Many Couples are choosing to celebrate their Big Day in the summer, why?? mmmm .. the answer must be if it is Raining they can not enjoy the outdoor reception ceremony!!
However; even-though Your Big Day occurs in the summer, the following article that is taken from aboutweddings.com become an important tips to note. Happy reading
5 Tips for Outdoor Summer Weddings
There is little more dreamy than imagining your wedding ceremony, just as the sun sets out in the middle of a field, or on a beach or overlooking a lake or another kind of body of water, your guests patiently gathered around awaiting your entrance. Unfortunately, the picture gets a little less rosy when you imagine your guests drenched with sweat, or swatting away mosquitoes or possibly having an allergy attack in the midst of your vows.
Do not fear, though, bridal lovers of the outdoors! There is nothing that a little bit of planning can’t take care of. Here are five tips that the pros use to “heat proof” their outdoor summer weddings.
1. Hydrate your Guests. It’s always nice to have a beverage station or waiters passing sparkling water at any wedding, but it’s more than nice at a summer wedding- it’s a necessity. Punch, lemonade, infused water: these things can make a major difference in keeping guests cool while they await your ceremony. You can make the beverages into a display and it will add a certain something to your ceremony décor too!
2. Comfortable Favors. Yes, a favor is typically given at the end of the night, but an outdoor ceremony provides ample opportunities for gifting to your guests that will go a long way in keeping them comfortable. Consider a welcome station equipped with hand fans or parasols for the ladies and some basic sunglasses for the guys. Yes, it’s a favor, but it’s practical too, and just thinks how dreamy those parasols might look in your wedding photos!
3. Prepare for the bugs. The summer brings with it a less loveable companion: bugs. Mosquito’s, bees, even hornets can all be a-buzz during the summer months and depending on the time of day of your ceremony, might be a pest to your guests. Talk to your venue about spraying an organic pesticide in advance of your wedding to keep those pests at bay. Consider planting citronella torches around the perimeter of your ceremony or reception and, if you are making a restroom amenity basket, consider adding in a couple of cans of bug spray. It isn’t glamorous, but it will keep people comfortable!
4. Prep for Allergies! Wedding welcome bags have become a wedding staple- it’s almost standard to equip your guest with some water, a snack and a “handover kit” of Advil and Alka Setlzer. If you know you have a big outdoor wedding planned, your welcome bag is a great chance to help guests’ allergies from being a distraction from enjoying your wedding. Adding a couple of packets of allergy medicine into a welcome bag will put you at the top of the “most considerate hosts” award list!
5. Keep guest informed! As news of your upcoming wedding spreads far and wide, be sure to let guest know that they will be spending a lot of time outdoor, especially if they are going to be walking on grass or sitting in the hot sun. Your cousin Sal might wear his black wool suits if he knows he’ll be sitting in the July sun for the duration of your ceremony and reception. Similarly, Aunt Jane might not wear her stilettos if she knows the ceremony is on a grassy lawn the day after a rain storm. Everyone loves an element of surprise, but let that come in the décor, food and entertainment. A well informed guest is prepared to have a great time, which will go a long way in making your wedding unforgettable.