Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beat the Heat at Your Summer Wedding

While summer is hands down the most popular time to get married, it can present some unique challenges. Every bride hopes for great weather on her wedding day, but sometimes a sunny day can be challenging in its own way. Here are some tips and a little advice for handling the tricky parts of a summer wedding, particularly where your dress is concerned!

For starters, be very aware of the neckline of your dress and be sure that when you're out in the sun in the weeks and months before the wedding, you not only wear plenty of sunscreen, but you also make sure to avoid tan lines that will be in conflict with your dress. Wearing a strapless gown? You might want to consider a strapless bikini this year. The same is true for your bridesmaids- if they're in strapless, gently remind them that they might want to be careful of tan lines. Trust us, your photographer doesn't want to spend hours re-touching tan lines out of your photos just as much as you don't want the added expense of having them do that!

Worst-case scenario, tan lines can be blended with self-tanners, but who wants an EXTRA task added to their wedding-day to-do list? It's best to avoid tan lines altogether. Don't forget about your sunglasses, either, although this will be more apparent on the groom, since he's not likely to have wedding-day make-up like the bride and bridesmaids!

Speaking of sunglasses, if your wedding day is particularly sunny, consider snapping a few photos with a fabulous pair of sunnies to add a little whimsy to your shots! It can look adorable on just the bride and groom or on the entire party!

Another potential summer-wedding issue to consider is the heat and humidity. Whether a local wedding here in New England or a destination at a tropical venue, you, your guests and your bridal party all run the risk of just being hot and sweaty that day. There are lots of ways to beat the heat in terms of logisics:

- Have a late afternoon/early evening wedding, close to sunset to avoid the hottest part of the day.
- Consider providing parasols and fans for your guests to keep cool throughout the event.
- Hydrate and make sure you have plenty of water and non-alcoholic options for your guests as well.
- If your venue doesn't have a nicely shaded area, consider renting a tent to provide shade, or talk to your venue about moving the reception indoors if possible.

But what about your dress? How do you make sure you and your bridal party won't be too hot in your formal attire?

When shopping for your dress and your bridesmaids, too, keep the time of year and the heat in mind. You may want to consider a simple lace or chiffon sheath as opposed to a satin ballgown. Many brides think, "I'll just remove a few layers of fabric from the dress and it will be cooler." That's often not enough to make a real difference, though. It's also best to wear a more breathable fabric like silk as opposed to polyester if you're trying to stay cool.

Keep baby powder on hand to help keep your skin dry and smelling fresh. It doesn't hurt to have a little extra deodorant nearby as well.

Make a smart shoe choice when shoe shopping. Your feet will swell more than usual on a hot, summer day which can turn your beautiful, brand new Jimmy Choos into a torture device. If you are insistent upon a pair of killer heels, just remember to take breaks throughout the day and sit for a little while to give your feet a rest. You may also consider changing your shoes to a pair of platform flip-flops if you just can't last another minute in your heels. In your floor-length gown, it's unlikely anyone will even see that you've changed!

Finally, if it's just the most sweltering day and you're miserable, just change! Have an LWD (Little White Dress) on hand to change into for the reception. Dance the night away in a simple white sundress instead. After all, you really ought to enjoy your own wedding. Having a Plan B in place should the heat become overwhelming is the smartest move you can make. And if you don't end up changing into the LWD, you can still pack it in your honeymoon suitcase and wear it then!

We hope these few tips will help you have a comfortable, happy wedding even in the hottest days of summer. Was it hot on your wedding day? How did you cope? Leave a comment and tell us all about it!

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