July brings fireworks, vacations, sunshine, and hot temperatures. When you have your wedding planned in July, you must take some precautions to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch. You must also ensure that nothing is going to be damaged in the warm July temperatures on your wedding day. Cakes can melt, flowers can wilt, and people can get hot, none of which you want to happen as you're saying "I do." Here are some great wedding suggestions for how to beat the July heat on your special day.

Timing is Everything

The hottest time is the middle part of the day: The sun is hottest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., although the heat can be sweltering later into the evening until the sun starts to set. To avoid your guests getting overheated at your ceremony, plan it for later in the evening or very early in the morning. It is also best to plan a short ceremony so that guests are not expected to sit in the heat for long periods of time.

Location, Location, Location

There are some really great ideas for planning an outdoor summertime wedding ceremony. Usually, when you are near a body of water, there is a cool breeze coming off of the water. The beach or a lake are not only beautiful places to get married, but these spots are also most likely a bit cooler than being in the heat without a breeze. If you have a place where there's great shade, you may plan to have your ceremony there so that guests can escape the hot sun for a bit if needed. Renting tents is a great way to keep guests from getting overheated during your wedding reception as well. A "cool" idea for a very casual wedding is to have a pool party, where everyone can cool off at the reception and take a dip in the pool.

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Cool Favors

Offering guests wedding favors that will allow them to stay cool at your wedding will be greatly appreciated by all. You can print up pretty fans for guests to use at the ceremony, which can also be used again and will remind them of your fun celebratory day. A new trend among brides is to have parasols available for the ladies to use to block out the sun. Also, garden umbrellas are very pretty to have strategically placed around so that guests can escape the sun if needed.

Food and Drink

You must always have some kind of refreshment available for guests when having a summer wedding. Personalized chilled water bottles are a cool thing to have sitting around for friends and family. Guests need to stay hydrated at all times in the heat, especially older folks and children. Plan to have cool treats available for guests to munch on while they are waiting for your ceremony or reception. Slushies, ice pops, and popsicles are a fun and colorful way to celebrate and keep cool in the heat.

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Other Tips to Beat the Heat

When sending out invitations, encourage guests to wear lighter clothes, breathable fabrics, cooler shoes, and floppy hats to stay cool on your big day. Be aware of how you dress your bridal party and yourselves. Keep the dress and suit styles lighter to ensure that you all stay cool. Encourage your bridesmaids to use either a powder foundation or airbrushed makeup, as these will stay on longer in the heat. Up-dos will keep the bridesmaids a bit cooler as they stand next to you and your spouse. Also, keep your flowers watered well and your cake refrigerated as long as possible. These are two areas where much time and money have been spent on the planning, so you want them to look and be perfect in every way.