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Top tips on staying comfy at a summer wedding

While this year hasn’t seen much in the way of sizzling heat, there’s always a chance! A wedding day is often a long day, as the happy couple quite rightly make the most of their special day.
For wedding guests, a summer wedding means thinking about ways of staying comfortable throughout the day. And this means being prepared to wait around a little.

Bride and groom

So firstly, what should you wear?
Light, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen are ideal, both for men and women. These will help you keep cool. Remember that churches can be chilly, so if the wedding is in a church, female guests may wish to take a jacket or pashmina (this will also be useful in the evening if the day cools down).
Footwear is pretty critical. Some guests may choose gorgeous heels, which look lovely but might become uncomfortable after a few hours. So think about taking a pair of flats to change into. It’s also a good idea not to wear a brand new pair of shoes – this could lead to blisters (you don’t want painful blisters to limit your moves on the dance floor!).
Choose colours that reflect the season. Pastels and bright colours go well with summer weddings and can give you lots of confidence.

Wedding party

How to stay cool
Hats! A wedding is the best excuse ever to wear a gorgeous, wide brimmed hat. Not only will you look stunning, but you’ll also protect yourself from the sun’s glare. For the chaps, a cheeky Panama hat will do the trick. Of course these aren’t just for men, they look great on the ladies too.
Drink plenty of water, especially if you’re going to be drinking alcohol. Most venues will provide fresh water on tap, so don’t forget to refill your glass regularly. You may prefer to take your own water bottle, there are some really attractive options to choose from.
If it’s going to be a really, really hot day, you could always slip a portable mini fan or misting spray into your bag.

Wide brimmed hats

Avoid overindulging!
A hard one this for those of us who enjoy a tipple, as it can be very tempting to overindulge at a summer wedding reception. When the sun is out, we love to enjoy a tipple or two. The key is to alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of water. That way you not only stay hydrated but your stomach may feel full, and you may feel less inclined to keep drinking. The wedding venue may well provide delicious non-alcoholic alternatives.
The other important piece of advice is to eat before you start drinking. There is likely to be a welcome drink before the meal, but just have that and wait for your next drink until you’ve had some food.

Wedding drinks

Get outside or stay indoors?
Most wedding venues have lovely outside spaces where you can enjoy the beautiful sunny day. But you can get sunburnt at a wedding, so be aware of how much time you spend in the sun. And use sunscreen, which you’ll need to apply regularly – if you have children with you, remember to reapply this regularly. Sunglasses are a must if you’re outdoors for any length of time, to protect your eyes (and avoid squinting!). Hopefully the venue will have shady places with seating to relax.
If you need to get out of the sun, just duck back indoors. While modern venues may have air conditioning, heritage venues, like Escot, will benefit from having naturally cool rooms.

You can’t really beat a sunny summer wedding for creating wonderful memories of a very special day. By following these guidelines, you’ll have a fantastic time whilst staying comfortable and able to make the most of the celebration.

We currently have spaces for summer weddings in 2025, so contact us for more information.

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