Archive for July, 2017

3 Great Ways to Beat the Heat at your Summer Wedding

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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There’s no question about it: Summer weddings are popular. People like the idea of walking down the aisle in warm and sunny weather. Who wouldn’t?

The downside, though, is that outdoor summer weddings can be hot. Brides and grooms want the balmy climes for their ceremony, but not so much that guests are uncomfortable. Need help thinking of ways to enjoy all the plusses and none of the summer heat minuses? We’ve got three great ways!

Shade is Your Friend

On a hot day, simply being in the shade can feel 15 degrees cooler. The ceremony will probably be short enough to need no special accommodation. But make sure any outdoor cocktail hours or reception areas have ample shade. If you’re on a budget, think naturally-occuring shade, open-air roofs or strageically-placed umbrellas. In the case of umbrellas, you have an opportunity to incorporate your theme. Tenting and portable air conditioning are a little more expensive but can be worth it if the heat is significant.

Your Biggest Fans!

Handheld fans are a tasteful and elegant choice for favors. And for a summer wedding, they also serves the practical purpose of helping your guests stay cool. You may even want to have two sets: a fan with your ceremony program printed onto it for guests to use at your actual nuptials and a more ornamental (but still functional!) version as a place setting for the reception.

Stay Hydrated

Sitting outside in an afternoon of summer heat isn’t the best recipe for staying cool and comfortable. To combat the heat of the day, make sure each reception table has glasses of ice water and even a pitcher or two for refills. A cute favor or table decoration is a small spritzer bottle at each place setting. A spray of cool mist will go a long way to keeping guests hydrated and happy.

Stay cool, and enjoy your big day!

How To Class Up Your Summer Events

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

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Whether you’re doing barbecues, beach parties, 4th of July or just getting together to enjoy the warm weather, summertime is when we want to be outdoors. Summer get-togethers can get lively and even raucous, but that doesn’t mean your event can’t be stylish. Keep your summer festivities classy with a little help from us!

Decorate the Outdoors

Even the great outdoors, in all its natural splendor, can use the helping hand of someone with a deft decorative touch. Don’t be afraid to adorn picnic tables or outdoor seating areas with tasteful tablecloths, centerpieces or any of the other flourishes you use inside. What’s stopping you from bringing the indoors out?

If anything, there’s more opportunity to embellish when you’re outside. You’re not hemmed in by space limitations or the need to match existing décor. Nature is wild, so run wild with it!

Make it Sparkle!

You’re probably all sparklered out after yesterday’s Independence Day celebration, but you don’t have to stop lighting up the evening hours just because July 4th is over. Embrace the trend! Wedding sparklers come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re actually just as appropriate for summer fun as they are for weddings. (But safety considerations always apply!)

Whether you’re celebrating your new nuptials or the neighborhood cookout, everyone loves a little flair (or flare, as the case may be) in your festivities.

Barbecue with Style

Sunny days and barbecues go together like yin and yang. It’s safe to say the grill is at the center of most summer gatherings. Why not spice it up a little? Avoid fire hazards, of course, but don’t be afraid to add some ornamentation to your barbecue zone. Knick-knacks and themed barbecue gear are a fun way to express yourself, and give your friends a chuckle. We’ve all seen “kiss the cook” aprons, but there are many other options out there to suit all tastes and themes.

However you choose to decorate your summer event, don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Pretty days with food and friends only come around every so often, so have a blast (and don’t forget your sunscreen)!