Summer is undoubtedly the peak wedding season. There are some weekends where you’re bouncing back and forth from bridal teas to wedding receptions so fast you can’t even remember who you’re celebrating! That being said, summer is also one of the most beautiful and fun times to get married as well. There are conflicts to any season and summer is no exception, whether it be the weather or a scheduling conflict, here are a few tips to make sure that your summer wedding is a success.
Keep your guests comfortable
If you are having an outdoor wedding and you know it’s going to be midday and humid in July, make an effort to keep your guests cool in whatever way possible. Whether you invest in some small handheld fans, a big water station, or attempt to air condition the yard with large box fans keep in mind that young children and elderly people will be in attendance and you don’t want to give anyone a heat stroke. Same goes for the bugs – if you know they could be a potential problem, put some citronella candles on the tables and buy small spray bottles of bug spray for the guests.
Heat-proof your wedding look
From taking pictures, to toasting, to walking down the aisle you’re going to need your face and hair to stay intact. Even if you’re having an indoor wedding there will be pictures outside and if you’re hair isn’t heat-proof you could encounter a hair disaster very quickly. Same goes for your makeup – the summer sun can just about melt it right off your face. Luckily, these are easy to plan for and some setting spray and slight touch-ups are all it takes to make sure you stay put together throughout the entire day!
Plan in advance
Summer calendars are much more lenient for people if you let them know months in advance when your wedding is going to be. Once your guests start planning their summer trips or get invited to someone else’s wedding you’re going to watch your guest list drop. Prices on the other hand will start to go up. Planning your venue and booking photographers, florists, etc. needs to be done many months in advance to ensure that they will not only be available but that you can fit it all in your budget.
Take advantage of summer highlights
Whether you create a fun summery cocktail for your cocktail bar, invest in some cute outdoor games, or set up your reception in the trees, take advantage of the fun summertime highlights. There are so many and they are extremely hard to beat. If you’re wedding runs into the night you have prime potential to get people outside and having fun doing things other than just dancing. Ice cream and lemonade bars can be set up for guests of all ages to enjoy.
Have a Plan B
This goes for any season, but especially summer. There is so much that can be subject to change in an instant. If you have an outdoor wedding or reception make sure that you have a Plan B just in case the weather decides to downpour on you. If there’s a scheduling conflict with your photographer and makeup artist have a worst case scenario plan. All-in-all just be okay without everything working out ~perfectly~ and enjoy the day for what it is – the day you get to marry the love of your life!