When planning your ceremony and reception décor, think double duty. Choose decorations that will not only look stylish but will also bring refreshing relief to guests. Remember, you're not the only one who has to keep their cool at the wedding!
Pitch a tent.
No, not the camping kind but the elegant kind with four walls that becomes the go-to place for family and friends to head when temperature rise. Be sure to outfit it with giant high-velocity fans or air conditioners.
Pick a big beautiful tree.
If your ceremony is outdoors, you'll need a place to exchange vows. A massive tree not only serves as a fabulous focal point but provides plenty of shade in the summer heat.
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Serve citrusy cocktails.
Nothing says refreshing like lemon and lime, and fortunately there are plenty of drinks that incorporate these juices. Set up a bar with rows of drinks with a citrus component like mojitos (which get extra points for including cool mint leaves), caipirinhas and margaritas. Also don't minimize the appealing look and usefulness of galvanized buckets — fill these shiny silver tubs with ice and beverages, and place them all around your ceremony and reception site so guests can grab a cold one.
Set up baskets of pretty parasols.
Even if most guys won't partake, you'd still be keeping half your guest list shaded from the sun with these paper beauties. Imagine a sea of parasols in pink and green (or whatever your wedding colors are) at the ceremony — it's a major photo op!
Use light, airy colors.
If you're getting married in the summer, chances are your wedding palette isn't purple and forest green. Sticking with light shades will give a psychological breeze to the proceedings and won't absorb heat from the sun like dark colors do.