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|What handy hints can you give us to make sure our summer wedding goes smoothly?
|Matthew Biggin says: There's no better time to hold your wedding than in the summer months. The light's great for photos, you can provide garden games for your guests and, since the rules were relaxed recently, there's more freedom to hold your ceremony outdoors too. However, with the unpredictable British weather, you'll need to be ready to react and adapt to whatever the heavens may throw at you. To help avoid potential glitches, here's a short checklist:
1. Contingency plans: Check with your chosen venue that there are areas for guests to shelter if it rains or to get out of the sun. If it's a wet day you'll also need an alternative indoor space for the photos and somewhere to continue the party.
2. Outdoor shade: If the weather's fine, a large proportion of your day may be spent outside. Make use of natural shady areas to set up a drinks station or garden games and ask your venue what they can provide in the way of parasols if it's hot. This is particularly important if you're having an al fresco ceremony – you don't want your guests to cook while they wait for your grand entrance!
3. Menu choices: It could be scorching on the day, so consider lighter, seasonal food options for the wedding breakfast.
4. Watch the booze: We all know that alcohol and hot sun don't mix well. It can be a long day and my advice is to pace yourself. It's a good idea to have bottles of water available alongside your regular reception drinks too.
5. Think cake: This can be overlooked and on more than one occasion I have had to rescue a cake wilting in the heat. To avoid an Eton Mess on super-hot days, store your cake in a refrigerated or cool area and only bring it out at the last minute before your guests are called to take their places for the wedding breakfast.
6. Suncream: This one might seem obvious but I learned the hard way after forgetting to pack mine. After a two-hour drinks reception at an exceptionally hot August wedding, I ended up with a face the same colour as my crimson tailcoat! Not a good look. Don't forget yours and maybe even remind your guests to pack theirs too. Most importanltly, remember, you can't control the weather and allow it to make or break your day, but you can plan for it and work around it.
Matthew Biggin, Matthew Biggin FGPT