May 27, 2011
June through September is the most popular time of year to get married, and for good reason. The sunshine and longer days allow you to take full advantage of the season with an afternoon wedding or highlight the glorious sunsets by saying your vows as the sun sets. Here are some tips and ideas to help make sure that your hearts are the only things that melt on your wedding day.
• As summer is an extremely busy season for weddings, reserve your venue at least six months to a year in advance to ensure that perfect location. If your “ideal venue” is already booked, consider some atypical wedding spots, such as beaches, parks, restaurants that offer an outdoor patio or even your own backyard.
• Choose lighter fabrics for your wedding dress and bridal party such as organdie, linen, chiffon, crepe and other light weight fabric. If you’ll be walking outside through dirt, gravel, or sand, you may want to choose shorter gowns and even skip the long, flowing train for your dress.
• For all the women in the bridal party (and for even some of the men), consider what the heat, humidity and moisture will do to their hair. Don’t try to fight with your hair in the summer – straight hair will get straighter and limper and wavy hair will get wavier and frizzier.
• In addition to summer appetizers like cocktail shrimp or gazpacho soup, consider an ice cream bar or serve miniature scoops of sorbet that match your wedding colors. Beverages can include a homemade lemonade spritzer or a mint and citrus infused water at the bar.
• Remember that alcohol coupled with warm temperatures can quickly cause dehydration so have plenty of chilled bottles of water available for your guests.
• Summer weddings can provide great opportunities for playful table favours. Personalized fans, flip flops sandals, decorative bottles of water and colourful handkerchiefs or towels give the favours functionality and comfort for the guests’ use during your special day.
• If your location is terminally hot during the summer, think of having a tented ceremony. A tent will provide the flexibility of enjoying the outdoors without the sun wilting your flowers or your guests. If a tented scene is not an option for you, consider a shaded area or the side of a building that may block the sun during your ceremony. With a little creativity you can turn any venue into a summery wonderland.
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