Hot Summer Wedding Day Tips
Sure, your wedding’s going to be cool af because you’re cool, but is the weather going to be cool as well? Most people dream of a scorching hot day for their Summer wedding, with visions of idyllic outdoor ceremonies under a bright blue sky and light summer nights boozing and schmoozing. However – with the British weather as it all too often is – very few people actually prepare for extreme heat, which can make your wedding day super uncomfortable both for you, and your guests! If your day is set to be an absolute scorcher, here’s our tips for a boiling hot wedding day:
Have your wedding ceremony under shade
It’s super important to be shady at your Summer wedding. The sun feels lovely on your skin for a bit, but after half an hour sitting/standing and sweating in it it’s less than ideal. This is especially true for young children, those with sensitive skin and the elderly. Consider having your ceremony underneath in some woodland, or under a canopy. Alternatively, why not provide some parasols for guests to put up when it all gets too much? Check out our marquee and tent page HERE for some ideas.
Another great way to prepare for a hot outdoors wedding is to arrange your aisle and seats pointing away from the sun if you can. It saves everyone from squinting, for one, but it also protects you from the heat of the sun at the hottest point of the day. And whilst we’re on the subject of seats, make sure guests are sat on a material that won’t burn them – if you’ve hired in snazzy looking metal chairs, cover the seat with an equally snazzy cushion to stop severe bum burns.
If you want to start on the prosecco at 8am this is a judgement-free zone my friend, but please do remember to keep drinking plenty of water too. Dehydration in intense heat is no laughing matter! This goes for you and all members of your party who’ll be on their feet for quite a long time. Why not ask one member of your party to be your unofficial waterboy, making sure that everyone remembers to bring some to the big event?
Sure, wheelbarrows stacked full of beer are a great piece of decor, but have a hydration station for everyone’s H2O fix too. It doesn’t have to just feature water, either – you could jazz it up with some infusions or lemonade. And whilst it’s not exactly hydration, hiring an ice cream van or bike would go down a TREAT with roasting guests…we heartily recommend Ice Baby.
Work with your venue
Whether you’re getting married in a tipi, an historic grade II listed building or a modern warehouse, your venue should have their own plans in place for a heatwave. Discuss the option of having high-end fans or AC units in too.
There’s a reason Baz Luhrmann sang (well, spoke) the words “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it“. Keep your SPF topped up and keep your skin happy! Be warned though – SPF does reflect flash, so if you only have it on your face and your wedding photographer is using flash, your face may look a different colour to the rest of your body.
Warn your guests
A note on the invite or a round robin email reminding people of the predicted temperature and the subsequent precautionary measures wouldn’t go amiss. A lot of the time, guests wouldn’t think to bring a bottle of water, suncream or sunglasses, but they’d definitely thank you for a friendly nudge so they can get themselves organised!
Discuss the heat with your florist and cake-maker
If you’re thinking “What if my flowers wilt?!” or “Is it really wise to have a buttercream cake in 30+ degrees?!”, it’s best to chat to the supplier who’s providing them. Your florist can talk you through the best ways to keep the flowers fresh and hydrated, and your cake maker can walk you through exactly how a buttercream cake will survive intact. As an initial tip, though, keep your bouquet in water until the very last possible moment, and keep the cake refrigerated until it absolutely has to come out. Plus, don’t place it in direct sunlight – you’ll be faced with a potential liquid mess otherwise!
Is your wedding looking less like it’s going to be a heatwave, and more like it’s going to be an actual wave of rain? Don’t worry – we’ve a guide for that too! Click here for our tips on how to prepare for a rainy wedding day…
Photography: Rebecca Carpenter Photography
Dress 1: Katya Katya
Styling: Mr & Mrs Unique
Hair: Love Hair
MUA: Louise Lerego