I can’t believe how fast this summer has flown by, and that it’s almost time for Labor Day! One more day of family, fun and festivities before the season ends. But did you know, the Labor Day weekend is also one of the most popular times of year to get married? A Labor Day wedding has oodles of perks! For example, it provides an extra day for guests to travel to and from your wedding. Perfect for a destination wedding. Here are ten Labor Day wedding ideas to consider if you want to wed on this special holiday.

Make a weekend of it. As I mentioned, a Labor Day wedding is perfect for a destination wedding weekend! Choose a location like Aspen that doubles as a mini-getaway and allow guests time in the schedule to do their own thing. That way they are less likely to mind giving up their holiday weekend. You can also make it extra fun by providing them with local tips in their welcome basket or scheduling a group outing.

Serve summer foods. Borrow the best of backyard parties for your menu and treat guests to summer faves. For example, burgers, fried chicken and BBQ. Serve cocktails in the form of popsicles and colorful drinks or lemonade. You could even serve your meal picnic style, for the ultimate summer ambience! This makes a great rehearsal dinner for something more casual.

Outdoor essentials. Taking advantage of the good weather is one of the best parts of a Labor Day wedding. Just make sure guests are comfortable by creating a cute summer essentials station stocked with bug spray, chapstick, sunscreen and any other essentials.

Summer blooms. Enjoy the last of the season by sticking to seasonal summer flowers in your arrangements. For example, dahlias, zinnias and clematis flowers are all pretty and colorful choices.

Wear white. We all know the old adage about not wearing white after Labor Day, so why not play on it by decking out your bridal party in all white? Bridesmaids in crisp white dresses is a great summer wedding look.

Provide babysitters. Holiday weekends are all about family, so asking your guests to leave their little ones at home is more likely to lead to them sending their regrets. Rather, hire an on-site babysitter and provide kids with games and activities so mom and dad can relax and enjoy themselves too.

Patriotic touches. Just like July 4th, Labor Day weddings are a fun time to add a touch of red, white and blue to your big day. Rather than going all out with the theme, include it in subtle ways like red cocktails with blueberry garnishes or a naked red and blue velvet cake. Otherwise, have the groom wear a star spangled bowtie or a pair of flag socks.

Summer patterns. Nothing says summer quite like seersucker or gingham! Use them on tables as napkins or runners for a grown-up feel, or simply dress your groom or bridesmaids in pretty summer checks.

Self-serve bars. Another guest favorite, self-serve bars are always great fun during cocktail hour. Let guests make themselves a gin or rum cocktail, or help themselves to sangria or mimosas. You could also create your own beer station, with local craft brews on tap. Just remember, don’t make it too DIY, have bartenders standing by to do the heavy lifting when requested.

Pie bar. A pie bar is always a guest favorite! It also happens to be perfect for a Labor Day wedding. Mix up full size fruit pies with pie pops and bite size pies, and display them all on a pretty table. Or why not send guests home with a mini pie favor?

Whatever you decide to do, here’s hoping your Labor Day weekend is wonderful!

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