Planning a Summer Wedding in Texas



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Planning a summer wedding in Texas is something we need to talk about because, if you live here, you know how hot and humid it can get from June through almost September. We need to discuss some key points to make it a perfect experience for you and your guests. This advice comes from a wedding photographer’s perspective; wedding planners will have their own tips and tricks, but here’s how I see things. So, let’s dive in.

First, the good thing about a summer wedding is that we have endless sunshine. I love this because we don’t feel rushed about getting things done before the ceremony. We have enough time to play and document your love. Sunset in summertime is around 8:30 PM, which gives us plenty of daylight to work with.

Now, let’s talk about outdoor ceremonies. I usually don’t recommend them if they’re not done properly, and here’s why. If you have your ceremony at 4 PM during the summer in Texas, you’re putting your guests in direct sun during the peak heat of the day. Even if you have a 20-minute ceremony, your guests will likely be arriving and sitting in the sun for about 40 minutes. You don’t want photos of your guests with purses covering their faces or squinting from the sun. Additionally, immediate family members usually stay for photos after the ceremony, meaning they’ll be outside for about an hour.

Here are some tips if you still want your ceremony outside because, at the end of the day, it’s your wedding and you make the rules.

  1. Cocktail Bar: Have a cocktail bar to keep everyone refreshed. Cold drinks can make a big difference in keeping your guests comfortable.
  2. Umbrellas: Provide umbrellas for each of your guests or rent patio umbrellas that match your wedding palette. This will offer shade and keep everyone cool.
  3. Timing: Try to schedule immediate family photos before the ceremony inside your venue to keep everyone dry and comfortable.
  4. Touch-Up Station: Have a touch-up station for your hair and makeup. The heat can cause you to sweat and your hair to frizz, so having a quick touch-up before photos is essential.
  5. Fans and Misters: Consider setting up fans or misters around the ceremony area. These can help cool down the space and make it more comfortable for everyone.
  6. Light Attire: Encourage guests to dress in light, breathable fabrics. You can include a note in your invitations about the expected weather and suggest attire that will keep everyone comfortable.
  7. Hydration Stations: Set up hydration stations with water and lemonade. Keeping everyone hydrated is crucial in the Texas heat.
  8. Sun Protection: Offer sunscreen to your guests. A little SPF can go a long way in preventing sunburns, especially for those with sensitive skin.
  9. Backup Plan: Always have a backup plan for extreme weather. An indoor space or a tent can save the day if it gets too hot or starts raining.

Remember, while planning a summer wedding in Texas comes with its challenges, it also offers endless opportunities for beautiful, sunlit photos and extended daylight hours. With a bit of preparation and some thoughtful planning, you can create a comfortable and enjoyable experience for you and your guests. Embrace the season, stay cool, and make the most of the beautiful summer light.

Your wedding day is all about celebrating your love story, so make it as special and memorable as you can. Happy planning, and here’s to a fantastic summer wedding in Texas!


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