Wedding in Hot Weather

Wedding in Hot Weather…Wedding Season is upon us and with it, hot weather. Not only must you think of keeping yourself cool, but your guests as well.

One of my summer brides chose to have pre-made, pre-poured Lavender cocktails ready and waiting for guests as they arrived for the ceremony.  I took a little sip, and they were delicious.  A word of caution, however…if it is dangerously hot, nothing beats plain old cool water for hydration.

And don’t forget the bride!  Make sure your dress is in keeping with the season you will wear your dress.  While you may choose and order your dress in winter, you will probably wear it in warmer weather.  Choose something you will be comfortable in.  The bride below has chosen well for a summer wedding.

A reputable caterer will ensure your food is kept well refrigerated and safe, but please discuss with them their plans to keep your cake cool.  Almost all cakes should be refrigerated as long as possible before the “cake cutting”.

in the photo above, the combination cutting cake on top and cupcakes below is a good choice for hot weather.  It is easier to find space in a cramped fridge, even if professional sized.  This cake style can be broken down very easily to use any space available.

Your flowers:

Stress to your florist that you want something that will hold up well in the heat, and ask that your  bouquets stay in temporary water filled vases as long as possible.

Choosing a lot of greenery in your bouquet, (like the one above), is a great way to keep your flowers fresh.  Greenery requires less water.

If your venue is outside, and you have no natural shade, consider a tent for your guests’ comfort.

Another option for a ceremony that has no shade, is to offer guests umbrellas – yes…Umbrellas!  Granted, the guests holding them would probably have to stand because they would take up room on the chairs, and also obscure others’ view; but many would be happy to escape the beating sun –even if they had to stand.

Your wedding will be beautiful, no matter the weather, just make sure your prepared for it!  🙂

Summer Wedding Pitfalls, Part II

Summer Wedding Pitfalls…

10 Things Summer Brides Forget From shefinds.com had some great check points to consider when planning your summer wedding.  In my last blog post, Summer Bride, (click on the link if you’d like to read), I highlighted some tips I used from my own daughter’s summer wedding.  “Shefinds.com” came up from some I had not thought of.

  1. Consider a second boutonniere for your groom, as his may wilt from the heat.  Brilliant really, and the cost would be minimal for such a fresher-up-er! You could have an extra made exactly like the original, or choose a slightly different look like the ones below.

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2.  Make sure you provide MANY non-alcohol beverages for your guests (alcohol can be dehydrating) – both in quantity and variety.  Your wedding is no time for dehydration, for either you or your guests!

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And don’t forget plain old water.  Nothing quenches the thirst, or hydrates as well.  Refreshing!

3.  When ordering your wedding cake, make sure you have fondant as the outside icing.  What is fondant? you may ask… according to Wikipedia –

Fondant icing, also commonly referred to simply as fondant, (UK: /ˈfɒndənt/, US: /ˈfɑndənt/ or /ˈfɑndɑnt/, from the French: /fɔ̃.dɑ̃/ About this sound listen ) is an edible icing used to decorate or sculpt cakes and pastries. It does not have the texture of most icings; rolled fondant is akin to stiff clay, while poured fondant is a thick liquid. The word, in French, means “melting”, coming from the same root as “fondue” and “foundry“.

The benefits of this type of icing is that it doesn’t melt, keeps it’s shape, and acts as a sort insulation.  Have all the buttercream inside between the layers you want, but have fondant on the outside.  🙂  Yes, it’s more expensive than buttercream, so don’t let your baker talk you out of it for a summer wedding.

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Another benefit of a wedding cake iced in fondant, it looks spectacular!

4. And finally, plan your wedding in a cooler part of the day, early morning or late afternoon/early evening.  My own advice, make sure there is plenty of shade if any part of the ceremony or reception is outside.  Ah…so much to think about!

Summer Bride

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Guess what Ladies… If you’re getting married in the next couple of months – you will be one of the lucky ones… a summer bride!

While each season has it’s benefits, such as a beautiful winter wedding dress – click on the link winter wedding to see some beautiful options, or a variety of flowers for a spring affair, (click on spring wedding to read my post about some festive ideas for flowers, cocktails and more!), a summer wedding also has some pitfalls.  But if you’re prepared, you don’t need to worry.

I was reading an article on “She Finds” the other day, and it had some topics to address for summer weddings.  Half I’d thought of, or planned for my own daughters’ weddings, and the other half, which I’ll address in a future posts, I had not.

  1. Remember to have a can or two each of bug spray and sunscreen for guests.  Chances are you’ll spend at least some time outside, so take care of your guests. You can provide these items in either baskets in your outside venue or in the ladies room/gentlemans’ rooms.   Click on Ladies Room Baskets  or Men’s Room Baskets for more details.
  2. Consider ‘Fruit Centerpieces’ instead of flowers.  No wilting here!  Click on Fruit the New Garnish for more details.

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3.  Consider personal fans for your guests, and better yet…make a wedding program into a fan.  I did this for my “Summer Wedding Daughter”  Click on, Program Fans for more details.

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4.  If you live in Southern California, you probably won’t have to worry about this next one… but if you like in the South, Midwest, or New England, take it to heart.  PREPARE FOR RAIN.  As you get within 10-14 days of your wedding, check the forecast, constantly.  If it looks like it could POSSIBLY rain, get a rain tent on hold.  Many companies have a “rain provision”.  This can include anything from making a deposit, and if it rains, the tent is yours for the remainder of the rental fee… but if you don’t use it, you are out your deposit — to renting a tent and making a gamble – i.e. you’re out the whole price of the tent.  If it looks like rain two days before, buy a couple of cute umbrellas for you and the groom.  Depending on your venue’s physical arrangement, you may want to purchase a few more for your guests.  It rained on daughter #2’s day… it happens…

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Next time…a few more items I didn’t think of, but “Shefinds.com” did, and advantages of summer and fall weddings…

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