Summer is a busy time for the wedding industry, and it’s easy to see why. You can look forward to warm and bright days, which seem to lift almost everyone’s mood, and venues and natural landscapes are looking their best. However, when the weather is particularly hot, it can become uncomfortable and, in extreme cases, unsafe. To prevent your wedding from being spoiled by the sun, you need to take steps to ensure you and your guests stay as comfortable as possible. Here are seven essential tips to help you organize a safe and enjoyable summer wedding for you and your guests:
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1. Plan an Early or Late Ceremony
Try to avoid planning the ceremony at the hottest part of the day, which is usually in the middle of the afternoon. An early morning ceremony followed by an indoor reception (with air conditioning) could work, but many people choose to have their ceremony in the early evening and then celebrate during the cooler evening weather.
2. Think about your Hair and Makeup
Wearing your hair down may look lovely at the start of the day, but after an hour of sweat and humidity, it is unlikely to stay that way. Wearing your hair up will help you to keep cool and will mean it is more likely to stay in place. It is also worth avoiding thick, heavy, dark makeup, and remember to take makeup with you for touch-ups throughout the day.
3. Protect your Skin from The Sun
In all the excitement of choosing a dress and accessories, it can be easy to forget about the basics of sun safety. You and your partner need to remember to apply sunblock before you leave home or the hotel for the ceremony and reapply it every few hours when you are in the sun. You should also remind your guests to bring their own sunblock and, depending on your location, mosquito repellent.
4. Protect your Eyes from The Sun
Your eyes are also susceptible to damage from the sun, but adding a pair of sunglasses to your outfit will probably detract from your theme. Therefore, consider wearing UV protection contact lenses and enjoy an invisible but effective barrier.
5. Choose Light Clothing for the Wedding Party
Your wedding dress should be as comfortable and light as possible, but you should also think about your groomsmen and bridesmaids. Yes, they should look beautiful, but comfort and safety are just as important. When choosing your outfits, go for light and airy fabrics, and consider abandoning full suits for the groomsmen. It might also be worth advising guests to dress for the weather and letting them know that some parts of the day will be outside.
6. Make Sure Shelter is Available
While many guests will want to make the most of the weather, just as many will want to be able to take refuge occasionally. Providing a sheltered and shaded area will not only help in extreme heat but will also be useful if a summer shower decides to make an appearance. An indoor or tented area would be the best place to take your photographs if it is particularly warm.
7. Choose a Lighter Menu
Heavy and hot food is unlikely to go down well when your guests are melting and already feeling lethargic. Instead, opt for light and fresh food with cool drinks and chilled desserts that will give your guests plenty of energy to dance the night away without weighing them down.