Beat the Heat: 5 Unique Tips for Staying Cool at your Summer Wedding

It’s summertime, one of the most popular seasons for weddings. Unfortunately, it’s also the hottest season of the year. The biggest concern this summer is keeping your guests safe from the heat. We’ve pulled together five unique ways to keep your family and friends cool during your outdoor summer wedding.

 

1. POOL PARTY RECEPTION

We found this great summer wedding idea from popsugar.com. Invite all of your friends and family to a poolside reception after the ceremony. Tell all of your guests to bring bathing suits and pool inflatables, and grill up some hotdogs and hamburgers as a budget friendly reception.

Photo by: Anals + Dax via Style Me Pretty

Popsugar.com is an online resource that features all the latest celebrity news. Created by in-house staff writers for a predominantly female audience, popsugar.com brings the lastest trends in fashion, beauty, fitness, and more. For more information about popsugar, visit: popsugar.com.

 

 

2. ICE CREAM SUNDAE BAR

Who doesn’t love ice cream? We found this perfect summer wedding treat off of popsugar.com. Pair your favorite ice creams with a variety of fruits, nuts, chocolates, and more. Add some cute mason jars and vintage spoons as the perfect compliment to your rustic-themed wedding. Have your guests treat themselves before and after the ceremony to stay cool in the summer sun.

Photos by: Jose Villa Photography via Style Me Pretty

Popsugar.com is an online resource that features all of the latest celebrity news. Created by in-house staff writers for a predominantly female audience, popsugar.com brings the lastest trends in fashion, beauty, fitness, and more. For more information, visit: popsugar.com.

 

3. MISTERS

This idea from tahoeunveiled.com, is a bit unique and takes a bit of planning to pull off elegantly. Put up misters to keep your guests cool during your ceremony and reception. You could set up a couple of misters near the reception area or in trees, but be careful. Putting your misters too close to your guests might leave you all soaked and unhappy.

Photo by: Tahoe Unveiled

Tahoe Unveiled was created for brides planning a wedding in Lake Tahoe and features florists, wedding planners, and caterers. For more information about Tahoe Unveiled or Lake Tahoe, visit: tahoeunveiled.com.

4. HYDRATION STATION

This idea may not be the most unique, but it’s definitely a great idea, especially during the hottest parts of July and August. This idea is from offbeatbride.com. Use traditional lemonade or iced tea or spice it up with some fun fruit drinks. Try mixing water with different fruits and even herbs for a unique pop of taste. The Yummy Life has some unique ideas for naturally flavored water. Get them here. You might want to add a little sugar for a bit more flavor.

Photo by: Off Beat Bride

Offbeat Bride began as a promotional website for author Ariel Meadow Stalling. The website grew into a wedding blog with approximately a million viewers every month. For more information about offbeatbride, visit: offbeatbride.com.

5. UMBRELLAS/PARASOLS

This idea from estateweddingsandevents.com is a unique way to get your guests involved. Order parasols or umbrellas in bulk quantity. Choose just one color or a variety to keep your guests cool and safe from the harsh summer sun. Umbrellas and parasols are also great photo props. Whether staged or candid, you can be sure that all of your wedding photos will be unique and memorable.

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Estate Weddings and Events provides rentals for weddings and other events. The Estate Weddings and Events website hosts a variety of venue information. For more information about Estate Weddings and Events, visit: estateweddingsandevents.com.

How to Plan a Rustic Outdoor Wedding

 

Photo by: RiverJude.com

Rustic weddings are a lot of fun. They work well with any season of the year and, with just a few simple tricks, can be romantic and elegant affairs. But, on the other hand, creating the perfect rustic wedding takes plenty of work. So, we have several tips and tricks to make the planning just a little bit easier.

 

1. Candy Buffet.

Candy Buffets are just that – a buffet of candy. Relatively easy and with minimal cost (depending on how much and what kinds of candy you get), they add a bit of fun to your rustic wedding reception.

Project Wedding has several tips for planning and executing the perfect candy buffet, including keeping in mind the color of your candy, the weather, and how you will place and serve each different candy type.

Photo by: This Love of Yours Photography

Project Wedding is dedicated to helping brides plan their perfect wedding and hosts inspiration boards, forums, vendors, and more. For more information about Project Wedding, visit: projectwedding.com.

 

2. The Cake.

The cake below was created for an outdoor wedding in Hunt, Texas and is just one of the many different rustic-style wedding cake options available to you. Some brides don’t use any sort of nature decor on their cakes at all. How you choose to execute the cake is completely up to you, we just love the beauty and simplicity of this design.

For more cake ideas like this one, visit The Knot. From cakes with no nature decor to completely decked out nature-themed cakes, The Knot has several different cake styles that may help you decide exactly what you’re looking for.

Photo by: Kim Maguire

The Knot was founded in 1996 in an effort to offer a new spin on outdated wedding etiquette information. Now the internet’s most visited wedding planning website, The Knot offers modern advice, personalized tools, and more. For more information, visit: theknot.com.

 

3. The Decorations

Let’s be honest. Less than perfect decorations won’t destroy your wedding, but they are an important piece of the wedding puzzle. Rustic wedding decorations are pretty easy, and with some flowers, treated wood, and a steady hand, you can make most of them yourself.

Rustic Wedding Chic has some fun and simple rustic wedding signs for the big day. Most of these could be made out of odds and ends you already have in your home. Ask one of your crafty friends to borrow some burlap and white paint and create your own table runners. Another great idea is chalkboards and chalk. Write a special message for your guests to help the day go smoothly.

Photo by: Maggie Lord

Founded by Maggie Lord in 2009, Rustic Wedding Chic has everything brides need to know about planning a rustic wedding. For more information, visit: rusticweddingchic.com.

 

4. The Favors

Proper wedding etiquette dictates that wedding guests receive favors. So, to complement your rustic wedding, here at Nature Favors we have some beautiful, edible bird seed heart favors. These favors come personalized to suit your needs and make an amazing gift that your guests will treasure.

Photo by: Nature Favors

Guides for Brides: Wedding Planning Tips

Planning a wedding is hard.

Photo by: Vitalic Photo

Vitalic Photo is a collaboration between photographers Chrissy Trujillo and Nicki Pasqualone. Based in Florida, the best friends love weddings and believe their job is to capture authentic photos of the wedding day.

 

You have to find the perfect invitations, pick out the most beautiful gown, decide on the right kind of cake, book the venue, create a registry, choose wedding favors, and through it all find some way to relax and enjoy yourself!

While we can’t make the process any less stressful, we can make it just a little bit easier. We have compiled some helpful information for brides who just don’t know where to start. Today, we’re talking invitations, dresses, cakes, and favors.

First, the invitations. Wedding invitations are difficult to figure out. What goes where? Miss to Missus has created a guide to assembling wedding invitations.

Miss to Missus

Miss to Missus is a blog by Papertalk Press a printing press in Toronto that specializes in wedding invitations and stationery. The editor, Michelle Lee also runs Stak Inc., a design and web agency, with her husband Jon.

 

Next, the wedding gown. Choosing your wedding gown may be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, aside from the actual wedding ceremony of course. This primer from SimplyBridal can make it easier  to choose a gown for your body type. Wed Me Pretty explains the primer in more detail.

SimplyBridal

 

Based in Los Angeles, California, SimplyBridal believes in quality, honesty, and value. Every wedding gown is sewn by in-house seamstresses and photographed in the Simply Bridal studio. Founder Lawrence Ng began SimplyBridal because he felt that every woman should be able to find their dream gown at an accessible price. 

 

 

Then, the cake. Deciding which cake is the right cake may be one of the most frustrating, yet tasty, wedding decisions. Some bakers may have up to 40 different flavor options, and tasting each and every one is a major hassle.

In addition, you have to decide what shape, and how many tiers, your cake should be. My Inspired Wedding has several charts that explain how many servings the most popular wedding cake shapes will serve.

My Inspired Wedding

 

My Inspired Wedding is a wedding inspiration site on the WedAlert Network. My Inspired Wedding provides the latest news in wedding fashion, trends, and planning. 

 

Finally, the wedding favors. Here at Nature Favors, we believe in helping you create the perfect party experience for your guests. And what says “thank you” better than the perfect favor? Eco-friendly and easily adaptable to any theme, our bird seed heart favors are a great gift that your guests will be sure to enjoy.

Photo by Nature Favors