Summer dreams

As I sit at my computer watching more snow fall, my thoughts can’t help but drift to warm summer days, and I’m glad I’m not going anywhere to officiate a wedding in a foot of snow.

But once I get past the nostalgia, I remember that weddings on a really hot day may bring their own problems, as well. There truly is such a thing as too much of a good thing! You have to be prepared for too much heat, too many insects, sweaty armpits and clothing, men in black jackets, and sun in your eyes.

One thing I don’t see enough of in summer weddings is ice cream! We need more ice cream, gelato, sorbet, snow cones and other cool treats for summertime joy! Tubs filled with ice holding interesting sodas or sparking water, is sure to be appreciated as well.

Big umbrellas! If you are having an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour or the entire affair out in the sun, consider having large patio-style umbrellas to create some shade. If your ceremony is set up in a sunny spot, have parasols available for guests to use.

Be sure to let your guests know what’s happening. If it is going to be outdoors, clearly inform them about how to dress and what to expect.

Timing is everything. Try to schedule your nuptials so you are not outdoors during the hottest part of the day, but also remember that sundown is a time that seems to bring out most flying critters. Provide bug spray – although I’m not a fan of chemicals – there are some good options out there.

Pick summer-themed music – such as beach songs, or just songs that remind us of summer or have lyrics about summer, to savor the time of year all the more. There are a lot to choose from. I like Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks, but I’m from that generation. You can include Beach Boys tunes, or go really old-school with Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer, or Summer Breeze.

Get the air moving with giant fans – they are rentable. You may want them if you are under a tent.

A pale color pallet is always summery, or even all white. And be open to men not wearing jackets.

As for my role, I always love to reference something relevant, so I may reference the weather, the time of year, especially if it has meaning for the couple. For example: ‘James and Jess met on a hot summer day, much like this one, six years ago.’

I may find a poem about summer, or excerpt from literature. In Loves Journey by Amanda Prescott she writes: ‘When the days wear long and it seems I can barely hold on, I close my eyes and think of you. And just as the warmth of the sun touches my skin, I recall how you have touched my heart.’

Let us dream on!

     Thank you Lisa Rhinehart for the use of your wonderful photography

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