5 ideas to consider for a warm summer wedding

29 Jun 2022

Beat the heat this summer with these refreshing wedding ideas 

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The weather here in the UK can be fickle at the best of times, and it can be difficult to organise your wedding around the capricious climate. In the summer, the sun tends to be at its hottest around midday, making the late afternoon an ideal time to tie the knot and get into the wedding festivities.  

Is it set to be a scorcher on your wedding day? Consider these tips to keep you, your partner and your wedding guests cool on the big day. 

Fan out  

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No matter if you are having a beautiful ceremony outdoors or a charming celebration indoors, give your guests mini handheld electric fans to help them cool down. You could even gift guests folding fans in a style that reflects your wedding theme and colour scheme. Folding fans can also double as your wedding favours, which are easy to personalise by inscribing your guests’ names on the fan’s handle.  

If your ceremony is likely to be outdoors, speak with your venue about shading and indoor options, in case the heat becomes too intense. Consider delicate parasols for an elegant, countryside affair or an impressive marquee or tipi for a large wedding party, giving your guests a shaded and sheltered alternative.  

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Stay hydrated 

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Remember to keep hydrated throughout the wedding day – this goes for you and your partner, and your wedding guests. Consider having hydrating stations to allow your guests to cool off with bottles of water. Even glasses or pitchers of ice water with a touch of lemon or lime can be ideal for quenching guests’ thirsts, especially if copious amounts of alcohol are also being consumed.  

Wear breathable fabric 

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If you are planning for a summer wedding, keep the warmer weather in mind when you are wedding dress shopping. Brides-to-be should look for wedding dresses that are made from lightweight fabrics such as semi-sheer batiste, luxurious charmeuse and delicate chiffon. Of course, every bride has a different wedding dress style in mind, but it might be best to leave larger, heavier designs for cooler weather. 

Grooms and brides looking to wear suits should consider linen options. The material is soft and breathable, perfect for a beachside or relaxed summer wedding.  

Keep your flowers fresh 

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The harsh summer weather can have an impact on your wedding flowers, too. Make sure to keep an eye on your flower décor and bridal bouquet throughout the day. Ask your venue to keep any floral décor fresh with a light mist of water. You can also ask your florist or the venue for a vase or bucket of water to keep on hand at the ceremony and reception in case any flowers begin to droop. Make sure to keep your bridal bouquet in water between photos to increase your flowers' longevity. 

Alternatively, ask your florist to create a back-up bouquet just in case your wedding flowers are likely to lose their freshness as the day goes on. You can also do this with any corsages or buttonholes your bridesmaids or groomsmen will wear.  

Set your make-up 

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With warm weather comes sweat, and no bride wants to see her make-up disappear during her special day. Speak with your make-up artist about setting your make-up with setting spray or powder to prevent it sliding off your face. This way, your bridal look while remain intact no matter the weather.  

You should also keep blotting paper on hand in your emergency bridal kit to eliminate any excess shine that appears during your wedding day.  

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