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Yes, I’m talking about heat! Staying cool during hot weddings can mean the difference between passing out or looking sweaty in your photos and enjoying your wedding in its entirety. While I honestly recommend against getting married in July or August in a city that’s known for above 90F temperatures, that might not always be possible. Here are my 5 tips for staying cool at weddings this summer:
1. Hydrate Constantly + Water Stations
This one is kind of a no-brainer, however many couples and guests forget to hydrate during hot weddings. Make sure you have water stations anywhere where guests will be outside. This is an absolute must for you, your guests, and your vendors!
2. Stay Inside Until the Ceremony
If you have the ability to take pre-ceremony portraits inside, do it! When I am shooting a wedding above 90F, I make use of window light so I can keep my brides inside. Taking them outside would cause them to sweat and their makeup might run, so we do it sparingly. Stay inside as long as possible or keep outdoor pre-ceremony portraits brief and in the shade.
3. Consider Draping for Shade
I love the look of open-sided drapery that provides shade for ceremonies and receptions. You still get the breeze from the sides and the views, but the sun’s power is cut down from the draping. That can make the world of a difference for staying cool during hot weddings!
4. Schedule Your Ceremony 1.5 Hours Before Sunset
If possible, schedule your ceremony to end about 1.5 to 1 hour before sunset. If you have an earlier ceremony, the sun will be stronger and much hotter. Plus, lighting will be better if you wait about an hour and a half before sunset. It’s so worth it!
5. Choose Attire Carefully
If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, perhaps don’t choose the largest gown with the most layers. Be realistic about the weather, as discomfort and climate misery never translates to happy faces on camera. Trust me when I say that wedding gowns are hot, even if they don’t have many layers. Do yourself a favor and choose wisely. Also, consider that the groom and groomsmen might also want to choose their attire carefully and avoid thicker fabrics that don’t breathe well.