5 tips for summer weddings

Be a cool, calm and collected bride with these tips from author Alex Miles.

1. Secret splash

We’re all keen to crack the bubbles and beer as soon as the happy couple says “I do”, but in the warmer months it’s important to have plenty of water on hand too. In particular, make it available before the ceremony if you have an outdoor wedding. Remember your guests will be outdoors waiting, sometimes for up to half an hour before you arrive, so they’ll appreciate the refreshments.

If you don’t have catering staff at your ceremony, no biggie. You can keep it simple by having some bottled water in a bucket. Some coloured straws and a blackboard message inviting guests to help themselves could be fun too.

2. Secret savings

What are you and your bridesmaids wearing? If blue skies are forecast, you can save some coin by not buying shawls/jackets/wraps for all the gals. Unlike a winter wedding where they’ll need to be rugged up for the whole event, in summer bridesmaids could BYO (in fact they can BYO at any time of year). Obviously weather’s unpredictable, but chances are they’ll only need to wear something over their dresses for the trip home or in between photos if you’re outside and it’s a bit fresh. In light of that, it’s really not a big deal if they wear whatever’s going.

3. Secret sweets

Wedding cakes have come a long way, and you don’t have to be tied to fruitcake with white icing and mini-mes on top. Think about what would be fun now the weather’s warmer. An ice-cream bar gives guests the chance to DIY a tasty sweet. Or you could have a traditional cake, as well as a surprise ice-cream truck rocking up around 11pm to relieve those working hard on the dance floor.

4. Secret sniffles

If you’re a hayfever kind of gal, be prepared. Check in with your partner too as you’ll curse the pollen-filled heavens if you both sneeze your way through the vows or look like Rudolf in the photos. Same goes for fair-skinned newlyweds and bridal parties. Get your sunscreen on before your makeup if outdoors for the ceremony. And if it’s a real scorcher, have sunscreen available for guests when they arrive.

5. Secret sense

Back to clothes again – it’s very worthwhile having your sensible hat on when choosing your outfits. What’s your location? It’s a little unfair to expect fellas to wear a three-piece suit if they’re sweltering on the beach. Either choose something more appropriate or be flexible on the day with what’s worn. Same for you and the girls – will you be comfortable in your dress in the location you choose? And if you’re going for a garden party, pick up some heel stoppers so you don’t sink into the grass.

Sixty Secrets for a Happy Bride by Alex Miles is out now through Affirm Press, $24.99.

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