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Nothing is more auspicious for a marriage than beautiful, cloudless weather on your wedding day. However, rising mercury and humidity can be the enemy of a festive celebration when guests aren't adequately prepared to stay cool during a spring, summer, even fall wedding. Whether the affair is al fresco or indoors, a wedding hosted in the height of the season — or at a scorching destination locale — calls for a certain level of preparation to keep attendees cool. Wedding-planning experts Nia Mozee of Simply Nia Design and Caroline Bailly of L'Atelier Rouge offer their tips on how to help guests beat the heat at a spring or summer wedding.
1. Have Refreshments at the Ready
Scorching weather is a major catalyst for dehydration. In order to keep your guests cool, offer ample drinks at each juncture of the occasion. "Make sure guests have plenty of crisp beverages to keep them hydrated. To keep with your theme, tie in your wedding style with signature drinks," Mozee suggests.
2. Offer Your Guests Customized Fans
Beat the heat in style by presenting guests with ornamental and utilitarian fans decorated to enhance your ceremony design. "Fans can correlate with your theme and can be made from materials associated with summer like wicker, straw etc," Mozee recommends.
3. Select Your Ceremony Time Accordingly
Timing is everything where weather is concerned, especially for brides planning a wedding during the peak of summer. "Beat the heat by choosing a time that ensures the least amount of heat early morning or early evening when sun is not at its brightest," Mozee advises.
4. Choose a Cool Color Palette
Your guests' internal temperature is a psychological state as well as a physical one, and your wedding color palette will have a direct impact on their comfort level. "Keep colors in cool shades," Bailly explains. "We all know that colors have different effects on feelings. I would recommend going with shades of soft blues, greens lavenders, taupes, soft whites touched of silver to keep the design cool for the warm days."
5. Provide Sun Protection
UV rays not only amp up the temperature, but also have the potential to generate sunburns and other skin maladies. Bailly insists that umbrellas are the ideal accessory to combat high temperatures and unwanted freckles. "If you have an outdoor wedding ceremony, I love the idea of vintage, colorful umbrellas for the guests to have in case it gets too sunny!" Bailly encourages brides.
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6. Familiarize Yourself With Your Venue's Air Conditioning
Bailly maintains that brides or their planners should become acquainted with their location's air conditioning well before the ceremony begins, so as to secure the perfect temperature with ample time to spare. "I would insist on having AC working by the time we start setting up in order to ensure that the room is cool enough." Bailly urges brides. "Once we start lighting candlelight and have guests coming, the temperature goes up significantly."
7. Keep Decor Fresh and Minimalist
Bailly believes that simple, seasonal decor lends itself to a cool and refreshing environment for wedding attendees. "To keep things summery and springy I would advise having low, lush arrangements with gorgeous blooms along with live, small aromatic and fragrant plants like rosemary, basil, thyme, or oregano. A fun accent could be to accent designs with fruits such as lemon or limes and kumquats," Bailly hints.