Summer Wedding Tips
Top tips for a summer wedding
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!