Summer Weddings: How to Keep Your Guests Cool

By Vinewood Stables

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If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, congratulations! Summer weddings are some of the prettiest events and have some of the most classic wedding looks. Or maybe you’re thinking of having an outdoor wedding, but you’re not sure yet.

Either way you will have to face one big conundrum: keeping guests cool at an outdoor wedding. If your festivities will have the sun shining down on it at any point, chances are the heat is going to be a problem. Unless you’re reading this from Siberia or something.

Here are three of our favorite ways to keep your guests cool and their attention on you (where it should be).


1. Make wedding attire casual to allow more breathable clothing options

This is a huge one. Can you imagine summer wedding attire consisting of a black suit or a floor length dress in the sweltering heat of high noon in the south? Okay maybe you can, you could be one of those brave enough to wear such a wedding dress. All the more power to you! But the fewer guests that are wearing breathable clothes, the bigger chance there is for someone to pass out. But it is your day, they can deal with the heat if the need to.

2. Provide a paper fan with itinerary

This is a pretty creative solution, and right in line with the southern/country aesthetic if you’re going for that. Having the guests equipped with little fans will be reminiscent of Sunday mornings at church. But regardless of how they look, those suckers are effective. Sitting in the sun for the ceremony or mingling during the cocktail hour become a lot more enjoyable with a pleasant breeze.

3. Allow both indoor and outdoor spaces when possible

If you’re using a mixed indoor/outdoor space, you have a great opportunity to get the best of both worlds. Instead of ushering the guests between the spaces throughout the evening, allow them to come and go as they please. This way anyone who is feeling overheated has the option to go inside and cool off. You will notice a remarkable difference in people’s disposition when they have a little more freedom.

Whatever cooling method you choose, we are here to implement your vision. Give us a call today to schedule a walkthrough of the venue and learn more about how we can help make your special day go off without a hitch!