Summer is peak wedding season, with 34.5 percent of all weddings taking place in June, July or August.
But while the warm and sunny weather means you can have an outdoor affair, there are some challenges to getting married during the season.
Here are some tips, tricks and secrets on how to bypass them and have the perfect summer wedding.
Start planning ASAP. Since summer is such a popular time, venues and vendors get booked pretty quickly. Therefore, once you and your groom have decided to target a summer date, you should move pretty quickly to secure your ideal venue and vendors, says Mystique Latese, founder of Coordinator For A Day, Inc.
Choose an indoor/outdoor venue.
Pick a place that has both an outdoor area and an indoor back-up space. “We can’t control the weather so the best thing to do is have a back-up plan,” says Danielle VanDusen of The Betty Brigade. “If it rains–or is really unbearably hot–you might have to move all or part of the event inside. Hopefully you won’t need it, but in the event you do, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Find the right fabric. During the summer temperatures can soar into the 90s or higher! For your wedding dress you want to consider versatile and lightweight fabrics that will be soft and sheer (you don’t want any chafing or heaviness). The pros at Lightinthebox.com suggest considering organza, a versatile fabric made of silk but is extremely crisp and sheer; chiffon, a transparent and sheer fabric; or tulle, a lightweight, fine netting which is often starched. The same goes for your bridesmaids: Pick breathable fabrics and non-constricting styles.
Heatproof your beauty routine. Summer usually means hot and humid days–especially in July and August. An updo is always best during this weather, says hairstylistJennifer Grace. The stylist should also use a styling cream lightly on the hair and secure all the ends of the curls to ensure that the hair will not go limp during the ceremony. You’ll also want to keep your makeup simple, too, says Ingrid Asoni, founder & CEO of Asoni Haus. “Invest in water proof makeup, rather than adopting a foundation perhaps consider a tinted moisturizer or bronzer. It provides a youthful healthy glow, but also allows the skin to breath, again reducing the amount you sweat.”
Choose the right ceremony time. Getting married in the early afternoon is usually the hottest part of the day, so consider having a sunset ceremony so you and your guests will be happy with the cooling temperatures, says wedding photographer Sarah Rachel.