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Overcoming the Summer Heat at Your Wedding





Overcoming the Summer Heat at Your Wedding 

Summer! The hottest and most beautiful time of the year has arrived. With temperatures growing warmer every year thanks to global warming, battling the heat becomes a very important issue for summer weddings. The bridal party and guests will not be pleased if they are stuck suffering under the sun in weather that is ninety degrees and higher. For the older generation, the heat might be too unbearable to even sit through the ceremony. Let’s challenge this scenario and keep everyone at your wedding cool with these quick tips to battle the dreadful heat.


Venue 


Know your venue! If the wedding is outdoors, check where the ceremony is going to be held. If the ceremony will be held in direct sunlight, plan ahead and order a canopy to avoid the heat. Will the ceremony be in an open space that will allow for a breeze to flow?  Check the time of day the ceremony will be held to see if it will be covered in shade. One way to keep everyone shaded is to set up a tent or hang shade coverings. Keeping the tables and chairs shaded will help your guests stay cooler while dining. If the venue is indoors, make sure the air conditioning is functioning the day of the wedding. Indoor ceremony’s will act as a gymnasium and the room will heat up due to the body heat of everyone inside. A nice favor for the guests would be to provide personalized fans for everyone at their seats. Also, take advantage of natural shade and natural water sources. If you’re by a beach or pool, tell guests that they are more than welcome to soak their toes after the ceremony. Investigate misting machines or kits to incorporate into the venue to keep everyone outdoors cooled but not drenched.


Clothing 


Choosing the correct attire for the bridal party will be needed to avoid the heat. Specifically, its best to choose coat and pant fabric that will breathe. Instead of black, go for a shade of grey or tan to stay cooler while looking extra fashionable. The major way to stay dressy while avoiding the heat is for the men to wear vests with their tuxedos or suits. This may sound strange but think about it: as soon as the pictures are done, the guys will want to take off their coats. Wearing vests will still give them a finished look and will help them to avoid having to put their coats back on every time a camera is pointed in their direction. Another area of clothing to focus on for a hot summer wedding is the shirt and undershirt. Wear a very thin all cotton undershirt or tank top. A common problem for many guys is sweat and an undershirt will help wick away the perspiration. Some guys sweat more than others. For those men I recommend asking the tuxedo shop for an extra dress shirt to change out halfway through the event. In addition, carry a new, clean, all cotton or linen handkerchief at all times to clean up any sweat. It’s also a very gentlemanly gesture to offer a teary eyed lady a handkerchief.


Food and Drink 


Offering food that won’t contribute to the heat can be a bonus. Forget hot foods like BBQ and offer foods such as salads, sushi, and sliced fruit. Make sure to serve these on ice cold trays to keep them fresh and cold longer. Consider hiring someone to make ice cream at the wedding as a sweet cold treat. Another way to keep everyone cooler will be to store several ice chests around the venue full of water and other refreshments. Also, include frozen drinks and nonalcoholic drinks into the bar menu such as pina colada, strawberry daiquiri, sodas, and sparkling apple cider. 


When beating the heat at your wedding, the venue and ceremony location are significant factors. Take advantage of natural shade, while placing canopies where necessary. Check that the air conditioning is working ahead of time, and rent an air conditioning unit if needed. Choose lighter shades of fabric for the tuxedos instead of the common black. Serve cool foods at the reception and add frozen drinks to the bar menu.


Hope this helps you stay cool and enjoy more of your summer wedding.


Look better than expected,

Robert










 














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