Miss Memorial Day has sashayed down the runway which means it is officially summer. There are so many things I love about this time of year: ultra-deep V necks, rose all day, and the photos circulating of the all the beautiful bodies preparing for Broadway Bares. It’s also a popular season for outdoor weddings. There’s nothing like the glow of real sunshine added to the backdrop of your ceremony. But Mother Nature can quickly be your least wanted guest if she causes extreme conditions for you and your guests. Here are my tips for a successful summer planning come rain or come shine!
Some Tea, Some Shade
While some of your guests might be sun worshippers, most people do not love being in direct sunlight when dressed in their Sunday Clothes. If any part of your outdoor wedding is before sundown be sure your guests have an option for shade. The heat can also be a source of dehydration for many, so be sure to have some refreshing beverages available that your guests can cool off with. Beneath your parasol the world is all a smile… and they can double as the perfect take-home favor.
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today
It’s imperative when planning anything outdoors that you have a sturdy back-up plan in case of rain. But there is more to consider than just if the sky is falling. If it rains in the morning and blows over by the time you’re ready to walk down the aisle, the grounds could still be completely unsuitable for guests. Heels are hard enough to walk in, let alone on soggy grass! Rain also attracts unwanted visitors, so be sure to have insect repellent available. You don’t want anyone hiding in the bushes to crash the party, especially Sean Spicer!
What Not to Wear?
If any or all of your wedding will be taking place outdoors, be sure to let your guests know that in advance, and consider it while declaring your requested dress code. Most people don’t want to dress for a ballroom if they’re going to be on a beach. The more detailed you can be on your website or final e-blast can make all the difference, especially for guests who are traveling in and not as familiar with the local weather patterns. Are short suits and sundresses acceptable? Let them know!
With careful consideration of both you and your guests experience, you can make informed decisions and not have any regrets.
Forget your troubles and chase your cares away!