How to Avoid Making the Most Common Summer Wedding Mistakes

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Summer is one of the most popular times of the year for people to get married. This gives you a lot of experience from others to reflect on when making decisions. Considering what has happened at the weddings of others can give you insight into planning the best celebration possible. Here are some ways to avoid common summer wedding mistakes.

Excessively-Formal Events- Brides and grooms should remember that summer weddings don’t need to be as formal as weddings during other seasons. Take the warm weather into account, and the fact that not everyone may want to get dressed to the nines. Summer does, however, create the opportunity to incorporate joys of the season into your event—incredible flowers, summertime activities, and fun food like barbecue and Popsicles are worth considering.

Café String Lights – They’re a fun and festive addition to a summer evening reception, but the light attracts bugs! Don’t turn your guests into snacks. Instead, be sure to place a lantern with a citronella candle on every table. You can also be creative and incorporate it into your centerpieces.

DIY-Everything – We all love the DIY trend that’s hit the wedding world, but when it comes to a summer wedding, don’t go overboard. An outdoor wedding has the ability to feel more casual than an indoor, banquet-space wedding. But if you’re DIY-ing or skipping the black tie, make sure you don’t go too casual. It is your wedding day, after all. Things that can be safely DIY’d are favors, a refresher station, and fan programs

Overly Light Food – Overly light food options. Summer is the perfect time for lighter, healthier, dishes—refreshing gazpacho, spring salads topped with watermelon, chilled shrimp cocktail—all of which are more than weather appropriate. But make sure you have a few hearty options mixed in there to keep your guests going all night on the dance floor! Comfort foods like sliders, barbecue skewers, and lobster rolls are all summer-friendly choices that won’t leave your guests aching for more.

Too Much Alcohol – Alcohol overload! Summer lends itself to so many trendy drink ideas like fruity lemonade with vodka, summer beers, lemon shandies, sangria, and much more. Just remember that guests need to stay hydrated in that hot weather! Include lots of nonalcoholic drink options and plenty of water stations to keep both the drinkers and nondrinkers refreshed all night.

Holding Your Ceremony During Day-Time Heat Everyone is miserable when they are all dressed up in a very hot and sunny space. Flowers, food, and waitstaff—like guests—don’t hold up well either. In order to avoid this potential issue, adjust your start time so that your event starts later in the day when the temperature drops and the sun is positioned lower in the sky. Find shaded areas for the ceremony and cocktails. Remember that when guests are uncomfortable, they are most likely not enjoying themselves.

Getting Married by the Woods – Whenever possible it’s better to locate your event away from wooded areas, where insects tend to aggregate. It also makes sense to have a professional spray the property where you will be having the wedding if it tends to be a buggy time of year.

Using Mud-Soaked Areas – If you are hosting some of your wedding on grass, watch for rain in the days leading up to the event. Certain areas may get muddy, so limit traffic in these areas in order to not tear up the grass. Grassy areas that do not receive much direct sunlight may stay wet, making them unusable.

Forgetting About Comfort – Don’t forget about general comfort. Couples should always consider having the following items for an outdoor ceremony or any portion of your wedding that is outside: parasols, fans, and cold water