It's officially summertime, the perfect season for an outdoor wedding at a garden or beach. The sweltering summer heat, however, is unforgiving, and most guests get cranky because of the extreme temperature. To help your guests enjoy your wedding festivities, check out some things you can do for your summer affair.

Ask guests to come in cool clothes

In your invitations, include a simple note that reminds guests to wear clothes in light and breezy fabrics for your outdoor affair. You may also tell the female attendees to put their hair up and wear comfortable shoes. It might not seem much, but they will appreciate this reminder on your wedding day.

Pitch tents

If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, think of your guests' comfort first and make sure that the ceremony is held under a shade. Elderly guests are prone to heat stroke, and you want to keep that from happening. Renting a tent is one great way to provide much-needed shade for your guests. There are a variety of shapes and sizes of tents to choose from, and you can find one that is fits your theme, taste and venue size. If you have a larger budget, consider renting tents that include portable air-conditioning systems. Electric fans are more affordable alternatives.         


Avoid metal chairs

For a ceremony or reception under the sun, avoid using metal chairs, as these are conductors of heat. The sunshine will heat the chairs during set-up, and by the time your guests arrive, the chairs will be very uncomfortable to sit on. Wooden or plastic chairs are better for outdoor affairs.

Hand out fans and umbrellas

Hand fans are great tools for your guests to stay cool and beat the heat. You can fill baskets with paper hand fans, and have these available at the entrance of your ceremony venue. You can also hang the fans from your guests' chairs for easy access. To add oomph to the fans, print your wedding program on them, or better yet, personalize the fans as favors by engraving your initials and wedding date on the handles. If you have a larger budget, you can opt for personal battery-operated fans. Whatever you choose, your wedding guests will be very thankful that you thought of their comfort.


Also consider handing out colorful paper parasols or umbrellas. Like the fans, you can personalize the umbrellas and have them serve as wedding souvenirs, too. Try adorning them with ribbons featuring your initials and wedding date.

Have sunscreen and blotting paper on hand

Furnish your venue bathrooms with much-needed toiletries that guests can use to freshen up. You can prepare travel-sized bottles or mini-sunscreen packets of sunblock for guests. Also keep blotting papers on standby so guests can easily do touch-ups. You can also provide handkerchiefs, which can even double as wedding favors.

Give out wet towels or set up mist sprayers

To keep your guests cool, you can ask your caterers to welcome your guests at the reception area with cold oshibori, which are wet towels you frequently see in Japanese restaurants. There are varieties of wet towels with fruity scents, making for an even more refreshing treat. You can also have a wedding reception staff set up mist sprayers for instant relief.


Prepare cold drinks

To keep your guests cool, offer cold bottled water, lemonade or nonalcoholic cocktails at both your ceremony and reception venues. An ice-cold drink on a hot sunny day will definitely prevent dehydration and lift your guests' spirits as well. For serving ease, you can put up water jug stations at your reception venue, or ask your caterers to prepare--and constantly replenish--pitchers at every table. You can also hand out popsicles or snow cones for your guests to enjoy during the cocktail hour.

The summer heat doesn't have to get in the way of having a beautiful summer wedding. With these tips, your guests can still keep their cool under the sun.

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