The Ultimate Summer-Wedding Survival Guide for Brides

Updated 08/14/19

Zoe Lonergan

Every bride wants to look hot on her big day without physically feeling hot, for obvious reasons. If you plan to say, "I do" this summer, put these warm-weather survival tips to the test to ensure you don't burn up or grow irritable on what's supposed to be the happiest day of your life.

Get Hitched in the Shade

Not only will your guests greatly appreciate this, but you'll be a much happier bride standing at the altar, as well. Wedding planner Michael Russo of Michael Russo Events suggests situating your ceremony in a shaded area if possible (think beneath the trees). "If you're in direct sunlight your eyes will be squinting in all your photos," he warns. It's also important to keep things on time at an outdoor summer wedding where guests may be sitting in the sun while they await your entrance, says Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer, owner of Pure Luxe Bride.

Cool off With Some Cucumber Water

Did you know that it's been proven that cucumbers can reduce your body temperature by at least three degrees? According to Afeisha James-Kipps, co-founder of Wedspire, it's true! She recommends sipping on some cucumber water infused with mint leaves to cool off and stay refreshed while you get ready. Add a splash of gin to give it a little kick after your walk down the aisle.

Pick the Right Dress

If you tend to get all hot and bothered in the heat (um, who doesn't?), definitely ditch the big ball gown and heavy mermaid dress, says Florida Keys wedding planner Lynn D'Ascanio of D'Asigner Events. "Lightweight and airy is by far your best bet. For a quick cool down, have your bridesmaids raise and flap the long skirt of your dress to push air up the gown." You'll thank us later.

Do a Dress Change

If there was ever a good excuse to have a dress change, a summer wedding is it! Once the ceremony is over and you're finished taking formal photos, Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner advises slipping into a different dress for your reception. "Choose one made of thin and comfortable material for maximum comfort."

Put Your Hair Up

Long hair, do care! Samuels suggests picking a style that gets it off your neck and forehead. "Between the heat and potential wind that usually accompanies a summer beach wedding, it's best to find a stunning updo that you love instead of suffering as hair flies in your face."

Stick With Airbrush Makeup

Hot weather means you're probably going to break a sweat, like it or not, notes DiSalvo-Follmer. "The good thing about airbrush makeup though is that it'll stay put, while the traditional stuff will run off of your face and constantly need to be touched up."

Eat Something

You're supposed to eat, yeah, yeah...you know. But trust us, the last thing you want on your wedding day is to become faint or dizzy, especially if you'll be out in the hot sun, cautions Stefanie Cove, Managing Partner at Yifat Oren & Associates.

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