Everyone dreams of sunshine on their wedding day, but what do you do when it's just too hot? As Brits we love to talk about the weather - but we are never happy! We complain if it's cold or wet; then when the sun does finally make an appearance, we moan that it's too hot and we can't sleep! Do not fret, I've put together a few tips to help you to cope with the heat on your big day!
Shut your windows and curtains during the day. You need to make sure that you're getting as much sleep as you can, especially the night before - you don't want to be feeling exhausted when it comes to your big day. Therefore, it is a great idea to close the curtains and windows in the room where you'll be sleeping to keep the sun and hot air out. We often make the mistake of opening a window to cool down, but if the air outside is still and hot, you'll just be letting that in the room. Only open windows etc when it's cooler outside.
Invest in a fan or small air conditioning unit if you haven't already. A portable fan means that you can stay cool wherever you're getting ready. Some people even recommend putting a bowl of ice cold water in front of the fan (not too close) so that it circulates cool air around the room instead of just pushing hot air around. If you're staying at a hotel the night before/after your wedding - choose a hotel with air conditioning or ask for a fan to be put in the room for you prior to your arrival.
Drink plenty of water whilst you're getting ready. On your wedding day you'll be so busy soaking up every moment that you often forget to look after yourself, this is especially crucial in the heat. It's important to pre-hydrate your body so that it can cope better throughout the day and you won't get too dehydrated. By drinking plenty of water (or very weak squash) you'll ensure that you're ready to tackle the heat of the day and you'll be able to enjoy a glass of bubbles, or two, without making yourself too ill.
Have plenty of soft drinks on offer. The idea of sipping a cocktail on your wedding day surrounded by friends and family sounds great, but when it is too hot, alcohol can seriously dehydrate you. If you're having a summer wedding, make sure that there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks for guests and plenty of cool water available. You could design a beautiful mocktail ready for Instagram pictures, or even have infused waters available ready for those drinks reception photos.
Consider buying a parasol. You will want to make sure that there is plenty of shade for your guests to keep cool, especially if they'll be outside for your drinks reception and/or ceremony. But you'll also want to make sure that you can keep cool throughout the day too. This is easier if you're in an air-conditioned venue, but if you are outside for a lot of your day, why not consider buying a parasol to keep you cool? There are plenty of pretty ones out there that will also look great in your pictures!
Choose your timings carefully. If you know that you're choosing to get married in the height of summer, why not consider having a later wedding? There are no rules that say you have to get married in the middle of the day! Why not consider having a 4pm ceremony and then straight into the drinks reception and evening meal? This means that you, and your guests, won't be boiling in your finery during the hottest part of the day!
Plan your outfits accordingly. If you're planning a wedding in the middle of the summer then you might want to consider what you will be wearing. If you're a bride, then you probably want to choose a lighter, more freely flowing fabric/style to help keep you cool. If you're a groom then I would suggest either a linen suit or a more laid-back look without ties or jackets raising your body temperature!
I hope these tips help you to keep cool on the big day! If you'd like more support with planning your wedding, whatever the season, then please get in touch to arrange a free consultation.
Bridal preparation - Joanne Collins
Drinks reception - All Occasions Photography