Almost every weekend from late April into into September sees a wedding. Summer is single-handedly the most popular season for tying the knot, and it’s no mystery why. However, even with all of the advantages to getting married in warmer weather, there are a few do’s and don’ts you should consider before it comes time to walk down the aisle.
Do Take Advantage of Summer
A lot of couples choose to get married in the summer because of the benefits the season offers. You’ll most likely have better weather, with more options for outdoor weddings events. A lot more flowers will be in season, making them more affordable with a wider selection available, and the cooler nights make for a perfect outdoor reception, to name a few. Since there are so pros to getting married in the summer, make sure you actually take advantage!
Do Send Save-the-Dates Early
A lot of people use their vacation time in the summer and book it well in advance. So, if you want a high turnout for your wedding, you should send your save-the-date cards as early as you can to ensure people have enough time to fit it into their busy summer schedules.
Do Provide Heat Relief
While having warmer weather can be a huge pro, it’s important that you do provide heat relief for your guests. You really need to be aware of high temperatures so that you can provide a space for guests to cool off, whether it’s in an air conditioned building, or even a shaded spot with cool drinks available. One of the last things any newly wed couple wants is for one of their wedding guests to get sick from being too hot.
Do Serve Light Food
Summer provides a variety of fresh, local food options at a much more affordable price. This makes planning your summer wedding menu a lot of fun! But, as you pick out food options, consider keeping them on the lighter side. You want to make sure that the food you select complements the weather.
Do Consider Sun Protection
Providing a cooling station is a good idea, but also consider sun protection for you and your guests. If you’re having an outdoor wedding in a sunny area, you might want to provide sunscreen as a party favor and leave some bottles out on the tables. A friendly reminder to your guests to wear big sun hats, bring sunscreen, and stay safe isn’t a bad idea either.
Do Consider the Ceremony Time
Mid-day is usually when the sun is at its peak, and therefore, it’s the hottest time of the day. This means if you want to have your ceremony in the afternoon, you might want to do it indoors. Otherwise, if you are hoping to have an outdoor ceremony, it would be best to do it earlier in the morning or later in the evening when it’s much cooler out.
Do Wear Cooler Clothes
If you’re planning a summer wedding, choose your attire strategically. Go lighter fabric options and a simpler style, because a bigger, layered dress will feel extremely hot and uncomfortable. You wouldn’t want to spend the day feeling weighed down by your dress! Save the big ball gowns for cooler weather, and opt for something much lighter that will suit the location and weather on your wedding day. And don’t forget about your wedding party! Short, airy dresses are the way to go for summer bridesmaids. For groomsmen, reconsider the full tux in favor of a dress shirt/vest/dress slacks combo. Reducing extra fabric will go a long way to keeping your friends comfortable and happy throughout the ceremony.
Do Think About Photos
Harsh sunlight can make it really difficult for photographers. The bright light gets in people’s eyes, making them squint in your photos, and the harsh contrast doesn’t look nearly as good as soft lighting. Your photographer will most likely know what to do, but consider where you want to be photographed and pick out a couple of spots that are well-shaded.
Don’t Chance the Weather
A lot of people choose to get married in the summer so they can take advantage of the warm weather and have an outdoor ceremony and reception. However, the weather can change from one day to the next, and before you know it, your beautiful summer wedding might get rained out. So, if you are planning a summer wedding, don’t chance the weather. Make sure you have a contingency plan in case a storm hits.
Don’t Leave Food Out
Food is a big part of any party, including weddings; a lot of work goes into planning the menu and a lot of money goes into paying for it. When having an outdoor summer wedding, make sure you keep the food somewhere safe, out of the sun. Otherwise, your cake could melt and the food could quickly spoil.
Don’t Forget About Wildlife
Depending where you plan on having your wedding, there could be any number of wildlife crashing your party. Insects are almost a definite wedding-crasher if you’re partying outdoors, so plan ahead to keep the pests away. Citronella candles are a good idea that can easily be incorporated into your wedding decor. Also consider bringing bug spray in case it gets really bad in the evening.
As for the other critters, wild animals most likely won’t bother you, but be mindful that you are in their territory. Be respectful of nature and don’t do anything that disrupts their home.