How Do I keep Guests Cool at My Outdoor Wedding? #AskDes


Welcome to #AskDes! This is my weekly column where I answer the wedding planning and styling questions you submitted on social media using the hashtag #AskDes.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! We are hosting this year so that means all of our friends and family will descend on the Siegfried home and we are so ready! There’s nothing better than a summertime party so you’ll find Chris on the grill, Asher playing with his water toys and me–well, you’ll find me wearing sunnies and cutoffs, devouring a plate of BBQ.

I love that feeling you have at the end of the 4th of July. There’s the smell of firework smoke in the air, you’re so blissfully tired from spending the day in the sun, and you get to turn in with the ones you love, grateful for freedom and fun. I hope you have a great day, filled with great times (and minimal sunburn and mosquito bites!).

Now, onto your question of the day!

Cindy asks: My wedding is outdoors during the summer! How do I keep guests cool?

It’s summertime and the living is easy–unless you’re tying the knot in some less-than-ideal temps. You want your guests to feel comfortable so here’s how to keep them cool while you say “I Do”.

Cold beverages and treats. Have stations with cold spa water available throughout the wedding. Make them self-service so your guests can get a glass anytime they are feeling warm. Freeze berries, cucumbers, or edible flower petals in ice cubes and use glass beverage dispensers. In addition, have blended or iced cocktails (or even just smoothies) served to help cool your guests from the inside out! For a lighthearted touch, you can also serve summertime treats, like gourmet Popsicles or ice cream sandwiches served in custom wrappers.

Ceremony accessories. During the ceremony, place wood or paper fans on each chair (if you opt for paper, you can even print your programs out on them!) and have galvanized buckets filled with sunglasses by the guestbook table. You can get vintage inspired parasols and display them with a cute sign or strategically place umbrellas throughout the ceremony seats to ensure everyone has some shade.

DIY spray misters. Have spray misters for your favors! This way, your guests will each have their own portable air conditioning! It’s really easy. Fill miniature clear spray bottles with sprigs of rosemary, sage, or lavender (you’ll want to do this day before the wedding so that the water will be infused but won’t change color). Print out a label thanking your guests for attending your wedding and encouraging them to use their herbal spray mister to stay cool and tie the bottle with some pretty ribbon.

That’s it for today! Reach out anytime during the week on my social by using #AskDes and I’ll see you here next Wednesday!



Photography by: Rachel SolomonPhotography by: Glass Jar Photography
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