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Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Ceremonies

by Valerie DiVecchio 16. June 2009 16:00
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As we enter into the hot Florida summer months, there are still plenty of brides who want to have their wedding ceremonies outside enjoying the sun, fresh air and the gorgeous view of the Gulf or garden.  And while it is picture perfect, the heat can sometimes be a little too hot to handle.  Here are some cool ideas on how to keep you and your guests more comfortable:

1)  It's not customary to serve drinks to your guests prior to a wedding ceremony, however, when the ceremony is outside it is a good idea to have pitchers of water (at a minimum) for guests to keep hydrated.  You can even get water bottles with customized labels.  Or consider spicing it up a bit by including lemonade, fruit punch or even a non-alcoholic signature drink. 

2) Turn your ceremony program into a fan.  There are lots of great styles of fans that serve a dual function - keep you cool and informed!  List your bridal party names, key information, the outline of the ceremony just like a normal program, but this one will let your guests keep a cool head!

3) Provide flips flops... ceremonies on the sand are a perk of having them in Florida, but that sand can be hot on the feet.  Purchasing a wide range of flip flops sizes that match your color scheme can help the feet and double as a favor.  You can even have them personalized with your names and wedding date!

Jenny, Dan and the Back-Up Plan

by Valerie DiVecchio 7. September 2008 17:21
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As I drove over the Gandy Bridge the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, I looked out to the white caps in the Gulf and thought "uh oh".  Today is the day that Jenny and Dan have been planning for so long and who would have known that Gustav, although thankfully not threatening Florida directly, was still giving us wind gusts that made me drive with two hands on the wheel at all times.  All I could think about was what if one of those gusts comes along and knocks down their chuppah in the middle of their outside ceremony.IMG_1613

As I pulled up to the Vinoy for set-up my cell phone rang.  It was Jenny.  As I prepared to give her my recommendation of pulling the ceremony inside, she said "my parents and I think we should change the ceremony to our back-up location".  Whew.  I never want to be the bearer of bad news, but I also don't want a downpour to occur while 200 guests are watching the bride make her entrance or witness her mom's wedding veil tear off the top of the chuppah in the wind.  That is why I always, always have a Plan B.

I understand the attraction of wanting an outdoor wedding, especially in Florida.  But as we know, Mother Nature can have a mind of her own.  Make sure that if planning any portion of your event outside, the venue is holding back-up space during that exact same time inside AND that it is written in your contract.  Fortunately Jenny and Dan understood that moving their wedding inside, while not what they pictured, was far better than wind blown hair, wet guests and a soggy mood for their reception!  

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