Prevent Summer Wedding Mishaps
You’ve been planning for months, maybe even years, for your wedding day events to be perfect down every last detail – from the dress to the vows and the bridesmaid gifts to the reception menu. It is one of the most, if not “the most” important day of a girl’s life, no bride wants her fairytale dreams to be riddled with bloopers, mishaps and full-blown disasters. The summer season is always ripe for a faux-pas or two at your festivity, especially because of the warm weather. Read on to find out how you can avoid many of these slip-ups at your summer soiree:
Food Gone Bad: Don’t spoil your reception with buffet food that has been left out too long or not properly handled. If your menu is catered, make sure to ask the vendor just how they will address the issues of warm weather. Experts warn about not keeping food out for more than two hours, any longer harmful bacteria has time to multiply. In direct sunlight, this food safety window is even shorter so consider setting foods that will spoil on ice. Another outdoor concern is pests, and we’re not talking about hungry groomsmen who keep sneaking food before serving time. Make sure that flies, ants and birds stay away from your delicious food by using serving covers until it’s time to eat, or move indoors if the pests are persistent.
Perspiration Marks: Unfortunately, if it is very hot or you are very nervous, you’re going to perspire! You can try to camouflage the sweaty situation by wearing light colors and staying in the shade. If outdoors, you can rent industrial-sized fans to gently keep air blowing around. For the brave brides and bridesmaids, we’ve also heard that Botox shots in the armpits will minimize unsightly sweating.
Inebriation: In hot weather, many guests will feel the effects of alcohol quickly. Prevent guests from overindulging by serving beverages with a lighter alcoholic content like beer or wine spritzers. Another way to keep friends and family from drinking too much is by not offering an open bar for the entire event – keep it open for an hour or have serving staff circulate with just one or two rounds of drink. Our old-fashioned jar mugs make very cute serving vessels for your not-so-strong wedding day beverages.
Dehydration: While you may be concerned about guests drinking too much alcohol, you should also be worried about them not drinking enough – water! It is important, especially in higher temperatures and where drinking might be going on, to offer plenty of water or iced tea that guests may properly rehydrate. For wedding favors or bridesmaid gifts, you could provide cute little personalized water canteens so that guests can guzzle water in style all night long.