Summer Wedding Tips

Staying cool in the summer (photo: Rhinehart Photography)

Summer’s here and it’s a beautiful time for weddings. It is a good idea to be prepared for all the season brings, and to let your guests know what to expect as well.

I’ll only just mention the importance of having a good rain plan, as I have written about this so much, I’m tired of hearing myself!

But how about have a sun plan? Prepare for heat and direct sun that might beat down upon your guests during your ceremony or party. Have water and non-alcoholic drinks readily available. Find or create shady areas. You can use market umbrellas or hang fabric in some way to create a sun screen. It is definitely worth investing in parasols to have at the ready!

Stock your restrooms with mini deodorants, sunscreen, blotters, bug spray and baby wipes.

Let folks know its ok to kick off their shoes! Maybe even have a basket of flip-flops for people to take.

Set your ceremony time a little later in the day to take advantage of the cooler temperatures, but beware of bugs at dusk. Have lots of citronella candles or torches and bug spray (the natural kind, I hope!)

Please support the groom and groomsmen in the choice to go without jackets! Suits and tuxes can be unbearably hot in the summer. I have seen more than one groomsman faint during a ceremony in the sun. A great vest or suspenders and tie can create a very cool look.

Take advantage of seasonal flowers and foods! And if it’s a DIY backyard wedding be careful about food temperatures to avoid any spoilage.

Create an outdoor lounge by bringing indoor furniture outside for folks to relax and lounge in shady spots.

By following a few simple tips I hope you have a relaxed and comfortable summer wedding experience!


Enjoy all that summer offers for a summer wedding!

As usual – thank you Lisa Rhinehart for the wonderful photographs

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