Tips For Hosting An Outdoor Wedding Reception During A Heatwave

5 January 2016
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From an unexpected downpour to a wind storm that can topple your centerpieces, when it comes to hosting an outdoor wedding, there are many ways that Mother Nature can ruin your plans. If you're planning a wedding in the middle of summer, there is another potential issue that can arise suddenly and turn your big day into a big disaster: a heat wave. Don't let the rising temperatures put a damper on your wedding and instead, here are a few tips to help you and your guests enjoy the day:

Dress Accordingly

For many brides, the most exhilarating part of planning their wedding is choosing their own gown, the bridesmaids' dresses and tuxedos for the groom and his attendants. However, if your dreams have always involved silk, satin and wool, it is important to remember that while elegant, these fabrics aren't the best options for an outdoor summer wedding.

Instead, choose a more simple dress made from cotton or linen. Your grooms will look dapper in a linen suit, as well.

Additionally, when you fill out your wedding invitations, make sure to leave note that reminds the guests to dress accordingly. Remind them the temperatures will be scorching and that wearing their favorite velvet gown isn't the best option.

Making the Guests Feel Comfortable and Cool

As your wedding day approaches and you get a better sense of the forecast, it is important to contact any guests that may have a medical condition or small children and let them know that they may want to consider skipping the reception. Encourage them to come to the indoor portion of the wedding, but let them know you won't be offended if they can't handle the temperatures.

When it comes to any guests that will be braving the heat to celebrate your big day, make sure to provide them with plenty of ways to stay cool and comfortable. Here are a few tips to ensure the weather doesn't ruin the experience for your guests:

  • Create a water bar, complete with different varieties of flavored water. It is important to encourage guests to stay hydrated, especially if they're consuming alcohol.

  • If you can't afford to rent a tent, provide your guests with shade in other ways. For example, encourage guests to bring parasols or umbrellas.

  • Provide your guests with their own small bottles of facial or hydrating mists. These mists can be purchased, or you can make your own with small spray bottles. Simply combine water and a few drops of essential oils in each bottle.

Learn About The Warning Signs of Heat Stroke

Finally, despite your best efforts there is still a possibility that one of your guests might fall victim to heat stroke. According to the Mayo Clinic, heat stroke occurs when an individual is exposed to high temperatures for a long period or is very active during extreme temperatures.

When a person is also drinking alcohol or becomes dehydrated, there is a greater risk of a person suffering from heat stroke, as well.

If any of your guests begin exhibiting a combination of the following symptoms, it is important to seek help immediately:

  • Confusion and trouble speaking

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Rapid heart rate and rapid breathing

  • Pounding headache

  • Reddish, flushed skin

  • Shallow breathing

  • Muscle cramps

Hosting an outdoor wedding reception during a heat wave can seem like a disaster waiting to happen – but it doesn't have to be. From making sure all your guests and the wedding party dresses for the hot temperatures to providing everyone with plenty of cold water, there are several ways you can ensure your outdoor reception is memorable for the right reasons! For more tips on handling weddings and receptions in a hot climate, contact a company like A Little White Wedding Chapel.