Summer is a popular time to get married in Victoria. After all, the beautiful weather, shining sun, and outdoor ceremonies and receptions practically beg for it. But there are a few key things to keep in mind.
If you’re having any portion of the wedding outside, consider renting fans or portable air conditioning units. Even if you live for the hot, hot heat, chances are your Great Aunt Trixie, Grandpa Ted and newborn Baby Joey can’t. Make sure there is shade available, to. If you choose an indoor venue, ensure it has the same cooling options.
Creative Centre Pieces
If the reception is outdoors, consider making a little basket filled with summer basics. Cheap sunglasses, fans, a small container of sunscreen and a citronella candle will be far more appreciated than tiny trinkets. Even a few baby pools filled with cool water for dipping your feet will be loved by all – young and old.
Dress the Part
Think summer when it comes to dressing up yourself, your party and your venue. Think picnic and BBQ themes, summer casual and natural decoration. Fruit baskets, torches and lanterns and large umbrellas will complete the look.
When thinking of dresses and suits, think again. Linen pants and crisp shirts for the groom, a beautiful white or cream sundress for the bride, and the wedding party in bright, consistent colours. Show some leg, done some flip flops, and simple will meet elegant while you’re keeping cool.
Summer doesn’t really coincide with prime rib, roasted potatoes, heavy soups and starchy sides. Instead, think in season and local. Refreshing ingredients will keep your guests satisfied and feeling good, long into the night. Try grilled salmon, chicken and tempeh, serve a chilled gazpacho or corn chowder, serve strawberry shortcakes and an ice cream bar for dessert, and have loads of fresh salads, fruit trays and dips.
Cool Down Bar
Having an open bar is nice, but they guests will appreciate it even more if it’s stocked full of ice cold water at their disposal. Whether you can afford free alcohol for your wedding guests, ensure that water is available for them. Even better? Offer some lemonade, iced tea, and fun treats, like iced pops and freezies.