Summer bride? These tricks will make organising your dream day a whole lot simpler...
#1 Send out invites early - chances are, people will be booking their summer holidays
Be prompt and punctual with your Save The Dates.
#2 Be prepared for every weather eventuality
Sunshine, rain, thunderstorms... Anything can happen during the British summer! Have a plan B ready just in case of nightmare weather - fingers crossed you won't need to use it, but it's always better to be prepared. (BTW: don't think you're safe from snow just because it's summer - in June 2009 there was snowfall in Essex and Kent...)
#3 If your guests are staying over, make sure they book their accommodation well in advance
Summer is prime holiday season, so hotels will get booked up quickly. To avoid disappointment, encourage your guests to get booking their rooms as soon as they RSVP.
#4 Creamy wedding cake + summer sunshine = hot mess
Keep the cake cool for as long as possible. If you're planning to serve it outdoors, make sure napkins and plates are available for guests - and enlist the expert opinion of your cake-maker before committing.
#5 Garden games = the perfect summer entertainment for younger guests
Think chess, noughts and crosses, croquet - kids will love getting involved!
#6 Check what the air-con situation is with your venue
Make sure you know what the deal is, just so you can brief guests if necessary. If the venue doesn't have air conditioning, would they be happy for you to bring in fans? If not you might want to try...
#7 ...Turning your Order Of Service into a fan
Click here for our tutorial. It's an easy-peasy way to keep your guests cool during your ceremony!
#8 Keep slapping on the SPF
Avoid any unfortunate sunburn incidents in the run-up to your day - and don't forget to put suncream on on your wedding morning, too! Especially if there's an outdoors element to your celebration; the last thing you want is to have to worry about sunburn!
#9 Remember that heat makes your feet swell...
...Meaning that tight wedding shoes can very quickly become uncomfortable. If you're wearing heels on the big day, make sure you have a pair of flats to-hand as well, just in case. Plus, plasters. ALL THE PLASTERS.
#10 Make sure there's plenty of water available for your guests
Obviously, hot weather makes people drink more. Make sure you have plenty of water and juices available so guests aren't knocking back endless Pimms - otherwise we doubt very many of them will be able to stay awake for the speeches...