When summer comes swinging in, it’s all go for the wedding industry. But when the temperatures rise, how do you beat the heat and keep your wedding guests cool? With the help of some ingenious summer wedding cooldown ideas, of course…
“Everyone knows that rosé is the first sign of summer”
Pop ice + prosecco? It’s genius, right? So thought Harry Clarke and James Rae, who created the first ever prosecco icepop and went on to found luxury icepop brand POPS. But what’s this? Something new’s come to town: the frozen rosé popsicle. WE LOVE!
“Everyone knows that rosé is the first sign of summer,” says Harry. “When we saw people trying out their own Frosé creations last year, we couldn’t resist making our own!” And voila, the Frosé popsicle was born.
What’s inside this glorious creation? Half a glass of rosé blended with raspberries! It contains just 30 calories and – along with its newly launched friends, the Watermelon Martini and the alcohol-free Chilly Mango – it’s the perfect cool me down and pick me up for hot wedding guests. wearepops.com
Serve drinks with plenty of ice – and make your icecubes a talking point so your guests keep coming back for more. How about shark fin icecubes for kids – big and small; moustaches, stars or cubes of frozen berries in a jug of water or juice, served with a sprinkling of mint.
Serve a selection of soft drinks at special guest stations. Personalised water bottles in a tub of ice, for example, and a selection of chilled soft drinks served from Kilner dispensers, will offer welcome relief.
Creatives like Bliss Paper Boutique on Etsy can personalise your labels.
Personal Fan Zone
Give your guests fans so they can cool themselves down whenever they need. Place one on each seat at the ceremony, present them on a tray, and customise them with an order of the day or personal wedding message.
DIY Face Mists
Yes, make your own, distribute to your guests and they’ll think you’re the best hosts ever.
You can buy bottles and essential oils online, like the one showed from DIY Bath Body on Etsy, and just add your DIY face mist. A great DIY face mist recipe on petitelefant.com.
Sun Savvy Stations
Place staked garden hooks around the lawn and suspend an authentically rustic bucket to each, filled with some decent bottles of sun screen. Offer a choice of factors, too – 15, 30 and 50 will suit everyone. You could also order some custom wet wipes, too.
Ice Cream Treats on a Bike
Have icecream at the ready, cool-as-a-cucumber prosecco, and sorbets, too.
My Magical Moments hires out icecream tricycles with over 25 flavours of scrummilicious Italian ice cream and an assortment of toppings; a Prosecco Tricycle called ‘Fizzi’ too, which serves perfectly chilled prosecco and prosecco sorbet floats.
“We can adapt any drinks to your liking,” says owner, Collette Parker, ” just ask us. The biggest perk is the photo opportunities: couples can use the tricycle for those all important photos to capture the fun factor. This always gets couples excited, they can even serve guests themselves!” mymagicalmoments.co.uk
Go mobile with the shade: fill a basket with these brilliant sun-beating brollies and invite your guests to take their pick and make their own shade. Be sure to choose coloured or subtly decorated parasols that complement your wedding colour scheme.
Fun and cheap, offer up some colourful or personalised sunglasses to help protect your guests’ eyes from the sun. Invite them to choose their own by attaching a witty message to your sunglasses presentation tray like ‘Don’t be Dazzled by our Love’. Plus, with everyone wearing them, it’ll make for a great photo opportunity!
Sunglasses on a tray, image via FabMood.com.
Space to Splash
Make space for guests to splash around. Weddings paddling pools are perfect for your littler guests and great for older ones to dip their toes into. Have two – one for the children, and one surrounded by deckchairs, for older guests to dip their toes in and enjoy. This paddling pool is available on Amazon.