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. Stargazing 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! So, let’s get down to business!

Here are my top tips 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 sunshade/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.

Don’t begin your outdoor wedding midday

Avoid nuptials between 10am-2pm when the sun is the hottest and brightest of the day. Nothing is more unappealing then being drenched in sweat and squinting in all of your photos!  One of the joys of Summer is the longer days. Take advantage of the setting sun later in the evening and consider starting festivities after 5:30 pm!

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.

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!)!

Serve lighter summery food

Instead of heavy fare that sits heavy in your belly, consider lots of delicious passed appetizers, a variety of salads, loads of seasonal fruits and veggies paired with seafood! Kabobs are a super fun option too, as well as chilled soups.  We DO want you to feed your guests.

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.

Don’t forget sunscreen & bug protection

For yourself & guest! A great thing to include at the welcome table or in your bathroom baskets would be a little OFF! or Skin So Soft and some aerosol sunscreen!

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.