Outdoor weddings are the perfect way to take advantage of these upcoming summer months. You are almost guaranteed that the sun will be shining and the air will be filled with that beautiful summer scent. However, when the temperature starts to rise, it can be a challenge to make sure that your guests stay cool and comfortable during the entirety of your special day. Don't let the heat change your mind about an outdoor wedding, just use these cute and clever ways to keep your guests cool and your wedding perfect.
(Photo by Ainsley Rose, Catering by Dirty Apron)
Shade your guests
Sitting in the shade as opposed to sitting directly under the sun can make all of the difference in your guests' comfort. Make sure that you always provide a shady space for your friends and family to comfortably watch and enjoy your wedding ceremony. A flowy, white canopy is the perfect way to block out the sun but still allow the summer breeze to reach your guests. The canopy is also the perfect place to hang stringed lights, decorate with floral arrangements, or even hang chandeliers. Not only will it keep your guests cool, but it will add a magical and whimsical element to your already amazing wedding.
Another fun way to provide your guests with plenty of shade is having a basket of little umbrellas that they can pick up on their way to their seats. Choose umbrellas that match your color scheme, keeping it simple or choosing brightly patterned umbrellas. Your guests will feel comfortable and it will look amazing in your wedding pictures!
Give Out Practical Wedding Favors
Offer your guests a little extra breeze by placing paper fans on each seat. Customize them to have the date or a cute saying written on them. Your guests will appreciate being able to fan themselves as well as the party favor that they get to take home with them.
Reusable water bottles are another fun summer wedding favor that you can give to your guests. Design them yourself and have fun with it! Have a water station set up near by where guests can fill up their bottles and put them to use during the hot summer day.
Serve Summer Treats
If your ceremony is outside, start your catering service a little early by having the waiters serve poptails- cocktails in popsicle form- before the wedding begins. This is the perfect way to have a pre-ceremony cocktail party in a refreshing and playful way. Serve fruity and festive sangria popsicles or tangy mint mojito popsicles! Any combination is sure to be delicious, so be creative with it!
When looking at dinner options, remember to choose a menu that is appropriate for the weather. You cannot go wrong with fresh fruits, summer salads, and ice cream or popsicles for dessert! Take full advantage of the summer season and provide your guests with meals that will help cool them off on a hot summer day.
You are always taking a little bit of a chance during an outdoor wedding, no matter what season. Don't let a little sun scare you away from getting married in the sweet summer air, just follow these tips to ensure that you are prepared for whatever weather is thrown your way.