With Wedding season creeping up on us again, and summer well on its way, it no wonder we are consider the pros and cons of sky high temperatures when it comes to event planning.

If you’re having weddings, engagement parties of even hen weekends in the summertime, it is very important that you make sure your guests will be comfortable. No one wants to be sweating during the ceremony or during the rehearsal dinner, including you. So I have come up with 5 ways to ensure your guests stay cool at your wedding.

Hand out bottled water to guests

When your out of town guests arrive at the hotel, make sure that the welcome bag they receive includes a bottle of water for each guest, and an assortment of fresh fruit. Think apples, pears, oranges, and bananas. Make sure that there is also cold water available at your wedding ceremony. Have bottles of water in a tub of ice ready to hand to guests that would like one.


water-bottles-wedding (source: http://vivirlatino.com/ )

Hand out folded hand fans to guests

If your hen weekend ideas include some kind of theme, why not use it to your advantage and get some vintage fans that will look beautiful and fit in perfectly. As guests walk into the ceremony, not only should you give your guests the option to get a cold bottle of water, but hand them each a folded hand fan. This will be great for both indoor ceremonies, and outdoor ceremonies.  There are several websites that specialize in custom printed wedding hand fans.


wedding-folded-fan (source: http://www.uniquebridalsupplies.com.au/ )

Air conditioning and or fans

If you are having an indoor ceremony, look for a place that has air conditioning.  Indoor ceremonies, especially when there is a huge guest list, tend to get very warm and uncomfortable.  Air conditioning makes a huge difference, with the comfort level of your guests. If there isn’t air conditioning, and you are set on the location, rent as many fans as needed to keep the place and people cool.


wedding-air-conditioner (source: http://weddingcoordinator.typepad.com/ )

Have a canopy

If you are having an outdoor ceremony, having a canopy is essential to block out the sun, and keep your guests from overheating.  While planning your outdoor wedding, pick a time of the day when the sun won’t be at its strongest. No one wants to be sun burnt in pictures, or tired from hours in the sun.



Serve refreshing food

Have an abundance of refreshing food at your reception. Think light salads, fruit salads, veggie trays, sorbets etc.  No one wants to dig into something hot if it’s 85 degrees outside.

wedding refreshing food

wedding refreshing food (source: http://albanyeats.blogspot.com/)

 If all else fails, plan a winter wedding!

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