Hosting A Summer Wedding

Everyone wants their wedding to be special. Many people go into the process already having ideas of how to set theirs apart from the rest, from menu options to venue. Most folks, however, can agree they like the idea of a summer wedding. Therefore, adding personal details to make your special day, well, special, and different from the rest, is important.

It sounds tricky, but the truth is, there are a number of things you can do to make your big day stand out. Summertime is a wonderful time of year to do almost anything, and people enjoy dressing up and going out that much more when they don’t have to worry about donning heavy coats and snow boots.

However, summer still comes with a number of possible weather mishaps that can disrupt any ceremony. Studying up on tips and tricks for hosting a summer wedding can well end up being key to the day’s success.

Worrisome Weather

Though the sun typically shines brightest on Chicago from May to August, we still witness the occasional thunderstorm. One way to prepare for rain, if your wedding and/or reception is taking place outdoors, is to provide guests with umbrellas. Umbrellas can also be used to protect against the heat of the sun, not to mention fans and sunglasses. You may consider investing in a tent, as it will let you and your guests enjoy the day without worrying too much about the whims of Mother Nature.

Use forethought when planning out the day’s itinerary. Try to host the ceremony, if it is outdoors, at a point when temperatures are lowest. An evening ceremony is bound to be more comfortable for everyone than one that takes place at noon underneath the blazing sun.

A summer wedding doesn’t necessarily mean you have to host it outside, of course. You can find a Chicago wedding venue suitable to your tastes almost anywhere in the city, such as Food For Thought’s very own 19 East.

Managing the Menu

When it comes to the menu, we all want guests to have enough to eat and thoroughly enjoy their meal. For a summer wedding, consider serving lighter fare, like fruity hors d’oeuvres, fresh vegetables, and grilled fish with lemon. Food For Thought can help you choose the best in-season ingredients that will melt in your mouth, without melting the rest of you.

Offering cool beverages such as chilled wine and refreshing cocktails readily available can help your guests tolerate the heat, and encourage them to keep on dancing well past sunset.

Color and Decoration

When choosing the color scheme for your summer wedding, consider brighter shades. You don’t want black linens and midnight blue bridesmaid dresses absorbing heat in the heart of July. Think more peach, baby blue, floral print, and white with pops of coral or yellow. This will reflect the season, and easily liven up any Chicago wedding venue. Also try to pick dresses for your bridal party that are made of light fabrics, so your friends and family aren’t melting in their gowns.

The heat can also cause premature wilt for bouquets and floral arrangements. Picking flowers ahead of time that are sun loving, heat hardy, and need less water to thrive, will ensure your decorations last all day long.

Food For Thought

Food For Thought has helped put on countless summer weddings. From helping plan the perfect menu to assisting with lighting and decoration at our very own event site, we will help transform your dream into reality. 19 East is an urban venue located on 21st street in Chicago, complete with tall ceilings and versatile floor plans. Contact Food For Thought today, and let us help you start planning the perfect summer wedding at our spectacular location, or another of your choosing. You won’t be disappointed!