Keep it Casual
If you are hosting an outdoor wedding mid-summer, give everyone a break and keep the dress code casual. Guests will be able to wear clothing made of lightweight fabrics. For both wedding guests and your wedding party, the men can skip wearing suit jackets and the ladies won't be expected to wear long gowns. If you have your heart set on a formal summer wedding, keep everything indoors, but look for a venue with big windows and a gorgeous view.
Handheld fans are a wonderful way to keep a nice, cool breeze directed at yourself. You can get creative and use them to double as wedding programs too, placed on every seat at the ceremony for guests to use. Large fans can also be rented, providing a big, cool breeze for everyone there. Be sure to place them so that the wind is not too strong on any one particular area. A few cleverly placed around the dance floor will help to keep the party going all night long. You can also set up a few misting fans for an even cooler feeling.
Other cold drinks are great, but it is extremely important to have water available at all times on a hot summer day. Make sure everyone in the wedding party, including the bride and groom, drink plenty of water before and during the festivities. You can either have cold water bottles placed conveniently all around the wedding area or offer fruit-infused water in pitchers or beverage dispensers. Have straws available for your bridal party to drink out of so that you can avoid smudging that beautifully applied wedding lipstick.
Make sure that there is someplace for everyone to get out of the sun for a while if needed, especially older guests. Tents allow you to keep parts of your wedding in the shade but still remain outdoors. You could pass out small umbrellas for guests to shade themselves, and there are some lovely parasols that would make an elegant addition to your bridal gown and bridesmaids' dresses. Some really fun wedding photos can be staged with these too.
Iced Down Washcloths
This may sound strange if you've never tried it, but it works amazingly well to quickly cool a person's body. Fill a cooler with ice and water, then place washcloths inside it in your wedding colors. When guests feel overheated, they can put a cold washcloth on their neck and instantly feel refreshed! Be sure to have some of these in the rooms where the members of your wedding party are getting ready.
Sweat Survival Kits
Provide extras of some of the items that the men and women in your wedding party might need to stay fresh, like face blotters, travel-size deodorants, body wipes, sunscreen... You could also have a basket of these items available in the restrooms for guests to use if needed.
Wait to Get Dressed
Do not get dressed in your wedding attire until the very last possible moment. This will help to avoid sweating in your beautiful clothing before your guests even have a chance to see you. Wearing long hair in an up-do is another wonderful way to stay cool on a hot day.
For the fellas, if you are wearing a suit jacket, only wear it when necessary, like during the ceremony and for photos. Take it off when you are out of sight and at the reception (once the bride says it's okay!) Sweat guards placed inside the armpits of shirts can catch sweat before it gets to the fabric, and having a spare undershirt or even a spare dress shirt will give you the option to change between the ceremony and reception if you need to.
When you arrive for your shopping appointment at our South Florida wedding dress store, we will help you find the bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses that are perfect for the time of year and expected weather for your wedding day. Angelus Bridal has a vast selection of exquisite special occasion gown options for every type of season, and your dream wedding dress is very likely here waiting for you!
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