We had some crazy-hot weather in NYC recently, and it really got me thinking about how we’re going to keep our guests cool during our wedding ceremony.
The high temperatures in late September in Austin have historically hovered around 90 degrees. Last year, after a summer of record dry spells and heat, the high on our wedding date (if it had been last year) was a toasty 102.9 degrees. Yikes. Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of that craziness this year.
Our ceremony is set for 5:30 so, thankfully, the hottest part of the day will be over by the time our guests arrive at the site. The wedding party and families, however, will probably need to load up on hankies and ice water, as we’ll be taking photos from 3:30 to 5:00 PM, which appears to be prime time for sweating. Lovely.
Maybe I could make everyone a set of wrist sweatbands?
Image via CraftSanity
Some ideas I’ve had that might make life a little cooler for everyone on the day of:
1) Have water/tea/lemonade/beer ready and waiting for guests as they arrive. I’m not sure how this will work logistics-wise, but I plan on talking to the site coordinator and bartender about what we might be able to do to make sure guests are hydrated.
Pre-ceremony drink table – so cute!
Use an old boat for a cooler?
2) Fans. I would either go with something really simple, like the sandalwood fans below, or if I can find the time, I’m thinking about making paddle fan programs.
Sandalwood Fan from Koyal Wholesale
Paddle fan programs!
Image via Three Eggs Design on Etsy
3) Start on time, and keep it short! Our ceremony is not religious, nor are we incorporating songs or other performances. We currently have two, maybe three, readings, a speech from the judge, our vows, and the ring exchange, and that’s pretty much it. I’d be surprised if it takes more than 20 minutes. I don’t want it to be so short that our guests feel short-changed, but if it’s crazy hot out, we will definitely want to move things along!
Are you having an outdoor ceremony? What are your plans to keep your guests from sweating?