Summer is always a season that people are looking forward to. It’s one of the best times of the year to enjoy the outdoors. Many brides and grooms love the sound of having a summer wedding.  With all of the positive aspects to a summer wedding, every season comes with its fair share of things to consider. Hiring a wedding coordinator to help overcome these obstacles can save you a lot of stress. Learn a few important do’s and don’ts when planning your summer wedding below.

Protection from The Sun

The warmth of the sun does feel great but too much of a good thing will make any event a disaster. Give your guests opportunities to escape the heat.  This will make your wedding more enjoyable. When choosing an outdoor location, locate shade options as well as an available air-conditioned space if it is needed.

If you cannot escape the sun at times during the wedding, be sure to supply guests with sunscreen.  Sunburn and overheating can become very serious and no one wants memories of friends or family having medical emergencies during their event. Prevent these situations by placing water bottles in accessible areas during the ceremony and reception, use misting fans, and have multiple cooling stations. Once the party begins, dancing heats things up even more, place cold water near the action. Wedding coordinators can help locate the perfect vendors for even more options for refreshing cold beverages.

Get Those Save The Dates Mailed

Summer time is very busy for a lot of families. With school being out of session, many families choose to plan their vacations during these months. Letting your friends and family know of your upcoming nuptials will allow your guests to plan.  This will ensure their calendars are earmarked early enough to plan around your big day. Many couples tend to forget about the save the dates and are not sure the proper etiquette on mailing them.  It is always a good idea to consult with a wedding planner for help in this area.

Choose Lighter Food Options

When thinking of food to serve at a summer wedding, it is best to stay away from anything too heavy since it will not mix well with the heat. A few good options would be to stick with a main course that is grilled or a local option to provide a fresh selection for a variety of appetites. A playful in season fruit or appetizer or using pie or popsicles instead of traditional cake will sure to please all your summer guests.

The Right Time of Day

With summer temperatures peaking mid-day, it is wise to begin your celebration in the late afternoon or early evening.  The sun’s heat will not be as intense and make your guest more ready to dance and have fun. Not only is the sunset a beautiful back drop for your wedding, it will also be perfect lighting for photos.

Summer Attire

The last thing you want on your big day is to be hot and uncomfortable the entire day. A bride should choose a dress that has a lighter material that allows it to breath such as silk. Many brides are skipping the traditional look and switching to shorter more adventurous gowns. If you have your mind set on a large ballgown, try wearing it only to the ceremony and then change into something smaller or a cocktail dress for dancing at the reception.  As for the grooms, choose lighter color suits such as light gray or a beige will provide the perfect casual, beachy look for any summer wedding.

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