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5 tips for those getting married in summer

Summer is a wonderful season to get married. With the sun shining high in the sky, flowers in full bloom and long, bright days, it is easy to understand the reasons why many couples choose this season for their big day. However, summer heat and other seasonal factors can present challenges that are not always predictable and solvable. Here are five tips to help you plan the perfect summer wedding.

1. Plan with warm weather in mind

Summer can bring with it very high temperatures that can make you and your guests uncomfortable. Here are some suggestions for coping with the heat:

Choose the right location

Opt for a location that offers natural shade or has the ability to erect tents or gazebos. If possible, choose an air-conditioned venue for the ceremony or reception, or at least a cooled area where guests can take refuge from the heat.

Provide fans and water

Provide fans, parasols and water bottles for your guests. You can personalize these items with your names and wedding date for a special touch.

Consider the time of the ceremony

Schedule the ceremony for late morning or late afternoon, when temperatures are not at their peak. This will not only help keep guests cool, but also provide a softer, flattering light for photos.

2. Choose appropriate clothing

When it comes to choosing an outfit for a summer wedding, lightness and comfort are key.

Bridal and groom dresses

For the bride, it is advisable to opt for a dress made of light and breathable fabrics such as chiffon, silk or tulle. Therefore, heavy and layered materials that can be suffocating are to be avoided. Even for the groom, it is important to choose a lightweight suit. A linen or cotton dress will be more comfortable than wool.

Dresses for bridesmaids and groomsmen

Bridesmaids and groomsmen will surely appreciate light and comfortable dresses. Short dresses or midi lengths for bridesmaids, which are cooler and more appropriate for the season, would also be in vogue.

3. Plan a summer menu

The food and drinks provided on the menu can have a big impact on your guests’ experience, especially in summer. It is absolutely important to remember to have a wide selection of cool and refreshing drinks. Summer cocktails, juices, iced tea and lemonade are good choices. Not forgetting to have plenty of water available as well. For courses, it would be best to select a menu that includes light and fresh dishes, avoiding heavy and overly processed foods that can be indigestible in hot weather. A great remedy to the heat could be to serve instead of the traditional dessert, a nice ice cream or sorbet for dessert. Not only is it a refreshing option, but it can also add a fun and unique touch to your wedding.

4. Summer decorations

Summer offers an incredible range of flowers and vibrant colors. Make the most of what the season has to offer in your decorating. Use summer flowers such as sunflowers, daisies, peonies and lavender. Not only will they be fresh and in season, but they are also often cheaper than out-of-season flowers. Choose a color palette that reflects the cheerfulness of summer. Pastel shades such as pink, light blue and lavender, or bright colors such as yellow and orange, are perfect for this season. Incorporate natural elements into your decorations, such as seashells, stones polished by the sea or branches of floated wood. These details will add a touch of freshness and authenticity to your wedding.

5. Predict Insect Solutions

Insects can be a problem during summer weddings, especially if the ceremony or reception is held outdoors. Make insect repellent sprays available to guests. You can place them in decorative baskets around the location. Or, use citronella candles to keep insects away. Besides being functional, they can also add a romantic atmosphere to your party. Finally, if your reception is held outdoors, consider using tents or gazebos with mosquito nets to create protected areas where guests can eat and socialize without worrying about insects.

Planning a summer wedding can take a little extra planning, but with these tips, you’ll be able to ensure a flawless and smooth reception. Now that you really know everything, you just have to enjoy your summer wedding!


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