Summer is great for pool parties, late-night movies, and beach vacations. It’s a great time of the year to unwind and enjoy the extended daylight. Star gazing and BBQing. What is isn’t always great for in the South is a wedding! Because let’s face it. It can get downright HOT, and if you don’t prepare and plan properly, you and your guests will be miserable!

Here are my top tips (some of which I’ve mentioned in previous posts) for making the most of your Summer wedding planning:

Plan an INDOOR wedding! Ha! Although an indoor wedding IS the best solution for avoiding the heat, we understand that sometimes your dream vision is a wide open space. We completely get that. The “look” of your wedding day is part of your complete vision! For those of you that prefer an outdoor affair, be sure to have a tent or large area with sun shade/coverage. For both the ceremony and reception, consider adding a handheld fan to each seat. This will help if there isn’t much of a breeze.

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Have plenty of water available for you and your guests- make sure it’s icy cold and easily accessible. Even better, have it special ordered to coordinate with the wedding theme.

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Consider adding frozen drinks to your bar,  including non-alcoholic options.  Everyone loves frozen libations an extra hot Summer day. Think margaritas and daiquiris. Frozen lemonade is great too! Another tasty and fun alternative is a popsicle bar. This allows people to enjoy a frozen treat alone or dunked in some champagne (yum!)!

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Choose your wedding attire for the weather! Although you may LOVE a ballgown, if you are opting for an outdoor ceremony or reception, you’ll be sweltering.  Although a full tux may look rather dapper, a drenched groom doesn’t. So, consider your dress and groom’s attire carefully. Summer is a great time of year for tea-length gowns, short cocktail style dresses and light, airy fabrics. Strapless, spaghetti strap, cap sleeve and low or open back dresses are great for summer as well. AND, you may want to wear your hair in an updo to keep your neck and shoulders cool.

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Although some of these ideas may be pretty “common sense”, they’re easy to forget! Budget in an inclement weather fund and be prepared to spend it! Summer weddings are carefree and easy with the right preparation.