Summer is so full of joy, and weddings being a celebration of love and happiness, there couldn't be a better time for it. Your guests will also be eager to step out of their homes and enjoy your wedding. This is irrespective of whether it is held indoors or outdoors.
However, summer days also bring high levels of heat and discomfort, especially if you're going to be all dressed up. Many weddings, as beautiful as they are, forget to take this into account and end with hot, sweaty guests who would much rather go home than watch the happy couple get married.
Fortunately, by following some simple summer wedding tips, you can avoid common summer wedding woes and have the perfect day to begin the perfect marriage.
Choose comfortable and lighter dresses
As one of the most important summer wedding tips, we highly recommend light and airy wedding dress as well as bridesmaid dresses to ensure all-day comfort. As for the guests, tell them to wear cool, breathable dress ware. This day should be one of your best memories, not one full of sweating, smeared makeup, and constant discomfort.
Choose an Indoor-Outdoor location
A beautiful reception site that offers both outdoor and indoor party areas is an ideal choice, such as one with a fabulous ballroom and a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the whole garden. Guests can decide if they want to be in the outdoor elements or in the air-conditioned building. Especially if you have older or pregnant guests, it’s essential to provide a cooler environment option for all.
Provide cooling gadgets
At hot outdoor weddings, and even on the tables of the terrace, set out vases or theme-appropriate containers with little mini electric fans, or pretty paper fans for guests to cool themselves with.
It would be terrible if the one thing people brought back from your wedding day was a severe sunburn! Sunscreen would protect your audience from that.
Meanwhile, depending on where you live, you may also prepare bug spray. Mosquitos can become quite a nuisance in the summer, especially at night as the air starts to cool.
Enable plenty of shade for everyone involved
If your wedding happens to be on one of the hottest days of the year, it would be best if people could watch the ceremony under the natural shade, rather than baking in the sun counting the seconds until it's over.
Scout out your location and ask the site manager to arrange seats and tables under the shade of trees, or with big, bright table umbrellas.
Serve ice lemon water in stylish glasses
Guests at outdoor weddings love having fresh, ice-cold water brought to them throughout the event, so be sure to order hand-passed ice water service on silver trays. If you’re having a more informal wedding, consider stocking the bar or buffet with a few ice-filled coolers of water bottles.
Provide cool desserts
One of the summer wedding tips guests will most appreciate is cool or frozen desserts, like frozen yogurt, fruit pies, and frozen cocktails. Your guest will appreciate this extra summery touch to your wedding.
Wear a summer-friendly hairstyle
Another important tip for the bride is to wear a hairstyle that promotes staying cool. We recommend brides wear their hair up to prevent things like high humidity and wind from disrupting your style.
Be prepared for summer showers
Finally, prepare for summer showers in advance. Most climates experience a plethora of summer showers. Some of them surprise showers, others not. When you're planning your wedding months in advance, however, there's no way to know if it will rain on your special day.
As your wedding date gets nearer, you'll be able to get a more accurate prediction of the weather, which will allow you to plan according. Regardless, we recommend being fully prepared for the worst. Have a backup plan and plenty of available shelter for everyone.
Summer is the peak season for weddings. With warm weather, blooming flowers and plenty of theme inspiration, it's a great time to say "I do." As long as consider these special conditions and adopt these ideas, a wonderful summer wedding will be no worries.