We’ve had an overwhelming number of really, really hot days this summer, and have found that many of our couples have been a little overwhelmed with how to handle these unusual temperatures for their outdoor weddings. Hopefully, the 90+ degree days are behind us, but just in case, here are a few tips:
1. Umbrellas are your friends. You don’t need fancy paper parasols – an umbrella works just as well to provide some much needed refuge on the heat of the wedding day.
2. Evian mist bottles are amazing too. Pair that with a little fan and you’ve got a homemade on-the-spot swamp cooler.
3. Have an extra clean hand towel or two available in a duffel bag somewhere that you can grab to dab your face or neck or upper lip on. It’s so much better than your sleeve.
4. Grooms, ask your tux rental place to provide an extra shirt if you know that you have a tendency to sweat. I make it a point to bring a full change of clothes to every wedding, and I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to put on a clean shirt at the beginning of the reception. The bride may not have that luxury, but you absolutely do.
5. Brides, if you’re not going the spanx route, baby powder or antiperspirant or anti-chaffing gel (yes, they sell that!) for the inner thighs. Enough said.
Finally, extra water is a must. I was more thankful to my assistant for her water-providing abilities this season than almost anything else. If your photographer or planner doesn’t have an assistant that can help with this, designate a bridesmaid or groomsman to make sure you stay hydrated if your wedding day is supremely hot.
Best of luck to you all, and here’s wishing for a beautiful and temperate autumn wedding season!