Beat the Heat
Photography: Gideon Photography
It’s here, the day you’ve been dreaming of your whole life. Your wedding day. You know what type of dress you want, what color tux your beau will look best in, and you’re positive your bridesmaids will thank you for the ravishing the black silk you’ve picked out for them. But before you start swiping that Visa, make sure you don’t make the same mistake many Southern Utah Brides have made before you: forget which season you’re getting married in. Especially if that season is summer in Southern Utah.
As an eager bride it can be easy to overlook that the season your wedding takes place in should greatly affect your planning. But by following these simple Southern Utah summer wedding guidelines you can ensure that you and your guests will remember your wedding as a beautiful summer day, as opposed to the day their friends passed out from heat exhaustion.
Dress to beat the heat
Men look fabulous in a black tux, but buckets of sweat can change that pretty quickly. You wouldn’t ask your man to wear a black tux to someone else’s summer wedding, so why have him, or his groomsmen, wear one to yours? There are a lot of breezy, yet still dressy alternatives to the traditional cummerbund, such as linen, and light cotton button-down shirts. However, if you (or your mother) can’t live without a suit jacket, consider having your man wear it only in pictures. And make sure you love what’s underneath! When choosing your dress, and your bridesmaid dresses, try to look for fabrics that breathe well. Pounds of taffeta and beads, or a heavy veil, no matter how beautiful they are, will not compensate for your melting makeup or wilting hair. Think light!
Consider your guests
A summer wedding is the perfect excuse for playful favors. Consider giving your guests fans, or even having your program printed on fans. Small plastic water guns come in an array of colors and would make for an unforgettable treat when paired with a, “Soak up some love!” favor tag. Also be sure to have plenty of cool drinks and water. If your venue allows for them, misters can also offer some welcome relief. Other refreshing goodies include: watermelon, popsicles (make sure you have a freezer handy), cucumber hors d’oeuvres, and chilled or frozen lemonade. Your guest will be impressed, and not to mention grateful, for your foresight and thoughtfulness.
Choose your location and décor wisely
If you’ve always dreamed of an outdoor reception, be sure it includes lots of shade and grassy areas. This will help keep temperatures cooler. You might even need to make your own shade via tents, awnings and umbrellas if there aren’t enough trees to do it for you. Also remember that dark, saturated colors attract heat. So you should say goodbye to that dark color palate. But don’t worry, you will find one that you, and your guests love much more, and is season appropriate.
Also, instead of demanding certain flowers, just give your florist guidelines. Ask them to recommend flowers that are in bloom in the colors you like, this will save you money and ensure a beautiful summer bouquet.
A little creativity and flexibility will go a long way as you plan your Southern Utah summer wedding. Stick to these guidelines and you, your bridal party, and your guests will have the perfect summer wedding day.