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.



We found this great summer wedding idea from 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.

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Who doesn’t love ice cream? We found this perfect summer wedding treat off of 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.

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This idea from, 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.

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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 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.

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This idea from 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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High School Sweethearts and Hurricane Irene

Ariel married her high school sweetheart, Zach, at Bittersweet Farm in Westport, Mass.

Weddings don’t always go exactly as planned and no one could plan for Hurricane Irene to crash a wedding. Luckily, the happy couple had a morning wedding and missed the worst of the storm. Ariel and Zach refer to it as “the wedding that blew you away”.

“Shari’s favors fit in perfectly with our bird and tree theme and everyone loved the theme” ~Ariel

Ariel’s uncle, Eric Lusignan, served as photographer and captured the event beautifully.

You can find the favors Ariel bought for her wedding here: Heart shaped bird seed favors.




We love to know your stories and how you used Nature Favors’ products in your big event. How fitting that a couple who have a lawn & landscape business chose Nature Favors’ eco-friendly bird seed favors as their special gift to the guests at their wedding:

“We wanted a “outside” gift to give our guests…we are in the lawn and landscape industry and we thought that it would be pretty fitting to have something that could be used outside.

I liked the fact that we could pick the color of the bags (we matched it to the chair bows). It was a shabby chic, white on ivory kind of a wedding. The birdseed bags were perfect for the look we were going for…sort of elegant yet natural. I just loved them…thank you again.”





Bird Seed Heart Favors by Nature Favors

Have you heard? Bird is the word and brides are going wild over our bird seed heart favors for their nature themed weddings and eco-friendly bridal showers.

Available with natural hemp twine, satin ribbon, organza bags, and personalized tags, brides use them as decorations by hanging them on tree branches, creating a dramatic nature themed centerpiece. They can be used to decorate individual place settings or even used as napkin holders.

Handmade exclusively from all natural ingredients, Nature Favors bird seed hearts are affordable, eco friendly, and organic! These are our most popular favors for the 2009 wedding season.

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