A Guide to Summer Weddings

Summer and weddings make the perfect union, literally. Warm temperatures, lush greenery, and breathtaking blooms make summer the ideal time of year to ring those wedding bells. What are you waiting for? Set the date, pick the venue, and get on with planning your nuptials for this summer. There’s a lot of detailed planning that’s required for your summer wedding to achieve your vision and have a smooth process. From the style of dress to the table settings, you have a bit to consider for your wedding. Check out this quick guide to your summer wedding. 

Venue Should Be “Cool”

The summer is warm, and temperatures can reach uncomfortable levels. Needless to say, you don’t want your wedding party and guests to feel hot and sweaty at your wedding. Whether it’s an indoor (ballroom) or outdoor(beach, terrace) site, the environment should be cool for all guests. Consider how hot your venue can get and provide some kind of shade for your guests if necessary. Avoid having your guests sitting directly in the sun for an extended period. The venue may even provide shade options, like umbrellas or covered patios, or maybe you can rent certain covering or an A/C unit and bring them to the venue to ensure that you, your partner, and your guests are comfortable. It’s also a good idea to make cooling gadgets available to guests and prepare to have ice, and cold water served to guests during the event.

Protect Your Wedding Look

Remember, a summer wedding is a hot-weather wedding, and as such, you want to pick a wedding gown that is made of a lighter fabric that’s breathable such as chiffon, voile, or crepe. Skip the long train if the ceremony and reception are outdoors. For the men, go for breathable tuxedo fabric and opt for linen that’s lightweight and airy, cashmere, chambray, or seersucker for open-backed vests. Sweaty pits and backs are not attractive. Hot, humid weather calls for sleek hairstyles like a pulled-back chignon or low ponytail, and if unsure about the summer wedding hairdo, consult with your hairstyling pro. Wait till the wedding night to let your hair down.

Choose The Right Flowers and Keep Them Fresh

Your florist will help you choose the ideal flowers for your summer wedding. Bloom and colors should come to mind, and some flowers do more justice than others for a summer wedding. Go for peonies, a popular choice for a summer wedding, thanks to their soft hues and elegant, dramatic blooms. You can’t go wrong with roses, no matter the season. If you are looking for the ideal accent pieces, lavender is well suited for any bouquet on a big day. Proteas can withstand hot temperatures, while hydrangea is a go-to classic wedding flower with full blooms and soft hues. Flowers like hydrangea need a good water source to prevent wilting that can happen in minutes. 

Protect Your Food From the Heat and Bugs

Some menu items are not heat friendly, but worst, heat on your food can make guests ill. Make coo-food service a priority and ensure that cheeses, meats, and seafood are appropriately stored in highly-cooled serving dishes. The caterer should replace sun-warmed foods, like salad dressings, with cooler and fresher items as need be. This is to ensure the safety of all in attendance at your summer wedding and food spoilage. Keep serving platters covered to keep flies and bees away from foods. Ask that the wedding cake be kept in the refrigerator until it’s closer to cutting time. 

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