Summer Wedding Tips: You Need to Know if You're Hosting a Summer Wedding

Summer Wedding Tips: You Need to Know if You're Hosting a Summer Wedding

Summer is one of the most popular times of year to get married. Everything is brighter, warmer, and happier. Additionally, some of the best honeymoon destinations are in their prime during the summer.

When planning a summer wedding, there are a few things you need to know. Since it is a popular season, you'll want to stay on top of your planning schedule to get your preferred selection of dates and vendors. Not to worry, though—we're here to help you every step of the way. Below, we're sharing 5 tips you need to know to have the best summer wedding ever.

Avoid the Hottest Part of the Day

Ideally, you want to avoid having people outside during the hottest parts of the day. It varies, depending on where you live, but the summer heat usually peaks around 3 pm.

If you're hosting your ceremony outside, we highly recommend waiting until the mid to late evening to avoid making everywhere sweat in the wedding attire. While the wedding is 100% about the event (and mostly the bride), you also don't want your guests miserable.

Wouldn't you rather people remember your wedding as "it was so beautiful" instead of "it was so darn hot!"?

Keep the Dress Code Lighter

You should feel comfortable and confident—not stifling and sticky. For brides, choose a wedding dress made of light fabric that breathes, such as silk. You could also opt for a shorter skirt if you're feeling modern and adventurous. If you can't resist the heavy traditional ball gown, wear it during the ceremony, then change into a lightweight sheath or cocktail dress for dancing. Grooms will look dapper in a fair-toned suit (think: light gray or beige), a crisp linen suit, or, for the ultimate beach-casual look, khakis and a button-down.

Avoid Heavy Foods

Next, make sure you keep the food light, fresh, and crisp. You want your guests to be energized by the food, rather than bogged down. Unfortunately, delicious heavy meals tend to slow people down, and will even make them sick in warm temperatures.

We recommend putting a heavy emphasis on things like grilled vegetables, fresh fruits, and salads. Meat is okay, but avoid big steaks, roasts, and other red meat.

Pick the Right Flowers and Decor

Next, one of the most vital summer wedding tips is knowing how to decorate. Once again, you want light and airy materials and colors. A white wedding design full of bursts of color such as blue, coral, and yellow makes for a refreshing and elegant touch.

Additionally, some flowers don't handle the heat well and will wilt immediately if exposed to hot temperatures. Make sure you're choosing hardy flowers such as succulents and tropical flowers.

Wear a Summer-Friendly Hairstyle

Another important tip for the bride is to wear a hairstyle that promotes staying cool. We recommend brides (or grooms with long hair) wear their hair up to keep it off their neck and shoulders.

Provide Cool Desserts

Finally, one of the summer wedding tips guests will most appreciate is the implementation of cool or frozen desserts. You can, of course, keep the wedding cake, but you should also provide things like frozen yogurt, fruit pies, and frozen cocktails.