Summer is a pretty opportune time to have a wedding. While there is still a chance for a summer rain, most of the spring storms have passed. With school out of session, there is often more flexibility in guest schedules. Not to mention the flower choices tend to be better in summer, giving option to bright and bold colors. However, here in Texas, we are no strangers to the blazing Texas heat. We’re talking about the kind of heat that could fry an egg on the pavement! Keep COOL with these 10 tips for a summer wedding!

#1: Plan an Evening Ceremony  

In the summer, the sun sets later allowing you to have a ceremony a bit later in the evening when it is quite a bit cooler. Starting around noon, heat starts to build with the hottest time of day peaking around 3pm. Be sure to avoid outdoor ceremonies during these hottest times of day.

#2: DIY Program Fans

Create DIY program fans for your wedding guests. These can be made with card stock, craft sticks and a little glue. The design possibilities are endless and can be completely customized for your wedding. Don’t quite have the time for a DIY project? Check out all the talented artisans on Etsy who can create them for you!

#3: Offer Hydration

Set up water stations for your guests while they wait for the ceremony to begin. This could be as simple as a trough full of ice and bottled water, or as elaborate as a catered fruit-infused water bar.

#4: Consider Renting Misters

You can rent misters, fans or portable AC units from local event companies. There are also online companies that sell portable sized mini fans and misters in bulk.

#5: Fabric Ceremony Seating

Metal chairs can be a very chic ceremony option but they can also literally burn the legs of your wedding guests if they’ve been sitting out in the sun for a while. Opt for seats with a fabric seat that will not get as hot as metal.

#6: Set Expectations

It’s not uncommon for guests to be unsure of what to wear to your wedding. Be sure to set your guest’s expectations on your invitations by letting them know if your ceremony will be outside and what attire they should wear.

#7: Dress Appropriately

Speaking of attire, consider how you dress your wedding party! Summer is probably not the best time of year to put your groomsmen in full blown suits or your ladies in long sleeved dresses. Instead consider light fabrics, such as chiffon for your ladies. Cute tea length dresses can come in a variety of colors. For the guys, consider white button up shirts with suspenders or just a simple vest. Don’t forget about your littlest wedding party members! Kids can get hot quick and when they do, look out for the grouchy tempers! Dress them in light clothes and consider gifting them a little “keep cool!” kit with some water, wipes and a personal sized fan or mister – might not be a bad idea for the rest of the wedding party either!

#8: Offer Cold Appetizers

During cocktail hour, or even before the ceremony, consider offering cold appetizers. Cold fruit, such as watermelon, grapes and strawberries on a stick, smoked salmon and cream cheese served on cucumber slices, or sweet cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto. If you need a bit of inspiration, Pinterest is full of great ideas for summer appetizers!

#9: Get Married Indoors

So this one might be a bit obvious, but choosing a venue with both indoor and outdoor ceremony options will give you the flexibility to move your ceremony inside if it’s just too hot outside.

#10: Consider Serving Ice Cream

There are endless possibilities when it comes to serving ice cream at your wedding! From ice cream trucks, to self-serve ice cream bars! Here is a little more Pinterest for your inspiration!