9 Summer Beach Wedding Tips
June has arrived and as we are heading closer to the official start of summer (June 21st), the team at SOHO Events and Weddings were talking about summer beach weddings, and how we plan and prepare for the big day. With a lot of our clients (Friends of SOHO:) hosting events in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Pensacola Beach we thought should share these wedding tips. If you have wedding tips or beach tips that we should add to this list, please mention in comments - Thanks!
9. Provide program fans
With the heat and humidity in Orange Beach on a summer day, a fan in the chair is always a welcome surprise for your guests. Another wedding tip that we have seen is printing the program on the fan. Local tip: you could also contact Southern Calligraphy about getting custom fans made with calligraphy. Here's an example of a place card from Southern Calligraphy.
8. Water Spritzing Stations
Water misters can help reduce the temperature at your wedding by as much as 35 degrees. We have misting fan rental available and we can also install custom temporary misting to a deck or porch for your wedding. Another option is providing a small spray bottle filled with water that your wedding guests can use to spritz themselves. According to The Weather Channel, a Gulf Shores wedding in July or August have average high temperatures in the 90's.
7. Beat the Heat
There are various ways to beat the heat in Gulf Shores during the summer. You could rent a tent for your reception, you could also rent fans to help cool down the area, we also have sun shades available to cool down your wedding venue or reception venue. Renting a tent in Gulf Shores also has the added benefit of providing relief if/when #6 on our list of summer beach wedding tips arrives - RAIN.
The Gulf Coast, especially from Mobile to Pensacola is known for its afternoon shower. We get so much rain, according to Weatherunderground.com, Mobile, Al is the #5 wettest city in America with 65 inches of annual rainfall - and the wettest months of the year are July & August. So how do you beat our afternoon showers? For starters we recommend first that you have a wedding back up plan, which could be reserving a local venue. Another option is you could rent a tent to help get you through the shower, this would also help with the heat.
5. Frozen Treats
Once you've teamed up with your caterer & wedding planner and selected the perfect menu for your wedding reception, now its time to add some fun to the event. Consider adding a light frozen treat to help lower core body temperature. You could rent a snow cone machine, set up an ice cream bar, or use our custom ice cream freezer and stock it with your favorite frozen treat bars.
You will be spending a lot time outdoors at your beach wedding, it is wise to apply sunscreen liberally this day. You also want to have plenty on hand to offer to your guests. It is nice to offer a wide variety as you will probably have children, babies and sensitive skin in the audience. Don't forget to double up on those shoulders as they receive the most sunlight.
3. Stay Hydrated
After you have selected your custom wedding cocktail, and stocked your bar, don't forget to supply extra bottles of water and other hydrating beverages to help keep you and guests in top shape for your beach wedding. Dehydration is serious and you don't want you or a guest spending time at South Baldwin Hospital from lack of hydration.
2. Choose Wedding Makeup Carefully
After you've decided who is going to help with your hair and makeup, and ya'll have collaborated on your colors and look - don't forget to consider the heat and stay away from liquid eyeliners, foundations or blushes. Consider applying a primer to keep things in place, and using powdered or crayon versions. Finally finish your look with waterproof mascara. To take the stress out of all of this, you could contact a local makeup artist, such as Makeup & Hair by Chaney in Fairhope, Al.
Each year 5 million people travel to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for their summer vacation, Pensacola Beach sees about 4 million vehicles each year, and Destin has about 4.5 million visitors each year. With these large number of visitors it is no wonder that traffic slows down during the summer at the beach. When you are planning your beach wedding you want to take the traffic into consideration for everything vendor arrivals, last minute trips to the store for forgotten items, travel time to your beach venue, making reservations, etc.
We hope these 9 summer beach wedding tips help you plan your beach wedding and maybe even provided some wedding inspiration. We will continue adding to this list so if you have any local beach tips that you would like to share, please add in comments, send us an email, or send us a message on Facebook.