How to Keep Guests Comfortable and Hydrated at Hot Summer Weddings

Cool off with these refreshing ideas

ceremony fans

Photo by Chris and Ruth Photography

For many brides, summer weddings are the ideal. With gorgeous sunlight for photos, bold and bright wedding flowers, and clear blue skies, it's easy to see why outdoor summer weddings are so popular. But of course, there are some drawbacks to celebrating your nuptials in June, July, or August.

Summer, in most places, is HOT. The last thing you want is uncomfortable guests wiping away sweat instead of happy tears as you're walking down the aisle. Maximize comfort as you’re gearing up for the most beautiful summer wedding, ever. (Trust us: You'll be everyone's favorite bride this wedding season!)

We've collected some simple ways to keep guests comfortable at summer weddings.

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Avoid Wedding Crashers With Citronella Candles

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Photo by Tida Svy

Purchase a supply of citronella candles to keep the bugs at bay and away from your guests. Or, consider making your own. Grab gorgeous jars to match your palette and get a little crafty.

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Have Bug Spray on Hand

bug spray station

Photo by The Reason

Set up a cute station with bug spray to be sure guests are prepared for that golden hour ceremony. The last thing you want is guests swatting mosquitoes while you’re saying “I do”.

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Refresh and Hydrate Guests With Cooling Mists

Cooling mists


Especially on a hot, sunny day, your guests will need to refresh. DIY a few mister bottles with herbal notes for a quick cool-off. (Find instructions here!)

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Consider a Hydration Station

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Photo by Leo Patrone

Be sure to set up a hydration station that’s easily accessible to guests before and after the ceremony and during the reception.

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Dress Up Your Water Bottles

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Grab bottles of water, and dress them up with your program and a cute straw for a creative touch. This is the perfect way to keep guests hydrated while keeping things on schedule.

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Provide Shade With Umbrellas

Umbrella tables at wedding reception

Photo by Laura Goldenberger

Set up large umbrellas for your ceremony and reception to provide shade for your guests. This will be such a welcome addition for those who can’t spend a ton of time in direct sunlight.

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Parasols Are Perfect to Beat the Heat


Photo by Ray Kang

Grab a collection of cute parasols to offer personal shade for guests—and pretty garden party vibes for your celebration!

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Sunglasses Are an Easy Touch

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Throw in sunglasses for a bit of shade. Offer pairs that match your wedding colors with a cute note attached for when the sun is shining a little too brightly.

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Try Providing Fans

Fans on chairs

Photo by Gianny Campos

Place fans on each seat before the ceremony to serve as a cute detail, as well as a useful tool to beat the heat.

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Flip Flops Are a Must

Flip flop basket

Photo by Laura Murray Photography

Give guests a little treat for their dancing feet. Provide flip flops that match your wedding palette for maximum comfort. Let them kick off their heels and hit the dance floor!

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Nights Can Get Cold: Consider Pashminas


Photo by Jose Villa

Even summer weddings can get a little chilly in the evening. Make sure your guests are cozy with a supply of cute pashminas or throws.

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