No matter what season you plan on having your outdoor wedding ceremony it will likely come with at least a few challenges. Summer, though, has many challenges that are unique to this time of year but none that you can’t prepare for. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding in Ocean Isle Beach with us, keep the following alternate suggestions in mind so you’re fully prepared for any challenges on your special day.
That blasted heat
Be sure your outdoor setting offers some shade or air-conditioning. If you’re renting a tent, inquire about portable air-conditioning systems. Consider having your ceremony early in the morning before the heat of day sets in or later in the evening when things start to cool off. If the location offers minimal shade, keep the ceremony short and provide guests with cold water bottles, fans and umbrellas to block the sun.
When you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you should always have a backup plan in case of extreme heat or rainy days. When storms are approaching you may also encounter high winds which would wreak havoc with your outdoor decorations at the very least. Consider reserving an air-conditioned indoor venue as a backup.
Have flowers delivered the day of the wedding and provide a way to store them in a chilled atmosphere before the ceremony begins. An ice-filled cooler or refrigerator would work well. If your blooms will be exposed to the summer heat for an extended amount of time, keep a spray water bottle on hand and give them a light misting every hour.
Those uninvited guests
Bugs – those uninvited guests! Stock up on bug spray and other bug repellents. Light citronella candles and tiki torches around the perimeter to deter bugs. Have a communal basket of repellent ready for all to use.
Competition for venues
With summer being prime wedding time, there’s going to be competition for popular venues from other couples soon to be wed. Book your reservations early. Start looking for venues as soon as you get engaged. Since your vendors will be booked up with other weddings throughout the summer, take advantage of the off-season months to have their focused attention and time rather than making most of the big decisions in the weeks before your wedding.
So many plans, so few weekends
Summer is just so long and everyone’s weekends seem to fill up fast. Send advance notice to your guests with "save-the-date" cards nine months or more before the wedding. Think twice before scheduling your wedding for a long holiday weekend. Not only do many families have long-standing plans, travel expenses tend to peak then as well.