5 Summer Wedding Mistakes That Almost Always Upset the Guests

Things that are fun about summer weddings: the night air, the breezy attire and nonstop flow of rosé. But there are a few not-so-fun things that even the most together bride doesn’t anticipate when it comes to getting hitched in the season where temps peak at 90—or, gasp, 100—degrees. Here, five summer wedding mistakes that have the potential to irk all the guests.

A Black Tie Dress Code

It almost seems like cruel and unusual punishment to plan a summer ceremony with a formal dress code in 90-degree weather. (Guys + Tuxedos = Serious Sweat Stains.) Instead, it’s better to opt for something a bit more casual—or if you really want people to dress to the nines, adding “optional” to the words “black tie” at least gives guests an out.

…Or A Daytime Ceremony

Same rules apply. Noontime nuptials—aka when it’s peak sunlight—are the worst in the summer (unless, of course, the ceremony is indoors).

Ignoring The Mosquitoes

If the ceremony is near any sort of still water (ahem, like that gorgeous lake with the sunset views), chances are the mosquitos are going to come out in droves as soon as the sun goes down. A work-around: Light citronella candles and sprinkle them around any outdoor areas where guests might congregate. You could also leave a couple of bottles of bug spray in a basket by the bar.

Forgetting to Put Out Water

The heat is on—and the ceremony is running late. Unless the room where the festivities are taking place is air-conditioned, it’s smart to provide bottled water (or a signature non-alcoholic drink like an Arnold Palmer) to guests to be sure they don’t overheat. In most cases, your caterer will have no problem throwing this in—a lot of times at no additional cost. Or a serve-yourself station is fine. (Just be sure to remember to set one up.)

Serving Food That’s Far Too Light

We get it: Watermelon shooters and heirloom tomato skewers are adorable and tasty this time of year. But be sure to balance it with some heavier options (read: anything with bread) so that your guests don’t end up hammered—and ready to call it a night—long before they hit the dance floor.

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