Keeping your cool on a hot summers wedding day

Well who didn’t love that gorgeous Easter weekend we had?

We know we did, thanks to Chelle for bringing back the Portugal weather with her when she landed back last week!

As it was so nice, we know lots of couples will have been super excited to have to have had the sun out for their day, but it does come with its own problems, lots of couples love a bright blue sky but we know this is a photographers nightmare! Why? Because its casts shadows on faces and everyone screws up their face squinting from the sun, these are just a couple of issues.

So, for those who love or hate the sun, here are our top 5 tips for keeping your cool on a hot summers wedding day 

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Tip 1. Stay out of the sun, as much as you can.

What? I hear you ask, of course we say this especially if you are prone to swell in the heat, which a lot of people are. So, try to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water we mean around 2-3 litres a day. It can help with bloating and keeps you well hydrated. If you want to grab those last few rays for sun glowing skin, try to wear strapless tops where possible, especially if you have a strapless wedding dress. The last thing you want to try and do is have strap lines and then try to cover them with fake tan, trust me unless you can get the right shade it won’t work!!

Tip 2. Relax

The morning of your wedding day try to stay relaxed, we know this is easier said than done. We suggest to have a cool shower and stay in a cool room with a good sized fan or air conditioning if you have it. This will help to keep your skin cool so you don’t sweat and swell. We know it’s not always easy, but try not to be running around on the morning of your wedding, all your prep should be done the day before so you can relax and get your hair and makeup done. If anything needs doing delegate, to a bridesmaid or your wedding planner if you have one.

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Tip 3. Don't sweat it

Use a really good and reliable anti-perspirant, preferably scent free, we believe Mitchum is a good one but haven’t tested it ourselves. The good thing about a scent free anti-perspirant is that you can use a lot without the worry of the scent over powering your perfume/aftershave. Don’t forget to bring it in your handy bag along with your lippy!!

Tip 4. Sun times

If you are marrying at peak time between 1pm and 2pm, remember this is when the sun is at its hottest. You may have to be prepared to be a bit flexible with your drinks reception if the outdoor space has no shaded areas, the last thing you want is a guest or either of you fainting in the heat, of course if your budget allows then you can always hire in a couple of large outside umbrellas to create some shade.

Tip 5. Pictures

We mentioned it before be prepared for your photographer to find a shaded area for photo’s and trust them with this, they do know what they’re doing. The sun will make you and guests squint, it causes harsh light and strong shadows. Try to do your group shots quickly so people can get out of the sun if they wish and stay hydrated. Also when the sun is going down this is a good time to grab some more portraits, the lighting is just gorgeous and wont be as harsh.

our biggest tip is to Remember to enjoy your wedding day, you’ve planned it for so long!

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this is the wedding of Andy, Sarah & bump at Deighton Lodge York. It's a dog friendly venue. The couple had the whole venue, including the cottage where the dogs could stay cool.

They had any outdoor ceremony. They kept it short, We did group shots in the shade and couple photos later on, when the sun was lower and cooler and that pretty golden colour

Images from Becki All you is love Photography

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