Heatwave On Your Wedding Day: How To Plan & What To Do
For those planning a summer wedding, your wedding day falling during a heatwave is a possibility. It leaves you with several questions – do I change my outfit? Will my outdoor ceremony work? How do we keep our guests happy and safe through a long scorching day? With 2022 being the hottest year on UK record, with the UK’s hottest recorded day too, it feels fair to say that the possibility of a heatwave summer wedding is stronger than ever. But how to prepare for it?
Here are some tips to keep you and your guests feeling cool on the big day. With heatwave groomswear advice too, there’s no reason a gentleman can’t look his best no matter the weather.
Staying Hydrated & Cool
Staying hydrated may seem obvious, but for the middle of a heatwave it is vital, especially if you are going to be drinking alcohol heavily. Make sure water is available and plentiful. You can certainly do this with as much style as you’d like – you could opt for a glass water dispenser, infused water, or even ice lollies.
Sun cream is also important. You will want to touch up throughout the day to avoid sunburn. However, the SPF in sun cream which reflects sun rays can also reflect camera flash, making you look a little ghostly in the results. Make sure you address this with your photographer!
A thick 3-piece suit on a day upwards of 30° is a recipe for being uncomfortable – if not putting yourself in danger. You want to be the centre of attention on your wedding day, but not because you were taken to hospital. Follow this guidance to keeping cool and staying safe on your heatwave wedding day.
Consider the colour and material of your groomswear in advance. You’ll want your whole outfit to be made of a fabric that allows for absorption and airflow, such as linen, seersucker, or cotton. Wool blends can also make for excellent summer wear, maintaining their aesthetic and odour repelling qualities while removing some of the heaviness.
Stick to light and bright colour shades for your suit pieces and shirt. They reflect the harsh rays of the sun and keep you cooler.
With a scorching forecast, why not relax the dress code? You could ditch the waistcoat, just wearing a jacket, trousers and a cotton shirt. You could get rid of the tie and leave your top button undone for airflow. You could even free yourself of suit trousers and instead wear shorts; either tailored suit cut-off’s or smart chinos. Don’t surprise your to-be-spouse with a relaxation of dress code on the day – they might be miffed wearing a heavy outfit all day – but it’s certainly worth a conversation!
From here, there’s a few tricks that should help you feel comfortable. Opt for bamboo socks which are naturally temperature regulating. Carry a hanky alongside a pocket square so you can use the hanky for mopping up sweat but keep the square looking polished. Lastly, carry your chafing treatment of choice for you to apply liberally at the start of the day and top up as required – you’ll be grateful you did!
Talk To Your Venue
Either in the run up to the big day or while looking around venues, you must talk to your venue about how hot weather would be handled. They may have air conditioning, tents available, or fans for your use. If they don’t have any of these, you can discuss bringing your own. Set up your plan with advance and let your venue know.
If you are planning on spending lots of time outside on a heatwave day, double check your venues policy on candles. Citronella candles keep insects at bay, worth the investment if your venue will allow them.
You should consider whether your outside furniture is heatwave appropriate. Plastic or metal chairs in direct sunlight will not be suitable and could cause lots of problems. Think through where your guests will be sitting, the amount of shade available, and how comfortable you would be in their shoes.
Talk To Your Vendors
Talk to all vendors about what their service would need in a heatwave. Certain accommodations may require help from your venue. Extra bar staff at a pop-up bar may just need water and shade. Your wedding cake may require refrigeration up until serving, then a spot out of the sun. Talk it through with each vendor and make sure you are prepared for your day.
Remind Your Guests
Lastly, remind your guests to bring fans, sunglasses, hats, suncream, after-sun, anything to help them on a scorching dayf! This will take pressure off you and keep your guests as happy as possible!
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