Summer is just around the corner and is a great time to get married outdoors! If you are tying the knot in the sun, here are some tips to keep you and your guests cool and comfortable.
Provide plenty of shade.
If your outdoor venue does not provide an abundance of natural shade, have tents available to keep your guests from overheating and overexposure to direct sunlight. Consider fun sunglasses and parasols on each seat for extra protection. These items can even double as a party favor.
Consider the menu.
Summer is not the time for heavy hors d’ oeuvres or big meals. Stick with lighter food options instead. Load your food tables with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and meat from the grill. Keep the beverages and extra desserts light too. Think of refreshing cocktails, white wine, and an abundance of cold water, lemonade, and tea selections. Any dessert that cools your guests will be a hit. Add ice cream, popsicles, and mini-light cakes or pies that are easy to create in smaller portion sizes. For more refreshment ideas to keep your guests cool and happy, click here.
It is likely that some of your guests will forget to apply sunscreen or will need reapplication during your festivities. Consider adding sunscreen stations throughout. Offer a selection with a high SPF that can easily be applied. We recommend sprays for sharing outdoors.
Provide save-the dates for preparation.
While wedding invitations will contain fewer words and focus on event details, you can add information to your save the date cards. Let your guests know that your wedding will take place outdoors and suggest breathable attire. These cards will also help your guests plan around vacation schedules too.
Wedding planning takes a lot of time and thought. The few weeks leading up to your ceremony, give yourself a little TLC too. Here are some tips to help you look and feel your best when you walk down the aisle and say, “I do!”.
When it comes to exfoliating, you have options. Find a gentle salt or sugar scrub and rub in a circular motion for 30 seconds to eliminate dead skin and to clear your pores. Exfoliating tools are also available and work just as well. Do this once a day leading up to your wedding but be gentle on your skin to prevent abrasions or redness. Don’t forget to prevent flaking lipstick. Remember to exfoliate your lips too!
While we can all agree there is beauty in glowing skin, don’t overdo the tan before your nuptials. Wear sunscreen with UVA protection outdoors and choose safe tanning alternatives. There are now a variety of streak-free self-tanners on the market that do not give an orange finish. Spray tans are also a great alternative. We recommend you choose a shade close to your natural color and tan two to three days prior to the big day to give it time to set and look natural.
Use a light foundation to hold your makeup in place and keep the powder close. Find a light-weight option that will not build-up with reapplication through the festivities. When convenient, use a tissue to lightly dab your skin to remove excess oil and sweat.
Wearing waterproof eye makeup on your wedding day can prevent mascara and liner from running. It can also help with your tears of joy! If you are not accustomed to waterproof options, we suggest you test the product 2 weeks prior for any unwanted reactions. If waterproof makeup is not an option for you, try concealer and powder under they eye area to hold your makeup in place and finish with a setting spray. Always use a primer before application.