Summer will be here before we know it, and so will wedding season! Although there are weddings year round, the typical wedding season usually begins in late spring and continues through early fall, with a peak in June and September. According to WeddingWire, the summer months of May and June both actually rank as some of the most popular months to get married. While some of our brides may want to avoid the scorching temperatures of summer in South Louisiana, these are actually some of the most beautiful months to get married! The sun is shining bright, and the days are longer – the perfect combination for an unforgettable fête. There are also many beautiful options for outdoor venues if you’re not afraid to brave the heat. Whether you’re a wedding planner or planning your own special day, we’ve put together some tips for planning the summer wedding of your dreams.
Since summertime is typically a demanding time for weddings, you must try to plan early. Many wedding venues fill up fast for this time of year, so plan to decide on your venue at least 6 months out (that means now if you’re planning a Summer 2019 wedding!). Summers are also packed with family vacations and other special occasions, so you should send out your wedding invitations early so your guests can plan ahead.
Dress For The Weather
If there’s one thing for certain about summer weddings, it’s that it’s going to be hot! If it’s an outdoor wedding, be mindful when picking out the attire for your bridal party. You don’t want them sweating through their tuxes and dresses on a hot Louisiana summer day! Light, airy fabrics like linen are perfect for the guys. Loose, breezy dresses would be beautiful and comfortable for your girls. And when it comes to your wedding dress, make sure you choose a dress that is breathable with a lighter fabric, and lets you move comfortably throughout the day.
Keep Cool & Stay Hydrated
People often get overheated and dehydrated in the summer months, and with the busyness and excitement of your wedding day, it’s easy to overlook hydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and don’t forget about your guests either! You can set out a Pinterest-worthy water cooler with water bottles for your guests, or provide fans and handkerchiefs to help everyone keep cool. If part of your day will be celebrated outside, talk to your wedding coordinator for ideas on how you can provide some additional heat relief, such as a shaded area or tent, especially for your older or more heat-sensitive guests.
Be Mindful When Choosing Flowers
You may be dreaming of pretty pink peonies, but keep in mind that there are certain flowers that are not meant to withstand the summer heat. Luckily, there are plenty of pretty summer flowers, including Calla Lilies, Asters, Daisies, Lavender and many more. Orchids are a great choice for summer bouquets for their summer-like appearance and ability to withstand the summer heat without wilting. You can also experiment with other wedding decorations and centerpieces if you are afraid of your flowers wilting. Consider lanterns or other decorations that will not only hold up better in the sun but can also be less expensive. Lots of brides today are even opting out of the traditional real flower bouquets and going with something like paper flowers. Feel free to look for alternatives that can bring a creative touch to your day while also serving as a sweet keepsake for you and your bridesmaids!
The summer heat and heavy food don’t mix! Try to plan a seasonal menu that is light and refreshing with plenty of fresh produce, such as fruit skewers or fruit salads. Savory and airy pastries, a fresh Bruschetta, and a cool Shrimp Cocktail would make excellent hors d’oeuvres. Other great options for your summer wedding are grilled fish or chicken with steamed seasonal vegetables. And never underestimate a good summer salad! A great wine pairing for your summer fare would be a chilled white or rosé wine, and a refreshing signature summer cocktail would also help keep your guests lively and cool!
If you’re considering a summer wedding in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, call or contact us today to schedule a tour of our two beautiful venues in Baton Rouge and Prairieville for any of your wedding festivities! We guarantee that our experienced planners and accommodating staff at Oak Lodge and Parc 73 can help you heat-proof your day, and create an unforgettable celebration that everyone will enjoy!