Summer is almost here and with that, we of course have summer weddings! In Tennessee the warmer weather is already upon us – and while that makes for amazing warm nights for wedding receptions, it’s the daytime sun & heat that is not-so-fun for your wedding guests. Here are a few ideas and tips to keep your guests calm, cool, and collected while you say your I-do’s!
Ceremony Time & Dress Code
In the summer months, the sun sets later in the evening, so aim for a later ceremony start time instead of the hottest point of the afternoon. Evening ceremonies are great if you plan on serving a full meal at your reception! If an afternoon ceremony is something that you really want, consider trimming down the time to 20 minutes or less.
Depending on the theme & style of your event, you can help your guests beat the heat by not requiring a formal dress code. By putting “casual” or “semi-formal” attire somewhere on your invitation, you are letting your guests know that you don’t expect them to show up in tuxedos & tight-fitting cocktail dresses in the heat of summer.
If most of your guests are coming from out of town and are not used to the humidity & heat of the southern states, it might be a good idea to put something on your wedding website or invitation that it will be an outdoor ceremony, and to dress accordingly.
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Favors with an added bonus
Give your guests their favors on the way in to the ceremony, and they’ll be able to stay cool and focus on the memories being made versus the heat & humidity! Water is always a great choice, as well as sunglasses, personal fans and parasols! Another pro-tip, if you have a lot of fair-skinned folks in your family and wedding party, provide sunscreen for them during the day!
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I hope these ideas can help you out- if you are planning a summer wedding or just attending one, just remember to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and have fun!