Why Plan a Summer Wedding?
Top 3 Reasons to Embrace the Season

With garden flowers in full bloom, ripened fruit falling off trees, and sunsets painting the sky, there is just something extra romantic about a summer wedding. Picking the right venue is key to executing a beautiful summer wedding. With that said, The Cottage Wedding Venue in Gilbert, AZ would love the opportunity to help you embrace the season by helping you plan your upcoming nuptials with a flair of romanticism.


The best part of the summer season is that it provides you and your guests a lot of flexibility. With school being out and accumulated vacation time begging to be used, more people can be included in your special day. Also, longer days mean more natural lighting for everlasting photos. It also opens options for venues with both indoor and outdoor spaces. At The Cottage Wedding Venue, we have a newly expanded ballroom that can accommodate up to 130 people, along with a covered patio, and our gorgeous outdoor lawn area. This gives couples three options when planning how to accommodate guests: indoor, outdoor, or a combination of both.

Another thing to consider is the breathtaking summer sunsets that define Arizona. What more could you ask for when looking for a natural, open air backdrop? Not only could you tie your colors in with the sky, but you could also capture them in your coveted photos. Speaking of summer nights, when the sun goes down, you can really get creative with your reception. Think of an elevated backyard BBQ . . . break out the lawn games for laughs and fun, cool down your guests with a treat from a gelato cart, or set up a s’more station next to our outdoor fire pit. The possibilities are truly endless!

Fun Color Choices

The blossoming of desert flowers invites the summer wedding season to highlight a vast array of colors. You can stick with soft, romantic colors or go big and bold. Your colors can be brought in through the attire of your bridal party, table runners, napkins, flowers, centerpieces, desserts, and signature cocktails. The Cottage offers 15 different color choices for table runners and 11 options for napkins. If you are wanting to stay on trend with the hottest color combinations for summer, try pairing a burgundy with a mauve or blush pink, accented by ivory, sage green, or grey. If you want to make a bold statement, consider bringing in some brighter colors, such as a purple or teal, contrasted with gold or a stark white. With the rustic chic ambiance at The Cottage, we provide a perfect natural backdrop to emphasize your desired color palette.

Refreshing Cocktails & Mocktails

Let’s get real. Providing guests with cool, refreshing cocktails and/or mocktails is an absolute must for an AZ summer wedding. So, why not make it an exciting part of your planning?

Whether you opt for creating a signature drink or setting up a unique beverage bar, it is definitely a perk of celebrating during summer. For the 2020 season, couples are toasting with fruity or tropical drinks, various gin & tonic combinations, boozy popsicles, and sparkling or infused waters.

If you want to revel in a fruity cocktail, consider offering varieties such as Sangria, a Cape Codder, a Hurricane, or a Daquiri. To bring in a beach vibe, choose a classic Margarita, Mojito, Paloma, Painkiller, or Pina Colada. If you want your guests to feel the nostalgia of visiting the neighborhood popsicle or lemonade stand, offer frozen treats with a boozy twist. The best part is you can really create whatever you want. Some popular recipes right now include Kiwi Mojito Popsicles, Cosmo Pops, Spiked Lemonade Pops, Mojito Watermelon Pops, and Boozy Rocket Pops.

If you would rather have a non-boozy soiree, or provide an option for underage guests, think about setting up an Italian Soda or Fruity Sparkling Seltzer station. Setup a table with canned seltzer water, flavored syrups, and add-ins, such as berries, mint leaves, lemon wedges, or cucumbers. With this type of setup, guests can create their own signature mocktails. Another option is infusing cold water or lemonade with garden fresh fruits, vegetables and/or herbs. Of course, you can always look for virgin versions of cocktails to make faux cocktails for guests of all ages. You can choose from all varieties of Spritzers, Sparklers, Tonics, and Iced Teas.

Let’s kickoff the summer season by securing your reservation with The Cottage Wedding Venue in Gilbert, AZ. Also, be sure to add our June Open House to your calendar. It will be held on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 from 4pm-7pm. You can tour our venue and get all of your questions answered, while also getting to know some of our preferred vendors. Of course, our seasoned staff is always available at info@thecottageweddings.com or by calling 480-747-0756. Contact us ASAP so we can work together to make this summer the best one yet!