Although autumn is fast becoming the most
popular time of year to get married, spring and summer are still front runners
due to the warm weather and (mostly) predictable weather. But if there is one
thing couples must think about when planning a summer wedding, and especially
if it is outdoors, is keeping guests comfortable and cool.
If you’re an Austin local, you know how hot it
can get during the summer season! But no matter where you live, it’s probably
safe to say that if you’re having a wedding somewhere between May and August,
you’ll encounter some sweaty weather with a side of sun blindness.
But no worries, sun lovers! You can still have an outdoor summer wedding that guests won’t melt during (or get eaten by bugs).
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Keep reading for tips on how to make sure your
wedding guests (and you!) stay as cool as the cucumbers in the dinner salad.
Consider providing “summer essentials bags” as
welcome favors or set up a table with free items guests can grab during the
wedding. Include items like sunshades, sunscreen, aloe vera, bug spray,
blotting papers, water, mini mister fans or bottles, paper fans, umbrellas,
There are many ways to keep your guests
hydrated during an outdoor summer wedding. Fill a tub with ice cold water
bottles, display water in a pretty dispenser on your dessert table (as well as
other cool drinks like tea and lemonade), or hand out water bottles with custom
labels for a personal touch. Water bottles can also be given as wedding favors!
If you want to add a zing to your hydration station, infuse ice cubes with fresh fruit. Not only do these pretty ice cubes make for great Instagram photos, but they add flavor to a glass of plain water.
Scream for Ice Cream
A sundae bar is a great way to please both the
adult and kid wedding guests. This takes a bit of planning since you’ll need to
set it up in such a way that keeps everything frozen, but it’s worth it.
Provide a variety of ice cream flavors and all the toppings: sprinkles, chocolate,
fudge, coconut shavings, cherries, graham crackers, gummies, nuts, crushed
candies, and anything else you think guests would enjoy.
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, give
your guests a heads up with information about the venue in the invitation.
Include an information card that lets them know the wedding will be held
outside and that they should consider wearing lawn/beach-friendly shoes.
If you’re having a beach wedding, you might
also consider providing a bin of various-sized flip-flops for guests to grab
and wear or set up a “shoe valet” area where guests can store their shoes
before heading to the ceremony space. Afterwards, offer them a towelette or
rinsing station so that they can wipe their feet before slipping back into
their formal shoes.
If you plan on using metal or wooden chairs,
either for your ceremony or reception, do yourself and your guests a favor by
popping a fabric cushion on the seat. This will ensure a more comfortable
sitting situation, as well as make it more difficult to burn buns or legs.
Now that you have some ideas on how to beat the heat, you can start planning an outdoor summer wedding that you and your guests will enjoy. Let the sun shine!
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Having photographed many outdoor weddings in the Austin heat, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve that will ensure your guests leave your ceremony feeling comfortable and cool! Let’s talk!