The Season of Weddings

Summer: The Season of Weddings.

It’s no surprise that the most popular season to get married is summertime - it’s warm, the days are long, flowers are in full bloom, & spirits are high. But, with a summer wedding comes a little extra planning - especially if you plan to have it outdoors. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning the perfect summer wedding:

  1. Keep your guests cool by utilizing natural shade.  Set up designated areas for guests to cool off - have a little lounge area set up in shady spots with water bottles close by. 
  2. Rent a tent. Weather is unpredictable {especially a Minnesota summer}! I suggest this to all of my couples - the last thing you want is to have your wedding completely washed out by rain. Protect yourself & your guests by renting a tent {you can always cancel it if it’s a perfect, blue sky day}! If it’s raining, you’re covered. If it’s super hot, your guests have an easy place out of the sun. {Bonus: rent an A/C unit or some fans to keep your tent & guests extra cool}
  3. Serve some non-alcoholic refreshments. Be sure to have options such as water, lemonade, and iced tea available to keep everyone hydrated. 
  4. Choose your formal wear wisely. Wedding dresses & tuxedos come in all shapes, sizes, & textures. Keep yourself {& your wedding party!} cool by choosing formal wear that is light & breezy. 
  5. Find out if your venue sprays for bugs. I think we can all agree that the worst part about summer are the pesky bugs that come out at dusk. Ask your venue if they spray to keep the bugs away - if they don’t, consider providing bug spray for your guests, along with adding citronella candles to your décor. 
  6. Keep your flowers fresh. Whenever possible, be sure to put your flowers in water & in the refrigerator to keep them looking fresh. If you’re doing pictures later in the evening, have a backup plan for your flowers in case they have wilted - perhaps snap a few pictures with your flowers early in the day & leave them out of the frame if they are droopy, dry or damaged. 
  7. Schedule lunch into your day-of timeline. Don’t forget to eat & stay hydrated! The easiest way to do this is to schedule lunch for you & your wedding party into your day-of schedule. Take that time to rejuvenate, relax & hydrate before the wedding festivities begin. 

Do you have experience planning a summer wedding? Share your advice in the comments!