Let’s talk about the weather… and your summer wedding.
With the heat waves of the recent years, outdoor-loving couples may feel a little anxious about their big day. Oppressive heat is tiring, sweat stains and melting makeup don’t look so good, and any elderly or pregnant guests may have particular trouble staying in the sun. No one wants to see guests getting tired and leaving early!
But… but… rushing into the indoor back-up option means missing out on those sunshine blessings, wind whispers, and melting into that beautiful view… Is it really necessary?
The truth is, with some forethought, you could go a long way to ensure everyone’s comfort.
Here’s how to have your dream outdoor wedding on a hot day.
People have been living and getting married in hot climates since time immemorial, and so even on the hottest day, there is LOTS you can do to enjoy the outdoors! That way, you can have your dream outdoor wedding, not pass out, and have guests praise your thoughtfulness for the years to come!
Waiting time for the early arrivals.
If a guest arrives a bit early, is there a comfortable place for them to go? Is there a shaded area? Can the reception hall open its doors early and let everyone into its air-conditioned space?
It’s not the heat itself – but the dehydration that can be dangerous in extreme heat.
- See if the venue can serve water or juice (alcohol won’t be ideal) in advance on the ceremony.
- If not, get a table and buckets of ice, and prepare a lots of bottled water for people to take before they sit down.
- To keep the drinks in ice, get a few galvanized steel buckets, or consider more creative vessels… like a canoe!
- Keep more ice in a freezer, or make arrangements to get packaged ice delivered to your venue throughout the day.
Even half an hour in the midday sun can cause skin damage.
- Leave small bottles of sunscreen in the bathrooms.
- Buy some asian conical hats at Pacific Mall (if it works with the theme of the wedding) or parasols (if that works with your theme) and offer them in a conspicuous place.
- Offer customized sunglasses with your logo.
All of these could double as great wedding favours!
Air flow devices and cooling hacks.
- Ensure that all the limos and indoor facilities have working AC; consider renting portable air conditioning for a tent reception.
- You could buy individual battery-operated fans or spray fans for your guests.
- Get bamboo accordion type fans.
- Heck, if you are into DYI, you could make accordion type fans out of paper yourself!
- Leave wet washcloths near the ice bucket.
- Avoid metal chairs as they tend to overheat.
- Allow simple dress code. The wedding party could lead the way with white shirts, rolled up sleeves and khaki pants for a unique beach style. Men in attendance will love to know that suits are not required!
- Deodorants and hair ties in the bathrooms can be super helpful.
- Ask your caterer to serve lighter seasonal fare.
- Keep your ceremony short. Half an hour is plenty of time in high heat.
- Consider moving the order of events around so that the outdoors event takes place later in the day – avoid the midday heat if you can!
Take care of you.
This should go without saying, but if there is two people who need to remain fresh and energetic throughout the day and enjoy every moment of it, it’s the bride and groom!
- Drink plenty of water
- The bride should have her hair in an updo
- For a ball gown, the bride should get a hoop skirt that will keep the layers of the dress away from her legs.
- If using shaping undergarments, keep your legs bare at least from the knees down.
- Be ready to de-layer or change into lighter clothes (ie, shorter skirt) during the course of the day.
- The bride can replace flowers with a bright peacock feather fan – or whatever works with her dress – with a matching accessory for the groom.
- The bride’s makeup and hair products should be selected to withstand high heat.