5 things to consider when planning a summer wedding in Virginia

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

summer wedding

Summer in Virginia is beautiful but it can also be hot, swampy and muggy. If you’re planning during the months of June, July, August or September, keep these tips in mind:


    1. 1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Make water plentiful. Offer water in decanters, where guests can serve themselves, as well as butler passed by servers. Cucumber water is a favorite of mine — it has a great flavor and it looks pretty in a large glass decanter. Orange water with mint is also lovely.


    1. 2. Find shade. If your ceremony is outdoors in the summer months, pick a shaded spot under a tree and plan to have a late afternoon or early evening ceremony.


    1. 3. Keep it cocktail casual. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a man eager to wear a coat, let alone black tie, to an outdoor wedding in the hot summer months. Adjust your dress code accordingly so seersucker and linen are entirely appropriate at your event.


    1. 4. Install fans. If you’re having a tented reception, ask your tent company to install fans on the poles of your tent — it’s a no brainer and the cost is minimal. Air conditioning, on the other hand, is an investment and not something the average wedding budget can bear. In the case temperatures are going to be dangerously hot, consider booking a venue with an indoor back up.


  1. 5. Offer cool, refreshing food and beverage. Your catering staff and your guests will thank you (just imagine how hot it is cooking on a stove in a catering tent with walls in the summer heat!). Think vichyssoise, gazpacho, cucumber canapés, agua fresca, sorbet…

Finally, pamper your guests as much as you can. Offer pretty paper fans. Stock your restrooms with chilled hand towels. Offer shuttles back to hotels throughout the night. Provide more seating than you might normally if you’re planning a cocktail party. As with any other planning task, think, “what would I crave if I were a guest at this wedding,” and go from there.

For more summer wedding inspiration, head over here. Photo above by Patricia Lyons of Christina and Tom’s wedding at Castle Hill Cider.



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