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How To Survive a Summer Wedding

Hey hey!

So if you haven't seen my very first video on YouTube just yet...WHY NOT? It's down below - short and sweet so check it out. But if you're here want want a bit more info, here's everything in a bit more detail!

1. Wear Sunscreen/SPF

No matter your skin colour or likelihood of sunburn, it's important to wear SPF everyday to protect your skin and chase off wrinkles and sunspots! As promised please find a list of recommended SPF products at all different price points.

Paula's Choice Clear Moisturiser SPF 30 (this is the one I use! Super lightweight and great for oily skin)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Sun Cream Fluid  (not great for dark skintones as it will make you look ashy but a great lightweight option for light to medium skintones)

Avene High Protection Mineral Cream (great for extremely sensitive skin!)

Skinceuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50 (expensive but many people swear by it!)

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster (again, pricey, but very versatile as you can mix it with your moisturiser or foundation)

Man attending wedding blowing bubbles

 Photo by Phil Drinkwater

2. Stay Hydrated!

Remember that alcohol is super dehydrating so staying hydrated on your wedding day is an absolute must. I suggest having a juice bar and plenty of jugs of ice water on the tables for guests to keep hydrated. Don't forget to keep the ice water jugs flowing into the evening when the dancing starts as people will definitely be needing it then!

Smiling flower girls in outdoor wedding

 Photo by Irene Yap

3. Take Advantage of The Sun

A summer wedding is complete with a great outdoor space. If your venue allows it, why not have a drinks reception out in the open? Garden games, performing dancers, food stalls and ice cream vans are just a few ideas for a great outdoor wedding. 

Please do bear in mind that in England, your wedding ceremony must take place in a registered building to be legally binding. So if you'd like an outdoor ceremony, you'll need to have a mini ceremony with your registrar at an official location before or afterwards to be legally married. In Scotland, outdoor weddings are perfectly fine!

Bride holding bouquet down at her side

Photo by Irene Yap 

4. Have a Change of Clothes

In the video I talked about wedding dresses being heavy but I also advise grooms to have a change of clothes too! You needn't be sweating in your suit jacket all day. Perhaps have a change of shirt to wear in the afternoon/evening so you feel a bit fresher. Make sure that if you are renting the suit, that the suit jacket is kept in a safe place for you to collect later on.

5. Have a Plan B For Rain

Rain on your wedding day is not ideal but unfortunately it comes with the territory of marrying in the UK. The weather is very unpredictable so always have a contingency for rain. I would advise you speak to your venue coordinator and/or wedding planner to define a definite action plan if it starts to rain during your outdoor elements.

Please don't worry if you are having a tipi or marquee wedding! Although it's not ideal, marquees and tipis are waterproof and open sides can be closed in for a cosy atmosphere. This is particularly intimate if there's a wood burning fire inside. 

Hope you enjoyed this little article and short video on how to survive a summer wedding! Please let me know what other videos you'd like to see and I'll see you guys on Wedding Wednesday!

Olivia xx