How to Deal with the Heat at a Summer Wedding

Everyone loves summer until the temperatures get too hot!

Here are some tips to help you beat the heat!

Photo: John Solano Photography

Summer being considered wedding season is an idea that endures, especially as outdoor ceremonies continue to be a popular choice for couples. It’s no surprise that it’s the preferred time of year to tie the knot – there’s sunny weather and school isn’t in session, which frees up families to travel. Of course, there are many places where the warmth of summer isn’t pleasant, but a burden. Whether it’s scorching hot temperatures or high humidity, summer weather can make it tough to look your best. You’ll also want to make sure your guests are feeling comfortable on your big day.

how to beat the heat at summer weddings

Photo by Karlisch Photography; Planning & Design by DFW Events

Here are some tips to help you beat the heat:

- Opt inside. Alfresco nuptials are lovely, but not worth anyone suffering from heat exhaustion. If your region is known for extreme weather, consider an indoor venue. In places where the weather can be hit or miss, have a backup plan the way couples do in case of rain. 

- Create shade. If the site of your vow exchange doesn’t have natural shade, have parasols, sunglasses, and fans available for guests to use. You can also commission a canopy structure overheard, or even tent your ceremony and bring in AC.

- Supply toiletries. While ideally everyone would come prepared, it is a kind gesture to have sunscreen available for the health of your attendees. Consider providing the spray kind of antiperspirant/deodorant in the bathrooms of your venue. It’s more hygienic than multiple people using the stick variety, so you won’t have to get individual travel sizes in order to keep revelers from being self-conscious on the dance floor. 

- Hydrate. Make sure there is plenty of water available at all times for everyone at the wedding.

- Wait it out. Choosing to start your nuptials as close to sunset as possible will help guarantee lower temperatures. You may even want to consider a romantic nighttime ceremony, although it will require a larger investment in your lighting design. 

For more ideas, find out what to do if you get a sunburn right before your wedding and get music ideas for summer nuptials.