Organizing Your Summer Wedding: 5 Essential Tips

Is there anything more romantic than the idea of an outdoor summer wedding? The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The breeze is blowing. What’s not to love? Unfortunately, there are a few factors we easily forget to consider when we think about the perfect summer wedding, like overheating, sweating, burning, dehydration, and sun poisoning, just to name a few. The biggest mistake you can make when planning is to overlook the harsh summer elements. It’s how you deal with such factors that make or break a summer wedding. The following tips will help you plan the perfect ceremony and reception sans the the troublesome summer mishaps.

Credits: Natalie Watson Photography
Credits: Natalie Watson Photography

1). Stay Cool
The first and most crucial tip to having a successful summer wedding is to avoid the heat. If you’re getting married outside, make sure to provide plenty of shade. Choosing a later time of day when the sun is less strong will make all the difference on your big day. If the venue is indoors, make sure there is plenty of air conditioning to keep your guests cool.

Credits: Blanco y Caramelo Photography
Credits: Blanco y Caramelo Photography

2). Dress accordingly

If you’re getting married outdoors, it’s important to have the proper dress, hair, and makeup to endure the elements. First of all, choose a dress with a lighter breathable fabric so you don’t sweat through your gown. Second, use lighter makeup. Heavy liquid makeup on a summer day will have you melting at the altar. Use a lighter powder-based makeup to stay dry. Third, choose a simpler hairstyle that won’t be ruined by wind or rain. Finally, keep face blotting paper, deodorant, sunscreen, and a fan at your immediate disposal to prevent sweating from ruining your look.

3). Keep it seasonal
When it comes to food and drinks, it’s best to keep it seasonal. Ditch the heavy meals. Choose lighter fare with lots of fruits and vegetables. Serve your guests refreshing summer cocktails – Think mojitos, caipirinhas, sangria, and daiquiris.

4). Stay Hydrated
Speaking of alcoholic drinks, booze and summer heat can be a hazardous combination. Serve guests water before the ceremony and remember to keep them hydrated throughout the reception. You can add mint leaves and slices of lemon or cucumber to the water for a chic presentation.

Credit: Matthew Morgan
Credits: Matthew Morgan

5). Don’t Stress
Remember, It’s your big day. You’ve taken all necessary precautions to have a hapless summer wedding. Now it’s time to stay cool, stay calm and enjoy the beautiful weather.



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