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How to survive a wedding heatwave

26 Jul 2019

With the UK reaching over 38C this summer, we’ve got top tips on how to stay cool this wedding season

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This week, the UK had its hottest July day on record, with temperatures reaching 38.1C (100.6F) in Cambridge.

As UK temperatures soar, for those dreaming of a summer wedding, many fear that their big day will turn unbearably hot. 

It’s not just the UK that’s struggling with the recent heatwave. France saw its hottest day on record with a stifling 42.6C recorded in Paris on Thursday 25th July – followed by Germany which also set a new temperature record, reaching 41.5C in the west. The Netherlands also recorded its highest ever temperature at 40.7C – a big concern for those travelling further afield to say “I do”. 

To keep both you and your guests cool and calm on the big day, here are seven ways to deal with the summer heat:

Timings of the day: In the height of summer, the hottest part of the day is between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its highest and strongest. Keep this in mind when planning the schedule of your day, especially if you are having an outdoor ceremony. 

Stay hydrated: Keep your guests cool with jugs of iced water on the tables. Ask your caterer if they would be able to supply this and top up the jugs throughout the day. Many like to toast to the happy couple at weddings, but drinking alcohol does dehydrate you. A good rule to stick to is for every alcoholic drink you have, have a pint of water until the next one. This will not only keep you hydrated from the heat but also rehydrate you from the alcohol. 


Children: The NHS says that babies less than 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight, so if you are planning a child-friendly atmosphere make sure there is plenty of shade for little ones. Activity tents are a great way to keep them occupied and out of the sun.

Eat your water: Foods with high water content, such as strawberries, cucumber and watermelon, can also help you stay hydrated. Why not offer up fruity canapés or fresh fruit bowls for guests? 


How can the venue help: Whether you are hosting your day in a manor house, barn or marquee, make sure your venue supplier is able to provide air conditioning units to ensure a cool and refreshing space. 

Get inspired for your wedding favours: Use the summer to inspire your wedding favours and table settings by placing personalised hand-held paper fans on your guests' tables. They can use them to keep cool throughout the day, and then fold them up into their handbags to take home. 


What to wear: For guests wanting to stay cool at a summer wedding, make sure you avoid dark colours and choose light breathable material, such as cotton and linen. Avoid the temptation to wear short or skimpy outfits with the need to feel cool as this will increase the risk of sunburn. Use make-up containing SPF and carry a travel-sized sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to  re-apply regularly every two hours. 

For more wedding ideas, click here to view our list of 2019 magazines.

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