Guest Tips for an Outdoor Summer Wedding

You’ve been invited to an outdoor wedding under blue skies and sunshine - a perfect setting for a beautiful ceremony. And true to the summer season, the special day will be toasty.

Many marrying couples make provisions for their guests’ comfort and include these details on a personal wedding website. You can check your invitation to see if it includes a link. Wedding websites are great for sharing important details about the celebration and any last-minute updates. An “FAQ” (frequently asked questions) section may also be included that answers common guest concerns like:

  • Locations/times for the celebration including the nuptials, cocktail hour, and reception.
  • Clothing/shoe recommendations best suited for a beach, mountain, or museum location that’s safe and comfortable. If you wear high heels, buy plastic heel protectors for rougher terrains.
  • Health/safety procedures such as masking, social distancing, and vaccination status.
  • Open or Cash Bar options which tell guests if they need cash.
  • Provisions available to keep guests comfortable and safe from the heat, like bottled water and shade canopies.
  • Suggestions that guests bring sunscreen, bug repellent, and sunglasses.
  • Parking, shuttles, and disability accommodation details for the venue(s). This can be vital for long walking distances as well as for navigating rough terrain.

Special Situations to Consider

If you have additional concerns that aren’t addressed on the wedding website or invitation, contact the couple or a member of the wedding party. However, you’re safest to have a Plan B if your special request is accidentally forgotten.

Outdoor Allergies

Do you have seasonal allergies or severe reactions to bee stings? Be prepared with allergy medications or medical protocols for handling reactions if you choose to attend any of the outdoor events.

Food Issues

Do you have a food intolerance, allergy, or medical condition like celiac disease? If the RSVP or wedding website didn’t address food issues, contact the couple in advance. They may have you speak directly to their caterer. Be sure to eat a light meal before you arrive and pack safe snacks in the off chance that the food still isn’t safe for you to eat.

Sun & Heat Hypersensitivities

While the wedding planner may have arranged for guests’ comfort, be prepared if they didn’t. Will the venue offer dense tree shade or have umbrellas or tents? Be mindful that these options can eventually leave you exposed to UV rays as the sun moves across the sky.

If you are especially sensitive to the sun (photosensitive) due to a health condition, medication, or other reason, come prepared with:

  • Clothing that fully covers your arms and legs. Choose tightly woven fabrics or those rated UPF 50+
  • Sunscreen with an SPF 50+ or higher that you apply to any exposed skin
  • A wide brim hat that shields your scalp, face, ears, and neck
  • Sunglasses in a wraparound style that offers 100% UVA and UVB protection
  • A parasol with UPF 50+ protection

UV Skinz offers sun-safe UPF 50+ clothing and accessories for the entire family. Our women’s UPF 50+ sun shawl and classic shrug are versatile cover-ups that are cool and comfortable. UV Skinz also has a great selection of UPF 50+ sun hats for every age.

If heat flares your symptoms of lupus, multiple sclerosis, or another condition, also pack a cooling towel, water bottle, and a fan for outdoor events. Be sure to check with your health provider for their advice, too.

Additional items that everyone can bring to keep cool and comfortable are:

Blotting papers: to remove shine and oil from your face. Apply your makeup lightly and use waterproof mascara to prevent sweat smears

Bug repellent wipes: to keep pesky mosquitoes, gnats, and other annoying insects away

Pain reliever: if needed, to fend off a brewing heat and sun glare headache

Hand-held fan: to help you “breeze” through the sweltering ceremony

A wedding is such a joyous and memorable occasion. Be sure to congratulate and thank the happy couple for inviting you to celebrate their special day!