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7 Tips on Keeping it Cool at Summer Weddings

Summer Wedding Tips

Summertime in North Carolina is an absolutely beautiful season for weddings, but as we all know, the months of June through August are known for extreme heat and humidity. If you’re planning a summer wedding, especially one that’s outdoors, you’ll not only need to be prepared for any weather surprises, like sudden summer thunderstorms, but also be creative when it comes to beating the heat to keep both you and your guests happy.

Scott Piner Bride with Parasols

Scott Piner Photography

Today we’re sharing our favorite tips on keeping it cool at summer weddings!

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

This is important for both you and your guests! Make sure you (and your wedding party) drink plenty of water while you’re getting your hair and makeup done — the day will be a flurry of activity once the ceremony starts, and you don’t want to get dehydrated! For those attending the wedding, consider having your ushers offer water as the guests arrive. You can have a big tin bucket full of ice-cold, personalized water bottles, or have waiters serve glasses of chilled water with slices of fresh fruit.

Custom Water Bottles

Story Photographers

2. Don’t forget to eat

This is for you, brides! The morning of the wedding, you will be so busy thinking about everything going on that you may forget an important step — eating! Make sure this doesn’t happen, and even if your stomach is in knots from anticipation and excitement, try to eat a little bit of lunch or several small snacks throughout the day. You don’t want to faint at the altar!

3. Provide creative favors

For an outdoor ceremony, consider printing your wedding programs on paper fans, or securing a traditional program to a seagrass fan with a decorative ribbon. You could even provide parasols on every chair — in colors matching your wedding palette, of course! — to make for a pretty picture and give your guests some shade while you say “I do.”

4. Opt for cooler attire

You don’t want to be outside in a sleek silk gown only to end up with sweat stains! Brides, choose a wedding dress made of lighter fabrics that breathe, like chiffon, cotton organdy, or crepe — your stylist can help you find the perfect gown — and don’t forget about your bridesmaids! For the groom and his groomsmen, consider letting them ditch the tux in lieu of lighter, more breathable summer fabrics, like linen or seersucker. Also, be sure to include a note like “lightweight clothing advised” for your guests via invitation inserts to warn them that they’ll be spending the majority of the event outside.


Seersucker Groomsmen

Nancy Ray Photography

5. Rent a tent

If your ceremony or reception (or both!) is outdoors, you’ll most likely want to rent a tent. Party rental stores can provide tents of all shapes and sizes to accommodate any type of event, and they’re also able to provide fans, and even AC units to keep the temperature perfectly pleasant. A tent is also a great back-up plan in case Mother Nature doesn’t quite cooperate!

6. Choose your makeup carefully

This is a big one, brides! You don’t want your makeup melting off your face in the hot, humid NC weather. Steer away from liquid makeup and opt for powder varieties, or, even better, have a professional provide airbrush makeup for you and your bridesmaids — it’s sweat proof, water (and tear!) proof, and will stay put all day and night long. Check out our SB&G Preferred Hair & Makeup Vendors who are experts in all weather!

7. Serve chilly refreshments

Besides having cold drinks on hand, consider having cool desserts or fun favors like ice cream, snow cones, or popsicles. Get creative and have your favorite food truck stop by your reception to serve up chilly treats that will help your guests beat the heat.

Chilly Summer Wedding Cocktails Kristine Dittmer

Kristine Dittmer Photography

Summer weddings in the South can be beautiful, as long as you’re prepared for the steamy weather. Trust us, both you and your guests will appreciate any efforts to keep the heat at bay.

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