Bringing long lightful days with great night temperatures, breathtaking views embellished with seasonal flirty florals, and scrumptious soul-satisfying farm-to-table food with it, no doubt summer weddings are magical, tropical, and out-and-out celestial. But simultaneously, they deliver tons of bugs, oceans of sweat, and brutal heat and humidity too. And if the thoughts of melted makeup, devastated updos, and sweat-soaked gowns are keeping you from having the outdoor wedding of your dreams, then give us a chance to make your dream come true. We have rounded up for you a few tips to fence your alfresco summer wedding dreams from unwanted elements:
Who said a wedding dress has to touch your sky-high heels? Embrace the season with tea-length (or even shorter) wedding dress for a modern look. And if you are having a traditional wedding these classic designer bridal wedding gowns will sure let you appreciate for choosing sultry late summer weather to tie the knot. You could also beat the heat of your summer wedding with an awe-inspiring illusion neckline wedding dress or stand out in a gorgeous strapless ballgown. Bare shoulders and the back-baring dresses are always on-trend and are season’s best accessory while giving you glamor from every angle. And if you are not a fan of off-the-shoulder dresses or low-back wedding gowns, breezy maxis or boho wedding dresses would be a perfect pick for you to stay cool and light all day. Heavy jewelry is a big NO for summer day wedding to keep you light and your skin rash-free. A sleek vintage bridal jewelry or a dazzling art-deco statement, or a dainty touch of sparkle dangling from your earrings will do the trick. Choose stylish, cocktail-length ensembles for your chirpy bridesmaids coupled with airy baubles or pendants so they can be on their toes to help their summer bride with anything and everything she needs on her spring or summer wedding while stealing the show.
Accessorize your dazzling bridal gown with the chic and comfortable summer wedding footwear for your non-black-tie wedding. Linen covered ankle-strap sandals, mules with crochet or woven cut-out details (to keep your feet sweat-free) are the best fit for your celebration taking place in the grass or sand. You could also opt for wedding shoes with wooden heels to add a natural, outdoorsy element to your day-of look. Let your pedicured tootsies breathe so you can go breathless while dancing the night away.
Summer bride? If you think updo is the only way to get away with frizz halo in the wedding photos we would say- no. Yes, it’s suggested you keep your hair off your neck and away from your face. But the good news is- there are myriad ways to wear your hair up and that's not even your only choice! You could go for half-up styles, trendy braids, beachy waves, or sleek chignons as well. These elegant bridal hairstyles will not only keep your hair out of your face but also will complement your warm-weather celebration. Embellish your hairdo with eye-catching bridal hair accessories for that finishing touch! Cute little hairpins or clips, chic combs, sparkling headpiece, classic headband or tiara- these little guys are known to give a major upgrade to any given hairstyle, not to mention they render multiple purposes. Find your perfect hair embellishment that fits your bridal style.
Choose powder-based makeup over liquid makeup and try to wear a natural, dewy look instead of matte and heavy. For one day- say no to moisturizer, liquid or cream bronzers, bottom eyeliner and yes to gel eyeliner, waterproof mascara, Q-tips, face powder (or oil blotting papers), rollerball, setting spray, and last but not least sunscreen. Remember it’s easier to touch-up lip color than a dramatic smoky eye. Try a bright pink, orange, or red statement lip while keeping eye makeup light, fresh, and classic. These products may help you stay cool at a scorching-hot summer wedding. Even if you sweat, you’ll still look stunning in your bridal portraits.
For your perfect summer soiree keep your ceremony decor minimal and equip the venue space with summer-friendly stuff such as decorative pitchers of fruit-infused ice water at the entrance of your outdoor ceremony. take stock of the entire ceremony space and do little changes to put your guests at ease. Place the fabric cushions on metal or wooden chairs to keep your loved ones from burning their butts or legs when they take a seat for the ceremony. Serve your guests with seasonal juicy fruits like watermelon and mango to help them reduce body temperature. Also, create a wedding party sweat-survival kit for the gangs of bridesmaids and groomsmen. We also recommend adding bug spray to the amenity kit and keep outside for guests to easily access. You can also ditch giant misters and instead put DIY mini water misters under each chair during the reception. Do not forget to add a few fun accents to keep guests comfortable. Lawn games are a wonderful addition to outdoor weddings in the summer season. Guests will love playing games like cornhole and JENGA during cocktail hour, and many may return to resume play during the reception when they need a break from the dance floor to cool down.
Amp up your summer wedding with unique favors. Printing your wedding programs on paper fans, or securing a traditional program to a seagrass fan with a decorative ribbon will definitely perk up your outdoor ceremony. You could even keep sunglasses for kids at a corner and colorful parasols or hats on every chair- in agreement with your wedding color palette. Not only do they provide guests some shade while you exchange vows but also make for a mesmerizing picture. Other popular yet distinctive wedding favors like drink Koozies, bottled drinks customized with your wedding logo and hashtag, or some summery flip flops will also help you keep your guests cool. You may think of installing cooling stations as well. Photo booths also offer a welcome respite and a perfect opportunity to offer guests a favor they will actually keep and enjoy.
Adorn the ceremony space with arresting lighting elements such as lanterns with citronella candles and tiki torches with citronella oil to create a romantic outdoor ambiance on your big day and to keep notorious bugs and mosquitos at bay. You may also install fans to cool off your guests and get rid of flies. Have them arranged near your buffet table and any other food, like your cake. The bugs will literally be blown away.
Summer weddings are sweaty yet pretty! And you can take it to notches higher as long as you’re prepared for the steamy weather. Trust us, your guests will love you more for all the efforts you will put to keep the heat at bay and make them feel that they are cared for.
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