Summer Wedding Advice

Liz Fields

Summer is probably the most romantic time that you can have a wedding, but there are also a lot of headaches that can come with planning your big day in the scorching heat. Summertime pitfalls can be easily avoided by following a few simple tips to make your big day as lovely as you imagined. The summer is packed with holidays, so start by making sure that you do not book your wedding on the same weekend as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.

A lot of the time, people have already pre-planned vacations on these weekends and you’ll want to make sure you do not cut into the time they’ve set aside to spend with their families. Also, booking weddings on these weekends will probably end up costing you a pretty penny. Send out your save-the-dates as soon as possible so that your guests can plan ahead. The summer is when everyone travels and goes on vacation so you want to make sure that everyone has enough time to book the necessary flights and make arrangements around any prior commitments they may have.

Help your guests make the most out of your wedding by turning it into a vacation for them. Hand out lists of things to do in your area as well as maps and directions to local hot spots. Visiting a new city is exciting and your wedding may be the perfect opportunity for people to get to know a new place. If you know certain guests have certain interests, make special lists for those attendees that you know they will enjoy. This extra touch will make your guests feel welcome and ensure that your wedding is an unforgettable experience.

Keep it Local

Whether you are hiring entertainment or catering, supporting local businesses is a great way to save money and give back to the local economy. Having your rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant will help give back to your community as well as give your guests a taste of what your city has to offer. The summertime is when fresh, local vegetables are at their peak so you really have an opportunity to show off your cities local harvest and cooking skills.

Have a Back Up Plan

Having an outdoor wedding can turn into a beautiful celebration but in some parts of the country the weather can be extremely unpredictable. Always ensure the beauty and comfort of your event by having a solid back up plan in case the weather decides to take a turn for the worse. Also make an effort to avoid having your wedding during the hottest hours of the day (between 10am and 3pm) in order to keep everyone as comfortable as possible.

Chose Your Dress Wisely

Make sure that you choose a dress that is beautiful and practical at the same time. A great summer wedding dress should look wonderful while allowing you to breathe at the same time. Pick a light weight material so you can be comfortable throughout the day.

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Summer Wedding Tips to Beat the Heat

With the summer heat beating down at over 90 degrees even at 5:30 in the evening, it may be hard to imagine planning a wedding during the summer months.  There are certainly many things to consider, such as cost, and vendor availability, as the summer is the most popular time to get married.  If you do decide to plan your wedding day for a summer month, here are some tips to beat the heat:

1.  Wear light fabrics and make sure you have your wedding party do the same.  The only thing worse than picking an uncomfortably dress for your summer wedding day is picking out bridesmaid dresses that are not season appropriate.  You do not want 4 heat-frustrated ex-friends on your hands!  Try Liz Fields bridesmaid dress style #430 for a light feminine style.

2.  Consider an evening wedding when things will have cooled off considerably.  With some good timing and luck, you might even get a beautiful sunset as the backdrop for your vows!

3.  If you are planning to have your wedding outside, plan for a location where there is breeze, like the ocean.  Most guests will not mind the hot weather if they have an ocean breeze on their faces and a beautiful view.

4.  Embrace the summer as part of your wedding theme by handing out fans as favors for your guests as the walk in.  This is a wedding favor they will use over and over and remember your special day.

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