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7 Hot Summer Wedding Mistakes to Side Step

There aren’t enough good things that can be said about a summer wedding. It’s a beautiful time of year to get married—and one of the few months of the year when the temperatures are (hopefully) fantastic! Yet even with all those positive vibes, planning a summer wedding still comes with its fair share of mistakes that leave couples and their guests in hot water (or weather). Here are a few of the most common summer wedding mistakes—and what you can learn from them.

Not having a plan B

Most of the time, summer comes with its fair share of beautiful days with sunshine and pleasant weather. The key word here is “most”—and unfortunately it’s a word that summer brides and grooms count far too much on.

Unfortunately, summer also comes with rain, thunderstorms, scorching heat, and huge temperature swings. These are all things couples should plan for (with an indoor venue, emergency kits, last-minute props, etc.), even when the weather forecast includes a “small chance of…” The lesson is to plan accordingly—and enjoy the results! A rainy wedding day can turn into a series of one-of-a-kind photo opps with umbrellas and rain boots. A hot wedding day can stir up a lot of fun with fans.

Ignoring your hot guests

Your big day is your day, but don’t forget the people that have taken the time to celebrate it with you. The good news is that keeping guests cool doesn’t have to take a ton of effort. If you are holding an outdoor ceremony, think about scheduling your wedding ceremony when the sun isn’t blazing down on you and your guests. If a steamy ceremony isn’t avoidable, look for wedding venues with air conditioning for a welcome reprieve from the heat.

Cooling stations are another great way to cool your guests (and a great favor idea!) These stylish containers can be placed strategically in areas where guests circulate. Cooling stations can contain water, fans, mosquito spray, sunscreen, flip flops—anything that keeps guests cool and comfortable is welcome.

Setting yourself up for a meltdown

Overdressing is a common couple mistake. So many couples are guilty! As much as you want to look fantastic on your wedding day, don’t forget to think about your own comfort on your big day. When planning your attire, look for fabrics (and shoes!) that aren’t stuffy or cumbersome.

As long as you are at it, do the same for your attendants. (They’ll appreciate it!) If you do want an incredibly formal wedding ceremony, give your attendants gifts they can use after to keep cool. Fans are an obvious choice, as are flip flops (glam them up for a personalized formal test) and sunglasses. Your attendants are going to appreciate it, especially when the day is sizzling.

Not planning for bad weather

Every couple dreams of a sunny summer wedding. Unfortunately, rain and thunderstorms can be just as disastrous. You and your guests don’t want muddy shoes and soaked outfits. If you have any doubts about the weather, consider holding the ceremony in a venue with space for the ceremony and reception (with fantastic décor that brings the outdoors in).

Leaving guests hungry

The best summer wedding menu is full of fresh, seasonal tastes that are light and delicious—but not too light. Couples need to choose the right items that fit the season and atmosphere, but aren’t too light and too heavy. Guests love the freshest summer wedding menu dishes with fresh fruits and vegetables and pastas and meats with a seasonal flavor.

The summer wedding mistake most couples make is selecting a wedding menu that’s too light, leaving guests hungry and heading for the exit. Instead, couples should choose a caterer carefully that can help plan a full menu of light appetizers and entrees (plus a bonus late night course that keeps everyone on the dance floor).

Serving only cocktails

Guests love summer wedding cocktails, and couples love to come up with unique summer cocktail recipes suitable for their special day. However, summer wedding cocktails shouldn’t be the only item on your beverage menu (especially when it’s hot).

Instead, make sure you give guests plenty of opportunities to hydrate throughout the wedding day. Put bottled water out for guests after the ceremony (personalize the water bottles for a fun twist). For a more formal twist, have a waitress serve water (with delicious fruit added for a summer flavor) during the cocktail hour. Your effort to keep guests (and yourselves) shouldn’t stop there; instead hydrate your guests during dinner, at the bar, and near the dance floor. Your guests’ll appreciate the chance to fuel up, and you’ll appreciate the fact that everyone is hydrated and enjoying themselves.

Not asking about entertainment restrictions

A summer wedding wouldn’t be complete without unique summer entertainment. There are some really neat ideas that fit the season (like fireworks and sparklers!) Unfortunately, many of those summertime entertainment ideas are limited by local municipalities (i.e. curfews for volume, firework and sparkler permits, etc.) If you decide on a really unique summer wedding entertainment, always ask the venue before you set anything in stone; you don’t want your idea for the ultimate wedding entertainment to turn into a wedding day regret.

Tips for Planning a Fantastic Summer Wedding Reception

floral bouquet on table with sparkling back drop: outdoor touch for summer weddingOctober may be the “new June” for weddings, but summer is still a top choice for engaged couples. In a climate where it’s cold nine months out of the year, summer is the only time in Wisconsin when you can practically guarantee that you won’t need a coat or shawl over your wedding dress or tux. Sometimes, that warm weather can also venture into hot and humid territory—which is why you should use these tips to make your summer wedding as fantastic as the weather (even on the hottest days!).

Make guest comfort a priority

elegant lighted globe centerpiecesThe same warm summer weather that makes summer an ideal time for a wedding is also the same weather that can make a wedding unbearable. Wisconsin summers can get hot and muggy, turning a joyous occasion into a pool of sweat. Plan accordingly; choose an indoor venue with air conditioning that can make your guests want to dance and mingle instead of gathering around a fan. For an outdoor wedding, rent fans that can improve circulation and keep your guests cool.

Dress accordingly

No matter what time of year you shop for dresses and tuxes, keep in mind that your summer wedding could be hot (very hot!). Choose breathable fabrics so your time outside (and your attendants’ time) isn’t unbearable.

Be creative with your wedding favors

Practical and fun wedding favors are almost a must at a summer wedding. At a hot summer wedding, provide misters, cool drinks, or hand fans so your guests can stay cool in the heat. Even if your guests just have to walk to their cars in the parking lot, they’ll appreciate the gesture.

Have a plan B in case of inclement weather

outside rennaissance place a beautiful wedding venueAn outdoor wedding ceremony can be a beautiful event; it can also be a very wet and soggy challenge if a summer storm moves in (or it rains for days before your wedding). Instead of scrambling at the last minute, search for a wedding venue that has ceremony and reception space just in case you need to move your ceremony because of the wet weather.

Schedule the day’s activities with the weather

Don’t suffer—and make your attendants and guests suffer—through the highest heat of the day. Instead, craft a wedding schedule that takes into account the hot summer temperatures. Schedule photos and other outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day so you can cool down inside during the hottest temperatures.

Cool your guests down with seasonal drinks

One of the most fun part of a summer wedding is the drinks. Cool your guests down with lemonade, tropical mixed drinks, and water served with fresh fruit. In addition to being stylish and delicious, summer drinks keep your guests hydrated so they can enjoy your summer wedding reception.

Bring the outdoors in

birch containers with elegant wedding centerpiece

If you want the (cool) comfort of an indoor reception but the feel of a beautiful summer day, bring the outdoors in. Use tree bark, potted plants, topiaries, fresh flowers, and seasonal treats to make your guests feel like an outdoor summer  wedding.

 

 

Make your last course a refreshing treat

Every detail plays a part in creating a wonderful summer wedding reception, including a late-night course that keeps your guests dancing. Choose a late-night course that complements your wedding atmosphere, complete with the summer drinks that keep your guests hydrated and having fun.

20 Super Cool Summer Wedding Themes

elegant wedding centerpieces with simple rose arrangementIt seems like the only thing plentiful about the list of summer wedding themes is the lack thereof of summer wedding themes you can find online. That’s why we’ve gone to great lengths to list 20 ideas for a summer wedding that you can personalize into a magical summer event.

  1. Nautical
  2. English garden
  3. Vintage summer party
  4. Night under the stars
  5. Beach party
  6. Summer Sweets (i.e. cotton candy, ice cream, etc.)
  7. Day at the Vineyard
  8. Elegant country fair
  9. Singing in the Rain (or another classic summer movie)
  10. Summer parade
  11. Outdoor concert
  12. Summer camp
  13. Day at the races
  14. Circus
  15. Bold summer color
  16. Strawberry fields
  17. Rustic summer night
  18. Summer festival (whatever kind of festival you want!)
  19. An old-time summer dance
  20. Rose garden

Once you’ve chosen the right summer wedding theme, use this blog post to start your wedding planning (and don’t forget to use these ways to keep your guests cool). Set a date (or a season) and start contacting wedding venues that fit your criteria. The wedding planning has begun. Have fun!