Summer is the most desirable season for a wedding among brides. Almost everyone dreams of spending this day without worrying about the cold and bad weather, making joyful sunny shots and enjoying the warmth. However, there are a few snags in organizing a summer wedding. Chanfashion will tell you what problems you may encounter at a summer wedding and how to solve them. Let your wedding and preparation for it be carefree 🙂
A summer wedding is the dream of many brides, so every year there is a serious hype 🙂 The best locations and wedding specialists sell like hot cakes. In order not to choose the best of the leftovers, you will have to prepare in advance or be prepared to compromise on dates — for example, on weekdays and less popular dates, there is a greater chance of booking a good location or specialist and even getting a good discount.
Soberly assess the popularity of the desired location and specialists before starting preparation. The most popular of them, the newlyweds book even a year before the desired date, so we recommend that you hurry up and start preparing well in advance. When your dream team is assembled, and the location for the desired date is booked, it will be possible to take a breather in organizing the wedding and return to the question 3–4 months in advance.
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The biggest challenge for a summer wedding is the hot weather. In the unbearable heat, you no longer want any entertainment or delicious food, and high-heeled shoes and heavy makeup become that torture.
When choosing a restaurant for a wedding, be sure to pay attention to how well the air conditioning system works there. In the heat of +40, this aspect will become much more important than convenient parking and the freshness of repairs. It is also important that the hall is designed for your number of guests — no matter how good the air conditioner is, it will not help if you feel like herrings in a barrel in the hall.
At a summer wedding in nature, air conditioning does not solve the issue of heat, so you will have to adapt to the weather in other ways. Let’s talk about them below 🙂
To avoid the hot sun, you need to move the start of the wedding to a later time. Start the outdoor ceremony at 16:00–16:30, when the peak of solar activity passes — then it will be more pleasant for you and your guests.
We also recommend rescheduling the photo shoot for a more convenient time. Firstly, it will be easier for you and your fiancé to concentrate on posing and on each other if the weather does not bother you. And secondly, too bright midday light spoils the quality of the photo and makes you squint. Definitely not the happiest face 🙂
Think about having a small photo shoot for literally 30–40 minutes on your wedding day, and rescheduling the full shoot for another day. So you can relax and enjoy the process without worrying about the schedule and a million organizational details. In addition, it will be possible to go to several locations, including more remote ones.
rain at the wedding
Force majeure at a summer wedding can be not only unbearable heat, but also unforeseen rain. Oh, how much nerves do brides spend checking the weather forecast on the eve of Day X 🙂 In order to be less worried about possible bad weather, it is worth considering plan B in detail. Together with the decorator and venue manager, consider whether you can quickly move the ceremony and banquet area, what are the alternatives places at the location will be at your disposal. For a summer outdoor wedding, a marquee is a great back-up plan. He will be able to protect you and your guests from bad weather, and on a sunny day will give the right shade.
Beautiful umbrellas for you and guests can save you from the threat of light rain during the ceremony. The main thing is to worry less about the weather and prepare for it in detail. Believe me, the rain can not only not spoil all the plans, but also become a memorable highlight of your important day 🙂
At a summer wedding in nature, insects can be very annoying, especially in the late afternoon. Fortunately, there are several solutions to this problem at once — you just need to choose what is right for your particular wedding:
Processing the location for the wedding. A radical way is to turn to special services that, before the start of the celebration, will treat your location with insect repellents. Before such a decision, it is very important to consult with the site manager and a consultant from the chosen service: how safe it is for animals (if they are planned for a wedding), allergy sufferers and children.
Personal protective equipment. You can prepare mosquito and midge repellents for guests: special creams, sprays, mosquito bracelets. Stock up on supplies and let guests know they can use them.
Summer outfits for the bride and groom
Tight corsets, heavy fabrics, puffy skirts, and tight heels can all be torture at a summer wedding in hot weather. In order not to suffer from overheating, choose a wedding dress made of light flying fabrics in a looser style. Due to the heat and heavy drinking, swelling can occur, so tight lacing and a tight dress can cause discomfort during the holiday.
For the groom, you can choose a look made of natural fabrics in lighter shades and suitable summer shoes: for example, loafers or soft moccasins will be more comfortable than hard closed oxfords.
What could be more relevant at a summer wedding than comfortable open sandals? Sandals will save you if you spend most of the day outside in hot weather, and not in an air-conditioned room. Also, in nature, one cannot do without a stable heel: it will be uncomfortable to move on stilettos along uneven paths, and in a couple of hours the legs will get completely tired. What can we say about the fear of a sudden fall right on the way to the altar? If your location is planned to have a flat hard flooring or you will celebrate a summer wedding in a restaurant, then choosing a heel makes everything easier 🙂
If you are a little worried about the superstition about the closed shoes of the bride, then you can choose ballet flats or closed shoes with a stable heel.
A bride’s makeup for a summer wedding should be light and strong enough to withstand not only the coming tears, but also the heat. Please note that too dense tonal foundation and strong contouring can seriously clog pores during the hot period and spread out — not the most pleasant combination on a day when you want to be the most beautiful. Work with your makeup artist to find a lightweight, mattifying BB cream that will brighten up your face and hide minor imperfections, rather than looking like a mask on your face.
Be sure to put matting wipes in your purse: with their help you can remove excess shine from your face without damaging your makeup.
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At a summer wedding, refreshing drinks for guests are very important. A good solution would be refreshing lemonades, juices, fruit drinks and plenty of pure mineral water.
But alcohol should be handled with care. Strong alcoholic drinks and champagne in the heat can play a cruel joke. If an outdoor wedding ceremony is planned on the street during the daytime, then we recommend serving non-alcoholic drinks or cocktails with a low alcohol content at the welcome buffet. For example, instead of champagne, you can offer guests Aperol or Bellini — this is a sparkling cocktail with the addition of peach juice. And the solemnity will remain, and the guests will feel good 🙂 For the banquet itself, if a summer wedding is planned in nature, sangria is well suited — cold wine with citrus fruits and ice.
Summer wedding menu
The menu for a summer wedding will require you to have a sense of proportion and balance. On the one hand, you don’t want to add heavy dishes with an abundance of meat and mayonnaise salads, but on the other hand, you won’t be full of vegetables and fruits alone. The main thing in the pursuit of a light and fresh menu is not to leave guests hungry 🙂
The main dish at a wedding banquet should be hearty: grilled meat or fish with a potato side dish is good, but it is better to abandon sauces based on cream or eggs that are dangerous in the heat and look for an alternative. From hearty snacks, too, you should not refuse, mixing them with vegetables and cheeses. Surely, guests will enjoy the classic combination of melon and jamon on skewers, Caprese canapes and, of course, a meat plate. But it is better to replace pates and carpaccio from raw meat with several types of hummus with pita and vegetables — healthy, satisfying and safe in the heat 🙂
The wedding cake will be securely protected in the restaurant refrigerator, which cannot be said about the candy bar 🙂 If you plan to put a separate area with sweets, then you need to be careful about the choice of desserts. Cream and chocolate figures can melt in the sun and look unappetizing in just half an hour, so choose more persistent treats with a pastry chef.
It is also worth negotiating with a restaurant or catering so that the fruits are cut and reported to the table gradually — so they do not have time to wind up and get an unsightly appearance.
The flowers in your bridal bouquet, in the decoration of the wedding arch and in the compositions on the tables also suffer from the heat. An experienced florist will tell you how to keep flowers and greenery looking fresh in hot weather. In addition, you can think of exotic plants that are accustomed to an arid climate, or “dry” floristry options: for example, protea, anthurium, succulents, dried flowers.
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