Summer is easily the most popular time of the year to get married. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s the perfect season for a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the beach or in an estate garden. However, there are a few dos and don’ts that brides should follow if they would like to get the most out of their summer nuptials. Things like refreshments, shade for guests, color schemes and menu choices are all very important things to consider and should complement the season wherever possible. To make things a little easier for our summer brides, we’ve compiled a short list to help you get the job done.
- Send out save the dates. Summer will be busy time for many of your guests, considering that school is out and they may have planned vacations with their families. If you want all your loved ones to be able to make it to your special day, it’s best to send out your Save The Dates far in advance. That way, nobody will have made other plans and won’t be forced to decline.
- Serve lighter fare. Heavy dinners and heat don’t mix. Keep your guests refreshed and ready for dancing by serving light and zesty meals. Follow the farm to table catering approach and feed your guests a menu rich in local, seasonal items. If you’re looking for something a little more novel, why not try a picnic inspired menu and an ice cream bar in lieu of cake?
- Keep cool. A sticky bride is not a happy bride. When choosing your summer wedding gown, opt for something that flows and breathes. Stick to fabrics like silk for optimum breeziness or be boldly vintage and don for a tea length gown. If you absolutely cannot part with the idea of wearing a dramatic ballgown on your big day, have a short sheath dress on standby to change into for the reception.
- Have fun with favors. Use the weather as inspiration for your guest’s take home gifts. Things like lace fans, custom handkerchiefs and signature flavoured ice tea in mason jars are great ideas to keep your guests cool, as they are fun and functional.
- Set your ceremony time for midday. The weather is at its hottest between noon and 3pm, so to shelter your guests from the fury of the sun’s rays- have late afternoon ceremony, followed by an evening reception.
- Keep the alcohol flowing. As much as every wedding guest loves an open bar, sometimes it’s not a great idea in extremely hot weather conditions. If one or more of your guests should over-imbibe, the sun will make the situation extremely unpleasant and dangerous. If you do go ahead with having an open bar, provide ample opportunity to keep guests hydrated with plenty of water and non alcoholic drinks. Perhaps even consider a cooling station or tent where guests can come in, relax and take refuge from the heat.
- Forget about the bugs. Do yourself and your guests a favour by providing bug repellant lotion and setting up citronella candles around your space to keep the creepy crawlies at bay. Nothing will spoil a wedding memory more than coming home covered in mosquito bites.
Good luck and happy planning to all our Summer brides.