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Planning a Summer Wedding

seasons at the traditionSummer is a great season for a wedding. With the warm weather and natural scenery, you can hold an outdoor ceremony in a beautiful locale. Here are some tips for planning a summer wedding.

If you want to get married in the summer, choose your date carefully. Planning a wedding near a holiday may make it easier for people who have to travel long distances since they will have a day off from work, but some people may have long-standing holiday plans. Send out save-the-date cards as early as possible so guests can book their flights and make hotel reservations far in advance.

Guests who are traveling a long way to attend your wedding might decide to stick around for the whole weekend. If they do, you can suggest local sites to visit or activities they can try with their families.

If you are planning to get married outside, avoid having the ceremony during the hottest part of the day, from 10 am to 3 pm. It is also a good idea to make sunscreen and bug spray available for your guests. You should have a back-up location where the ceremony can be held, such as a tent, gazebo, or banquet hall, in case it rains.

Choose your wardrobe and makeup with the season in mind. A tea-length dress will be comfortable in hot weather. A veil might feel heavy. Choose a decorative hair clip or headpiece instead. Men can wear suits made of lightweight materials, such as linen or cotton. If you are going to be walking on the grass in a park or other outdoor location, opt for flat shoes. Wear waterproof makeup and a light sunscreen.

Support local farmers by using locally-grown fruits and vegetables for your reception meal. Foods like tomatoes, peppers, corn, and berries are in season and can be incorporated into your feast. Talk to your caterer about using food from local growers.

Summer is a popular time for weddings. Consider the timing of your nuptials and the weather when making your plans, and take advantage of the many benefits the season has to offer.


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