How to Survive a Hot Outdoor Wedding

No matter if you are a wedding guest, a bride, or in the bridal party, chances are pretty good that you’ll find yourself at an outdoor wedding at some point in life. While outdoor weddings are beautiful, the heat and sun are real issues.  

Tips on staying cool at a summer wedding

No bride wants to be a sweaty mess on their wedding day (or have photos with a sweaty groom).  While my own outdoor wedding day weather was very nice (low 70’s, with a breeze and sun), I still got warm.  And with a late September wedding in Michigan, weather was unpredictable.  Luckily, we had it pretty easy.  Now, my bridal shower… that was sweltering! I had my air-brushed makeup trial that morning, and dang… air-brush is good.  I felt like my face was melting off, but really, it wasn’t.  Even though my makeup held up, I felt wet, miserable, and stinky (at least I know for sure that if it was a hot wedding day, I’d have flawless makeup).

During my hair trial, my stylist and I discussed options, based on the weather.  I really wanted my hair to be ‘down’, but if the forecast called for heat, we would put it up.  In hindsight, the little bit of heat that we did have affected the hair (but not until after photos- thank God!), and the curls gave out.  My sweaty forehead probably contributed as well.

After sweating all night, my hair was a hot mess
After the wedding reception concluded, my hair was a hot mess.

An oversight on our part was not having water with us during the day.  After the outdoor ceremony, the bridal party was already hot and thirsty when we boarded our trolley, and I forgot to make sure that water was ready for us.  All we had was beer and champagne – which I’m not complaining about- but we needed to hydrate properly.  By the time we had finished with pictures, I felt terrible…. I needed food and water badly!  As we were toasting at the reception, my head was throbbing.  That was not pleasant.

Avoid my mistakes, and consider these situations while planning your wedding. Below is a Vogue article with Wedding Planner Jen Glantz, who offers 7 tips to stay cool at a summer outdoor wedding.  They really are some good tips- some of which I did for my own wedding.  These are something to think about if any part of your wedding will be outdoors.

Check out the tips below…



Summer weddings can be beautiful, but brutally hot, too. Here’s how to beat the heat according to the pros.

Source: 7 Survival Tips for a Hot Summer Wedding Outdoors – Vogue


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