One thing that I have learnt this wedding season, is that we just aren't prepared for the heat in England. Admittedly, this has been an extremely dry and hot summer; but still, we don't seem to know what to do in the heat! This blog post is specifically aimed at wedding guests, because we all need to take some responsibility to keep cool - we can't just rely on others to have this sorted for us!
Plan what you are going to wear according to the weather. Try to avoid clingy, man-made fabrics as they will only make you feel hotter. Loose clothing is best to keep you cool.
Drink plenty of water/soft drinks before attending a wedding - being pre-hydrated will help your body to cope throughout the day.
Carry a bottle of water with you - you don't know how long the ceremony will be, if it will be delayed, or when you will first have access to a drink. It's a good idea to make sure that you have a drink with you/in your car, so that you are prepared for anything.
Bring a hand-held fan to keep you cool during the ceremony/whilst waiting - be mindful of noisy battery powered fans, and instead bring a traditional fan that won't be loud during the vows! Remember that venues aren't always able to provide large fans to keep ceremony rooms (or dining spaces) cool.
I would recommend to bring a hat or parasol, just in case the ceremony is outside. There is nothing worse than being sat in the sun, roasting; but bear in mind that the venue, or couple, may not have had the opportunity to arrange any form of shade in advance.
During the drinks reception, avoid sugary drinks or alcoholic drinks as they won't keep you as hydrated as water, or weak squash.
If you know that you particularly suffer in the heat, bring a flannel that you can wet and dab on your pulse points to help lower your body temperature.
The most important thing to remember is that you can take responsibility for keeping yourself cool. It isn't always possible to rely on venues, caterers or indeed the couple, to provide you with everything that you need to keep you cool. They may not have the budget, or the time to implement hot weather plans for all of their guests; however, it is easier for you to look after yourself. At the end of the day, weddings can be long occasions, and you want to be able to relax and enjoy it without worrying that you're becoming dehydrated or are going to pass out!
Photo courtesy of Steven & Karen at All Occasions Photography - www.alloccasionsphotography.co.uk
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