Essentials For A Summer Wedding - Smart Wedding Favors And Tips To Beat The Heat

Published: 24th October 2011
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An ideal summer wedding would be complete with endless sunshine, warm weather, and smiling faces. Unfortunately Mother Nature is not always kind enough to ensure these perfect conditions and, more often than never, the wraths of the summer heat are overlooked when it comes to planning a wedding. A summer wedding can still be a success with a couple clever decisions about your venue, your wedding decorations, and even your wedding favors.

Planning Around the Sun

Waking up to the beautiful sunshine on your wedding day is a blessing - nothing can go wrong under the sun…or can it? It definitely can. The lovely warmth of the sun can turn into an unbearable heat even after twenty minutes of exposure, leaving your guests restless (not to mention sweaty) as they wait for you to walk down the aisle. This discomfort can be alleviated with some smart ideas that your guests will truly thank you for.

Hand Fans and Umbrellas

Take the edge off the heat by providing hand fans or charming parasols in your wedding favors. Hand fans come in a variety of prints and colors that can match your wedding theme and will be a favorite item for your guests to stay cool. As for umbrellas, paper parasols are effective, but try limiting them to one per family or one for every two guests. Too many umbrellas may become distracting and may obstruct the view of the guests.

Stay Hydrated

The heat can be dangerous, especially when there is a lack of water. Make sure your guests, caterers, wedding photographers, and DJs stay hydrated by providing access to coolers of water bottles or constant water service. Again, utilize your wedding favors as a mini survival kit for your guests by adding a small bottle of water to the arrangement. Wedding accessories often include personalized water bottle labels that you can add to the bottles so that they match the rest of your wedding decorations. Don't forget that you and your groom stay hydrated throughout the day too!

Perfect Timing

Want to avoid the blistering sun all together? Plan your wedding to take place in the late afternoon, right before the sun sets. Not only will this time of day be cooler, but it will also provide a romantic glow from the incoming dusk sky. If you're worried that this setting will be too dim for the photographs, choose wedding decorations like whimsical hanging light garlands or an assortment of paper lanterns that will provide a warm and cozy setting against the fading sunlight.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Unfortunately, singing that song typically won't make the rain go away. The heavy rain and thunderstorms of the summer are probably your worst enemies when it comes to planning a summer wedding. Don't let the rain damper your special day by staying one step ahead of Mother Nature.

Have a Plan B

Going for plan B doesn't have to mean settling for something less than your fairytale wedding. Have an alternative indoor venue set aside just in case your outdoor venue gets rained out, and echo the essence of nature through your wedding decorations. Make sure this alternative venue is something you are happy with, so that in the rare occasion that plan B is the necessary route, you are still smiling under your wedding veil.

Take Cover

An alternative to the alternative - pitch a tent. In the case that the rain isn't so harsh, hold your wedding under a tent to take cover from the drizzle. Tents come in a variety of styles and can easily be decorated with hanging lights, lanterns, flower garlands, and other whimsical décor that will provide a comfortable indoor vibe in an inspiring outdoor setting. Tents can also be used to solve problem of the intense summer sun - who knew taking a cue from the campsite would be such a good idea?

A summer wedding under the sun (or in the rain) can be beautiful and enjoyable even under extreme conditions. Accepting the challenge from Mother Nature and working around the heat and unexpected storms will be rewarding if you take the right precautions - so be bold and plan your wedding in the middle of the hottest July, you and your guests will be pleasantly surprised at how delightfully your special day turns out.


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