It’s no secret that couples love summer weddings. However, the excess heat, humidity, (and dare we say rain) can require additional planning to ensure newlyweds, and their guests stay comfortable.
Protect yourself against the summer’s harsh elements with these tips:
Select an indoor/outdoor venue – not only does an indoor/outdoor location offer multiple ceremony and reception options, but it also gives the couple a backup plan in case their original plan falls through.
Pay attention to timing – since the sun is the strongest midday, couples should plan to have their wedding late afternoon or early evening. There will be less chance guests will be miserable sitting in the sweltering heat, and picking the right schedule will ensure newlyweds will have the perfect lighting for their wedding photos. However, it is necessary to remain mindful of when mosquitos or other pesky bugs are most active.
Provide heat relief – it is important to offer guests multiple ways to escape the heat. Some options include making use of natural shade, renting portable a/c units, passing out personal fans, and providing plenty of ice water to keep hydrated.
Choose the right fabrics – brides should opt for lighter weight materials that are more appropriate for hot weather such as chiffon, charmeuse, crepe, or batiste. Grooms may wear lighter colors, roll up their long sleeves, or swap their jackets for a vest.
Pick a summer hairstyle – for many, curls and certain up-dos will either frizz or become a sweaty mess before the reception starts. Ladies should select a hairstyle that not only looks beautiful but will also keep them cool. Some options include a high ponytail, loose fishtail halo braid, or a trendy side braid guaranteed to keep hair out of the face and off of the back.
Use wilt-proof flowers – to ensure blooms survive the dry and hot summer temperatures, a variety of choices are available including garden roses, cymbidium orchids, dahlias, peonies, and seeded eucalyptus.
Keep food safe – the heat cannot only ruin certain cold dishes; it can also make guests sick if they eat spoiled food. All meats, cheeses, seafood, and dairy items must be kept on ice, or the couple may opt to serve safer options like seasonal veggies, fruit, or gazpacho.
Reduce insect attacks – in addition to suggesting guests apply bug spray pre-wedding or providing repellent the day of, couples can also place citronella candles and tiki torches around the venue and skip using flower arrangements that attract bees and other similar insects.
While summer weather may pose some challenges, incorporating tips like these will ensure the wedding celebration is both beautiful and comfortable for newlyweds and their guests.
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