It's hot. I believe it was 110-degrees this past weekend. Here in Arizona, the summer can sneak up on you and...boom!...it's 110-degrees just a few days after 75-degrees. (I'm not even joking, that was our weather this past week.)
Keeping that in mind, we've been spending some time offering wedding tips for Arizona couples and their guests from out-of-town. Today, I'd like to keep that momentum going and provide some more survival tips for your wedding guests.
I came across this article in Vogue and wanted to share some of the specifics with you...
Put a drink in their hand.
Instead of passing out glasses of bubbly as your guests arrive, I’d recommend having decorative pitchers of fruit-infused ice water at the entrance of your outdoor ceremony. Since some fruit, like watermelon and mango, can help reduce body temperature, guests can settle down in their seats with a drink that’ll keep them cool while you say “I do.”
(Your guests will not be accustomed to our "dry" heat. You know, the kind of heat that dehydrates you without giving you the slightest bit of notice that you're not drinking enough water. If you're an Arizona resident, you get it. Drink lots of water. But, if you're from out-of-town, this is not something you're familiar with. So, help your guests out by offering hydration first.)
Keep their butts cool.
If your heart is set on using a certain kind of metal or wooden chair for your ceremony, splurge on getting fabric cushions so that your guests don’t burn their butts or legs when they take a seat.
Stay away from liquid makeup.
Go with powder-based makeup and you’ll avoid having to make frequent trips to the restroom to fix foundation and lipstick that’s probably dripping off your face. Even better, hire a professional to use airbrush makeup on your face, since it’s sweat-, water-, and even tear-proof.
Give your guests a pair of sunnies.
Most of your guests’ bags may be too small for sunglasses, and nobody wants to have to squint during the whole ceremony if the sun is blaring. Customize sunglasses with your wedding logo or your initials on the side for guests to put on while they are outdoors (and probably again on the dance floor). If you aren’t into sunglasses, handing out chic parasols is also a great idea.
(Again, residents of other states don't carry around water bottles and sunscreen and wear sunglasses as obsessively as we do. Help them out!)
Create a bridal party sweat-survival kit.
Make a kit for your bridal party filled with sweat-fixing items like face blotters, sunscreen, a travel-size deodorant, and even body wipes. The groom can make one for the guys, too. Since they can’t carry this kit with them down the aisle, you can have the kits waiting for them post-wedding in the bridal suite or even have the bathrooms at the reception stocked with these items.
Put your hair back.
A girl’s best friend during the summertime is truly a hair tie. For outdoor moments, whether it’s for the ceremony or cocktail hour, have hair ties nearby for the women who want to go with a quick and temporary updo.
(A great tip might be to have some extra hair ties and themed hair accessories for the ladies, and men, on your guest list who might have forgotten theirs.)
Create DIY water misters.
Skip renting giant misters that will make your wedding venue look like it’s a water park and instead create DIY mini water misters that you can put under each chair during the reception. Get mini mister bottles and print labels for each bottle so guests know when and how to use it.
(I simply love the idea of having water misters on hand for your guests, and for yourself. What a great tip.)
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