When I talk with couples about summer weddings, I always say, “Yes, it can be hot but it is really pretty on the grounds.” Uty & Elaine and their guests braved the heat for a sweet ceremony and some fabulous reception fun! http://storyandrhythm.com/rand-bryan-house-wedding/

While this couple was able to beat the heat and enjoy a beautiful outdoor summer wedding in NC, you may still have some doubts about whether this time of year is ideal for your big day. Fortunately, the Rand-Bryan House has plenty of experience keeping guests comfortable and coming up with creative solutions. Here are just a few things you can do to help keep everyone cool and having a good time.

Provide Hand-Held Fans

A little breeze can go a long way when it comes to keeping cool. Providing fun and decorative fans is an easy fix. You can get creative with the design by incorporating your wedding colors and even printing the names of the bride and groom and the date on the paper. Your wedding programs can also be designed to double as a personal fan. Either way, guests can stay comfortable and have a souvenir to take home.

Provide Plenty of Drink Stations

Hydration is key during the summer and it will be important to provide plenty of drink stations throughout the wedding venue. Make sure that water bottles are readily available. You can also place stands with different kinds of infused water in gathering places. Some lemonade and other fruity options are a fun alternative, but try not to rely on too many sugary drinks, which aren’t as effective in keeping everyone hydrated.

Offer Sunglasses for Guests

This is another creative solution that your guests will be grateful for during the summer. You can put a basket of affordable sunglasses near the entrance so that everyone is protected and can clearly watch the ceremony comfortably. It is just another small gesture that will make the ceremony enjoyable for your guests.

Schedule your event late in the day

Since summer days are long, consider scheduling your ceremony and reception as late in the day as practical. With an outdoor ceremony a couple of hours before sunset, you and your guests will be more comfortable than under the mid-afternoon sun. Also, the “golden hour” is perfect for photography!

Use a tent 

If your preferred ceremony and reception site doesn’t have sufficient shade, use a tent or canopy to protect your guests from the sun. Your tent vendor can also mount electric fans under the tent canopy to keep the air circulating. 

If you have been dreaming of a summer wedding, don’t let the heat stop you. The beautiful grounds of the Rand-Bryan house are perfect for a summer outdoor wedding. Warm summer weather means our grounds will be lush and green with beautiful blooming flowers. Our ceremony site is nestled next to a couple of tall walnut trees that provide cool shade for you and your guests. You can also consider indoor festivities in our light and airy sunroom, where you can view the natural beauty in the air-conditioned comfort of our historic home. With a little planning and creativity, we can make sure that your guests stay cool and comfortable even during the hot North Carolina summers. Contact us today to learn more.