Summer is one of the best seasons to get married. The weather is perfect, you can choose an outdoor location, and the long days make for great lighting during the photo op. Albeit all the wonderful things that summer weddings can offer, there are also a few things to keep in mind. Here are some of the dos and don’ts for your summer wedding.
First and foremost, make sure you follow up on RSVP’s and save-the-dates, as summer is a season for vacationing. Let your friends and family know that it is important for them to be there with you on your big day. The date for the wedding is important so as your guests can adjust their schedule accordingly.
Provide some heat relief for your guests.
The summer season can get hot especially before dinner. Have your ceremony where there is enough shade for everyone. Tents with air-conditioning can also be rented for your event to keep everyone cool and comfortable throughout the ceremony. Offer cold refreshments as your guests arrive. You can also offer umbrellas if you are planning on having a beach wedding. Make sure you stock up on cold beverages that are accessible once the dancing starts. You can also give out sunblock to keep everyone safe from the sun.
Plan the food accordingly.
Summer weddings are not only great for the weather but it also means that you can serve lighter food instead of full meals, which do not go well with hot weather. Go for fresh salads, light snacks, and refreshing appetizers. Make use of the fruits and vegetables in season to lessen your budget for the food. Frozen cocktails with fresh herbs such as mint and fruits such as watermelons and pineapples are popular during summer weddings. These drinks are light and easier to take instead of the heavy hard drinks. You can also serve ice pops for dessert to cool down the guests as well as a sweet treat after the meal.
A summer wedding during the middle of the day is not exactly the most appealing time.
It is when the sun is hottest and will definitely ruin everyone’s mood. Start the ceremony around late afternoon or just before the sun sets. Not only will you have a dreamy backdrop for the ceremony but it will also highlight the beauty of the place and make everything so much more romantic. You can also opt to have the dinner during sunset and work around it for the perfect setting.
Do not forget to wear breathable attire and ask your guests to do the same.
Go for material such as light cotton with some silk and minimal lace to prevent any sweating during the ceremony. Let your dress highlight your curves without weighing you down. If traditional dresses is not a concern, go for something a little shorter or with higher slits to keep you cool throughout the ceremony. You can go for a traditional dress during the ceremony and then get changed into something cooler after. Ask your guests to wear cocktail dresses instead or something lightweight in cool colors.