One stress British brides have to face that those in many other countries do not worry about is what the weather will be like on their wedding day. Most of the concern is focused on what to do if it rains heavily on the Big Day. However, hot, stuffy weather can bring its own problems as well.
With the heatwave we had last Bank Holiday weekend where temperatures hit 30C in some places, we’ve put together some tips on how to cool your guests– and yourself – down so everyone can enjoy the special occasion.
– Expect the unexpected
British weather is so unpredictable that it is a good idea to have a contingency plan for rain, snow, wind and, in this case, boiling hot sunshine.
According to the Met Office, the average temperature for the end of May is 15C. Therefore, engaged couples are unlikely to have foreseen the hot sunny days we’ve been experiencing lately. While most people have loved the 20C sunshine and long, bright evenings, Martin Young, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, predicted: “We May see the warmest day of the year.”
The highest temperature for the last May Bank Holiday was recorded in 1944 when the mercury hit 32.8C, so it is not unrealistic that this weekend could match, or even beat, that. At the same time, much of the country has been blighted by heavy thunderstorms as it prepares for the heatwave, so brides and grooms would be wise to get ready for both rain and sky-high temperatures. That way, they won’t feel unprepared on the day itself.
– Give out cool wedding favours
Wedding favours that cool down your guests will go down a treat. Quirky ideas like personalised sunglasses will be a hit, particularly if you get some with colourful plastic rims for kids to dress up with.
You could also give out fans so ladies can cool themselves during the ceremony, or if you want to splash out, why not look for parasols so your loved ones can keep themselves out of the sunlight when mingling on the lawn?
Another good idea is to have a bucket of flipflops that friends and family can help themselves to. Not only will this save their feet from stuffy, closed – and for women, high-heeled – shoes, but they are great for the evening when everyone wants to hit the dancefloor.
– Provide refreshments
Speak to your wedding caterer about switching up the reception drink to a summer cocktail to quench everyone’s thirsts, or consider hiring an ice-cream van to rock up mid-afternoon or after the meal. This will be a huge hit with all the guests, especially the children!
Make sure there is enough water on tap to avoid a shortage, and check air-con or fans are working if you are hiring a wedding marque in Surrey. You and your loved ones will want a nice breeze throughout the day, so invest in more fans if need be.
– Top up make-up products
When it comes to the bridal look, make sure you buy some blotting paper to get rid of excess oil on your face, so you don’t look too shiny in photos. You might also want to purchase a good-quality primer, which will help stop your make-up sliding off, no matter how hot it gets.