Before October became the month when weddings were super popular, there was June. The time of year when the weather is warm, the sun is beaming and outdoor weddings are absolutely stunning.

If you have a summer wedding coming up and you’re still putting some finishing touches on your wedding day plans, take a couple of minutes to check out a few big trends this year. They’re flirty, they’re fun and they’re affordable and easy to do too!

Crop Top Wedding Dress

We're swooning over this two-piece wedding dress: | Photography: Rahel Menig - -

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You don’t need to have washboard abs to pull off the crop top wedding dress look. As you can see from this picture, even showing a little bit of skin will qualify as a two-piece gown. Plus, the cut of the skirt will make it possible for you to rock this look, no matter what your size or body type.

Pastel Groomsmen

Groom and groomsmen - only the groom looks at the camera

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Real men wear pastels. If you were on the fence about this fact before now, take a second look at this shot. Clearly, it’s both sexy and masculine. And, it looks cool—something your groom-to-be and his groomsmen will be thankful for. (Dark suits and tuxes can leave them burning up, especially if you’re planning on getting married outside!)

Opal Wedding Ring

Wedding bands with a bit of opal in them would be perfect because we're both October babies.

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Don’t want to wear a traditional metal band? How about the gemstone opal? It’s HUGE right now! Not only is it really pretty to look at, but we like what it symbolizes too: creativity, imagination, self-esteem, renewal and love—all essential ingredients for a healthy, fulfilling and lasting marriage!

Neutral Hues

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If you like bright colors like orange or fuchsia, go for it! But if you’re more of a subtle kind of gal, you’ll be happy to know that neutral hues are really popular, even during the summer season. We think this is especially exquisite during a sunset beach wedding or a nighttime one by candlelight.

Paper Bouquets

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If EVER there’s a time of year to take full advantage of fresh flowers in bloom, it would be summer! So, we totally get it if the last thing you want to do is go with paper ones for your special day. But it is something to consider as a throwaway or something your junior bridesmaids can carry, just to spice things up and add an element of surprise. (Click here to learn how to make some crepe ones.)

Cocktail Hour Instead of Receiving Lines

how gorgeous is this lavender-laced cocktail hour sign?! dreamy!| {via 100 Layer Cake}

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Reception lines are traditional, no doubt. But a lot of wedding planners are encouraging their clients to nix them and have a cocktail hour instead. It’s more casual and inviting. It takes some of the stress of stick to a schedule off. People can enjoy a drink or light snack while they’re waiting for your reception to start. And, it can keep everyone occupied if you have a few extra pics to take.

Multi-color Reception Tables

Gorgeous! Aqua, raspberry, yellow, orange Reception Decor, #2014weddingcolortrends

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If there is a place to go all out on color, it would be your reception tables! Whether it’s the tablecloths, your centerpieces or even the place settings, this year, you can NEVER have too much color! Not. At. All.

Wine Smoothies

Wine Smoothie from @cookwithcurls #WLOWteam

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How delightful is this? Signature drinks have been all the rage for a while now. To keep everyone feeling comfortable in the summer sun, how about making yours a wine smoothie? How do you make those? It’s pretty easy. Just put some frozen in-season berries and a cup of wine into a blender and you’re all set. (Click here for some of our personal favorite recipes.)

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches are a great treat to have at your wedding.

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Summer wedding cakes? Citrus buttercream or even a strawberry shortcake provides some great summer flavor. But ice cream treats are a sweet addition too. If you’re worried about ice cream dripping on everyone’s clothes, no worries. Put some ice cream sandwiches on a stick or serve mini scoops. Problem averted!

Eco-Friendly Favors

eco friendly party tips. Plant a tree wedding favor. I absolutely love this idea!

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While you’re looking at all that Mother Nature has to offer, give back by giving your guests some eco-friendly wedding favors. Maybe some seeds, a tree, a jar of raw honey or some miniature potted flowers. It’s a not-so-common touch that keeps on giving. A reminder that love grows and is good for everything around it. And isn’t that the perfect message on a summer wedding day?