Hello from sunny Hawaii! We’re here on a little scouting trip and are loving the perfect weather (sorry to all those deep in snow). While perfect weather is perfect, not so perfect weather can be quite a problem for weddings, so this week, we’re talking about the weather: I’m having an outdoor summer wedding because I wanted good weather, but I’m starting to realize that it might be quite hot. I’m not so concerned about myself, but my fiance naturally tends to run on the hot side and I don’t want him to be sweating and totally uncomfortable. In addition, I don’t want my guests to be uncomfortable either. But, I’m not sure what the best solution is to this since we’re having an outdoor wedding. Do you have any suggestions that would help?
First off, kudos to you for thinking about your fiance and your guests! It’s so important that people feel comfortable at a wedding (because if they aren’t, they won’t be happy) and sometimes couples forget about that in the planning. So, besides changing your venue (which I wouldn’t recommend), there are some other ways to help with the heat and cool your guests down.
The first way that can help with this is the attire. I’m not sure how formal your summer wedding is, but either way, you should mention the weather to your guests either on your website or your invite or both. Warn them about it so that they can pick their attire accordingly (within the dress code you’ve set). In that same vein, you should think about what your fiancé is wearing and see if there is a way to make it as cool as possible. Think light colors and airy fabrics like linen or cotton. You can even consider having him not wear a suit or a tie (if you are going more casual).
The second way that can help is by creating shade. Now how do you create shade? You can get a tent, which might be a great option (if possible at your venue) as it will not only keep the sun off your shoulders but can give you some fun decor opportunities as well. However, tents aren’t cheap and also don’t work in all spaces, so it might not be something that works for your particular summer wedding. You can also consider small shade helpers like umbrellas (standing ones), parasols (for your guests to hold) and even little canopies (not quite full tents, but little structures that provide cover). These can be a nice respite from the sun, will work in most spaces and won’t block things like the view.
The last way is to bring in the cool factor. And when I say cool factor, I mean both the feeling of coolness and some cool touches. First up are beverages. You’ll want to provide cooling beverages and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic options like cucumber water or mojitos. Having a cool drink really helps with the heat and you can still keep it interesting by having a signature drink. I would suggest that you also pick your menu with the heat in mind and try to go for lighter fare and even cold options for things like appetizers or desserts (ice cream or sorbet). Now while you might not want to go so far as providing water misters (although those do feel lovely), you can provide small amenities to help with the heat like facial sprays (Evian makes one) and handkerchiefs. The facial sprays you can leave in the bathrooms (with other fun toiletries) and the handkerchiefs you can give to people before the ceremony which they can use throughout the day. What I like about the handkerchiefs are that you can personalize them or get vintage ones and they can also be a favor that someone could use again.
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