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Beat the Heat: How to Keep Cool this Wedding Season

I've seen my fair share of sizzling summer weddings. While the warmth of the sun can add a magical glow to your big day, it can also bring some challenges. But fear not! With a bit of creativity and planning, you can ensure that everyone stays cool and comfortable. Here are my top tips and tricks to beat the heat and keep the fun flowing at your summer wedding.

1. Choose the Right Time

Timing is everything! If you're set on a summer wedding, consider scheduling your ceremony and reception for the late afternoon or early evening. The temperature tends to be cooler, and the lighting is perfect for those dreamy photos.

2. Offer Refreshing Welcome Drinks

As guests arrive, greet them with a selection of refreshing welcome drinks. Think iced tea, lemonade, or infused water with mint, cucumber, and citrus slices. Not only does this keep everyone hydrated, but it also sets a relaxed and inviting tone for the festivities.

3. Embrace Shade and Shelters

Outdoor weddings are stunning, but it's crucial to provide plenty of shaded areas. Consider renting elegant tents or canopies, or use natural shade from trees. Parasols and handheld fans can also be delightful additions that double as stylish props for photos.

4. Cool-Down Stations

Create cool-down stations with chilled towels, misting fans, and sunblock. These little touches show your guests you care about their comfort and well-being. A basket of sunglasses and hats can also be a fun and practical way to help guests beat the heat.

5. Light and Airy Attire

Encourage your bridal party and guests to dress in light, breathable fabrics. For brides, consider a gown with lighter fabrics like chiffon or organza. Grooms can opt for linen suits or dress shirts with rolled-up sleeves. Comfortable and cool attire ensures everyone feels their best throughout the day.

6. Cooling Treats

Who doesn't love a good treat? Offer ice cream, popsicles, or even a shaved ice station. These delightful desserts not only satisfy sweet cravings but also help everyone cool off. A fun twist could be creating signature ice cream flavors named after the bride and groom!

7. Hydration Stations

Hydration is key during a summer wedding. Set up hydration stations with an array of flavored water, coconut water, and electrolyte drinks. Keep them stylish with chic dispensers and plenty of ice.

8. Airy Décor and Seating

Opt for open, airy décor that allows for plenty of airflow. Avoid heavy fabrics and consider using light, flowing materials for drapery and tablecloths. For seating, provide fans or portable air conditioning units to keep the area comfortable.

9. Evening Entertainment

As the sun sets, the temperatures will naturally drop, making it the perfect time to kick off the evening entertainment. Think string lights, fire pits, and cozy blankets for a charming and comfortable atmosphere.

10. Personal Cooling Devices

Distribute personal cooling devices like handheld fans or mini misters. These can be customized with your wedding date and names, making them a memorable and practical wedding favor.

11. Plan B: Indoor Options

Always have a backup plan! Weather can be unpredictable, so having an indoor option ready to go can save the day if temperatures soar or if a summer storm rolls in.

12. Ice-Cold Cocktails

Work with your bartender to create a menu of ice-cold cocktails. Frozen margaritas, mojitos, and spritzers can be refreshing and fun. Don't forget to include some mocktail options for non-drinkers and kids!

Your summer wedding can be a stunning, memorable event with a little thoughtful planning to keep everyone cool and comfortable. Embrace the beauty of the season and incorporate these tips to ensure your big day is a refreshing and joyous celebration.

Here's to a blissfully cool summer wedding. Cheers!

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