Sum­mer Wed­ding Tips

Top tips for a sum­mer wed­ding

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There’s lit­tle won­der that sum­mer is the sea­son of choice for wed­dings in New Zealand. The warm weather, beau­ti­ful out­door venue op­tions, and a laid-back at­mos­phere make this the per­fect sea­son for cel­e­brat­ing love. If you’re plan­ning on host­ing your big day in the sum­mer months, here are a few things to keep in mind…

Send save-the-date cards. Sum­mer is prime time for hol­i­days, wed­dings and cel­e­bra­tions, so make sure you send out a save-the-date as soon as pos­si­ble to en­sure your spe­cial day is marked on ev­ery­one’s cal­en­dar early.

Choose an in­door-out­door venue. You’ll want to make the most of New Zealand’s warm sum­mer weather by cel­e­brat­ing out­doors, but en­sure you have op­tions for shel­ter from the sun, whether it’s in­doors, or un­der the shade of trees or hired gaze­bos. Of course, you’ll also need an in­door op­tion in case of rain!

Have a backup lo­ca­tion for pho­tos. That gor­geous field of wild­flow­ers or sandy beach may not be so stun­ning in the rain, so make sure you’ve spent a lit­tle time scout­ing for all-weather al­ter­na­tives. Don’t for­get to pack a pretty white um­brella too – they look great in pho­tos.

Time your cer­e­mony. Mid­day sun can be harsh, so con­sider ex­chang­ing your vows later in the af­ter­noon. Visit the venue at a sim­i­lar time of day, and make sure you and your guests won’t be star­ing straight into the sun.

Be smart with seat­ing. Opt for pretty wooden or plas­tic seats; but if you plan to have metal chairs, con­sider cov­ers or cute cush­ions!

Keep your guests cool. As well as shady spots to min­gle, your loved ones may ap­pre­ci­ate a few thought­ful touches that will keep them com­fort­able on a warm sum­mer’s day. You could hand out gor­geous para­sols, or have your Or­der of Ser­vice dou­ble as a fan dur­ing the cer­e­mony. For a beach wed­ding, how about of­fer­ing sun­glasses or a pair of jan­dals?

Keep them hy­drated. Have plenty of drinks avail­able – serve iced wa­ter in vin­tage glasses flavoured with vi­brant sum­mer fruits, or sig­na­ture cock­tails for a lit­tle fun!

Keep them cov­ered. Pro­vide sun­screen and bug spray for out­door wed­dings. Cit­ronella can­dles are another good choice for keep­ing the bugs away.

Pro­tect your skin. With an out­door cer­e­mony fol­lowed by min­gling with guests and a photo shoot, your skin may be ex­posed to the sun for a cou­ple of hours. Be­fore get­ting dressed, ap­ply sun­screen to your arms and dé­col­letage, and con­sider us­ing a mois­turiser and foun­da­tion that con­tains SPF. The same goes for your groom and wed­ding party!

Dress lightly. Choose a gown made of a lighter fab­ric that breathes, such as chif­fon or silk; and a light­weight suit for your guys. How about a short hem­line for your brides­maids?

Trial your style. Hair, par­tic­u­larly curled styles, can be af­fected by hot, hu­mid weather in sum­mer. Pre­pare for sum­mer hair by talk­ing to your hair­dresser and ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent ‘dos. Be sure to pack a mini hair­spray and hair­pins to com­bat any fly-aways on the day.

Keep flow­ers fresh. Choose flow­ers for your bou­quet, hair and cake that won’t wilt too quickly. To keep blooms look­ing their best as you get ready and in be­tween pho­tos, place them in vases or wrap wet pa­per tow­els around the stems.

Ice your cake with fon­dant. But­ter­cream or ganache will melt quickly in the heat, so un­less you can keep it in a cool place un­til needed, opt for fon­dant icing or a de­li­cious naked cake!

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