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Summer is the season for some of my favorite weddings – there’s not a cloud in the sky and guests seem to let loose just a little bit more; taking that extra vacation time to celebrate at weddings.

It’s no secret, summer weddings can be scorchers in Wisconsin! But being the most popular season to tie the knot, brides & grooms (and their wedding planner) have figured out a few ways to beat the heat at summer weddings. Here are a few no-fail ways to make sure you and your guests aren’t sweating it while you’re saying your vows.

Bride and Groom wearing lite wedding attire to beat the summer heat.

Keeping Yourself Cool on Your Wedding Day

Hydrate: Make sure you drink water starting in the morning and throughout the day. This means you also make sure your bridal party is hydrated as well. 

Hydrate your bouquet: Your bouquet will likely come in a vase. Make sure you bring this vase along to the ceremony and to photos. This will help your flowers look great and fresh. 

Double check your hair and makeup: Consider skipping liquid makeup and choosing an updo so your hair doesn’t stick to you. 

Dress the part: Keep your dress and suit material light.  In addition, consider the location of the sun for the ceremony.  If the men in your wedding party plan to wear suits or tuxedos and you prefer they be more comfortable, consider designing your ceremony site in the shade. Chart the sun’s location at the time of your ceremony and consider alternate sites at your venue or even just slightly re-positioning the setup to stop the sun from beating directly down.

Protect your skin: Make sure you use sunscreen.  The last thing you want is to get your photos back and you are sunburned in half of them. 

Consider sunset for photos: If you get too hot your photographer can always continue your bridal portraits at sunset. Plus sunset photos are gorgeous!

Bride & Groom during their outdoor wedding ceremony planned by Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events

Keeping Your Guests Cool on Your Wedding Day

Hydrate: The moment we know it is going to be “a hot one” we ask for the venue to provide ice water for guests as they come into the ceremony.  That way they can stay cool while they wait and watch the ceremony.   A beverage station positioned near the entrance of your ceremony is a great way to welcome guests. Regardless, it’s a great idea, in general, to hydrate your loved ones before the long day ahead.

Ceremony Programs with Dual Purpose: You can never go wrong with a fan to cool down with. Give your guests gifts for the outdoors in the form of programs shaped like fans. Your guests will appreciate both the gesture and the extra stylistic element they add!

Umbrellas:  Umbrellas may be a great fit – offering your guests some shade! They can carry them from ceremony to reception and stay cool all the while.

Favors: Since it is going to be sunny, consider giving your guests sunglasses as a favor. 

Beverage station for your wedding guests

Other Things to Consider in the Heat on Your Wedding Day:

Protect your food: Make sure your desserts and food don’t sit out in the sun or heat. They should come out right before they are tp be served. 

Plan the Menu Accordingly: Cocktails adorned with popsicles, summertime favorites like snow cones and other chilly treats embrace the summer season while keeping everyone cool at the same time.

As you plan for your big day, don’t forget to beat the heat at your  summer wedding and everyone in attendance will thank you for it!

Marsha VanArk, Wisconsin Wedding Planner for Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events