Summer weddings come with a few extra challenges because of the heat. However, this shouldn't keep you from having the summer soiree of your dreams! With a little work, your summer wedding will be one for the record books, and not because of the temperature!
The first thing to keep in mind when planning your summer wedding is your venue and reception space. Summer wedding does not have to equal an outdoor wedding. An indoor wedding venue with great views can give you the summer wedding you crave while allowing your guests to stay cool and truly enjoy your wedding. An outdoor venue is still doable, however.
If you decide to have your wedding outdoors, keep in mind you will need to take a few steps to keep your guests comfortable:
1. Provide plenty of cool beverages for your guests during the ceremony and the reception.
2. Have hand fans or misters at each seat. These can double as favors.
3. Schedule your wedding later in the evening when the sun will be a little cooler.
Even if you have your ceremony outdoors, consider an indoor reception, or create a space that can be cooled at the reception, like a tent with air conditioners. Provide sunscreen and bug spray to your guests for another way to keep their wedding spirits high.
Melted cake, wilted flowers, and hearty foods are all things that can make for a summer wedding disaster. Select flowers that stand up well in the hotter temperatures, and keep them cool for as long as possible before the wedding. Order an extra bouquet and boutonniere to keep in a cooler or fridge for pictures. Fondant over buttercream can help a cake stand up to the temps, and lighter food like fresh fruits and veggies will keep guests from becoming miserable, even if they over-indulge.
What you wear at your summer can also make a difference. Heavy fabrics will be hot and uncomfortable and this is the last thing a bride wants to be on her wedding day. Choose a dress made from lighter fabrics like silk, tulle, or chiffon. A second dress that is a little less formal for the reception is also a great idea. For the groom, a tux made from linen, cotton, fresco, or chambray will help beat the heat while keeping things formal. If you're looking at a less formal dress code, a linen shirt, and khaki pants are another way to keep the groom from sweltering in the summer sun. Send your save the dates out well in advance to allow your guests to plan their wedding attire in advance. Consider a more casual dress code, and let guests know if there will be a way for them to escape the heat.
Planning a wedding in the summer has many perks. The weather is gorgeous. You don't have to worry about getting a spray tan, and it can be a great time to get away from the world and relax. A little preparation can go a long way when planning your summer dream wedding. Keep our tips in mind, and your day will amazing despite the summer heat!