Saying “I Do” in the Summer: Seven Tips You Need to Know

Saying “I Do” in the Summer: Seven Tips You Need to Know

Summer is one of the most popular wedding seasons, with its warm temperatures and beautiful blooming landscapes. However, planning a summer wedding comes with its own set of challenges and considerations. From dealing with the heat and humidity to choosing the proper attire and decor, there are many factors to consider. Here, we’ll share valuable tips to help you plan the perfect summer nuptials with expert advice from Kobi Cummings of The Valley Venues, a captivating wedding and event venue with valley and mountain views just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Beat the Heat with the Right Venue

One of the biggest concerns for summer brides is the scorching heat. To combat this, consider having an indoor ceremony and reception or at least ensuring that both venues are cool and air-conditioned. Alternatively, if you’re planning an outdoor event, provide plenty of shade, fans, and cool refreshments for your guests. Remember to have a shaded area or indoor space for the bridal party to take breaks and touch up their makeup.

If you’re looking for an idyllic summer venue, consider a destination that combines historic charm with breathtaking views, like The Valley Venues. Kobi Cummings established this 74-acre property in Wildwood, Georgia, just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2023. It has a rich history as a cherished family estate before it was transformed into a curated locale for celebrations.

The Valley Venues has four distinct event spaces, each with a unique character and ambiance. From enchanting valleys to grand halls and a stunning modern deck with panoramic mountain views, guests can immerse themselves in another world and the enchantment of the summer season.

Davis Hall is an indoor reception hall that can be transformed to match a couple’s vision for their big day. Adjacent to Davis Hall is the Lookout Deck, an expansive outdoor deck space perfect for a ceremony space, reception space, or even a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception. With these two spaces, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds with an outdoor space for one part of the wedding and Davis Hall if the couple wants to move the party inside to escape the heat. There’s also the Magnolia House, a historic home with verandas perfect for outdoor photos, and The Valley, an outdoor lawn and garden for a summer sunset ceremony complete with valley views.

It’s important to always have a backup plan when choosing an outdoor venue. Weather can be unpredictable, so having an indoor option or tent on standby is crucial.

Embrace Seasonal Flavors

Summer is the perfect time to incorporate fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables into your menu. Consider offering refreshing cocktails like mojitos or lemonades, and include salads or chilled soups as appetizers. For the main course, grilled meats or seafood paired with fresh vegetables are always a crowd-pleaser. And remember to offer a variety of cool, fruity desserts like sorbet or fruit tarts.

Choose Breathable Fabrics

When it comes to attire, comfort should be key. Both you and your bridal party should opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics like chiffon, linen, or organza. These materials will keep you comfortable, are easy to move in, and prevent any unsightly sweat stains.

Additionally, consider choosing a dress with a lighter color or pattern, as darker shades tend to absorb more heat. Also, consider having a second, lighter dress for the reception. This can make dancing and mingling more comfortable.

Keep Makeup and Hairstyles Simple

With the heat and humidity of summer, it’s best to keep your makeup and hairstyle simple and long-lasting. Opt for waterproof or sweat-proof makeup products, and consider having your hairstylist use anti-humidity products to prevent frizz and flyaways. Additionally, carry blotting papers or powder compacts for touch-ups throughout the day.

Schedule a makeup artist early and have a trial run. That way,  you get the look you want, and you’ll know that it holds up in the heat.

Embrace Summery Decor

Summer weddings offer the perfect opportunity to incorporate vibrant and colorful decor. The Valley Venues, for example, offers an abundance of picturesque spots that are perfect for impromptu photo sessions, both indoors and outdoors.  Consider using bold floral arrangements featuring seasonal blooms like sunflowers, dahlias, or peonies. Or opt for flowers that can withstand the heat, such as orchids, succulents, and daisies. You could also incorporate fruits like lemons, limes, or watermelons into your centerpieces or cocktail garnishes for a refreshing touch.

Proper lighting is essential for an outdoor ceremony or reception after sunset. String lights, lanterns, or candles can create a warm and inviting ambiance. Additionally, consider providing insect repellent or citronella candles to keep bugs at bay during the evening hours.

Plan for your photo ops by communicating with your photographer about your schedule, and have a list of must-have shots. Consider scheduling your photo sessions during the golden hour (early morning or late afternoon), when the light is soft and flattering. Avoid taking photos during the harsh midday sun to prevent squinting and harsh shadows. Have an indoor photo location ready in case of unexpected summer showers. And remember, flexibility is important to capture the best moments!

Keep Your Guests Comfortable and Cool

Think about your guests’ experience–providing fun and thoughtful amenities can make your wedding memorable for everyone. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony or reception, ensure there’s plenty of shade for guests. Umbrellas, tents, and shaded seating areas can keep everyone comfortable. Additionally, provide sunscreen and encourage guests to apply it regularly throughout the day.

You can also set up hydration stations with water, lemonade, and other refreshing drinks. This not only keeps guests cool but also adds a fun element to your wedding. You can also offer handheld fans or parasols as wedding favors. These can be stylish and practical keepsakes.

Opt for Outdoor Games and Activities

Summer weddings are the perfect opportunity to incorporate outdoor games and activities for your guests to enjoy. Consider setting up lawn games like croquet, cornhole, or giant Jenga. You could also have a designated area for activities like outdoor yoga or dance lessons.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to planning a beautiful and memorable summer wedding. Remember to embrace the season, prioritize your guests’ comfort, and have fun celebrating your love with friends and family.


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