The ancient Romans wed in June to celebrate Juno, goddess of marriage and childbirth. Brides in the Victorian age opted for summer weddings because of the wealth of available florals. Even now, modern couples stick to this time-honored tradition. Who wouldn’t? In summer, the days are longer, the skies are clear, the flowers are blooming and the weather… well, honestly the weather is kind of hot.

If you want to have a summer wedding, it’s important to make sure you’re guests are comfortable in the heat and humidity. Here are a few tips for keeping everyone cool:

Seek Out The Summer Shade

Outdoor weddings are a great choice during the summer, as you can tie the knot while surrounded by beautiful flowers and lush, green trees. However, if you are planning an outdoor wedding, you’ll want to choose a venue with plenty of available shade. Some guests may not want to spend time in the sun, and you certainly don’t want guests heading home early! Set up a seating area under a covering or in the shade of a tree and you’ll make everyone more comfortable.

Serve Cold Hors d’oeuvres

There’s nothing better than a cool and refreshing treat on a hot summer day. And when your guests are enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, they’ll certainly enjoy a nice, cold snack. Think about classic picnic foods and dress them up — watermelon and fruit skewers, flavored shaved ice, even champagne popsicles can be a great way to keep cool and stay classy!

Have Emergency Supplies Handy

Everyone knows that person who never remembers to wear sunscreen. It doesn’t matter how many times you warn them, how many times you remind them to lather up, they’ll forget and be red as a lobster in no time! You can prevent this uncomfortable predicament by providing your guests with “summer survival kits” as their wedding favors. A small tube of sunscreen, some bug spray, and a water bottle in some cute packaging will be a real hit. And trust me, you and your guests will more than appreciate it.

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