Congratulations on your upcoming summer wedding! Planning for a summer wedding can be a bit challenging, especially if you are concerned about the possibility of a heat wave. Here are some things to consider to ensure that your summer wedding is a success:
Consider your use of The Barn: The Barn at Avington has ample indoor and outdoor space, so you and your guests have room to move around and enjoy the festivities. Consider having your welcome drinks next to the ceremony area as there is lots of shade here.
Timing: Consider scheduling the wedding ceremony and reception during cooler parts of the day, This will help to avoid the hottest part of the day, which is typically midday. Aim to have your guests to arrive from 2pm, with your ceremony starting at 2:30pm.
Dress Code: Consider selecting lighter fabrics for your dress and for the groom's suit. Opt for lighter colors like pastels, neutrals, and light shades. You may also want to consider offering some alternative clothing options like sandals, shorts, and sundresses to your guests. Have an outfit change in the evening so that you can thoroughly enjoy dancing without over heating.
Hydration and shade: We will make sure there is plenty of water available for guests to drink throughout the day, having water stations set up around the venue. We recommend signs to remind and encourage guests to stay hydrated. Additionally, provide shade in the form of umbrellas or shaded areas for guests to rest and cool off – we have gazebos which are ideal for this or you can hire an Indian Marquee here: Indian Marquees | Hampshire Party Pods.
Menu: Consider serving refreshing foods like fruits, salads, and cold soups. Avoid serving heavy, hot meals that may be uncomfortable to eat in the heat. BBQs are always a popular option – we recommend Global Kitchen Events.
Communicate: Keep your guests informed about the weather conditions leading up to the wedding and any plans for keeping them cool and hydrated. You may also want to include information on your wedding website or invitations about the recommended attire and any necessary precautions to take in the heat. Advise hand held fans, hats and umbrellas.
Overall, the key to planning a summer wedding is to be prepared for any weather conditions that may arise. By considering these factors and taking the necessary precautions, you can ensure that your summer wedding is a success, even in the heat. You could always embrace it with a water balloon flight and paddling pools!
Author: Beth Allen