Staying Cool at an Outdoor Summer Wedding

When summer finally rolls around, it is natural to want to spend time outdoors. If you are planning your nuptials through the hottest season of the year, here are a few tips to keep you and your guests cool so you can keep the party going!

Fans and Shade

It is important to have a space where you can take refuge from the sun during the summer.  Typically, outdoor weddings are coordinated under an oversize tent large enough for dining tables, a dance floor, DJ stations, and food. While you may have wedding events and opportunities to gather away from your shaded space, it is important to have a place to retreat. Strategically setting fans in the corners of your tent will help to keep the cool air flowing on a hot day.

Dress Less

There is a time and place for a formal wedding, but outdoors in the middle of the summer is not one of them. Keep things casual so your guests are comfortable wearing clothes that can breathe. Let the ladies relax in a sundress while the men sport that fun Hawaiian shirt found on their recent beach vacation.  The more relaxed you are with your dress code the happier you guest will be.

Hydrate

Keep the water flowing. Set water stations throughout your ceremony and reception areas to keep you and your guest well hydrated.  The last thing you want at your wedding is a guest passing out from dehydration. While the perfect summer cocktail selections are endless, be sure to have a glass of water available with every drink poured.

Timing

Try to avoid gathering the middle of the afternoon on a hot summer day. Hold your festivities late morning or early evening instead. You want to avoid the time of day when the sun is at its peak and humidity is at its highest. The difference in a few degrees can be significant.

Summer is a beautiful time of year to be outside and the wedding photo opportunities are amazing. Just be sure to take your guests into consideration and keep things light and cool!

How to Fight Wedding Day Illness

There are many small details to think of when planning the perfect wedding, but one thing you may not have considered is your health. Although is an exciting time, there are a lot of moving parts that can cause added stress. This stress can take a lot out of you, and possibly lead to illness. If it does, don’t fret. Take these things into consideration and plan ahead. 

Before the Wedding

The months leading up to your wedding is critical for self-care. Here are a couple easy things you can try to help you stay germ free.

  1. Vitamins: Realizing that stress can play a part in your overall health, add vitamins into your daily routine. Vitamin C is an excellent supplement to start months before your big day to boost your immune system and help your body fight bacteria.  
  2. Steer clear of germs: If a friend invites you for drinks and mentions they have been fighting a cold, politely decline. Simply staying away from infected people will reduce your chances of catching something you don’t want to walk down the aisle with.  
When All Else Fails

If you do wake up on your wedding day and find that you are under the weather, don’t panic. A little adjusting and the help of a few close friends will get you down the aisle.

  1. Add extra time: You may not have an abundant amount of energy to spare, so add in a little extra time for hair, makeup, and anything else you need to get yourself ready.
  2. Medicate: Unless you have allergies, rotate Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen to get you through. Together these medications can help you reduce fever and ease discomfort when necessary.
  3. Rest: Relax and take breaks as much as possible.
  4. Drink: Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and beverage with electrolytes to give your body what it needs.   

If sickness lands you in the hospital on the day of your wedding, it’s okay. Your health is more important than any event. Yes, even your wedding which can be rescheduled. Stay in touch with your vendors and let them know your situation. Sometimes communication is key in business. Many reputable companies are happy to do what they can to accommodate and unforeseen circumstances.