Outdoor Weddings: 5 Tips to Cool Off a Hot Wedding

Summer’s here and while the ideal weather for your wedding day may include bright blue skies and sun, it’s good to remember that sometimes the perfect summer day can be a little too hot. These tips will help you and your guests enjoy your outdoor wedding ceremony when the temperatures rise.

1. Have a heat planOutdoor Weddings, Wedding Planning, Wedding Ceremony, New Jersey, Inclusive Ceremonies

So often we talk about rain plans for outdoor weddings, but sun and heat can affect a summer ceremony just as much as rain. Talk to your venue about activating the backup plan if the weather is too hot. (Remember that extreme heat can have a powerful effect on older guests, young children, and all those groomsmen in suits!)

2. Keep cool till the wedding ceremony

If your ceremony is outside, see if you can have everyone stay inside until just before the ceremony. Or encourage them to enjoy the shade of nearby trees till it’s time to be seated. Your guests will appreciate being out of the sun and your wedding party will appreciate the air conditioning while they wait for the processional.

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3. Quench their thirst

One of the easiest things to do to keep everyone cool and happy is to have water on hand. For outdoor weddings, a cooler filled with bottled water and ice is simple to arrange. If you have servers on hand, offer a choice of “flat” or sparkling water. Or ask your venue to offer water and lemonade or iced tea. Whatever you offer, your guests will appreciate it.

4. Use tents and parasols to make some shade

Tents and canopies aren’t just a good rain plan, they can provide shade when it gets too hot as well. If a tent isn’t an option, offering your guests (and your wedding party) paper parasols can provide a bit of shade. They make for lovely photos, and give your guests a beautiful keepsake!

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5. Let your guests know the plan

Make sure your guests know the plan. Sometimes guests think “oh, that must be just for the wedding party.” Have the venue staff, your ushers, or a few trusted family members greet guests when they arrive and let them know where to find a cold drink, a parasol, and a cool place to wait.

3 Responses

    • June 24, 2014

    Good tips. I know all about the heat here in Orlando. So tough to stay cool, but you got to do the best job that you can to do so.
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    • January 7, 2020

    It is a great article, very helpful keep up the good work
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    • September 28, 2020

    My brother and his fiance are planning to hold a barn wedding, which is why they’re also looking for portable restrooms that they may rent so the guests will be more comfortable. Since this will be an outdoor event, I’ll make sure to remind them that they must serve the guests with water, lemonade, and ice tea before the ceremony begins. You’re also right about the advantage of placing tents and canopies in the event.

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