Creative (and Delicious) Ways to Keep Your Guests Hydrated

Food & Drink
summer cocktail ideas

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It's summertime, and the heat is on! And trust us, from a guest perspective, there's absolutely nothing worse than working up a thirst while you sit in the sun and wait for the bride to walk down the aisle. In fact, a drink is all you can think about. So in addition to those cute little parasols and handy program fans you've so graciously provided for guests, you'll want to ensure your friends and family aren't dying of thirst during the ceremony and beyond. To do so, here are some common and creative ways to keep them happy and hydrated.

Treat your guests to lemon sorbet
In hollowed out lemons to give it that special touch! Um, how cool (literally)? "It's a wonderful way to get refreshed on a hot day," says San Francisco-based wedding planner Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events. "Not only is sorbet light, but it's not too sweet either so it's a perfect little app before dinnertime that serves a duo purpose of keeping you hydrated while staying cool."

Serve some fresh fruit popsicles
They're especially great at a daytime wedding on a sunny afternoon, notes Nichols. "We served fresh fruit paletas at a wedding in Mexico, and they were a huge hit with guests, not to mention fun and colorful." If you'd like to spice things up a bit, your friends and family certainly won't say no to some boozy fruit popsicles. However, Nichols advises waiting until after the ceremony is over to serve alcohol on a scorcher day.

Try tea-misted fruit skewers
While citrus-infused water stations always go over well at a warm summer wedding (particularly in remote ceremony areas), Christina Canalez, Associate Director of Catering at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, recommends offering tea-misted fruit on bamboo skewers for a bright and creative twist. "They're unexpectedly refreshing and act as a wonderful alternative to just offering water," she tells us.

See More: The Ultimate Summer-Wedding Survival Guide for Brides

Pass out moist lavender-scented hand towels
Because nothing cools you off quite like a cold towel on a hot day, right? Stephen Starr Events Miami suggests greeting guests with moist, lavender-scented hand towels at your ceremony. "It's refreshing and smells wonderful as well." If you're feeling overheated, simply place the towel on your forehead (guys) or behind your neck (ladies) to relieve heat stress.

Provide personalized water bottle holders
You can also jazz up the water bottles themselves with an image of you, the bride and groom, on the outside label, offers Canalez. "Personalized water bottle holders are a nice hydrating addition, as they manage the condensation of a chilled water bottle," she explains. In other words, they'll keep your beverage cooler for a lot longer, which is a must at a sizzling summer wedding.

Just add mint to any drink
It has a proven cooling effect that really hits the spot on a warm day, ahhh...delicious. As Nichols points out, "Fresh mint is delicious, colorful and automatically makes any drink, such as lemonade or iced tea, feel a little extra special, while still beating the heat." Mojitos, anyone?

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