I get it - the thought of planning a summer wedding when it is a balmy 97 degrees outside is enough to send you into your first bridal meltdown. Don't panic - there are a TON of ways to keep your guests comfortable and keep the celebration going even during the hot Florida summer months. Not only do you have a better chance of booking the venue of your dreams, most places will offer STEEP discounts as this is slow season in the south. So read on, and keep the summer in mind for your wedding date!
Just a few tips, tricks and things to keep in mind....
1. Plan ahead - seriously, plan for EVERYTHING. A plan B is your friend. Just because I have a back up plan for in-climate weather for my brides (rain, wind, etc.) doesn't mean it will happen, it just means we are prepared if it does. Think about what could happen and fix it before it becomes a problem.
2. Think outside of the box - be different, do something new! It's Florida, it rains pretty much every afternoon. Why not host your wedding earlier in the day? It's cooler, won't rain and is a different twist on the typical wedding reception! Host a brunch complete with a bloody mary and mimosa bar, have an omelet station or treat your guests to a crepe station where they can create their own recipe. Not only will this help you keep your guests comfortable, it will save you $$ at the same time - it's a win, win!
3. Be realistic - I know it's your wedding day, but you really don't want to take photos for 2 hours, I promise. Natural light is a photographers best friend, but sweating is not yours! Take my advise, plan for outdoor photos but make it quick. Trust your planner (hopefully me!) and photographer and let them guide you to the best use of the time that you have so your hair, make up and gown don't melt off of you. The last thing you want is to get back your wedding photos and hate them all because your hair and make up didn't stand up to the elements.
4. Finally, supply refreshments! You can do so many fun things from a snow cone bar to boozey pops to treat your guests after the ceremony. This is unexpected and a nice addition to their experience!
If you have additional questions, or want to talk about more ideas, decor or ways to "summer-proof" your wedding let me know! I am always happy to help!
Thank you to Katelyn Prisco Photography & Rachabella Photography for the lovely images!