Top Tips For Planning A Summer Wedding

Summer has long been the most popular season to tie the knot in, with brides and grooms wanting their wedding photos to be filled with glorious sunshine, blue skies and lots of outdoor scenery. However, there are some important things to consider if you’re planning a summer event, so your guests are as comfortable as possible and able to enjoy your Big Day.

For our tips, read on.

  • Provide shade

You might want to spend all day outside basking in the sunshine and sipping fizz on the lawn, but for some people, the intense midday sun can be too much for them. Therefore, it is essential you provide relief from the sunlight to those with fair skin, elderly relatives and young children.

Hiring a marquee in Bromley is a great option, as it allows guests to step away from the UV rays while still enjoying an outdoor feeling, so they don’t feel isolated or stuffy. Make sure it has an air-conditioning system in too, in case the heat becomes too much for some people!

  • Later start time

It is wise to delay your start time if you’re opting for a summer wedding to avoid the sun when it is at its strongest. Instead of a midday ceremony, you could begin procedures later in the afternoon, so more guests can enjoy being outdoors without feeling too hot.

As the sun doesn’t set till late during the summer months, you can simply push back reception drinks and your wedding breakfast till later in the evening.

  • Offer suncream

For a wedding your friends and family will really enjoy, forgo unnecessary favours and offer your loved ones flip flops, sunglasses, fans, sunhats, insect spray or suncream instead. They will certainly find this a novelty, as well as incredibly useful.

It is also important that brides and grooms protect themselves from the sun too, as you don’t want to look bright red in photos of your Big Day. Keep suncream in your purse, so you can reapply regularly too.

  • Refreshing drinks

One thing your guests will definitely need on a sweltering day is something refreshing to drink, so choose your beverages carefully. Ditch the red wine and serve a fruit cocktail instead.

You could have a cocktail made specifically for your special occasion as a reception drink, which will be unique alternative to sparkling wine. It is also important to have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to keep loved ones hydrated, so they don’t get too inebriated in the heat!

  • Serve something light to eat

Similarly, this isn’t the time for a heavy roast dinner, so rethink your menu. Why not have a lighter meal of grilled fish and vegetables, or chicken and salad, or even something vegetarian?

A novel idea would be to have an ice-cream cart outside the venue afterwards, so guests can enjoy a delicious scoop of their favourite flavour. Or you could make sure you bulk-buy ice-lollies to keep everyone cool and hydrated, so they are really able to enjoy an evening hitting the dance floor!

TheTop Tips To Reduce The Stress Of Party Planning Title

We love a good party, but we also understand that the planning process can be stressful, especially when you want to make it into a special occasion for lots of your friends and family to enjoy.

Whether this year will see you organising a big birthday bash, the wedding of your dreams, or even a retirement shindig, there are plenty of things you can do to make the process a little less stressful and ensure that you still get the end result you’re looking for.

SoGlos recently spoke to an event planning expert to get some top tips. Dany Freemantle, events director of Oasis Events, explained that the most important thing is to enjoy the process of planning the event.

Her first tip is to “play to your strengths and enjoy the process, don’t sweat the things you can’t face or manage”. This may mean bringing in some extra help from professionals, but that may not be such a bad thing.

For example, she said that even if you love making cocktails, tending bar all night and doing that for your guests might wear thin and mean that you don’t get to enjoy the party yourself. Instead, you’re better off hiring a professional bartender to handle this side of the festivities.

It’s not just bartending you need to consider either, but catering and serving as a whole. Having a team who can deal with all the food and drink requirements for your guests, not to mention providing a welcoming service on the day, can make the whole thing run much more smoothly.

Ms Freemantle said that while it might feel like a big expense initially, the benefits quickly stack up.

Another of her top tips is to determine your budget early in the process so that you know exactly what you can afford. “Think through what you are willing to spend before you focus on any details and produce a considered list of everything you would like,” she stated.

This will allow you to work through each and decide what your priorities are, in case they don’t all fall within your budget. If you’re planning to save money on venue hire by having a marquee in your garden, don’t forget to allow for the extras that you’ll need to make the marquee party-ready.

Consider marquee flooring hire at the same time that you’re looking at marquees, and don’t forget about lighting and the other furniture and equipment you’ll need to make sure your guests are comfortable for the whole event.

Ms Freemantle also said that it’s essential not to get caught up in only planning the fun elements of your event, and to make sure that you also spend some time thinking about everything that could go wrong or present a problem.

“Make sure you think about the practical things too – maybe adverse weather or temperatures, heating or cooling for your venue, and power,” she explained.

This is where it’s important to talk to your suppliers well in advance to find out what requirements they may have and to ensure that these are catered for.

If you’re planning to host an event in a marquee in the coming months, you might want to look at our advice for keeping the space warm. One of our top tips is to use an indirect heater, because these devices are very efficient at heating large spaces and keeping them warm.

We’d also recommend turning your heating on an hour before your guests are due to arrive to give the marquee time to warm up nicely.

When it comes to taking the stress out of the event itself, Ms Freemantle has a few pieces of advice. Firstly, delegate tasks to friends where you can to give you some time to rest and relax a little before the fun starts.

Her second tip is to make sure that you’re “party ready” half an hour before your guests will be arriving, as this will mean you’re relaxed and have time to do all your final checks without worrying about not being ready to face anyone who arrives a little early.

One thing that many people forget, and that can add stress the day after, is the clear up. Ms Freemantle stressed that this is just as important as all the preplanning, so make sure you know when you can expect people to turn up to remove the marquee and other equipment you may have hired.

If you’re going to need some help cleaning up afterwards, see if you can rope some friends into giving you hand the morning after. Knowing who’s coming and when will help you ensure that packing up after the party is efficient.

How To Keep Your Marquee Warm In Winter

Just because the weather is on the decidedly chilly side doesn’t mean that you can’t throw the party to end all parties – but you will need to take a few considerations into account when it comes to marquee hire for your Croydon event if you do want to put a shindig on over the winter months.

An indirect heater may well be the best option for heating a marquee because they’re so efficient when it comes to heating up large spaces quickly – and for a prolonged period of time. Simply position yours outside your tent hire and enjoy all that lovely warmth being ducted inside.

Avoid hiring halogen or infrared heaters that don’t have fans as they’re not going to be powerful enough to heat bigger marquees.

You may also want to avoid using a space heater (even if they do seem like the most inexpensive option out there) because they’re meant for use in well ventilated areas and could potentially lead to carbon monoxide build-up.

Once you’ve chosen your particular heating option, get them going at least an hour before your guests are due to arrive so it’s nice, cosy and welcoming for them. You can also evoke a feeling of warmth in the space by decorating in a certain way, choosing darker, richer colours and plush furnishings.

Lighting is also key when it comes to creating a certain atmosphere, so go for warm coloured lights and uplighters in autumnal shades to help keep guests warm on a chilly evening.

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