Planning Your Summer Wedding

Summer weddings can be beautiful affairs! Just remember to plan for variable weather conditions and provide shade for guests.

Studies show that the brain has an extraordinary ability to hold onto memories of things that happen only once, such as a baby's birth, a marriage proposal and, of course, the all-important wedding day.

This event is one you will remember forever, so make sure you put the effort in to make it as special as possible.

Summer weddings are popular all over the world due to favourable weather and a certain seasonal joy in the air when the sun is shining. This time of year does bring with it obstacles, particularly when planning a wedding, so read on to discover how to make your day perfect.

Prepare for all weather situations

Even the driest climates cannot be guaranteed good weather on any given day, so it's a good idea to have a back-up plan if you're dreaming of a completely outdoor ceremony and service. Many outdoor venues have a built-in backup option should the rain come down, but if you're going it alone with a garden or backyard wedding it might pay to have umbrellas, canopies or even a weather-proof marquee on hand to shift the proceedings into if need be.

If the sun is shining, there's sunburn, dehydration and overheating to consider, especially if you're planning your nuptials for the peak sun hours of late morning to early afternoon. Earlier or later ceremonies may help navigate this issue, especially when accompanied by the provision of sunscreen and shaded areas for guests to get some much-needed respite from the sun.

Theme your event to suit the weather conditions

Dark colours and gothic themes may seem out of place at a summer wedding, especially one with an outdoor setting. Lighter, brighter colour schemes will suit the season better.

Look for lightweight fabrics for the bridal party and grooms' outfits, and if your event is a laid-back beach affair, consider having the option of no footwear to really put guests at ease.

Turquoise, yellows, whites and creams all work particularly well during summer, as do rustic, vintage and all-white colour schemes.

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