Summer’s here and your plans for an idyllic outdoor wedding are all in place – you’re all set with the arrangements and with one eye on the weather forecast it’s looking like it’s going to be a scorcher when you exchange I do’s.  With hot and humid weather on its way, there are things you can do to keep you and your guests comfortable during your wedding day. 

Keep everyone hydrated – having decorative jugs of fruit infused iced water available when guests arrive for your outdoor ceremony is not only a nice touch, but some fruit such as watermelon (and cucumber, although technically not a fruit) help reduce body temperature and will help settle guests on a hot and muggy day.  Make sure to have cold refreshments available for your suppliers too, your photographer will thank you!

Choose the right outfit – it doesn’t matter if you’re the bride, part of the bridal party or a guest, most of us tend to get hot and bothered in the heat so definitely choose something appropriate for a wedding and the heat – light and airy versus heavily structured clothing will help keep you cool.

Keep guests cool – parasols and baskets of hand-held fans are a nice touch to help keep guests and your bridal party cool.  Hand-held fans with details of your wedding day printed on them are a great reminder of your wedding day and are perfect for doubling-up as wedding favours too.

Bridal updo – Choosing a hairstyle that takes your hair off your neck and forehead not only helps keep you cool but also helps you to avoid a wind-swept look in your photos.

Be mindful of guest safety – Think about the seating for your outdoor ceremony as certain kinds of metal or wooden chairs may get extra hot in the sun, and nobody wants burns on their bottoms or legs from the seating.  Don’t forget to include fabric cushions in your budget to avoid this when guests take their seat.

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Slip, slop, slap – A throwback from growing up in New Zealand in the 80’s, Slip on a shirt, Slop on the sunscreen, Slap on a hat might not be completely wedding appropriate but it’s important to remember the sunscreen if you’re going to be spending some time outdoors, as well as keeping your eyes protected with sunglasses.  Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen throughout the day too.

Frozen treats – Serving frozen ice lollies during your drinks reception is a great way to keep guests cool and is a bit of fun for your guests too

Serve lighter, seasonal dishes – Instead of a heavy meal think about serving grazing platters filled with seasonal and fresh ingredients.  An ice cream van is a great addition too for dessert sweet treats

Always have a back-up plan – it might be Summer but the weather can be unpredictable so make sure you have a wet weather plan, just in case thunderstorms threaten to ruin your day!

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Image credit: Neli Prahova Photography