When it comes to setting your wedding date, you may be looking at having your wedding during the summertime. From about mid-June to mid-September is considered slow wedding season here in Central Florida. Due to this, if you’re getting married in the summer you probably are going to have a better chance of booking the venue and vendors that you love since they will probably be less busy.
However, there are some unique challenges that come with having a wedding this time of year. With anything, challenges can be overcome as long as you are prepared for them. Follow these tips for planning a summer wedding and everything will go off without a hitch!
Photo: Lora Rodgers Photography
Tip 1: Prepare for Rain
If you’ve been in Central Florida for more than a few summer days, you’ve learned that there’s probably a 99.99% chance that it’s going to rain in the afternoon or the evening. A backup rain plan is always essential for your wedding day, but especially during the summer.
Local tent rental companies, like Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals, provide services that allow you to reserve a tent. So if rain is forecasted with an 80% chance the day before your wedding, you don’t have to worry about scrambling the day of your wedding to protect your guests from the elements.
Of course, no couple wants rain on their wedding day, but if it does happen, try to make the best of it. We’ve seen some really pretty pictures that have come through the blog that optimize the situation. Anyway, don’t they say rain your wedding day is good luck?
Tips 2: Get Hurricane Insurance
Rain on your wedding day is definitely inconvenient but can usually be worked around. When Mother Nature decides to kick it up a notch with a hurricane, then you have a whole different ballgame.
If you are getting married in the summer or in hurricane season, June to November, cancellation insurance is a must! This will protect you if your wedding has to be cancelled due to a hurricane, among other emergencies. It’s important to do this ahead of time because if you hold out till an actual hurricane forms you will not be able to purchase it.
Just like any insurance policy, if what you’re getting that insurance for is evident, then companies will not write out policies. So if there is a named storm in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic, you will not be able to get coverage.
In the end, you may not need to use the insurance but think of it as a protection of all the money that you’ve spent on your wedding. If you have to reschedule your wedding because of a hurricane, it definitely stinks, but you don’t want to lose the money that you invested in as well and insurance will help cover that.
Tip 3: It’s Going to Be HOT! Prepare Accordingly
We know it’s going to be hot in the summer in Central Florida but sometimes couples forget just how hot it can get. Although it’s hot for everyone, it can especially be hot for the elderly and those with health issues. If you have guests with those concerns, make sure that you have water and shade available for them especially if you’re having an outdoor wedding.
Also, be mindful of you and your wedding party’s attire. When you go dress shopping maybe look at some lighter fabrics like chiffon or tulle. When you talk to your bridal consultant they can definitely help you select a great dress with breathable fabric. The same goes for your wedding party. You’ll want to avoid heavy fabrics that would have them sweating and uncomfortable all day.
Photo: Sophia’s Art Photography | Cake: Cake Designers | Flowers: Events by The Flower Studio
Tip 4: Keep Your Cake Out of the Elements
Heat and buttercream do not mix well. Between the humidity and the heat, wedding cakes do not fare well in the outdoors in Central Florida, but especially in the summer. In fact, most wedding cake bakers will have in their contract that they can’t guarantee what will happen to your cake if it’s left outside. If you happen to have your wedding cake outside, because lets say your whole venue is outside, then place it in a location of the venue with the most shade.
Nothing is going to put a damper on your cake cutting more than if the buttercream has melted and the layers of the cake are on the floor!
Tip 5: Have Your Hair and Makeup Professionally Done
You’re going to want to look the best on your wedding day. That’s a given. It’s not just for the day but for the photos that you’re going to look at for a lifetime. Since your hair and makeup will be a key factor in giving you that finishing look you’re going to want to hire a professional hair and makeup artist.
Greater Orlando hair and makeup artists really understand our weather challenges and they are going to bring the right products to give you that flawless bridal look that will last your entire wedding day.
Tip 6: Have Bug Spray
If you are having any part of your wedding outside, make sure to have some bug spray on hand. Mosquiteoes can be really bad in the summer months. When you are saying your vows, you don’t want your guests getting eaten alive by these bloodsuckers!
These are our top tips for having a summer wedding in Central Florida. Visit our wedding tips page for more tips to help you plan your wedding.