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Summer Wedding Tips

Protecting Your Look

Choose a summer wedding gown made of lighter fabric, appropriate for a hot-weather summer wedding, and talk to your gown stylist about fabrics that breathe, such as cotton organdy, chiffon, crepe, or voile over silk. You don’t want horrible sweat stains under your breasts, at the base of your spine and at your armpits.

Choose a tuxedo fabric that also breathes for the men, and select open-backed vests for the men’s comfort as well.

Choose the right shoes. Go for comfort as well as style with thicker heels that won’t sink into soft summertime grass.

Skip the train. If your ceremony and reception will be outdoors, skip the long train that only gathers grass stains with every step you take.

Prepare for summer hair. Curls and sculpted up-do’s often don’t fare well in hot, humid weather, so go for a trial-run hair styling with a pro, explaining your summer wedding date and experimenting with sleeker hairstyles such as a pulled-back chignon or low ponytail. Hairstyles with height just aren’t going to look good for long in hot summer weather.

Re-think the flowers in your hair. Individual fresh blooms tucked into your hair won’t have a water source and may be the first to wilt, which is not the best effect on your wedding day.

Pack blotting papers and powder. Guard against shine on your nose and forehead by including plenty of blotting papers and powder in your purse or emergency kit, and ask a bridesmaid to let you know when you need to treat your skin shine so that you don’t look oil-dipped in your important photos.

Skip the perfume. If you don’t want swarms of bees around you, skip the scent until the evening hours when you can freshen with a gentle spritz. If you or your groom have outdoor allergies, check the day’s pollen counts at or, and use your regular allergy medication to prevent the sniffles, sneezing, red and watery eyes, and stuffed-up sinuses that can wreck your look and comfort.


These and many more tips were featured on The Bridal Guide and offer great ways to avoid looking like your melting in the hot summer sun in your wedding photos.


Sunset Wedding Tips

Sunset weddings are very popular due of the natural gorgeous lighting that the sunset brings that is often called the “golden or magic hour”. There are a few things to consider when planning your sunset wedding that will help you and your photographer get all of those photos you want of you wedding day without being rushed, stressed or out of daylight.

  • Give yourself and your bridal party plenty of time to get ready. Hair and makeup always take the longest so plan accordingly. Your photographer can stage shots of the final touches to your hair and lipstick without holding up the process of you actually getting ready. 
  • Consider doing a first look and getting the majority of your photos out-of-the-way before the ceremony. Not only does this reduce the amount of stress on you as the bride and groom, it allows you to get to your reception sooner and start celebrating with your guests. If you prefer to wait and not see each other before the ceremony, just make sure you plan enough time and sunlight after the ceremony.
  • Designate a specific person to help round-up and keep the family together after the ceremony so that any photos you want with family members can move quickly. This allows you and your new spouse some uninterrupted personal photos done without the extra paparazzi.
  • Consider any buildings, structures or trees that may cast harsh shadows or completely shadow your and the bridal party during the ceremony.
  • Summer weddings can make you “glow” with perspiration when it is warm out even for a short ceremony. Consider allowing a few minutes between the ceremony and photos for you and your bridal party to freshen up if needed.
  • Allow for travel time (for you and the photographers) between ceremony and reception sites if you are splitting your photo shoot between the two locations.

Check the sunrise and sunset times for your area here.

Kaite and Michael

You’re Engaged! Now What?

Weddings big or small require many hours of planning,
do you know where to start?
Here are the top 5 things you should do after you say yes.

1. Make your announcement -Talk to your parents and close family in person if possible BEFORE you post it to your social media accounts.

2. Talk to your fiancé about the type of wedding you want to have. Big, small, destination etc.

3. Talk about your budget and decide what you have to spend. This will help you determine what venues and vendors you can afford.

4. Make a rough guest list so you know what venue size you need to fit everyone.

5. Book your vendors. Many vendors book several months in advance, don’t delay!