Summer is prime time for weddings, with the weather so good and long days with beautiful sunsets. The sun can be harsh here in Australia so we have put together some tips that will assist you and your guests in keeping cool and staying comfortable.
Provide Heat Relief for Your Guests
We all love the heat but we do need respite from it if a large portion of your wedding is during the daytime. There are a number of ways to provide this, which could include shaded structures to small ice-cold towels that you can have pre-prepared sitting in an ice bucket. You could scatter ice buckets with bottles of water around the area which will assist with dehydration and limit intoxication. Place those ice buckets also around the dance floor because we all love a good dance but if guests have to go on a mission to find water it can be annoying. Our final tip on this point: don’t forget your vendors. Set up an area where they have access to cold refreshments and keep them in a good mood.
Rent Air-Con Units or Fans
Check with your venue if they provide air-conditioning and if they don’t you can quite often rent portable air-con units or large fans from specialist businesses. If you are hiring items for your reception put this on the list! Think about the placement and test them out beforehand. You don’t want a noisy fan right next to the celebrant or when you are delivering the toast. Plus, keep your DJ or band cool whilst they are playing because they are the ones who are out there for several hours. Our tip, try and hire those fans that blow mist as they rotate. They move air around but also provide moisture where it is needed most to assist with cooling.
Consider serving ice blocks or ice pops somewhere during the event. They are refreshing, everyone will appreciate them and they are also easy to prepare prior to the wedding. This is something you could delegate or make with a bunch of friends if you wanted to DIY. You could also add frozen drinks or slushies to the drinks menu.
Consider a Foot Pool
Ok, it’s not Mardi Gras where we drag out foot pools but why not! Adding a small inflatable pool or four full of water (add some ice) and letting your guests stick their feet into it whilst drinking is a good idea. We often provide those clam shells you can buy for $14 at Bunnings full of water at our annual Xmas party so people can stand in the water and drink under some large Japanese umbrellas.
Flowers Wilt Quickly
In Summer Heat If your flowers don’t have a water source they will quickly deteriorate. Think of an alternative or have them in water right up till the point you put them in your hair or put ice in the vase.
Serve Lighter Meals
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