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Bling, Baaja, Baraat: How to Beat the Heat for a Summer Wedding

by Niranjana Mittal

Don’t let the heat cool down the fun! 

By: Kripa Singh

Thailand’s summer is in full swing, and the temperatures are rising and the sun seems to shine even brighter every day. But while it’s hot, weddings won’t stop. Nevertheless, there are several ways to handle the challenge of staying cool and comfortable this season. Here is a guide to help you beat the heat and make the most of your summer wedding.

Select the Right Venue

Selecting the ideal venue can make all the difference in combating the summer heat. Opt for indoor venues with air conditioning or outdoor locations with plenty of trees for natural shade. If you’re having a beach wedding, go for a location where the evening sea breeze can keep you cool. And, if you are considering an al fresco daytime mehendi, be sure to choose a venue with enough cabanas and umbrellas to provide relief from the sun.

Plan Your Dress Codes

As a host, you should plan your dress codes so your guests stay comfortable in the heat. Suggest lighter dress codes for outdoor celebrations. For instance, if you are having a poolside celebration, set your dress code to include kaftans, dresses, and t-shirts paired with shorts for men. Breathable fabrics are ideal for summer wedding attire. Breezy materials like muslin, linen, and cotton are good choices.

Choose Refreshing Food and Drinks

Incorporate cooling treats into your wedding menu to help guests stay hydrated. Serve refreshing appetisers like a tangy pomelo salad or cold fruit skewers. Add a gelato or ice-kachang station for a sweet treat and cooling indulgence. Refreshing beverages like coconut water and lassi can also do the trick. Work with your mixologists to curate a menu of signature cocktails that incorporate hydrating ingredients like cucumber, celery, or watermelon. At every event, set up enough iced-water stations and add some chilled towels as an extra cooling gesture.













Timing is Key

Plan your nuptials during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or sunset. This allows you to avoid the peak heat hours while still enjoying being outdoors. Additionally, if you have one event outdoors, follow it with another celebration indoors. A variety of venues will help ensure your guests don’t get overheated.

Beat the Sun

Provide heat protection essentials such as sunscreen and sunglasses for guests to stay comfortable despite the sunrays. Offer handheld wicker fans as wedding favours to keep guests cool throughout the day. You can also purchase parasols or umbrellas to provide shade during outdoor wedding ceremonies or cocktail hours.

Embrace Water Features

Incorporate water elements like fountains, or a decorative water installation to create a sense of tranquillity and coolness. These features not only add visual impact but also help to create the impression of cooler surroundings. If your venue allows, hosting a pool party can also help, as guests have the option of taking a dip if temperatures get too high.

Stay Flexible to Stay Cool

Above all, remember to stay flexible and adapt to changing weather conditions. Have a contingency plan for unexpected heat waves or convectional rain. Predetermine alternate venues with your planners and vendors to ensure a seamless experience for you and your guests.

Kripa Singh is a wedding decor designer and aesthete with a love for good books, dogs and a cup of tea.

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