We recently wrote a blog for the wedding couple regarding what to wear during a May, June, July wedding in the Arizona summer heat. We provided some great tips and ideas for not only keeping you and your wedding party cool, but also your guests. 

Today, I want to focus this blog on what to wear to an Arizona wedding in May, June, or July, in the middle of a desert summer, if you're a guest. 

What can you expect at a Val Vista Lakes wedding in May? Or June or July? What can you expect as a guest of our desert state of Arizona if you've never visited during the summer? 

The greatest advice I can give you is to come prepared...

Expect To Be Hot: All I can say is that you're coming to a desert, and while Gilbert may be full of green grass, green trees and man-made lakes, it's still hot during the months of May, June, July and even September. We do our best to provide the illusion of cool temperatures with the man-made lakes, the green grass, the beautiful trees, and more...but it's still hot. 

Here at Val Vista Lakes, with the waterfall backdrop, the ocean-front property, the toes-in-the-sand feeling, the lush greenery and inviting colors, it might not feel like you're in a desert, but it will be hot. 

Drink Lots of Water: When coming to Arizona for a summer wedding at Val Vista Lakes, you'll want to drink way more water than you think you need to. Most Arizona residents carry ice-cold water bottles with them at all times, which might seem strange to out-of-towners, but it's simply because we've learned to respect the summer sun and dehydration. The struggle is real. Buy a nicely insulated water bottle and bring it on your visit to Arizona. You shouldn't need it at the Val Vista Lakes Wedding, because your wedding couple should have provided those essentials, but you'll definitely need it for any sight-seeing or visiting you do here.

Dress in Light Materials: Your clothing matters, and if you're dressed in thick, non-breathable attire you will regret it. A summer wedding equals light fabrics and bold colors. If it is going to be a daytime wedding, think less formal and more comfortable. If the invitation says “festival attire” think cocktail dress that you can really move and dance in. If it will be a garden wedding, think a bit dressier with vibrant colors. No matter what you decide to wear, make sure it’s delicate and flowing, that way you can feel relaxed while sitting in your hot chair during the wedding.

Sunscreen: Being from out of state, sunscreen might not be something you carry in your purse. But, you're in Arizona now and sunscreen should be on you at all times. Just as Arizonan's carry around water bottles, they also have at least a travel size sunscreen with them at all times. Don't forget sunscreen!

Sunglasses: The Arizona summer sun can be brutal, not only for your skin but for your eyes. Don't forget your sunglasses. 

Eat Your Water: When visiting Arizona in the months of May, June, or July, if you're not a big water drinker, be sure to eat lots of fruits. The key is to stay hydrated. 

Coming to a wedding in Arizona in the middle of summer can bring about many unexpected adventures if you're not used to 110-degree weather. Find shade, drink lots of water, don't overdo it on the alcohol at the wedding, avoid those six cups of coffee in the morning, and wear sunscreen. 

Don't worry. It's a dry heat....