How to Stay Cool at a Summer Wedding

Updated: Aug 24

Summer wedding ceremonies and receptions are gorgeous: You can say your “I dos” under a bright blue sky, celebrate in the spacious outdoors and take pictures with the sunset as your backdrop. But summer can also come with intense heat, oppressive humidity, sudden rain showers—and unhappy guests. Don’t sweat it! The experts at Long Island’s Crest Hollow Country Club share seven tips on how to beat the heat for a perfect summer wedding ceremony and reception.

Keep your guests comfortable.

Metal chairs left outside in the sun is a recipe for disaster—and potential second-degree burns. Avoid this by nixing metal chairs anywhere sunlight is involved. Keep in mind, too, that no matter what seating is available, from fancy lawn chairs to wooden benches, most materials can radiate the sun’s rays after a few hours outside. Keep everyone happy by lining seats with a cushion in a light-colored fabric.

Opt for an updo.

Put the flowing Rapunzel locks on hold, and prevent sweaty hair by picking a style that sweeps hair away from your face. Not only are updos versatile, they’ll keep you cooler and your makeup intact for longer during a hot summer day. For a laid-back wedding style, consider an intricate, loose braid or messy (by design) bun. For a more sophisticated look, choose a slicked back chignon. If possible, try out your hairstyle in the kind of weather forecasted for the occasion to see how much hairspray or how many hairpins will be needed.

Banish sunburns.

Although you may apply sunscreen before the day begins, it’s important to reapply throughout the day to keep up the sun-blocking effectiveness. Keep a bottle close at hand by stashing one in the room you get ready in or assign a bridesmaid to carry one with her in a chic clutch. You’ll also want to consider the type of jewelry you wear. Metal jewelry that sits directly on your skin can potentially cause burning, so avoid metal necklaces or tight cuffs.