Summer weather can get hot! Regardless of attending a summer wedding as a guest or getting married yourself, extra care is required to keep your cool at summer weddings. Since Hawaii provides year round summer weather and over the years we’ve helped many couples get married on Maui, I’ve learned a few tips to help participants and wedding guests stay cool even during the hottest part of the day!
Are you a bride getting married on Maui this summer? Or, maybe you’ll be travelling to a wedding on Maui or other tropical island wedding destination and concerned you’ll be uncomfortable. Here are a few summer wedding tips to keep your cool:
- Skip the traditional wedding Gown and Tux – Your getting married on Maui, a tropical island. Stay cooler with lighter fabrics and less formality. If you are getting married on an island, go for casual island style. For men, this often means eliminating the formal wedding tux rental and wearing an aloha shirt or simple white linen shirt with khaki pants or upscale surf shorts. Many island brides skip the expensive traditional wedding gown and wear colorful summer dresses or at least lighter formal wear.
- Provide Shade for Wedding Ceremony and Guests Using Natural Design Elements – If your wedding will take place outdoors during daytime, you may want to consider shading both the ceremony and guests from direct sun. Couples getting married on Maui often opt for a bamboo chuppa. The ceremony is conducted under a wedding chuppa providing shade for both the couple and wedding officiate. Bamboo wedding chuppas complement the natural beauty of Maui and can be creatively adorned with fresh tropical flowers and covered with soft cloth for shade. Provide guests portable shade with colorful umbrellas and covered dinning options. Optionally, usually for larger events, tents or canopies may be used to provide shade. Tents, canopies, umbrellas, dinning chuppa and just about any other event rental equipment is available on Maui. Just imagine you and your guests enjoying an oceanfront Maui wedding reception dinner like this private catered dinner at the Olowalu Plantion House in West Maui!
- Avoid the hottest hours of the day – If you are planning your wedding and haven’t selected a time for the wedding ceremony, consider the cooler hours of the day. A wedding just before or at sunset gives opportunity for those memorable beach wedding photographs with the sunset in the background followed by a cool early evening wedding reception. Alternatively, morning weddings provide cooler temperatures and beach weddings are less busy. Other Maui wedding locations make great morning wedding venues. Follow a morning ceremony with a wedding brunch featuring food stations with a private chef personally preparing your guest’s omelets and eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise.
- Drink Water to Stay Hydrated – By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids so you stay ahead of the process. If it is your own wedding, go easy on alcohol consumption before the wedding. You’ll have a lot on your mind and the effects of alcohol are compounded when it gets hot. If you decide to enjoy a glass or three of champagne on your wedding day, be sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of extra water. With the above cautions noted, check out a few of our past wedding cocktail recipes and summer wedding cocktail ideas. Try the delicious refreshing Maui Lilikoi Mojito recipe, one of my signature cocktails we serve at most Maui weddings.
- Hang Loose and Enjoy YOUR Wedding Day – Sometimes, keeping cool has nothing to do with the heat. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Even the best planned events sometimes encounter unforeseen or unexpected issues. As we like to say on Maui, Hang Loose. Don’t let anything ruin your special day! Accept some things may come up and know you chose to work with professionals who are able and experienced managing such things. Then relax and enjoy your Maui wedding Day.
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