Here in Sacramento we know a thing or two about extreme heat in the summer time.
It’s in the middle of July and you are the Maid of Honor and you are waiting for your bestie to walk down the aisle at her winery wedding. You can’t stop sweating and are dehydrated. The groomsmen are squinting from the hot sun bearing down on them because the bride said she didn’t want to wear sunglasses during the ceremony. The guests are desperately wishing for the ceremony to be over with because they have been sitting in the sun for thirty minutes plus. These are all scenarios for outdoor summertime weddings that are being held outdoors. Everyone loves outdoor weddings because they are scenic, dreamy and natural, but how does one make sure that there are not any disasters, i.e. guests fainting from heat exhaustion.
We know how to handle weather-related stresses, like a 100-plus-degree forecast. We are sharing our tricks for keeping everyone cool, calm and collected on the wedding day. Here is to beating the heat in the summer!
When your guests arrive, keep them hydrated with mini water bottles. If you use the regular 16 oz. bottles they might not drink it all. Save the sparkling wine until later.
Give your guests fans, water bottle spray misters or parasols to keep cool. Keep the elderly guests in the shade until the ceremony starts and then escort them down the aisle right before the ceremony starts. If you have guests who are on certain medications, they might need to stay out of the sun completely because they will have an adverse effect when combining the medication and sun.
It’s always best to have a Plan B when it comes to the heat. Add a line item in your budget for contingency items such as misters, cool wraps and a tent.
Think about your gown selection or what members of the wedding party will be wearing. There is no need to wear a suit coat or even a tuxedo in extreme heat.
Cake and desserts – usually bakeries delivery the wedding cake and desserts a couple hours before the ceremony time. Since the cake cutting is done a couple hours after the ceremony, you don’t want your cake sitting out in the heat or sun for a long time. Make sure the delivery of the cake is timed correctly so that you aren’t disappointed when the tiers of the cake slide off into a hot mess!
What tips do you have to share for hot weather?