How to keep your guests cool DUring Your Summer Wedding.
I must admit it. I had an outdoor wedding at the end of June. Now, many brides get married outside in Summer, but in my case there was no tent for shelter, not enough to drink, and one of my bridesmaids may or may not have fainted during pictures. (Still sorry, Susanna.) I know what you're thinking: sounds like just the right amount of drama. Please resist the urge to recreate.
I think because my wedding had a few crisis moments that could have been avoided with a little guidance, (and common sense, but COM’ON! I was 22!) I am now very passionate about planning for the worst (though hoping for the best) when it comes to your wedding day-and terrible heat can be just as serious as rain!
If you are getting married in the months of May-September in the South, you should consider having your Ceremony inside. However, if your dream is to have that magical, outdoor experience even in 113 degree weather, (how could I have known it was going to be the hottest day since 1941 let it go!!) you might want to think through how to keep your guests cool while you're getting hitched under the golden sun.
If you have it in the budget, a tent is always appreciated, and they can be really pretty! Think about a peaked, round, circus style or one with scalloped edging. Just make sure you double check what size you need based on the measurements of the space, and think through lighting, draping and walls (if it’s supposed to storm!). If you are worried about rain, a tent is also a necessary splurge for outdoor weddings.
If a tent is not in the budget and you are nuptualing outside then look for some shade! Even though a ceremony may only be 20 mins long, often family will get there early, and then stick around another 30 mins for pictures after the ceremony. You don’t want your great-grandma in the direct sun for an hour and a half do you?! Find a treeline, awning, or wooded area to block those rays.
You can get really creative with fun treats for your guests. Have you seen the cocktail popsicles? Look into a Raspberry Rosé pop, or a Moscow Mule pop. Yum. I could be happy in a desert all alone if I had one of those. You can even be super fancy and freeze flowers in juice and liqueur for a feminine, garden look. Frozen margaritas are of course always a hit at cocktail hour, and feel free to let your guests enjoy a beer or even gelato during the ceremony!
All in all, this day is about you and your best friend tying the knot. If you want your wedding outside, go for it! But don't forget about keeping your guests comfortable. And don't forget water. LOTS OF WATER.