Top Tips for a Planning a Summer Wedding

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Four things to consider when planning a summer wedding

The summer season is officially here! And while this time of year can offer some of the most breathtakingly beautiful weddings, it can also bring its fair share of challenges. If you’re planning a summer wedding, you have to read these four tips to keep your big day a breeze.   

Plan For The Heat

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I recently heard advice on a podcast, “Asking For A Friend”, that the number one thing guests will remember from your wedding day is whether they were too hot or too cold. During the summer, heat and humidity can be difficult culprits to beat. Providing fans or parasols to help keep your guests cool is a great idea, for both indoor and outdoor weddings. If you don’t have an indoor space, you can even rent a tent with air conditioning to give guests an extra boost of cool during the warmest parts of the day. While this can be a costly option, it’s worth keeping yourself and guests safe from the sun.  Just remember if your ceremony is directly in the sun, not only will you and your fiance be sweating but so will all your guests.

Keep Guests Hydrated

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No matter the season, one thing I always tell my couples is to drink a lot of water the day of their wedding. Between nerves and the busy schedule, it’s easy to forget to take a sip. This is the same for your guests. Especially while planning a summer wedding, I always recommend having a welcome beverage station with water and another non-alcoholic drink to keep guests cool and hydrated. Additionally, make sure the bar and reception tables all have water available. You don’t want the only thing a guest to drink is alcohol, which is incredibly dehydrating.

Build Your Timeline Around Summer Hours

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I wrote more about this on my post on tips to planning an outdoor wedding, but while planning a summer wedding, make sure to note the time of sunset and hottest parts of the day. Talk to your planner and photographer to ensure that you build in photos during sunset (which is later in the summer) and avoid keeping guests out in the sun during the hottest parts of the day. For example, push your ceremony to a bit later so so that it’s a bit cooler when all the celebrations begin.

Don’t Forget Your Wedding Party

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Your wedding party will be with you and your spouse all day, getting ready, taking photos and standing by your side, so you’ll want to take care of them as well. Ensure you and your wedding party all have access to sunscreen for any outdoor photos and plenty of water. For your bridesmaids, ask your glam team to provide blotting papers and touch up kits in case of perspiration. And for your groomsmen, I’d recommend taking a few photos without suit jackets so they can breath a little easier. 

I hope these tips helped! If you’re ready to plan your big summer soiree, click the contact button on my homepage here and let’s set up some time to chat!

Feathered Arrow Signature Kari Dirksen


Expert Party Planner, Podcaster, and Creative Entrepreneur.

I'm a creative entrepreneur at heart and have been running my business for over 10 years and have planned and executed over 150+ weddings. I'm an expert in this industry and care deeply about my clients and making sure they have the best experience. I just launched a podcast with my work wife, Gabby Pinkerton of Cause We Can Events, called Just Another Biz Podcast! Go check it out!

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