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May 15, 2023

Beat the Heat – Cool Tips for a Southern Summer Wedding Day

A wedding day is a joyous occasion filled with love and celebration, but if you’re tying the knot during a warm southern summer, staying cool can be a challenge. However, with a little preparation and planning, you can beat the heat and ensure a memorable and comfortable wedding day. Here are some practical tips for couples to stay cool and radiate happiness during their warm southern summer wedding.

Choose a Cool Venue

Start by selecting a venue that offers relief from the summer heat. Look for locations with air-conditioned indoor spaces or venues that provide ample shade and access to cool outdoor areas. Consider venues with beautiful gardens, gazebos, or even lakeside settings, as they can offer natural breezes and picturesque backdrops.

Opt for Breathable Fabrics

When it comes to choosing wedding attire, prioritize light and breathable fabrics. For the bride, consider airy fabrics like chiffon or organza for your gown. Grooms can opt for lightweight fabrics like linen for their suits. These fabrics allow for better airflow, helping you stay cool and comfortable throughout the day. Suits in lighter colors like tan or light grey are much easier to handle.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is crucial during a summer wedding. Make sure to have a hydration station set up with refreshing beverages like infused water, lemonade, or iced tea for your guests. As a couple, take frequent sips of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and beat the heat. It’s also a good idea to have a few handheld fans, neck fans, or cooling towels available to help stay cool.

Timing Is Everything

Consider scheduling your ceremony and reception during the cooler parts of the day. Plan for a wedding with a late afternoon ceremony when the sun isn’t as intense. This will not only make it more comfortable for you and your fiancé but also for your guests who will appreciate the milder temperatures.

Provide Shade and Cooling Stations

Create designated areas for shade and cooling stations at your venue. Set up canopies or umbrellas in outdoor spaces to shield guests from direct sunlight. You can also provide handheld fans, paper parasols, or even mini sunscreen stations to keep everyone cool and protected from the sun’s rays.

Be Mindful of Hairstyles and Makeup

For the bride and the bridal party, opt for hairstyles that keep the hair off the neck and face, allowing air to circulate freely. Consider updos, braids, or half-up hairstyles that not only look elegant but also help you stay cool. For makeup, use long-lasting, waterproof products that can withstand the heat and keep you looking fresh throughout the day.

Embrace Lighter Menus

Choose a wedding menu that includes refreshing and light dishes. Incorporate seasonal fruits, chilled salads, and cold appetizers that are both satisfying and cooling. Offer frozen treats like popsicles, ice cream, or a gelato bar as a delightful way to cool down and indulge in something sweet.

Take Frequent Breaks

Rest and go inside as often as your schedule allows. Sometimes in the summer it’s better to have longer photo coverage to work in those extra breaks. Your photos will look so much better if you don’t feel miserable with red cheeks or sweat.

A southern summer wedding day can be an unforgettable experience if you take measures to stay cool and comfortable. By following these tips, you can ensure that your wedding day will be a lot more bearable in the heat. So stay cool, embrace the warmth, and let your love shine bright on your most special day!

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