Feature Photo by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable
With warm weather just around the corner, it’s never too early to start thinking about the perfect season for your wedding. With more consistent weather patterns, longer nights, extra daylight for photos and more flexible travel schedules, summer is a great season to plan a wedding. There’s only one problem: the heat. It’s no secret that Athens, Georgia certainly brings the heat each summer, but don’t let that deter you from having an enjoyable and unforgettable outdoor summer wedding. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you and your guests beat the heat for your dream summer wedding!
Photo by Flora Nova Design
Shade, shade, shade!
It is never a bad idea to invest in a tent for any wedding. Not only does it provide relief from the sun, but in the event that your wedding falls under a summer shower, you and your guests will not be left scrambling to find cover. Summer’s abundance of floral arrangements and greenery allow for beautiful arrangements like the one pictured above to add to your wedding’s decor!
Provide wedding favors that help control the heat.
Summer weddings are a great opportunity to make the most out of wedding favors that people usually throw away after the reception anyway. If the bright summer sun threatens to block your guests’ view during your ceremony, offer sunglasses with you and your fiance’s names on them as practical wedding favors that can be used during your ceremony. Other favors that offer relief from the summer sun include paper parasols, hats and fans.
Photo by Zazzle
Turn your ceremony program into a fan.
With a simple DIY project, your ceremony programs can double as a handheld fan to cool guests off while you recite your vows. Simply glue a popsicle stick to your wedding programs using this easy tutorial, or order personalized templates like these from Zazzle. Your guests will certainly appreciate the extra time and attention you set aside for their comfort!
Stay on schedule!
You don’t want to leave your guests waiting in the heat, so consider taking your wedding photos before the ceremony as guests are arriving. Maintaining a tight schedule will ensure your guests are not burning to a crisp while they wait for the wedding party to arrive.
Offer indoor space as well.
If possible, try to look for venues that offer both indoor and outdoor space for your reception. This allows for you and your guests to enjoy a warm summer’s night, as well as find a place to escape the heat and seek air conditioning. This option gives you the best of both worlds!
Serve refreshing drinks.
More so than other months, summer allows for a wide array of fun, refreshing drinks. From cucumber and citrus infused water, to summertime-inspired cocktails, the options of beverages to serve at your wedding are endless!
Provide an ice cream or Popsicle bar.
Serving a refreshing treat like ice cream bars or Popsicles at your wedding is another great way to fight the heat at your wedding. Summer weddings are the perfect opportunity to relive childhood summertime memories with a cool, refreshing treat!
With these tips, hopefully you will want to explore the possibilities of a summer wedding. Every wedding season comes with its own setbacks, but the heat shouldn’t stop you from having the beautiful summer wedding you’ve been dreaming of!
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