The new year is just around the corner! If you’re recently engaged, it’s likely you’re starting to think about your upcoming summer wedding. We’ve put together five tips that will make your outdoor summer wedding one to remember:
If you’re looking to support local businesses, venues, and artisans, congratulations! You happen to live in the best region possible to do so. Living in Rochester and the Finger Lakes means you have direct access to some of the finest wineries, agriculture, natural settings, and the like. Browse Instagram and Facebook for inspiration and to find local brands/vendors that will help make your wedding extra special.
Create a Seasonal Menu
Summer is the season of produce! Head to the Rochester Public Market and Brighton Markets to get inspired by all of the seasonal produce available from locally grown farms.
Let Nature Inspire You
From the Finger Lakes wine trail to Letchworth State Park, the “Grand Canyon of the East,” there are no shortage of beautiful backdrops for your upcoming summer wedding. And don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! Let the beauty of the summer inspire your wedding décor. For example, try taking cues from nature by incorporating rustic farm tables, floral tablescapes and earth-toned linens.
Weather-proof your Wedding
Outdoor weddings can be unpredictable. The best way to beat the elements is to be prepared! Luckily, a thoughtfully composed sailcloth tent not only offers guests shelter from the unruly elements, but can be an elegant addition to any wedding reception.
Help Guests Keep Their Cool
As noted above, outdoor weddings are often at the whim of the weather. During the summer, this often means high temperatures and a blazing sun. Help guests keep their cool by providing ample shaded areas and by handing out weather appropriate favors such as fans, and sunglasses. Be sure to offer ample opportunities for guests to hydrate!