How to Keep Cool During a Summer Wedding

A thermometer showing 90 degree weather

According to a 2016 study from The Knot, summer is one of the most popular times for couples to say “I do.” In fact, 13% of all couples get married in the month of June! Of course, this is no surprise. The weather is nice, the days are longer, who wouldn’t want to get married in the “good old summertime”?

Well, if you ask me, summer isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. While a summer wedding can be beautiful, it can also be humid, stuffy, and downright uncomfortable! Before you book your venue for a balmy June weekend, check the weather report—and if your nuptials fall on a particularly sweltering day, keep everyone cool with these little tricks.

A cold lemonade cocktail

Get the Bride a Beverage!

We all know that refreshing feeling of sipping a cold drink on a hot day. Just a glass of water can lift your spirits—and on your wedding day, you and your loved ones should be happy as can be! If your wedding day is expected to be a scorcher, make sure you’re prepared to keep everyone nice and hydrated.

Ask your bartenders to set up drink stations right away, so your guests can enjoy lemonade or water from the moment they arrive at the venue. Or, if you want a cost-effect solution, simply place ice buckets filled with water bottles around your ceremony space! This will ensure that everyone is in a good mood (and no one gets overheated).

Hand Out Cool (and Practical) Favors

Wedding favors are a wonderful way for couples to get creative. They can create a favor that reflects their interests or the wedding theme, or they can go with something that’s simply fun (or delicious). But when you have a summer wedding on a muggy day, your favors can have a new purpose: to help your guests beat the heat.

There are plenty of wedding favors that can keep your guests comfortable. Get customized sunglasses with the date and the couples’ names (even add the wedding hashtag for good measure). Hand out fans or handheld misters for guests to use in the heat of the day! Not only will your guests appreciate these practical favors, they’ll likely end up using them long after your wedding day.

Cold hors d'oeuvres on a table

Choose Chilly Hors d’Oeuvres

The toughest part of a summer wedding—particularly one at an outdoor venue—is the cocktail hour. Guests don’t have much to do during this time (the bridal party is usually off taking photos), and this can make your loved ones a little antsy. Add blistering heat to this equation, and you’ll have lots of cranky people on your hands!

The best way to avoid this issue is to offer your guests some cold snacks while they wait for the reception. Create an hors d’oeuvres menu with tasty, chilly dishes, like stuffed cucumbers, deviled eggs, or mini popsicles; just make sure you have a covered place to store your treats, so you don’t wind up with a melted or spoiled mess!

Protect Your Guests’ Pretty Faces

Spaghetti straps and strapless dresses abound at most summer weddings…which might mean sunburned shoulders tend to make an appearance at the hotel restaurant the next morning. But guess what—it doesn’t have to be that way! There is one very simple way to protect your guests’ exposed epidermis: keep a few bottles of sunscreen handy around your ceremony and reception space.

If you’re having a beach or tropical-themed wedding, this idea is both practical and thematic. But what if you’re going for a more elegant aesthetic? Just fill a few simple soap dispensers (ideally in your wedding colors) with sunscreen and place them on outdoor tables. Trust me, a handful of guests will have forgotten to slather on the SPF, and they will totally appreciate the gesture.

Go Big with a Misting Station

Sometimes, it’s best to go big or go home. If you have a particularly large guest list, or if you’re expecting a particularly hot day, it might be worth it to invest in a large misting station for your wedding space. There are many companies out there that rent swamp coolers or misters for occasions like sporting events or weddings!

A large mister is the easiest way to keep all your guests cool for the duration of your wedding day. Of course, renting a mister does mean an additional cost, so you may need to discuss it with your spouse, parents, or whoever else is helping fund your big day. It’s also important to check with your venue and make sure you’re allowed to set up a mister on their grounds.

As you can see, there are many ways to beat the heat during a summer wedding. So if you have your heart set on a summer ceremony, go for it—just make sure you have some tricks up your sleeve to keep everyone cool, cozy, and sweat (and sunburn) free!

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