The wedding season is almost here and most brides-to-be are currently planning their big day. From dress fittings to making guest lists, the bride is always busy with all the wedding preparations. But what about the venue? Did you choose one yet? How about an outdoor venue? Yes, an outdoor wedding in the summer! Many of you might dislike the idea, given that the summer is always sunny and hot and the mere thought of spending your wedding in the heat is just unacceptable. Well, what if we reveal some creative hacks that can make your summer outdoor wedding extraordinary? Keep on reading for 10 great tips for a breathtaking outdoor summer wedding.
Let’s start with what to wear at your wedding.
1. Heels Are a No-No
If your wedding is going to be in a garden, you might want to consider ditching the heels and going for wedges instead. It’ll be easier for you to walk around and dance the night away. However, if your venue is by the beach, wearing flats will be ideal because sand and heels are not the best combo.
2. Go for a Light Dress
Wearing a big white poofy dress requires a lot of effort from you to walk around freely. For an outdoor wedding, go for a dress that is much lighter than usual. Not only will you be more comfortable with the dancing and moving around, but you will also feel breezy and may not feel the heat.
3. Ditch the Long Train
While the long train is considered royal and classy, it is best worn in a classic hall. Therefore, your long train may not be a good idea in an outdoor venue. Bear in mind that although it is summertime, it might still be windy at night, so it is best to avoid any inconveniences that might happen. You don’t want the train to be pulled away by a heavy breeze. Moreover, it can get all dirty and muddy, especially if the venue is in a garden or park.
4. Go for an Up-do
The last thing you want on your wedding day is your hair frizzing up or, worse, sticking to your sweaty body on the dance floor. To make things easier, go for a tight up-do as it will keep your hair in place and protect it all night long.
5. How about Short Dresses for the Bridesmaids?
When it comes to your bridesmaids, try to dress them up in short light dresses. It’ll be easier for them to walk around and do their bridesmaids' duties. However, if they’re not comfortable with wearing short dresses or some of them are hijabis, stick to the same light material. We recommend silk, cotton, or chiffon.
6. Choose Colorful Floral Accessories
We believe that brides should always go for out-of-the-box statement jewelry. However, if you are reluctant to do so, this is your chance to go for different and unique wedding accessories. Choose a colorful statement necklace that matches the whole outdoor ambience. Floral earrings and flashy sandals can make a perfect combo with your venue. Moreover, you can choose a floral theme to go with your accessories as well.
Now that we covered the proper dress code, let’s move on to the summer wedding aesthetics.
7. Provide Shade for Your Guests
We all know that the sun is inescapable in the summertime. Wherever you go, the heat will hit everyone hard. If you don’t want to torture your guests, the best thing you can do is to provide them with shade. Make sure there are umbrellas placed above each table to protect everyone from the heat. Otherwise, everyone would rather stay in their cars or just leave.
8. A Light Buffet Is a Great Idea
Meat, poultry, and strong meals, in general, tend to slow people down. Therefore, it is important to keep the buffet light and fresh so that you and your guests can stay energized throughout the event. Go for grilled veggies, salads, cool drinks, and fresh fruits. You can also add meat, but it’s best to stay away from big steaks or roasts.
9. Sunscreen Is a Must
Your wedding and, most importantly, your guests are your responsibility. If you don’t want anyone to get sunburned, make sure you provide them with sunscreen. Place a complimentary basket by the gate filled with mini sunscreen bottles with a note asking everyone to grab one for sun protection. If you cannot afford to specify a section for sunscreen bottles, the least you can do is to ask your guests to bring their own.
10. Consider Adding Cooling Gadgets
Since there won't be a closed air-conditioned lounge, try to provide the best second thing for your guests to keep them cool. Help your guests cool themselves down by placing handheld battery fans on every table. You can also go for classy paper fans as an alternative.
Make sure you stay ahead of the weather. Try to choose your wedding date according to the weather forecast. Stay away from extremely hot days and try to start the ceremony at the golden hour so you don't get much heat from the sun. And most importantly, enjoy your big day, beautiful.