddings taking place in the colder months of June and July. You too, if asked, would probably prefer a summer outdoor wedding, without even properly thinking about it, but why is that?

  • Daylight Saving

The days are longer during summer and you have additional hours to enjoy the sunshine- translating into more hours of fun at your outdoor wedding. The warmth of the day will carry into the night and enable you and your guests to keep the party going. Those long, warm summer nights definitely add to the romance factor.

  • Summer Fashion

Layering up clothes, thinking of faux fur bridal accessories, shawls or cover-ups isn’t necessary with summer weddings. Think backless dresses, sheer and elegant materials, jewels that shimmer beautifully in the sun – a summer.

  • Being Able to use Seasonal Flowers

There are more seasonal and affordable flowers available in the summer and you will have a greater choice means that it is very likely that you will ultimately get what you want.

  • Better Honeymoon Options

If you hold your ceremony and reception at a destination wedding venue during summer, you can start your honeymoon the moment your wedding day is over. There is no need to travel or postpone the honeymoon to a later date as summer months give you more options, especially if you are honeymooning locally. Lose the travel dramas and experience a tropical Airlie Beach honeymoon.

  • Better Wedding Photos

The added light during the summer months can be a critical factor in the final aspect of your wedding photos. Natural light and warm temperatures give a special glow to your pictures and make them truly memorable.

  • Being More Creative with your Reception

Warm weather allows for more fun and more room for activities. Summer wedding tips can be used to add all kind of exciting elements to your wedding, from frozen summer treats to lawn games.

Tips for Planning a Summer Outdoor Wedding

Choose Coastal Location to Avoid Excessive Heat

couple with an intimate and romantic reception with breathtaking ocean views - summer outdoor wedding

Summer Rain Photography

Everyone including your wedding planner Queensland will tell you that summer sun can be quite harsh in Australia and we would recommend that you get married somewhere on the coast or have an Airlie beach wedding. Whitsunday wedding venues are magical owing to the perfect weather you will be enjoying in the archipelago. The Whitsundays benefit from beautiful warm weather all year round, with temperatures averaging around 29-30°C in the summer, while water stays at a moderate and comfortable 25°C. The islands are a suitable wedding destination during winter too, as average temperatures stay at 22-23°C at this time of the year. 

Look for a Unique Wedding Venue

bride wearing a wedding dress in a unique wedding venue of Villa Botanica - Summer Outdoor Wedding

Summer Rain Photography

Your choice of venue will have a major impact on your outdoor wedding and its planning. Aside from the location and the decor provided by your destination wedding venue, there are other factors that make all the difference between venues, such as having an in-house wedding planner Queensland or not, providing quality local vendors, top catering, whether they offer accommodation services or not, etc.

Make Sure Everyone Can Hear

Villa Botanica - Australia’s most exquisite summer outdoor wedding venue

Wilde Visual Photography

One of the minor issues of a summer outdoor wedding is sound. Wind, background noise, and the fact that these days social distancing needs to be kept because of the Covid-19 outbreak, they can all make it difficult for your guests to hear at an outdoor wedding, so make sure you have a reliable and good quality audio system for saying your “I do’s” out loud and entertaining guests with music.

Ensure a Bridal Canopy

elegant and gorgeous florals perfect for summer outdoor wedding ceremony at the hand caved wedding pavilion - Villa Botanica

Brooke Miles Photography

Most Whitsunday wedding venues already provide a bridal canopy, which serves as a marvellous frame to the ceremony and can be adjusted to match the design of your wedding. At Villa Botanica in the Whitsundays for instance you can have your ceremony in an exquisite hand carved timber wedding pavilion; the access to which is through a beautiful palm lined, mosaic tiled walkway.

Preparing a plan B

impressive marble ballroom is available to all guests - Villa Botanica Summer Indoor Wedding

Timeless Images by Vanessa

Just in case your dream Airlie beach wedding is threatened by bad weather, but having an alternate plan that you love just as much is always a good idea. At Villa Botanica the impressive marble ballroom is available to all guests, whether you need to move your event indoors or you want the perfect setting for your first dance as a married couple.

Use Creative Lighting Options

romantic reception and fairy lights of Villa Botanica Sea Deck - Summer Outdoor Wedding Venue

Timeless Images by Vanessa

One of the best summer wedding tips is using creative lighting techniques outdoors to create a magical, fairy-tale feel. Tea lights, fairy lights and lanterns make romantic and beautiful lighting ideas. For some more summer outdoor wedding inspiration, visit the Villa Botanica Instagram for beautifully lit outdoor receptions with stunning views overlooking the sea and enchanting lighting at night.

Take Advantage of the Built-in Decor

ocean and sundown hues giving the summer outdoor wedding feels - Villa Botanica

Brooke Miles Photography

One of the great things about summer wedding planning is having less hassle with the decor. Less tends to be more. The warm weather allows Australian couples to take advantage of gorgeous natural backdrops, such as the ocean views and lush tropical gardens.

Consider a Laid-back Summer Outdoor Wedding

wedding party having a fabulous time during their photo shoot amongst Villa Botanica towering trees and lush tropical gardens - Summer Outdoor Wedding

Keegan Cronin Photography

Your guests will really appreciate a relaxed, naturally flowing wedding, like that of a destination wedding venue. Summer wedding tips include styling ideas such as throw pillows, countless floral arrangements lawn games, wood swings, etc.

Pros and Cons of Summer Months 

There is no perfect time of the year to get married, as weather is not the only factor to consider. Public holidays can also have an impact on your summer wedding planning, and summer months remain represent the best period to get married for Aussie couples, in spite of a few minor issues.


  • Weather is at its best during summer months especially if you get married at one of the Whitsunday wedding venues where he weather is cooler compared to the inland.
  • School holidays falling during summer makes it possible to invite children at your wedding and more guests will attend because they will be able to take their children with them.
  • Since spring has the most weddings among all seasons, having a summer outdoor wedding can make your planning easier and give you easier access to your favourite vendors and Whitsunday wedding venues.


  • Summer months are advertised as the best months for travelling to Australia, so if you choose a destination wedding venue at this time of the year you may be dealing with crowded beaches with lots of international and local tourists rambling around.

Why Villa Botanica the Perfect Summer Outdoor Wedding Venue Regardless of the Month

As an exclusive and charming venue on the Whitsundays coastline, Villa Botanica experiences stunning weather year-round, along with the cooling sea breeze. No matter when your summer outdoor wedding date is, you will benefit from:

  • Amazing landscaped tropical gardens complemented by antique, Balinese-inspired architecture;
  • Gorgeous backdrops provided by majestic mountains and turquoise sea;
  • Access to the legendary Cactarium at Villa Botanica;
  • In-house professional wedding planning;
  • Luxurious wedding-night accommodation;
  • Taking your first steps as a married couple on a secluded stretch of beach;
  • Exclusively having the venue for the whole day to ensure privacy and intimacy among your closest family and friends;
  • 5-star catering provided by Aquava Boutique Catering;
  • Being able to experience the magic of Villa Botanica online, by navigating the 3D explore space available on the venue’s website.

Starting to plan your dream summer outdoor wedding? Contact us now and find out what Villa Botanica has to offer. We already feature many of the summer wedding tips you loved – all you need to do is tell us what your dream wedding entails and we will take care of the rest!

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Getting in touch is the first step to planning your wedding. We’re here to answer any questions you might have. Enquire now to book your complimentary online tour of Villa Botanica.