OK OK, so the heatwave may be over for now. But if you’re having a mid summer wedding, you may be hoping for those rays to reappear on the big day. Well I am going to make sure you are well prepared for a hot wedding day, with some top tips and super fun wedding ideas to get you and your guests making the most of the warm weather.
Things to consider if the weather looks set to be scorching; your bridal make up staying put (ask your MUA for advice), pack a mini bottle of deodorant in your day bag, supplying mini fans for particularly hot spaces or paper fans for guests during the ceremony and sun tan lotion aplenty, let’s face it no one wants to get burnt and spend their wedding night applying after sun, ouch. Also don’t forget to ask your venue if windows can be opened to ensure good ventilation and a lovely breeze through your reception.
Above all though, it’s all about having fun in the sun, I hope these suggestions leave you excited and inspired by the thought of sunny wedding days.
Keep hydrated with jugs of water on tables teamed with plenty of ice for all. But of course, you can really go wild with the drinks you have on offer too. Think pretty bottles of lemonade, the classic Pimms welcome tipple, delicate cocktails, jar drinks with stripy straws, drink dispensers for guests to help themselves, mini milk bottles filled with juice, a pimp your prosecco stand or a fabulous cart to place them all on.
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Fun & Games
You think Summer, you think fetes and summer games right? Well why not include some in your outdoor space? Whether you go for a sports day style contest, bouncy castle (great for kids or adults alike) or fete games, you and your guests will have a blast. Plus it keeps the little ones well and truly entertained into the evening.
Images 1. Daniel McClane via Rustic Relaxed Country Garden Wedding 2. Kate Gray Photography via Stylish & Hand Made Rainy Summer Barn Wedding 3. Cornelia Lietz via Quirky Cool Summer Wedding in Germany 4. Lily Sawyer Photography via Crawfest Family Festival Wedding
Quite simply, go outdoors. Bring your ceremony or reception outside. Chat with your venue about the possibilities or if you are having a DIY celebration just go alfresco. Be sure to have a back up plan just in case those rain clouds descend, and you can relax knowing your perfect setting is organised whatever the weather. Also consider the utilities and facilities you may need to keep everything running smoothly. Just imagine the atmosphere of saying I do beside the sea or beneath a canopy of trees. Then partying the night away in the open air with twinkling lights above you. Perfection. If you can’t take the whole day outside, think about hosting speeches or your first dance outside for a touch of unique.
Images 1. Sophie Duckworth Photography via Magical & Fun Outdoor Barn Wedding 2. The Curries via Beautiful Bohemian Beach Glamping Wedding 3. Milou + Olin Photography via Fantastical Woodland Renaissance Wedding in California 4. Real Simple Photography via Magical Outdoor Garden Festival Wedding
Ice Cream Treats
Trust me when I say you just cannot go wrong with ice cream at a wedding. I mean who doesn’t love the cooling sweet treat? You can hire in an ice cream van or cart, ask your caterer for an ice cream pudding or go all out and have an ice cream themed cake! Be sure to check your guests dietary requirements so that everyone can enjoy, or think about having ice lollies, slushies or sorbets to cool off too. Anything icy, flavoursome and cold will go down a treat.
Images 1. Binky Nixon Photography via Creative Colourful Mexican Feel Outdoor Wedding 2. Jen Marino via Fun Festival Big Top ‘Kiki Fest’ Wedding 3. Boo Marshall Photography via Relaxed & Pretty Garden Marquee Wedding 4. Katherine Ashdown via Natural Soft & Stylish Meets Luxe Wedding 5. Paul Fuller Kent Photography via Free Spirited & Beautiful Beach Wedding 6. HBA Photography via Creative DIY Outdoor Tipi Field Wedding
Open Air Transport
If the weather is set to be fine, you can really open up your transport options. If you are in walking distance, take a stroll with your guests to the reception. Beside a river? Take a boat trip together. On the farm? Hop on the back of a tractor. If you are bicycle enthusiasts, cycle to your nuptials or why not simply put the roof down on your convertible car. Perhaps consider if your outfits/hair can hold up with potential wind-sweeping conditions mind due.
Images 1. Casey Avenue Photography via Hand Made Red White & Blue Farm Wedding 2. Beaulieu Wedding Photography via Exotic Bali Inspired Summer Wedding 3. Photography34 via Powder Blue Country Rustic Charm Wedding 4. Jennifer Langridge Photography via Beer & Bicycles Yellow & Grey DIY Budget Wedding 5. Cornelia Lietz via Quirky Cool Summer Wedding in Germany
I love weddings with seasonal menus. Food makes up such a huge aspect of a wedding and summery, light cuisine will work well on a hot day. Take your guests to the lawn for a picnic, complete with blankets, hampers and scrummy goodies. Afternoon tea can be a lovely option for a classic English country wedding or why not try out layered salad jars for a touch of fun? Popcorn stations come evening will go down a storm as an alternative to sweets and a food truck serving pizza will ensure guests are feeling really looked after.
Images 1. Love Luella Photography via Pastel Pretty Summer Picnic Wedding 2. Lenkaland Photography via Enchanting Farmer’s Wedding in the Forest 3. Miss Gen Photography via Relaxed & Pretty London Picnic in the Park Wedding 4. Hayley Baxter Photography via Relaxed English Country Garden Party Wedding 5. Love That Smile Photography via Rustic Bohemian DIY Barn Wedding 6. Eliza Claire via Mint Gold & Peach Summer Marquee Wedding 7. Gemma Gaskins Photography via Rustic Meets Elegant Mint & Gold Barn Wedding 8. Peppermint Love Photography via Pretty Spring DIY Picnic Village Fete Feel Wedding
Shelter & Camp Outs
Seeking shade is essential in a heat wave, so think about offering shelter, heading beneath the trees or supplying umbrellas to keep the heat off of you and your guests. Don’t forget though that with fine weather you could supply camping or glamping accommodation too if your venue allows. It will be such fun sitting by the camp fire come evening and having breakfast together the following day too.
Images 1 & 2. Joanna Nicole Photography via Woodland Countryside Camp Wedding 3. Lisa Howard Photography via Quirky Natural & Fun Woodland Wedding 4. Marc Smith Photography via Romantic Pretty Pink Wedding
Don’t Forget the Sunglasses
And last but not least folks, don’t forget your sunnies! You could personalise sunglasses as fun favours, gift them to your wedding party or just bring along your fave pair to accessorise your look. They always look super cool and you just can’t go wrong really can you?
Images 1. LifeLine Photography via Bohemian Rustic Country Chic Wedding 2. Ria Beth via Bohemian Bare Foot Italy Destination Wedding 3. Jen Marino via Cute & Quirky Modern Yellow & Grey City Wedding 4. Story and Colour Photography via Chilled Festival Tipi Lavender Wedding 5. Sarah-Jane Ethan via Chic City Soft Pastels Wedding
Are you planning a summer wedding? Do you have any plans for hot weather? Or were you married on a hot day and have some top tips for our readers? We’d love to hear from you below.
Happy (hot) wedding planning xo Lou