Beat the Summer Heat on your Wedding Day
Written and photographed by CHI thee WED curator, Michelle Cox of Michelle Cox Photography:
Getting married in the summer months can sometimes be unpredictable. Even though the hope is that the day will be a pleasant 70-80 degree day, it could be hotter. You should prepare not only for how to keep your guests cooler but also chat with your photographer about ways that you can get your photography done quickly and efficiently without sweating off your gorgeous wedding makeup and making your bridal party uncomfortable.
Not sure how to strategize in the hot weather? Here are some tips to chat about with your photographer if you know that your day will be warmer than expected.
PLAN PORTRAITS FOR EARLIER OR LATER IN THE DAY:
At anytime of the year but in the summer most especially, the day is hottest from 12p-5p. That being said, a good way to lower the heat a little during your formal portraits is to aim for photographing your formal portraits outside of that window. Generally earlier in the morning is the best option to get a cooler temperatures since that is before the sun has affected too much and shade is easier to come by. If this is an impossible option because your wedding ceremony and reception are much later in the day, focus on getting portraits in the early evening, closer to sunset. The added bonus to choosing capture times closer to morning or evening is that the lighting is ideal outside of the 12p-5p window also.
PLAN INDOOR LOCATIONS:
If your wedding schedule cannot be adjusted to move the timing of your formal portraits, another great option is to choose one of your several locations for portraits somewhere inside so that you and your bridal party can get a little air conditioning. Especially during the summer, indoor locations are often overlooked because everyone wants to get great outdoor images but this is a great way to have a plan just in case you need relief from the heat (or other less than desirable weather conditions).
If you have the ability to bring a cooler or “to go” cups of water for everyone, this is a must. If you are going to be in the heat, hydration needs to be a priority so over prepare for water for all.
GET TRANSPORTATION IF POSSIBLE:
If you are hoping to stop at several locations during your portraits, an ideal situation is that you have some kind of transportation for your bridal party that has air conditioning. This gives you the ability to cool off between locations, offers relief to those that are not getting their photo taken at that time and is a great place to store that cooler full of water. Even though this can seem like a big expense if you were not already considering having transportation, on a hot day especially this will add a great relief for you, your wedding party and your photographer too!
As you are building your wedding schedule with your planner/photographer, it is important to plan some “freshening up” breaks throughout the day. Especially if you have spent some time outside you want to give yourself time to relax, cool off or touch up your makeup/look. If you want to look and feel your best at all times throughout the long wedding day, having breaks built in will allow you to catch your breath and get back into the moment, whether you need to freshen up or not.
I hope that these tips can help you as you are planning out your wedding day with your photographer. If you implement at least some of these into your summer wedding, you will be prepared, regardless of what Mother Nature gives you for the forecast. Feel free also to ask the advice of your wedding planner or photographer, to see if they have any extra recommendations. For most of us wedding professionals, we have seen all kinds of weddings, in many kinds of weather so we are alway ready and willing to share our knowledge and ideas. Happy planning!