Five Tips for Keeping Cool on the Big Day


One of my favorite segments of America’s Funniest Videos (and yes, I still watch it from time to time) is the clips of wedding bloopers. The bride and groom light their unity candle and accidentally catch the altar flowers on fire. The wedding cake topples over and crashes on the bride. And many, many people faint. The bride faints. The groom faints. The best man faints. The priest faints. It could be because of nerves or because their clothes are just too tight. Or it could be because it’s the hottest month of the year, and the couple has insisted on a long-lasting outdoor ceremony without taking the proper precautions.

If you’re planning your wedding for a summer month, you already know that Hampton Roads isn’t just a hot place; it’s also humid. To keep guests from embarrassing sweat marks on their dress clothes (or—you know—from passing out), follow these tips to ensure a cool and content crowd.

  • Have plenty of water available. You’ve already considered this for the reception, but you may want to have some water handy at the ceremony as well. “But it’s only a 15-minute ceremony,” you say. Keep in mind that some of your guests will show up 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time to snag a good seat, and their enthusiasm should be rewarded with something, even if it’s a simple bottle of water with your wedding date on the label.
  • Double your programs as fans. If it’s hot enough, many guests will come up with the idea on their own to fan themselves with the thin sheet of paper that holds your ceremony information. Go the extra step by ordering programs shaped like fans on thick card stock that come fastened to a wooden stick. Choose from any number of shapes, sizes and colors.
  • Outdoor reception too? Rent an air conditioning unit. If you’re also planning to have your reception outside, you’ll want a tent, especially since summer months are prone to impromptu storms. In this tent, you’ll want an AC unit to ensure that guests aren’t too miserable to enjoy their dinners and that no one gets too hot while performing their hottest moves on the dance floor.
  • Loosen the dress code. Since the wedding is outdoors, dress doesn’t need to be as formal. Don’t add insult to ill-tempered, heat-tormented guests by requiring black tie. Resort casual attire will keep guests cool and chic.
  • Offer cooler cuisine. It should be obvious, but bowls of soup, heavy starches and pot pies won’t seem as appetizing when the temps reach triple digits. Consider cool offerings such as shrimp cocktail on ice, gazpacho and salads paired with warm items that are still reminiscent of summer. Get creative with dessert by serving assorted flavors of snow cones or having an ice cream sundae bar.

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