Summer weddings are a popular choice for couples, even if they come with the risk of high temperatures and humidity. However, with proper planning and some creative ideas, you can beat the heat and have an enjoyable summer wedding. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and ideas for planning a cool and comfortable summer wedding that will keep everyone happy, hydrated, and entertained.
Choose the Right Venue
When it comes to summer weddings, the venue you choose will play a crucial role in keeping your guests cool and comfortable. Check if the venue has air-conditioned indoor spaces where guests can take a break and freshen up. If you opt for an outdoor ceremony, venues like gardens, beaches, and lawns are great, but make sure they have enough shaded areas. If not, consider renting tents for guests to escape from the sun. Additionally, try to choose a venue with good airflow and cross ventilation, which will keep everyone feeling fresh and airy.
Keep Guests Comfortable
Keep your guests comfortable by providing them with mist stations to cool them down. You may even consider offering personalized paper fans, parasols, or sunglasses as wedding favors, which will both add to the aesthetics and provide relief from the sun. You could also include sunscreen stations and bug repellent to protect your guests from the harsh rays of the sun and pesky insects.
Hydration and Refreshment
Staying hydrated is essential in hot and humid weather. Provide ample amounts of water, lemonade, or tea stations throughout the ceremony and reception. And consider giving out personalized water bottles to your guests. Cocktail stations with fruity and refreshing drinks can also be a crowd-pleaser. Or you can create a sweet treat station and serve shaved ice, ice-cream, or set up a popsicle cart to provide an extra cool treat for your guests.
Dress Appropriately – Opt for Lighter Fabrics
Consider the weather when choosing your wedding attire. When selecting your wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses, opt for lighter, breathable, and flowy fabrics like chiffon, organza, and lace. Lightweight fabrics will keep you and your bridesmaids feeling cool and comfortable. Remember, the last thing you will want as a bride is sweating in a heavy dress! Linen or cotton suits for grooms and groomsmen can go a long way in keeping everyone cool and comfortable. Make sure to inform your guests on the invitation about the dress code and suggest dressing in light-colored and breathable fabrics.
Timing is Key
The timing of your wedding can have a significant impact on the experience of your guests. Plan your ceremony and reception around the coolest part of the day, usually in the early afternoon or evening when the sun is not too intense. You can even host your reception at sunset, which creates an incredible ambiance. This way, you and your guests can enjoy the outdoor reception without getting hot and sunburnt.
Use Natural Decor
You can use natural decor such as fresh flowers, greenery, and succulents in your wedding décor. This not only adds to the natural ambiance but also ensures you and your guests breathe fresh air. Natural decor is easy to incorporate for beach or garden weddings, creating a perfect outdoor feel.
Entertainment and Games
As the sun beats down and the temperature rises, keeping your guests cool and entertained during outdoor gatherings is essential. Luckily, there are plenty of games suited for the great outdoors that will keep everyone active and engaged. Consider setting up a classic game of horseshoes or cornhole. And for a cooler option, an epic water balloon toss can provide a refreshing break while still being a blast. But why stop there? For those feeling particularly daring, set up a slip-and-slide for some wet and wild fun. And for the ultimate party experience, bring in a DJ or live band to keep the beats pumping and the dance floor hopping. With a variety of games and music to choose from, your guests will stay cool and entertained all day long.
Planning a summer wedding requires extra attention to detail, but with the proper planning and preparations, you can make it a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone. By choosing the right venue, dressing appropriately, providing hydration and refreshments, timing smartly, and keeping your guests entertained, you can beat the heat and create a beautiful and memorable summer wedding. Happy planning!