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Summer is in the air and wedding season is officially in full swing. Because you definitely don't want to be that guest sweating her butt off or getting a second-degree burn (ouch!), we have a few suggestions on how to make the summer wedding experience a little bit more comfortable for both you and your date. Take notes, ladies.
Wear the Right Clothes
Layers are key when it comes to suiting up for a summer wedding so definitely pack a pashmina or carry a lightweight jacket you can slip on after sunset. Florida Keys wedding planner Lynn D'Ascanio of D'Asigner Events also recommends rocking loose attire in light colors with cotton blends that will breath easily. "Avoid silky fabrics that will cling to you and become transparent as soon as you sweat." Men should wear an undershirt, which will help prevent sweat marks from showing too, advises Samantha Spector, founder of Milk & Honey Special Events.
Pick the Perfect Shoes
Whatever you do, please pay attention to the dress code instructions included on the wedding invitation or welcome note, urges Stefanie Cove, Managing Partner at Yifat Oren & Associates. "Always bring a pair of flip flops just in case, and if it's suggested to wear sensible shoes you should really listen. Otherwise, you may be walking on a rocky cliff in stilettos!" Speaking of stilettos, if the wedding takes place on a beach or a grassy lawn, your heels are sure to sink into the ground so think wedges or chic flats instead.
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Pack a Parasol or Fan
Trust us, you'll be glad you did! "Not only is a parasol a fun fashion accessory, but it also creates some much needed shade to keep you cool and your skin from burning," notes Stefany Allongo, founder and chief consultant of The Majestic Vision. Don't just assume the bride will be handing out wedding fans either, cautions Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions. "Be prepared and bring your own. If the wedding couple provides them, that's a bonus!"
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Attending a summer wedding in a tropical environment? Sandy Malone, founder of Weddings in Vieques, suggests drinking lots of water in between your cocktails. "Booze gets to you much quicker when you're hot and dehydrated," she explains.
Find a Shady Spot
It's every guest's BFF at a sweltering mid-summer wedding. "Show up early and grab the seats that may be in the shade if there's an open seating policy," advises D'Ascanio.
Bring Bug Spray
If you're going to be in an area where gnats and bugs are known to appear, Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner says to spray yourself down with bug spray before you get dressed. "Most repellents are also packaged in the form of pocket wipes so it might be wise to have a few of those in your purse or pocket for a quick touch up if necessary." And remember to go light on the perfume too so as not to attract bugs, adds Erica Taylor, co-founder of Tinsel & Twine.
Even if the ceremony is starting later in the day, Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer, owner of Pure Luxe Bride, recommends applying SPF (stash a small bottle or wipes in your purse!) since the sun will still be out for a couple hours. You wouldn't want to wind up with a nasty burn while waiting for the ceremony to begin, now would you?
Check the Weather Forecast
Even during the summertime the weather can be a bit unpredictable, which is why it's always smart to take a peek at the weather forecast in advance, says Jenkins. "Guests should review a 14-day forecast prior to the wedding date and begin developing a game plan on what they may need to wear or dress to be comfortable." Of course, you should check back closer to the big day too to ensure nothing has changed.